What causes coronary artery disease (CAD) is a process called atherosclerosis. Symptoms develop when cholesterol, fats, and other substances such as white blood cells collect in the walls of the blood vessels that keep the heart supplied with blood—the coronary arteries. Cholesterol and other materials form plaques. Unfortunately, atherosclerosis symptoms
Tag: unstable angina
It may be a classic heart-attack symptom, but pressure or discomfort or tightness in your chest doesn’t always accompany a heart attack. For some people, particularly women, pain in other places may be their main symptoms. For others, chest discomfort comes and goes—the result of a condition called angina, which
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., so it’s important that you can recognize the signs of a heart problem. Symptoms of heart disease, also called coronary artery disease (CAD), abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), and heart failure sometimes overlap.
But if you’re at risk for any
You’re climbing a flight of stairs and suddenly you feel pressure in your chest. It might feel a little like heartburn, but you know it’s more serious. What causes chest pain like that? Are you having a heart attack? Or is it an angina attack, your first indication that you
Q. I’ve heard that painkillers can be dangerous—even over-the-counter painkillers. What are some of the possible negative effects of these drugs?
A. Most of us don’t think twice about reaching for an ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve) or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for pain relief. But if you suffer from
Individuals 80 and older who have unstable angina or who have had a heart attack may do much better by having a stent put in or by having surgery, instead of more conservative care.
A study called the After Eighty trial examined whether invasive procedures such as percutaneous coronary intervention
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
Ask the Doctors: Stent
Q. When I got a stent I was told the artery might close up again one day. I’d like to know a few things: How quickly does that usually happen? How will I know if it’s starting to happen? If the artery closes, will a new stent
If you have had a heart attack, or have undergone angioplasty and stenting or coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), sex may be the last thing on your mind. But sexual intercourse is an important component of many relationships. No woman should be afraid to snuggle up to her partner for