Cardiovascular Conditions

From atrial fibrillation to heart attacks and congestive heart failure, the articles in this section cover cardiovascular conditions and the treatments available.

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What's aortic valve disease?

You probably haven't thought too much about the valves that guard the passageways of your heart. But what if one those sentries were to spring a leak?

Can you predict the likelihood of a child becoming a victim of heart disease?

It doesn't take psychic powers to determine whether your child will one day face heart trouble. What are the indicators? And is there any way to turn the tides?

Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Alternative Heart Medicine

If it's all-natural, it's all-safe, right? Ask someone who's itching furiously after walking through a patch of poison ivy. There are some things you should talk about before you start perusing the herbal supplements aisle.

Top 10 Ways to Avoid a Heart Attack

bad news is that heart attacks are a No. 1 killer. The good news is that you can do a lot to prevent yourself from winding up in an ambulance.

Could you have a heart attack -- and not know it?

Sometimes the grim reaper is subtle. With the silent heart attack, the victim experiences no obvious signs or symptoms. Or is the problem that we need to revamp our symptom checker?

How can plane travel increase the risk of heart attack?

It's a nuisance getting up from your seat on a flight. The cabin is filled with obstacles and space is tight. But what's worse, a stumble through the cabin or a potentially deadly clot?

Why do trans fat and saturated fat get such a bad rap?

Cities have banned them, citizens have sued over them and cholesterol levels have soared because of them. Why are a couple of bonded hydrogen and carbon atoms regarded as evil incarnate?

What's the difference between LDL and HDL cholesterol?

Unless you've been hiding under a giant cheeseburger for the past decade, you probably know that having high cholesterol is bad for you. But it's not all created equal, and knowing the difference will help you to make sense of your cholesterol test.

Why is exercise important for heart health?

If you think exercise is just about losing weight, think again. It's also an important defense against heart disease. How does aerobic exercise lower your blood pressure and keep cholesterol in check?

Top 5 Foods for a Heart Healthy Diet

We hear about whole grains and "the good kind of fat" all the time. But exactly what does this mean? What makes a grain "whole" and fat "good"?

How can alcohol be good for your heart?

Heart-healthy usually means eating right and exercising more. But a new study suggests drinking moderate amounts of alcohol to reduce the risk of heart disease. Could happy hour be heart-healthy?

What exactly happens during a heart attack?

You're probably already familiar with the warning signs of a heart attack. But do you know what's going on inside your body while your hearts cells are gasping for oxygen?

Top 10 Heart Attack Symptoms That Should Have You Calling 911

A heart attack is no time to overanalyze your symptoms. Sections of your heart could be dying. So what heart attack symptoms should have you reaching for the phone?

When do most heart attacks occur -- and why?

There's a special time of year when otherwise healthy people morph into stressed-out shoppers who overeat, overimbibe and forget to exercise. The result? A spike in heart attacks that's anything but merry.

Is the cure for heart disease one carrot away?

We all know that we're supposed to eat our vegetables. But why? What makes vegetables healthy, and could the solution for heart disease really be as close as the next salad?

Heart Health and Diabetes

Being in good cardiovascular health means having a healthy heart and healthy blood vessels. Learn more about maintaining a healthy heart and blood vessels in this article.

Is there a link between heart disease and kidney disease?

Heart disease is more common in people with even mild to moderate kidney disease than in those of the same age and sex without kidney disease. Why is that? And what are the risks?

What are the symptoms of heart failure?

Heart failure is a condition that develops gradually as a weakening heart loses its ability to pump enough blood through the body to take care of the needs of the body's other organs. So what are the symptoms?

Diuretics and Mortality in Heart Failure Patients

Diuretic drugs help remove excess fluid from the bodies of heart failure patients. But long-term use of diuretics may not be the best treatment for these patients.

Jugular Venous Distension

Jugular venous distension can be a sign of heart disease -- it happens when high blood pressure swells your jugular vein. How do doctors diagnose it, and how do they treat it?

How does heart failure affect quality of life?

Heart failure happens when your heart can't pump enough blood for your body. People with heart failure are at risk for developing disabilities and needing full-time care. How is heart failure treated?

Fluid Overload Edema Overview

The human body is approximately 60 percent water, which is essential to almost every life process. But sometimes a condition called fluid overload can occur, in which more fluid (primarily water) is going into your body than is coming out.

Coronary Heart Disease 101

Cardiovascular disease kills more Americans than the next four causes of death combined. Coronary heart disease is the most common culprit. Find out how to avoid becoming a statistic.

Symptoms of Coronary Heart Disease

Angina and heart attack are often among the symptoms of coronary heart disease. These symptoms can be different for men and women. Learn how to recognize the symptoms, from the relatively mild chest pain of angina to a full-blown heart attack.

Symptoms of Coronary Heart Disease in Women

Whereas men experience crushing chest pain as an obvious sign of coronary heart disease, women often have no symptoms. This makes it difficult to know who should be screened. Find out if you might be at risk.