Heart disease, usually thought of as blockages in the arteries that can cause a heart attack, can describe any medical condition affecting your heart.
Persistent nervousness, worry and other anxiety symptoms can put you at risk of serious health problems. Take steps to ease your mind sooner rather than later.
Myocardial ischemia is a heart problem that occurs when blood flow to your heart muscle is decreased, reducing the heart's oxygen supply.
Lifestyle and home remedies
Don't have time to exercise? Too tired to work out? Check out these easy ways to increase your physical activity.
High stress levels at work can steal the joy from life. Learn how to turn the tables on job stress, starting today.
Quitting smoking is hard, no question. Use these tried-and-true strategies to help you quit, and refer back to them as often as needed.
Convert your thoughts into actions by setting realistic and attainable weight-loss goals.
Grains, especially whole grains, provide a variety of healthy nutrients and are naturally low in fat. Here's how to get more in your diet.
Starting a fitness program is easier than you might think. Follow these five steps.
Flavorful food combinations and an inventive spirit are key ingredients for creating a tempting and healthy diet.
When you're trying to quit smoking, cravings can be powerful. Use these 10 strategies to help resist tobacco cravings.
Stress is your body's response to the demands of the world. Identifying your personal triggers is the key to effectively managing your stress.
Before you plunge into a weight-loss program, see if you're truly ready to change.
When you identify unhealthy ways of reacting to stress, you can begin to control the stress, rather than letting it control you.
Fatigue can signal many things. Here are some tips to help you decipher why you're wiped out and to regain your energy.
Sick to your stomach? Nausea and vomiting usually pass quickly but sometimes result from long-term or serious conditions.
Shortness of breath can be frightening. Most of the time, a heart or lung condition is the cause.
Unexplained weight loss: Symptom — Overview covers possible causes of unexplained weight loss.
Tests and diagnosis
Even with today's high-tech medical devices, the basic chest X-ray remains an important tool in diagnosing various conditions. Here's a look at how it works.
A coronary angiogram uses special X-rays to examine the inside of your heart's blood vessels. Find out what to expect when you have the procedure.
A CT scan is an imaging test that uses X-rays to produce detailed images of the inside of your body.
Echocardiogram allows your doctor to see your heart in motion. Here's what you need to know about the test.
An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is a test that provides valuable clues about your heart health. Here's what you need to know about the test.
A nuclear stress test is used to diagnose heart conditions by comparing images of your heart during exercise and while at rest.
A stress test is used to diagnose coronary artery disease and heart arrhythmias, as well as guide treatment of heart disorders.
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