In-depth

Causes

Heart disease

Heart disease, usually thought of as blockages in the arteries that can cause a heart attack, can describe any medical condition affecting your heart.

Complications

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

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

Barriers to fitness

Don't have time to exercise? Too tired to work out? Check out these easy ways to increase your physical activity.

Coping with job stress

High stress levels at work can steal the joy from life. Learn how to turn the tables on job stress, starting today.

Quit smoking strategies

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.

Weight-loss goals

Convert your thoughts into actions by setting realistic and attainable weight-loss goals.

Whole grains

Why are whole grains better than refined grains?

Prevention

Fitness program

Starting a fitness program is easier than you might think. Follow these five steps.

Healthy eating tips

Flavorful food combinations and an inventive spirit are key ingredients for creating a tempting and healthy diet.

Quitting smoking

When you're trying to quit smoking, cravings can be powerful. Use these 10 strategies to help resist tobacco cravings.

Sources of stress

Stress is your body's response to the demands of the world. Identifying your personal triggers is the key to effectively managing your stress.

Weight-loss readiness

Before you plunge into a weight-loss program, see if you're truly ready to change.

Risk factors

Stress management

When you identify unhealthy ways of reacting to stress, you can begin to control the stress, rather than letting it control you.

Symptoms

Fatigue

Fatigue can signal many things. Here are some tips to help you decipher why you're wiped out and to regain your energy.

Nausea and vomiting

Sick to your stomach? Nausea and vomiting usually pass quickly but sometimes result from long-term or serious conditions.

Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath can be frightening. Most of the time, a heart or lung condition is the cause.

Unexplained weight loss

Unexplained weight loss: Symptom — Overview covers possible causes of unexplained weight loss.

Tests and diagnosis

Coronary angiogram

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.

CT scan

A CT scan is an imaging test that uses X-rays to produce detailed images of the inside of your body.

Echocardiogram

Echocardiogram allows your doctor to see your heart in motion. Here's what you need to know about the test.

Electrocardiogram

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.

Nuclear stress test

A nuclear stress test is used to diagnose heart conditions by comparing images of your heart during exercise and while at rest.

Stress test

A stress test is used to diagnose coronary artery disease and heart arrhythmias, as well as guide treatment of heart disorders.

Jul. 12, 2013

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