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  1. High Blood Pressure Diet

    Learn the link between high blood pressure and diet, including ways to lower or prevent high blood pressure.

  2. Heart Disease and the Doctor's Exam

    WebMD's guide to simple tests for heart disease.

  3. Heart Disease and Atherosclerosis

    WebMD's definition of atherosclerosis.

  4. How to Boost Your 'Good' Cholesterol

    They call HDL cholesterol your "good" cholesterol for a reason. Gather some tips for increasing your level of HDL cholesterol and boosting heart health.

  5. Heart-Healthy Lifestyle - Topic Overview

    You can help keep your heart and blood vessels healthy by taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle. These healthy habits include not smoking,eating right,exercising regularly,staying at a healthy weight,and getting the screening tests you need. A heart-healthy lifestyle is important for everyone,not just for people with existing health problems. It can help you keep your heart and blood ...

  6. Topic Overview

    Heart failure means that your heart muscle doesn't pump as much blood as your body needs. Because your heart cannot pump well,your heart and your body try to make up for it. This is called compensation. Your body has a remarkable ability to compensate for heart failure. The body may do such a good job that many people don't feel symptoms in the earlier stages of heart failure. It is only ...

  7. Aortic Valve Stenosis - Cause

    Most people who have aortic valve stenosis are born with a normal, healthy aortic valve but develop stenosis late in life. Aging and calcium buildup cause the leaflets of the valve to thicken and harden, preventing the valve from opening properly. Typically, stenosis develops slowly over many years.Aortic valve stenosis also occurs in people who are born with a valve that has two flaps instead of

  8. Malignant High Blood Pressure - Topic Overview

    Malignant high blood pressure (malignant hypertension) is very high blood pressure that comes on suddenly and is an emergency. If not treated,it can damage the brain,heart,eyes,or kidneys. Symptoms include numbness,blurry vision,chest pain,and confusion. This problem is also called hypertensive crisis or hypertensive emergency. Quick-acting medicines are used to lower blood pressure. ...

  9. Heart-Healthy Eating - Topic Overview

    What is heart-healthy eating?A heart-healthy diet focuses on adding more healthy foods to your diet and cutting back on foods that aren't so good for you. It is part of a heart-healthy lifestyle that includes regular activity and not smoking.The American Heart Association publishes heart-healthy diet guidelines for all adults and for children older than age 2.To put these guidelines into action, see:Heart Disease: Eating a Heart-Healthy Diet.If you already have heart or blood vessel problems, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure, specific eating plans can help you manage those problems.A few simple ideasEat more fruits and vegetables and other high-fiber foods.Choose foods that are low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol.Eat at least two servings of fish each week. Oily fish, which contain omega-3 fatty acids, are best. These fish include salmon, mackerel, lake trout, herring, and sardines. If you cannot eat fish, you can also get omega-3 fats from omega-3 eggs,

  10. Nitrates for Heart Attack and Unstable Angina

    Drug details for Nitrates for heart attack and unstable angina.

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