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  1. High Blood Pressure - Topic Overview

    What is high blood pressure? When you have high blood pressure, or hypertension, the force of blood against your artery walls is too strong. High blood pressure can damage your arteries, heart, and kidneys and lead to atherosclerosis and stroke. Hypertension is called a "silent killer'' because it does not cause symptoms unless it is severely high and, without your knowing it, it causes major ...

  2. Topic Overview

    Many people with heart failure have trouble sleeping. You may have insomnia because of trouble breathing or because of depression or anxiety. Some people with heart failure have sleep apnea,which means they stop breathing for 10 seconds or longer several times a night. This reduces the amount of oxygen their body gets. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to health problems or make problems that ...

  3. Cholesterol Absorption Inhibitors for High Cholesterol

    Drug details for Cholesterol absorption inhibitors for high cholesterol.

  4. Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase IV: Long-Term Lifestyle Change - Topic Overview

    Phase III is often referred to as the maintenance phase of cardiac rehab because it emphasizes long-term lifestyle changes,such as a regular exercise program. The program will help you practice and keep healthy behaviors and habits. Your goals for phase III of cardiac rehab are to: Learn lifestyle changes to lower your risk of future heart problems. Continue exercising to regain your physical ...

  5. Mitral Valve Regurgitation - When to Call a Doctor

    Callor other emergency services immediately if you or a person you are with has: Symptoms of a heart attack, including severe chest pain.Symptoms of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA).Loss of consciousness (syncope).Call a doctor immediately if you have:Symptoms of heart failure, such as shortness of breath, fatigue, and swelling in the legs and feet.Mitral valve regurgitation (MR) and are

  6. Congenital Heart Defects - Symptoms

    Congenital heart defects cause a wide range of symptoms.

  7. Supraventricular Tachycardia - Topic Overview

    Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of supraventricular tachycardia. For information on this condition, see the topic Atrial Fibrillation. If you have ventricular tachycardia, see the topic Ventricular Tachycardia.What is supraventricular tachycardia?Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is an abnormal fast heart rhythm that starts in the upper chambers, or the atria, of the heart. ...

  8. Sally's Story: Avoiding 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

  9. Joe's story

    When Joe turned 60 last year,he decided he was overdue for a good,old-fashioned physical. He had always been blessed with good health,but he knew that at his age he should be having regular checkups,especially since he was overweight. His doctor gave him a full exam and found no serious health problems. She also scheduled Joe for a cholesterol test. Joe,a real estate broker,was ...

  10. Thrombolytics for Heart Attack and Unstable Angina

    Drug details for Thrombolytics for heart attack and unstable angina.

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