In-depth

Cardiogenic shock

Cardiogenic shock is a life-threatening complication usually of a heart attack. Cardiogenic shock treatments can be effective, but must be provided immediately.

Cardiomyopathy

Cardiomyopathy is a heart muscle disease. Treatment options depend on what type of cardiomyopathy you have.

Chagas disease

Chagas disease, a condition caused by a parasite, usually is transmitted to humans through feces of the infected triatomine bug.

Congenital heart defects in children

Children who have a congenital heart defect have a structural flaw in the heart. Congenital heart defects in children are rare, but often treatable.

Congenital heart disease in adults

Even if your congenital heart disease was treated during childhood, be sure to take care of your condition as an adult.

Dilated cardiomyopathy

Dilated cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart in which the heart's main pumping chamber becomes enlarged and doesn't pump blood efficiently.

Ebstein's anomaly

Ebstein's anomaly is a rare heart defect. Some people may not have any symptoms, but others may need treatment, including surgery.

Enlarged heart

Enlarged heart is often a sign of a serious heart condition. Find out causes and treatments for enlarged heart.

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.

Heart failure

Heart failure means your heart can't efficiently pump blood throughout your body. Medications, and sometimes devices or surgery, can help you manage this condition.

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a rare and complex congenital heart condition in which the left side of the heart is underdeveloped.

Myocarditis

Myocarditis is a disease in which the heart muscle becomes inflamed and swollen, often as the result of an infection.

Sudden cardiac arrest

Sudden cardiac arrest is a medical emergency. Rapid treatment improves your chances of survival.

Dec. 10, 2010