In-depth

Causes

Congenital heart defects in children

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.

Symptoms

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

Chest X-rays

CT scan

Echocardiogram

Electrocardiogram

MRI

MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body.

Aug. 01, 2013