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Angina PectorisAngina pectoris is a term to describe chest pain that occurs when the heart is not getting enough blood. There are two types of angina, stable (the most common) and unstable. Stable angina generally lasts less than five minutes and is relieved by nitroglycerin tablets. Angina may be caused by heart disease, coronary artery spasm, or other causes. Risk factors for angina include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, family history, aging, and stimulant use. Treatment depends upon the cause of angina.
Automated External Defibrillators (AED)Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are used when a person has had a heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest. It is a machine that instructs the user through the steps to defibrillate the victim. As more and more AEDs are placed in public places, more lives are saved from sudden cardiac arrest.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a procedure a person can use to assist a person who is in cardiac arrest. Providing CPR to a person who is in cardiac arrest can save their life.
Electrocardiogram (ECG)An electrocardiogram (ECG, EKG) is a tool used to assist in diagnosing heart diseases and conditions, for example, atrial and ventricular fibrillation, heart attacks, and heart failure.
Hardening of the ArteriesAtherosclerosis is the term referring to a hardening of the arteries caused by buildup of fat and cholesterol on the artery walls. The deposits, called plaque, can eventually block blood flow. Obesity, high cholesterol, age and a number of other factors put people at risk for atherosclerosis. Treatment may include lifestyle changes, surgery, and medication.
Coronary Heart DiseaseCoronary heart disease (CHD) is a group of different types of heart disease. Symptoms of heart disease depend on the cause and inclue chest pain or angina, shortness of breath, palpitations, and dizziness. Many conditions causes heart disease, for example, genetics, obesity, high cholesterol, and smoking. Treatment for heart disease depend on the cause and include diet and other lifestyle changes, medications, procedures, and surgery. The prognosis (outlook) and life span for someone with heart disease varies depending on the cause.
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- Common Painkillers May Be Risky After Heart Attack
- New Test Helps Decide if Heart Patient Needs Stent
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- Blood Type May Impact Heart Risk
- Task Force Updates EKG Recommendations
- Heart Attack, Stroke More Common in Shift Workers
- Fish Oil Doesn't Lower Heart Risk in Diabetics
- Knee and Hip Replacement Surgeries Linked to Heart Attacks
- Can a Woman's Job Raise Her Heart Attack Risk?
- Half of Heart Patients Make Medication Errors
- Coffee in Moderation May Lower Heart Failure Risk
- FDA Rejects New Use for Blood Thinner Xarelto
- Bariatric Surgery Cuts Heart Attack Risk for Years
- PTSD Unrecognized Risk Among Heart Attack Patients
- Study: Heart Attack, Stroke Risk Low with Birth Control Pills
- Daily Aspirin: Worth the Risk?
- Calcium Supplements May Raise Heart Attack Risk
- Raising HDL Levels May Not Lower Heart Attack Risk
- Is Workout Supplement Ingredient DMAA Safe?
- Mental Stress May Be Harder on Women's Hearts
- Moderate Drinking Helps Men After Heart Attack?
- Test May Spot Heart Attacks Before They Happen
- Having Small Babies May Raise Heart Risk in Moms
- 1 Sugary Drink a Day May Raise Heart Risk
- Stents Overused in Stable Heart Patients
- Heart Attacks in Women: Different Symptoms, Different Outcomes
- Millions of Women Are Unaware They Have Arterial Disease
- Even a Little Air Pollution Raises Heart Attack Risk
- Scarred Hearts Healed After Heart Attack
- Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke May Be Underestimated
- AHA: Sex Safe for Most Heart Patients
- Aspirin Therapy for Heart Disease, Stroke Prevention Not for Everyone
- Study: Higher Heart Attack Risk From Pradaxa
- Grief May Boost Heart Attack Risk
- Sensitive Blood Test Rules Out Heart Attack
- Midlife Blood Pressure Predicts Future Heart Risk
- Childbirth May Cut Women's Heart Disease Risk
- Teeth Cleaning May Help Your Heart
- ADHD Drugs Likely Do Not Boost Heart Risk
- Blood Pressure Drugs at Bedtime May Cut Heart Risk
- Diet May Cut Heart Risk Due to 'Bad' Genes
- Heart Attack Complications More Likely for Women Smokers
- Too Many Heart Patients Getting Migraine Drugs
- Simple Steps to a Healthy Heart
- Anger, Stress May Provoke Heart Attacks
- Quicker Angioplasty Times for Heart Attack Patients
- Heart Testing Overused, Report Finds
- Family History's Role in Heart Attack and Stroke
- Sugar May Speed Heart Attack Recovery
- Heart Benefits From Cutting Back on Salt?
- Healthy Lifestyle Cuts Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death
- Chantix May Be Linked to Heart Risk
- FDA: New Warning for Procrit, Epogen, Aranesp
- Chantix Linked to Heart Attack in People With Heart Disease
- Lung Protein May Predict Heart Risk
- Heart Attacks in the Morning Are More Severe
- Calcium Supplements May Increase Heart Risk
- ‘Mini-Strokes' May Increase Risk of Heart Attack
- Exercise, Sex Can Boost Heart Attack Risk
- Bypass Surgery or Stents?
- Collaborative Care for Depression Has Heart Benefit
- Diabetes Risks Go Beyond Heart Attacks, Strokes
- Do You Know When NOT to Call 911?
- Women's Heart Risk Guidelines
- Heart Screening Tests Often Unneeded
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- Genes May Be Linked to Heart Disease
- NSAID Pain Relievers Raise Heart Risks
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Heart Attack Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins
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