If you have heart disease, flu shots can reduce your risk of flu-related complications that could worsen your condition. Find out why.
Pericardial effusion, the accumulation of excess fluid in the sac-like structure around the heart, can decrease heart function and can be life-threatening.
Lifestyle and home remedies
Interested in the Atkins Diet but not sure what it's about? Get the details and a sample menu, plus pros and cons.
Curious about exercise and chronic disease? Get the answers to your questions.
Give your diet a healthy kick with these Mediterranean recipes.
Eating nuts can help your heart. Discover how walnuts, almonds and other nuts help lower your cholesterol.
Heart disease may be preventable by making heart-healthy lifestyle changes. Discover strategies you can adopt now to protect your heart.
This heart-healthy eating plan emphasizes healthy fats, fruits and vegetables.
The omega-3 fatty acids in fish are good for your heart. Find out how much fish to eat and what kinds are best.
Red wine and something in it called resveratrol may be heart healthy. Discover more.
All women face the threat of heart disease. Find out how symptoms, risk factors and prevention can be unique for women.
Think getting by on a few hours of sleep is no big deal? Think again.
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.
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.
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 is used as a test for some heart conditions and as a procedure to treat some types of heart disease. Find out more.
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.
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.
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.
Treatments and drugs
Coronary angioplasty and stents can reopen clogged heart arteries if buildup of plaques is causing chest pain, shortness of breath or a heart attack.
Coronary bypass surgery is a procedure to treat blockage of blood to the heart muscle.
Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) can control abnormal, life-threatening heart rhythms and prevent cardiac arrest.
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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