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  1. Metabolic Syndrome - Sally's story

    Sally never had to worry about her weight. She had always been active, enjoying her daily walks in the park.But things changed when Sally's mom had a heart attack. Sally took care of her mom night and day. But Sally got so busy taking care of her mom that she forgot to take care of herself.For months, Sally didn't do any kind of activity. When my mom was resting, I would take a nap instead of going for a walk, Sally says. And her eating habits changed. I went from eating healthy foods to choosing comfort foods like macaroni and cheese.Over time, Sally gained 20 pounds, and much of the weight was around her waist. But that wasn't all. Sally later found out that her cholesterol and blood sugar levels were higher than normal.My doctor told me I had some of the health problems related to metabolic syndrome. And he said that I was at a greater risk for getting heart disease or diabetes if I didn't make some lifestyle changes.Sally knew she needed to get back in shape. I started to go on

  2. Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) - Topic Overview

    WebMD describes the Medterranean diet plan and how it can help you lose weight and be healthy.

  3. Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) - Topic Overview

    Pulse and blood pressure measurements taken in different areas of the body help diagnose peripheral arterial disease.PulseIn the legs, doctors will commonly feel for pulses in the femoral (groin), popliteal (back of the knee), posterior tibial (ankle), and dorsalis pedis (foot) areas. Other pulses often checked include the radial (wrist), brachial (forearm), and carotid (neck) areas. The pulses are graded for record-keeping purposes so that doctors can keep track of how a person's pulse changes over time. Your doctor uses a number system to rate your pulse. Your doctor will listen to your pulse with a stethoscope for a whooshing sound called a bruit (say broo-E). A bruit might mean there is a blockage in the artery. Blood pressureFor peripheral arterial disease, blood pressure might be taken at the ankles, toes, legs, and arms.Blood pressures are typically taken with a blood pressure cuff. But blood pressure can be measured using catheters placed inside the arteries. Because the

  4. Heart Failure - Topic Overview

    WebMD provides information on Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and its uses, side effects, health claims, benefits, and safety information. Learn about CoQ10 here.

  5. Aldosterone in Urine

    An aldosterone test measures the level of aldosterone (a hormone made by the adrenal glands ),in the urine. Aldosterone helps regulate sodium and potassium levels in the body. This helps control blood pressure and the balance of fluids and electrolytes in the blood. The kidney hormone renin normally stimulates the adrenal glands to release aldosterone. High levels of both renin and ...

  6. Catecholamines in Blood

    A test for catecholamines measures the amount of the hormones epinephrine,norepinephrine,metanephrine,and dopamine in the blood. These catecholamines are made by nerve tissue,the brain,and the adrenal glands. Catecholamines help the body respond to stress or fright and prepare the body for "fight-or-flight" reactions. The adrenal glands make large amounts of catecholamines as a reaction ...

  7. Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) - Topic Overview

    What is fainting? Fainting is a sudden,brief loss of consciousness. When people faint,or pass out,they usually fall down. After they are lying down,most people will recover quickly. The term doctors use for fainting is syncope (say "SING-kuh-pee"). Fainting one time is usually nothing to worry about. But it is a good idea to see your doctor,because fainting could have a serious cause. ...

  8. Healthy Eating: Eating Less Sodium

    When you have heart failure, you need to eat less sodium, which is a component of salt. You will feel better and will lower your risk of being hospitalized by following the suggestions in this Actionset.Key pointsYour doctor may limit your sodium intake to less than per day.Keeping track of your sodium intake is the surest way of evaluating your diet.Processed foods and restaurant foods typically

  9. Anticoagulants for Coronary Artery Disease

    Drug details for Anticoagulants for coronary artery disease.

  10. High Triglycerides - Topic Overview

    What is beta - sitosterol plant extract?Beta - sitosterol is one of many sterols (phytosterols) that come from plants and have a structure like the cholesterol produced in the body. You can find phytosterols in most plants and thus in foods such as rice bran, wheat germ, corn oils, soybeans, and peanuts. Beta - sitosterol is also available as a dietary supplement.What is beta - sitosterol used ...

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