Allergy symptoms can make you miserable and in some cases, they're life-threatening. Here's some information about allergies — and tips on treating allergy symptoms.
A heart arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm. Arrhythmias can be a byproduct of damage to the heart from disease or age.
Heart disease, usually thought of as blockages in the arteries that can cause a heart attack, can describe any medical condition affecting your heart.
Sick sinus syndrome is the name for a group of heart rhythm problems in which the heart's natural pacemaker isn't working properly.
Is fast food on your menu tonight? You don't need to give up your weight-loss plans for this quick meal. Just be choosy.
Having trouble sticking with your workout? Try these tips to reignite your enthusiasm.
Cultivating your spirituality can help you establish your priorities, focus on what matters most to you and reduce your level of stress.
Dizziness is one of the most common health concerns. However, few cases of dizziness are due to serious conditions.
Fatigue can signal many things. Here are some tips to help you decipher why you're wiped out and to regain your energy.
Shortness of breath can be frightening. Most of the time, a heart or lung condition is the cause.
Vasovagal syncope (fainting) is a sudden and brief loss of consciousness that occurs when the blood flow to your brain is markedly reduced.
Tests and diagnosis
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.
You may need a Holter monitor test if an electrocardiogram can't tell your doctor if you have a heart problem. Find out what's involved.
A stress test is used to diagnose coronary artery disease and heart arrhythmias, as well as guide treatment of heart disorders.
A tilt table test is used to investigate the cause of fainting (syncope).
Treatments and drugs
A pacemaker can correct a heartbeat that's too slow. Find out the risks, results and recovery time of the procedure to implant a pacemaker.
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