Many herbal supplements interact with medications for cardiovascular disease. Some of these interactions can be life-threatening.
A heart arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm. Arrhythmias can be a byproduct of damage to the heart from disease or age.
If you have heart disease, flu shots can reduce your risk of flu-related complications that could worsen your condition. Find out why.
A heart attack is an injury to heart muscle caused by reduced blood supply. Heart attack symptoms and treatments are discussed here.
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 occurs when air sacs in the lungs fill with fluid. It's often a life-threatening emergency.
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.
Ready to start your heart-healthy diet? Here are eight tips to get you started.
Give your diet a healthy kick with these Mediterranean recipes.
Heart-healthy eating doesn't have to be difficult. Use these menus to get started on a heart-healthy diet.
Eating nuts can help your heart. Discover how walnuts, almonds and other nuts help lower your cholesterol.
With a few tips and tricks, you can become a supersaver at the supermarket — without giving up on your healthy diet.
This heart-healthy eating plan emphasizes healthy fats, fruits and vegetables.
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.
Angina is a common type of chest pain caused by coronary artery disease. Unstable angina can be a warning sign of a heart attack.
Bradycardia, a slower than normal heart rate, can cause the heart to pump too little oxygen-rich blood to the body.
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 can signal many things. Here are some tips to help you decipher why you're wiped out and to regain your energy.
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 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
Blood tests can offer clues to your heart health. Here are tests you might encounter in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of heart disease.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Cardiac ablation is a procedure that destroys some heart tissue to treat an arrhythmia. Find out more.
Cardioversion is a procedure to restore a normal heart rhythm for people who have arrhythmias. Find out more.
Daily aspirin therapy can be a lifesaving option, but it's not for everyone. Get the facts before considering a daily aspirin.
A heart transplant can help both adults and children with severe heart problems who don't benefit from other treatment options.
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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