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  1. Aortic Valve Regurgitation - Living With Aortic Regurgitation

    Since having aortic valve regurgitation means your heart is working overtime to keep up with your body's needs, your doctor will probably recommend specific lifestyle changes to decrease your heart's workload.If you smoke, your doctor will strongly advise that you quit and may prescribe medication and therapy to help you do so. Studies show that the combination of nicotine replacement therapy, ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Cardiac Catheterization

    Cardiac catheterization is a test used to check blood flow in the coronary arteries, blood flow, and blood pressure in the heart's chambers; find out how well the heart valves work; and check for defects in the way the heart's wall moves.

  4. Linda's story

    Linda's best friend had just had a heart attack. Linda,56,and Terri,52,work together in the records section of their city's police department. They had also been working on getting healthier together. They both had high cholesterol and were overweight. They both smoked. But they'd been going to aerobics class and had sworn off fast food. "Terri's heart attack scared me to death," says ...

  5. Topic Overview

    Heart failure means that your heart muscle does not pump as much blood as your body needs. Failure doesn't mean that your heart has stopped. It means that your heart is not pumping as well as it should. There is more than one type of heart failure,so you might hear your doctor call it different names. The types are based on what problem in the heart is causing it to not pump blood as well. ...

  6. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Types - Topic Overview

    Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a genetic disease in which the heart muscle grows abnormally, making the heart muscle thicken. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is described as either obstructive or nonobstructive. Nonobstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The heart muscle is abnormally thick but not to the extent that any part of it crowds the lower heart chambers (ventricles). The thicker muscle simply cannot relax properly. This means that less blood can enter the chambers and less blood is circulated to the body. Also, abnormal heart rhythms may develop. Most people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy have this type. Obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Portions of the heart muscle become so thick that they bulge out into the lower heart chambers (ventricles). Blocked blood flow and smaller, less effective ventricles result, especially during exercise, when the heart has less time to relax and fill. Thickened heart muscle may also interfere with how the heart valves open and close,

  7. High Blood Pressure in African Americans - Topic Overview

    African Americans are more likely to develop high blood pressure and often have more severe high blood pressure than other groups. They also are more likely to have the condition at an earlier age than others. It is not known why they are at greater risk. African Americans who are sensitive to salt ( sodium ),are obese,or smoke are at even higher risk for high blood pressure. As a result,...

  8. Medications

    You probably will need to take a combination of medicines to treat heart failure, even if you do not have symptoms yet. Medicines do not cure heart failure. However, they can help you manage your symptoms.The goals of drug treatment are to relieve or control symptoms of heart failure, improve daily function and quality of life, slow the progression of the disease, and reduce the risk of ...

  9. Heart Attack and Unstable Angina - Surgery

    On rare occasions, coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) is done on an emergency basis to treat a heart attack. Coronary artery bypass grafting, also called bypass surgery or "cabbage, " may be needed when a heart attack cannot be safely and effectively treated with medicine or angioplasty. For example, bypass surgery may be done when there are blockages in the coronary arteries that cannot

  10. Aortic Valve Regurgitation - Exams and Tests

    You should have a physical exam periodically, with the frequency depending on your age, overall health, and risk factors for various conditions. Most heart valve problems are discovered by a doctor while listening to the heart with a stethoscope. If your doctor finds aortic valve regurgitation during a routine physical, the condition will likely not have progressed to the point of being severe ...

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