What does it feel like when you are having a heart attack?

What Does it Feel Like When You are Having a Heart Attack? A heart attack is a medical emergency that requires immediate intervention and treatment. However, the signs of a heart attack can vary from one person to the next, making it difficult to determine if what you are feeling is a true cardiac problem or another benign issue. In general, it is better to talk to a doctor anytime you feel you may be having the symptoms of a heart attack, but the information below may help you to recognize these symptoms more effectively.  What Is a Heart Attack? If you have heart disease, a heart attack is one…

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Is there a cure for heart disease?

Is There a Cure for Heart Disease? Although heart disease has had considerable media coverage in recent years, many people are unaware of the vast number of individuals it affects.  For someone suffering from a heart problem or who has a family member or a friend with one, an important question is whether there is a cure. Overview of Cardiac Problems Disease affecting the heart is responsible for one of every four U.S. deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  More than 600,000 Americans perish each year as a result.  This type of disease represents the leading cause of death for both males and females.  Coronary disease…

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What are symptoms of a silent stroke?

What are symptoms of a silent stroke? Every year, about 800,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke, and about 140,000 of those men and women die as a result, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While most strokes – especially fatal ones – are major, causing obvious symptoms, many more are very small – so small, their symptoms can pass unnoticed and undiagnosed. These strokes are often referred to as “silent strokes” or “mini-strokes,” and while their initial impact may be relatively minor, over time repeated injury to the brain can result in significant cognitive decline and even death. Learning to recognize common stroke…

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Which of These Cardiac Problems Are More Dangerous a Heart Attack or Cardiac Arrest?

Which of These Cardiac Problems Are More Dangerous a Heart Attack or Cardiac Arrest? Most people outside of the medical industry believe the terms heart attack and cardiac arrest describe the same thing, but they don’t. These terms actually describe two very different medical problems. Understanding the difference between these cardiac problems could help you save a life. Think of Cardiac Arrest as "The Big One" "The Big One" is often a term used by many people to describe extremely serious heart attacks. However, that term is actually better used for cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest occurs when an electrical malfunction in the body causes the heart to suddenly stop beating.…

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5 Types of Heart Disease Symptoms, Risk Factors & Causes

5 Types of Heart Disease Symptoms, Risk Factors & Causes The Center for Disease Control reports that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Learning more about different types of cardiac problems can help you reduce your risk of experiencing serious, potentially fatal, complications that can happen as a result of untreated heart disease. The Different Types of Heart Disease Heart disease is a general term that is applied to any medical complication or problem that prevents the heart from properly functioning. Some of the examples of medical problems and complications that are often classified under this category include: Valvular heart disease – problems with…

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Is Chest pain a symptom of Heart Disease?

Is Chest pain a symptom of Heart Disease? The first thing that most people think when they have chest pain is that it is heart-related or even that they could be having a heart attack. While chest pain definitely should not be ignored, it can mean a number of things. In fact, as much as 25% of Americans have chest pain that has nothing to do with their heart. But is chest pain a symptom of heart disease? Read on to find out. What causes chest pain? There is no single cause of chest pain. In some cases, restricted blood flow through the blood vessels of the heart can cause…

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What is a Cardiac PET Scan?

What is a Cardiac PET Scan? The cardiac PET scan, known medically as cardiac positron emission tomography is a noninvasive scan of your heart, using nuclear imaging. Radioactive tracers are used to produce images or pictures of your heart. These tracers mix in with your blood, which then flows through the heart and is able to be picked up with imaging technology. Different degrees of brightness and colors on the PET scan reveal different levels of heart tissue function. Why You Might Need a Cardiac PET Your doctor may recommend you have a heat PET, in order to diagnose heart disease or a result of being diagnosed with abnormal heart…

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All About High Cholesterol

All About High Cholesterol High cholesterol is a common condition that affects more than one-third of all adults in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This means about 71 million Americans are at increased risk for health problems associated with high cholesterol. Fortunately, treatment for high cholesterol and treatment for the heart problems it causes reduces the risk of these health problems. Cholesterol is a waxy fat-like substance that the human body uses in small quantities to make bile, insulate nerve cells, and make vitamin D. Cholesterol strengthens cell walls. In fact, the human body needs cholesterol to make cells, according to the…

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When to See a Vein Specialist

Many people believe that the main reason to see a physician about a vein problem is a cosmetic one.  In fact, vascular issues can lead to significant complications requiring treatment by a vein specialist.  Being aware of both the signs of and the risk factors for vein disease helps patients seek and receive early treatment.  This can help prevent serious problems. Symptoms of Vein Disease The Office of Women’s Health (OWH) reports that as many as 55 percent of U.S. women and 45 percent of men have some type of vein issue.  Varicose veins affect one of every two people who are at least 50 years old. These abnormal vessels…

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Abnormal Heart Rhythms

Abnormal Heart Rhythms Having an abnormal heart rhythm means that your heartbeat is irregular. The condition is known as arrhythmia. It doesn’t necessarily indicate that your heart is beating abnormally fast or slow; it means that it’s beating out of its normal rhythm. If you’ve ever felt your heart fluttering or skipping a beat, then you like experienced an abnormal heart rhythm. That said, some heart arrhythmias are silent. While arrhythmias can be harmless, they can be a medical emergency. If you are experiencing something unusual with your heartbeat, it is better to be safe and sorry and call 911. Causes of an Abnormal Heart Rhythm Several reasons could be…

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