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Heart Disease

Also called: Arteriosclerosis, CAD, Coronary Artery Disease, Heart disease

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An angiogram (cardiac catheterization) is a test used to diagnose heart disease. During the procedure, a catheter is inserted into an artery, usually...
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An antiarrhythmic is a drug that is used to treat abnormal heart rhythms.
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Antioxidants include vitamins (A, C, and E) that may help to limit the cellular damage caused by free radicals, which are released when tissue is...
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Cholesterol is a fatty substance made by the body and found in some foods. Cholesterol is deposited in the arteries in coronary artery disease.
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Coronary artery disease (atherosclerosis) is a build-up of fatty material in the wall of the coronary artery that causes narrowing of the artery. One...
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Plaques are deposits of fats, inflammatory cells, proteins, and calcium material along the lining of the arteries seen in atherosclerosis. Plaque...
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Rheumatic fever can lead to a condition known as rheumatic heart disease. This is usually a thickening and stenosis of one or more of the heart...
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About 30% of all deaths from heart disease in the U.S. are directly related to cigarette smoking. Smoking is a major cause of atherosclerosis, or...
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Conditions that increase a person's risk for heart disease, also called coronary artery disease, are called risk factors. There are some risk factors...
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There are many things you can do to decrease your risk of developing heart disease. If the artery-clogging process has already begun, you can slow...
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Eating right is a powerful way to reduce or even eliminate some heart disease risk factors. Adopting a heart-healthy nutrition strategy can help...
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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women over 40 years old, especially after menopause. Once a woman reaches the age of 50 (about the age...
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Here are some questions you can ask your pediatrician: Is my child's weight healthy? A healthy weight is between the fifth percentile and the 85th...
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Some red meats are high in saturated fat, which raises blood cholesterol and increases the risk of heart disease. Researchers say eating red meat...
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Well-known risk factors for coronary atherosclerosis and heart attacks are:Elevated levels of LDL cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol) in the blood...
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