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.
How can I prevent Type 2 diabetes?
How can I prevent AF?
How can I prevent PFO?
How can doctors assess the hostility of a patient?
How are stents placed in blocked arteries?
Stents are placed in the artery through a flexible tube called a catheter during angioplasty. Most often made of metal mesh, stents expands once in place, helping to strengthen the walls of the artery and prevent future blockage.
How can doctors test inflammation of adipose tissue?
The risk factors for PAD are similar to those for heart disease. Some factors you cannot control—being older or having a family history of heart disease—but there are many that you can.
How do I know if I have high cholesterol?
How do doctors determine what types of treatment a person gets?
How do drug-eluting stents differ from other types of stents?
How do femoral and radial access differ when it comes to angioplasty (percutaneous coronary intervention)?
How do experts define low-income?
How do I know if I have peripheral artery disease (PAD)?
How do I know if I have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?
A telltale sign of OSA is chronic loud snoring, interspersed with sounds of gasping or choking. Often a person isn’t aware of his or her own snoring and it will take a family member or bed partner to point it out. (Not everyone who snores has OSA, however.) Another prime indicator of OSA for most people is daytime sleepiness, although heart failure patients complain of this symptom less often.
To confirm that you have OSA, your doctor will send you to an overnight sleep laboratory for specialized testing called polysomnography. If this technology isn’t available where you live, in-home monitoring devices may be an alternative.
Walking is a safe activity for most people, however always talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program. The components of a good program include:
How can patients improve their health literacy?
How can I reduce my risk for heart attack?
Can a patient with pre-diabetes prevent the onset of diabetes?
A recent study demonstrated that a healthy diet, rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, whole grains, fish, and moderate alcohol intake can help prevent sudden cardiac death and improve overall cardiovascular health.
Can depression be treated?
At what age are adults considered at highest risk for a heart attack?
Am I at risk for pulmonary artery hypertension (PAH)?
Am I at risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?
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