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Angina

Angina is chest pain or discomfort that occurs when your heart doesn’t get as much blood and oxygen as it needs. Over time, the coronary arteries that supply blood to your heart can become clogged with plaque. If one or more arteries are partly clogged, not enough blood can flow through, and you can feel […]

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Arrhythmias

An Arrhythmia is an abnormal rhythm of the heart and is caused by problems with your heart’s electrical system. The electrical impulses may happen too fast, too slowly, or erratically – causing the heart to beat too fast, too slowly, or erratically. There are two basic kinds of arrhythmias. Bradycardia is when the heart rate […]

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Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation(also called AFib or AF) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to stroke and other heart-related complications. In atrial fibrillation, the upper chambers of the heart (the atria) beat irregularly (quiver) instead of beating effectively to move blood into the ventricles.

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Cholesterol and CAD

Coronary artery disease (CAD) occurs when the inside (the lumen) of one or more coronary arteries narrows, limiting the flow of oxygen-rich blood to surrounding heart muscle tissue. Atherosclerosis is the process that causes the artery wall to get thick and stiff. It can lead to complete blockage of the artery, which can cause a heart attack. […]

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Endocarditis

Endocarditis is an inflammation or infection of the inner surface of the heart (the endocardium). It occurs when bacteria enter the bloodstream and attach to a damaged portion of the endocardium or abnormal heart valves. But it may also develop on devices implanted in the heart, such as artificial heart valves, pacemakers, or implantable defibrillators. […]

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Hemorrhagic Stroke

Hemorrhagic Stroke results from a weakened vessel that ruptures and bleeds into the surrounding brain. The blood accumulates and compresses the surrounding brain tissue. The two types of hemorrhagic strokes are subarachnoid hemorrhage and intracerebral hemorrhage. Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) occurs when a blood vessel on the surface of the brain ruptures and bleeds into the space […]

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Valve Stenosis

Stenosis literally means narrowing. When heart valves are stenotic, they do not fully open and the passageway for blood flow is narrowed. And sometimes valves with stenosis do not close properly, allowing blood to flow backwards (regurgitate). Stenotic heart valves cause the heart to work harder, trying to pump blood through a smaller opening. Stenosis […]

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