Find over 200 print-friendly fact sheets about heart disease and related health topics.
Find answers to frequently asked questions about a variety of health conditions, like heart attack, high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation.
What causes peripartum cardiomyopathy?
Why are most heart attacks during pregnancy caused by coronary dissection?
Why do low-income neighborhoods have poorer health than the rest of the nation?
Why does depression increase risk for stroke?
Why could living alone have a negative impact on health?
Who is at highest risk for AF?
Adults with heart disease, cardiovascular conditions or history of heart attack are at greatest risk for AF. Other common risk factors include obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, lung disease and metabolic syndrome. Risk for AF also increases with age.
Who gets post-traumatic stress disorder?
PTSD can occur in anyone experiencing a traumatic event that involves threat of injury or death, including assault, domestic abuse and war.
Who is most at risk for sudden cardiac death?
Who is eligible to participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program?
Who is at risk for atrial fibrillation?
Who is at risk for heart failure?
Risk for heart failure increases with age, and is most common in patients with heart disease or other cardiovascular conditions, such as arrhythmia or history of heart attack.
Why is shared decision making so important in heart failure care?
Why is someone with atrial fibrillation at risk for a stroke?
Normally, blood is constantly flowing through the atria, ventricles and blood vessels. But because blood pools in the quivering atria, it has the chance to congeal into blood clots, which can travel to the brain, blocking blood flow and causing a stroke. That’s why patients with atrial fibrillation must take some form of anti-clotting medication such as aspirin or the blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin).
Why is TAV-in-SAV used primarily for high-risk patients only?
Why would air pollution trigger heart attacks?
Why does the stroke belt have increased cardiovascular risk?
Why does heart failure limit exercise capacity?
Why does exercise help conditions such as diabetes and peripheral artery disease?
Why is FDG-PET good at finding inflammation?
The “G” in FDG stands for glucose, which is a type of sugar. Inflamed tissues burn through a lot of energy. They take up the glucose to use as fuel. Normal tissues don’t burn through as much energy, so they take up less glucose.
When doctors are looking for inflamed or cancerous tissue, they use FDG that has been labeled with a small amount of radioactivity. The FDG is injected into a vein and is taken up by inflamed tissues as it circulates through the body. The PET camera can see how much glucose the inflamed tissue is using by measuring the radioactive particles the FDG releases.
Why is femoral access currently used more often than radial access for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)?
What medications are recommended to treat patent foramen ovale (PFO)?
What kind of research is currently underway for pulmonary artery hypertension (PAH)?
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