I realize that I have mentioned heart murmurs in many of my responses, but I've never actually described what one is. Heart murmurs are noises that originate … [Read more...] about What Is A Heart Murmur And How Is It Caused?
Is there any treatment for atherosclerosis? What are the risk factors? Atherosclerosis, also called hardening of the arteries, is a condition in which the … [Read more...] about How Do You Treat Atherosclerosis And What Are The Risk Factors?
What causes heart palpitations or temporary irregular heartbeats? Sometimes while resting I can feel my heart skip a beat and it feels, when it beats again, … [Read more...] about What Causes Heart Palpitations Or Irregular Heartbeats?
Can you tell me what the connection is between folic acid and the prevention of heart disease? All the hospital pathologists are taking it, and since my family … [Read more...] about What Is The Role Of Folic Acid In Preventing Heart Disease?
Balloon angioplasty has become a very frequently-performed alternative to the open heart Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG). For many years, CABG was the … [Read more...] about Angioplasty Treatment For Coronary Artery Disease
Congestive heart failure is present when heart failure develops over enough time for excessive fluid -- the congestion -- to build up. Heart failure occurs when … [Read more...] about The Symptoms And Treatment Of Congestive Heart Failure
I'm 25 years old, and my father recently passed away at the age of 44, due to various complications of heart disease. Because of my family history, how likely … [Read more...] about Heart Disease Risk Factors – Family History
My mother has been told that she has a bubble in her aorta (aneurysm). Her doctor says he wants to monitor it rather than repair it. This concerns me greatly. … [Read more...] about What Are The Causes And Treatments Of Aortic Aneurysms?
I have been diagnosed with Supra Ventricular Tachycardia (SVT) and I was wondering if you could give me some information on this heart disease. Tachycardia … [Read more...] about Can You Tell Me More About Supraventricular Tachycardia?
My mother was diagnosed with aortic aneurysms. She has one that is 5cm, and one 2cm. The doctor stated she is too old to operate on, so she just has to live … [Read more...] about What Is An Aortic Aneurysm – How And When Is It Treated?
I am a 26-year-old female. I had a routine pap smear done recently and my gynecologist said it sounded like I have a "functional heart murmur". She said that … [Read more...] about Is My Heart Murmur Cause For Alarm?
My brother-in-law has just discovered he has a hole in his heart. Is this something that can be fixed, and what causes this? A "hole in the heart" refers to a … [Read more...] about What Causes A Hole In The Heart?
My 63 year-old mother-in-law just had emergency heart surgery where they replaced part of her torn aorta. She's in great health except that she smokes at least … [Read more...] about What Is Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy?
My husband, 62, has recently experienced "tightness" in his chest. He has been diagnosed with panic disorder. The doctor did an EKG and said his heart is … [Read more...] about What Can Cause Tightness In The Chest?
My father-in-law has congestive heart failure. He had a heart attack about ten or more years ago at age 47. How long do most people live with congestive heart … [Read more...] about How Long Can You Live With Congestive Heart Failure?
PVC stands for premature ventricular contractions, sometimes also called extrasystoles or ventricular ectopic beats. PVCs are a form of cardiac arrhythmia, or … [Read more...] about Cardiac Arrhythmia – What Is PVC?
That's a great question, but not as easy to answer as we doctors would like. The classic heart attack symptoms are quite distinct. crushing chest pain that … [Read more...] about How Can I Tell The Difference Between Heartburn And Heart Attack?
We all know the stereotype of a heart attack: A person suddenly clutches the chest in great pain and then keels over. Doctors view chest pain as a red-flag … [Read more...] about What Is A Silent Heart Attack?
Researchers have just found another good reason why those with diabetes should follow their doctor's advice. Dr. Lawrence Blonde of New Orleans's Alton Ochsner … [Read more...] about Preventing Heart Disease Among Diabetics
The risk factors for coronary heart disease include high cholesterol, family history, high blood pressure, diabetes, and smoking. To a lesser extent, obesity … [Read more...] about What Are The Risk Factors For Coronary Artery Disease?
The importance of diet, exercise, and medication in the prevention of first-time and repeat heart attacks is well accepted by the medical establishment. … [Read more...] about Are Diet, Exercise, And Medication Enough To Avoid A Heart Attack?
Each year, more than 4 million Americans check themselves into emergency rooms for chest pain. Although most of them suspect they are having a heart attack, … [Read more...] about Are You Having A Heart Attack?
Persons experiencing shortness of breath and fatigue should seek medical treatment immediately, according to a new report, which suggests these are not signs of … [Read more...] about Congestive Heart Failure Common But Underrecognized