Frequently Asked Questions

Bad And Good Cholesterol

Wide advertisements in magazines that are published and shown on television, you may be touched to see at least one related to cholesterol. You’ve probably seen many that deal with drugs to reduce LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol and HDL (high density lipoprotein), among others. With so much information, you probably have wondered what does it all mean. And although it seems that …

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Looking for a cardiologist who will offer the best results is essential if you are experiencing any problems with your heart. These doctors are trained to understand how the heart works, and they are able to diagnose problems and find solutions. With the latest forms of technology, these doctors have state of the art equipment. This equipment is ideal for …

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How To Avoid A Heart Attack

Coronary artery is the main blood vessel that supplies the heart muscles with blood, nutrients and oxygen for functioning. When fat droplets contained in the blood deposits on the walls of the coronary artery over an extended period of time this can cause the artery to narrow or constrict. If constriction results the individual can experience pain or an unbearable …

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Too Much Salt, Not Enough Potassium – Risk of Heart Disease

Recent research involving people have found that higher sodium intake was associated with increased mortality from cardiovascular disease. At the same time, higher potassium intake was associated with lower mortality risk. Most likely elevated blood pressure related to high sodium intake is one of the reasons for this increase in heart disease. High blood pressure increases the risk of heart …

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Can Surgery Be Used to Treat Heart Failure?

In heart failure, surgery is introduced at stopping further damage to the heart and improving the heart’s function after other methods failed indefinitely. Procedures used include: Coronary artery bypass grafting surgery. The commonest surgery for heart failure is bypass surgery. Your doctor will determine if your heart failure is caused by coronary artery disease and if you have blockages that can be bypassed. …

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How Can I Improve My Quality of Life With Heart Failure?

There are many things you can do to better the quality of your life if you have heart failure. Among them are: Eat a healthy diet. Limit your consumption of sodium (salt) to less than 2,000 milligrams (2 grams) each day. Eat foods high in fiber. Limit foods high in fat, cholesterol, and sugar. Reduce total daily intake of calories to …

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What Medications Should I Avoid if I Have Heart Failure?

There are many various types of medications that are best avoided in those with heart failure including: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Motrin or Aleve. For relief of aches, pains, or fever take Tylenol instead. Most antiarrhythmic agents Most calcium channel blockers (if you have systolic heart failure) Some nutritional supplements, such as salt substitutes, and growth hormone therapies Antacids that …

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How Can I Prevent Further Heart Damage?

As with any chronic illness, heart failure is best controlled by early diagnosis and prevention. Sometimes, the cause of heart failure is idiopathic (another name for “cause unknown”), but in many cases, lifestyle is a major factor. One additional note: Claims that women are less vulnerable to heart failure than men are untrue. Heart failure affects women and men equally, …

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How To Prevent Heart Failure From Worsening?

Keep your blood pressure low. In HF(Heart failure), the release of hormones causes the blood vessels to constrict or tighten. Therefore the heart must work hard to pump blood through the constricted vessels. It is important to keep your blood pressure as low as possible, so that your heart can pump effectively without extra stress. Monitor your own symptoms. Check for changes …

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What Are the Types of Heart Failure?

Systolic dysfunction (or systolic heart failure) occurs when the heart muscle does not contract with sufficient force, so there is minimum oxygen-rich blood that is pumped throughout the body. Diastolic dysfunction (or diastolic heart failure) occurs when the heart contracts normally, but the ventricles do not relax properly or are stiff, and less blood enters the heart during normal filling. A calculation done during …

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