In-depth

Alternative medicine

Herbal supplement interactions

Many herbal supplements interact with medications for cardiovascular disease. Some of these interactions can be life-threatening.

Causes

Heart arrhythmias

A heart arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm. Arrhythmias can be a byproduct of damage to the heart from disease or age.

Complications

Flu shots and heart disease

If you have heart disease, flu shots can reduce your risk of flu-related complications that could worsen your condition. Find out why.

Heart attack

Pericardial effusion

Pericardial effusion, the accumulation of excess fluid in the sac-like structure around the heart, can decrease heart function and can be life-threatening.

Pulmonary edema

Pulmonary edema occurs when air sacs in the lungs fill with fluid. It's often a life-threatening emergency.

Lifestyle and home remedies

Atkins Diet

Exercise and chronic disease

Curious about exercise and chronic disease? Get the answers to your questions.

Heart-healthy diet: 8 steps to prevent heart disease

Ready to start your heart-healthy diet? Here are eight tips to get you started.

Is indulgence part of a healthy diet?

Limit bad fats, one bite at a time

Mediterranean diet recipes

Give your diet a healthy kick with these Mediterranean recipes.

Menus for heart-healthy eating

Heart-healthy eating doesn't have to be difficult. Use these menus to get started on a heart-healthy diet.

Nuts and your heart: Eating nuts for heart health

Eating nuts can help your heart. Discover how walnuts, almonds and other nuts help lower your cholesterol.

Time to scale back on salt?

Whole grains for a healthy heart

Prevention

Frugal food shopping

With a few tips and tricks, you can become a supersaver at the supermarket — without giving up on your healthy diet.

Mediterranean diet

This heart-healthy eating plan emphasizes healthy fats, fruits and vegetables.

Red wine, antioxidants and resveratrol

Red wine and something in it called resveratrol may be heart healthy. Discover more.

Risk factors

Heart disease in women

All women face the threat of heart disease. Find out how symptoms, risk factors and prevention can be unique for women.

Sleep deprivation

Think getting by on a few hours of sleep is no big deal? Think again.

Stress symptoms

Aches and pains, irritability, and crying spells may have an unexpected source — stress. Recognize these and other signs and symptoms so that you can take action.

Symptoms

Angina

Angina is a common type of chest pain caused by coronary artery disease. Unstable angina can be a warning sign of a heart attack.

Edema

Edema — swelling caused by excess fluid in tissues — can affect any part of your body. Treating the underlying cause is key to resolving edema.

Fatigue

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

Heart murmurs

This whooshing sound in your heart is usually harmless, but in some cases heart murmurs can alert your doctor to specific heart conditions.

Shortness of breath

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

Tachycardia

Tachycardia, a rapid heart rate, is caused by an abnormality in your heart's electrical impulses. Tachycardia can cause serious complications, including sudden cardiac arrest.

Tests and diagnosis

Cardiac catheterization

Cardiac catheterization is used as a test for some heart conditions and as a procedure to treat some types of heart disease. Find out more.

Complete blood count

A complete blood count can be used to evaluate your overall health, detect a wide range of disorders, or monitor a medical condition or treatment.

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.

Treatments and drugs

Angioplasty

Coronary angioplasty and stents can reopen clogged heart arteries if buildup of plaques is causing chest pain, shortness of breath or a heart attack.

Cardiac ablation

Cardioversion

Daily aspirin therapy

Daily aspirin therapy can be a lifesaving option, but it's not for everyone. Get the facts before considering a daily aspirin.

Heart transplant

A heart transplant can help both adults and children with severe heart problems who don't benefit from other treatment options.

Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator

Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) can control abnormal, life-threatening heart rhythms and prevent cardiac arrest.

 

Pacemaker

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.

Jan. 16, 2013

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