Monthly Archive for: ‘May, 2012’

What Causes Heart Failure?

Heart failure is caused by various conditions that damage the heart muscle, including: Coronary artery disease (CAD), a disease of the arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the heart, causes decreased blood flow to the heart muscle. If the arteries become blocked or severely narrowed, the heart becomes starved for oxygen and nutrients. Heart attack. A heart attack occurs when …

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What Are the Treatments for Heart Failure?

Treatment of heart failure concentrates on slowing or reversing its progression. Starting early treatment will be a better result. From a initial diagnosis, your doctor will recommend several lifestyle changes. You may be asked to reach and maintain a healthy weight, increase your activity level (after consulting your doctor), restrict salt intake, restrict fluid intake, and avoid alcohol. If you …

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Types of Heart Failure

There are 3 main categories of heart failure — dilated cardiomyopathy (cardiomyopathy is a term that means heart muscle disease), hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and diastolic dysfunction. Once you are sure which category of heart failure you have, you can read below to learn more about your condition. Dilated cardiomyopathy is the most common variety of heart failure; most people who are told …

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The Basics About Heart Failure

Heart failure is a cardiac condition in which the heart is unable to function sufficiently to meet the body’s needs. Because heart failure can be produced by many kinds of cardiac disease, it is among the most prevalent of cardiac problems. Patients with heart failure often suffer from shortness of breath and fatigue, and have difficulty with physical exertion. Their …

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Treatments for Heart Disease

Besides the drug treatments and surgery, there are a various treatments for heart disease. Drug treatments for people with heart disease can aid to lower the blood pressure or cholesterol, prevent or dissolve blood clots, relieve and avoid angina symptoms, or improve the strength or rhythm of the heart’s contractions. Medical methods to diagnose and treat heart disease include coronary …

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What Is Ischemia?

Cardiac ischemia happens when plaque and fatty matter narrow the inside of an artery to a point where it cannot supply adequate oxygen-rich blood to meet your heart’s needs. Heart attack can occur – with or without chest pain and other symptoms. Ischemia is most commonly experienced during: Exercise or exertion Eating Excitement or stress Exposure to cold Coronary artery disease or CAD …

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How Does Coronary Artery Disease Develop?

CAD developing at a young age, whereby cholesterol-laden plaque can commence to deposit in the blood vessel walls. As you get older, the plaque accumulation builds up, inflaming the blood vessel walls and raising the risk of blood clots and heart attack. The plaques release chemicals that promote the process of healing but make the inner walls of the blood vessel sticky. …

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What Is Coronary Artery Disease?

Heart disease is a result of plaque buildup in your coronary arteries — a condition called atherosclerosis — that leads to blockages. The arteries, which begins out smooth and elastic, become narrow and rigid, restricting blood flow to the heart. The heart becomes lack of oxygen and the vital nutrients it needs to pump properly.

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How common is heart disease among women?

Heart disease is the highest cause of death in women over forty years old, especially after menopause. Once a woman reaches the age of fifty, (about the age of natural menopause), the risk for heart disease increases normally. In young women who have undergone early or surgical menopause, the risk for heart disease is also higher, especially when combined with other risk factors …

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How the Healthy Heart Works

Our heart is a great organ. It always pumps oxygen and nutrient-rich blood throughout your body to live life. This fist-sized organ beats (expands and contracts) 100,000 times per day, pumping five or six quarts of blood each minute, or about 2,000 gallons per day. With heart failure, the heart’s pumping power is weaker than normal, causing less blood to flow …

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Symptoms of Congenital Heart Defects

Congenital heart defects may be discovered before birth, right after birth, during childhood, or not until adulthood at times. It is possible to have a defect and no symptoms at all. Sometimes it can be diagnosed because of a heart murmur on physical exam or an not normal EKG/ECG or chest X-ray in people with no symptoms. In adults, if symptoms of congenital …

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Symptoms of Heart Valve Disease

Heart valve disease may include: Difficulty in breathing. You may notice this most when you are doing your routine activities or when you lie down flat in bed. Weakness or dizziness. Discomfort in your chest.Feeling a pressure or weight in your chest with activity or when going out in cold air. Palpitations (this may feel like a fast heart rhythm, not regular …

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Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a type of arrhythmia. Mostly people with AF experience many of the these symptoms: Heart palpitations (a sudden pounding, fluttering, or racing feeling in the heart). Not enough of energy. Dizziness (feeling faint or light-headed). Chest discomfort (pain, pressure, or discomfort). Shortness of breath (difficulty breathing during normal activities). Some patients with atrial fibrillation,sometimes will not have …

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