Heart failure occurs when the heart can no longer pump out enough blood to supply what the body needs. The result is fatigue, shortness of breath, and fluid retention—all classic signs of heart failure. Many people don’t realize that heart failure is not actually a disease, rather it’s the result
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If you’ve ever been told you have a heart murmur, you may be inclined to immediately think you have heart disease. Symptoms of heart disease, however, usually include things like chest pain, shortness of breath, and lightheadedness as well as test results that show high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and
If your doctor suspects you have heart disease, you may be advised to undergo cardiac tests to diagnose your condition. These tests range from simple, non-invasive screenings to more involved procedures that may include the use of high-tech imaging equipment.
“Typically, these tests are ordered in response to symptoms such as
The sooner your persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) is treated with catheter ablation, the more likely it is that the procedure will help reduce complications of this common heart rhythm problem.
A Cleveland Clinic study published in the journal Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology found that among patients who have an ablation, those
Maintaining good cardiovascular health is about more than eating a healthy diet, exercising every day, quitting smoking and taking your medications as prescribed. It’s also essential that you respond appropriately to changes in your health, especially when those changes could indicate a problem with your heart or the rest of
Once you find out you have a heart condition, your first impulse may be to “fix” it as soon as possible. But some problems are better served by monitoring them and taking a “watchful waiting” approach to see if the problem ever progresses. If there are no symptoms and there
Advances in treatments are helping people born with congenital heart disease live longer and with greater quality of life. But not all structural problems with the heart can be permanently fixed in childhood. In fact, many treatments that help get these patients into adulthood often need revisiting later in life.
Adults with Congenital Heart Disease Need Special Attention
Individuals born with heart problems are living longer these days, but they need to be especially mindful of potential changes in their conditions.
Advances in treatments are helping people born with congenital heart disease live longer and with greater quality of life. But