Find over 200 print-friendly fact sheets about heart disease and related health topics.
Learn how heart conditions are treated and the benefits and possible risks that come along with each type of treatment.
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 I achieve optimal fitness?
How do doctors determine what types of treatment a person gets?
How do anti-clot medications work?
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 statins work?
Statins are cholesterol-lowering drugs that help prevent the build-up of plaque in the arteries. Combined with healthy lifestyle choices like eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, statins can be extremely effective in reducing risk for heart disease, heart attack and stroke.
How can patients help improve medication adherence on their own?
Are there differences among different types of statins?
Can I control my blood pressure without medication?
Can depression be treated?
Am I eligible for weight-loss surgery?
Are stents only used to treat heart attack patients?
No. Although this study analyzed the use of stents in heart attack patients, stents can also be used to help prevent heart attack in patients with severe narrowing of the arteries. Many studies have shown that long-term complications – especially re-narrowing of the arteries following PCI – may be less common in these stable patients in comparison with those treated after a heart attack.
Are statins always used in patients with high cholesterol?
Can I drive myself to the hospital in an emergency situation?
After or during a cardiac event such as a heart attack or stroke, it is important to call 911 and not attempt to drive yourself to the hospital. Ambulances are equipped to provide immediate, life-saving medical care until you arrive at the nearest emergency facility.
Can yoga be used in place of traditional treatments for atrial fibrillation?
Yoga helped to reduce episodes of irregular heart beat by half, and significantly improved depression, anxiety and quality of life in participants of the “Yoga My Heart Study”. However, yoga is not necessarily an appropriate substitute for other treatments such as surgery or medications. Patients with atrial fibrillation should consult their physician before practicing yoga to ensure that it is the right option for them.
Can I lower my cholesterol without medication?
Is a statin right for me?
Is it worth the radiation risk to have angioplasty and stenting?
In a word, yes. Skilled interventional cardiologists perform coronary procedures only when the benefits outweigh the overall risks, including any risks from radiation exposure. Keep in mind, we’re all exposed to radiation from the atmosphere as we go about our everyday lives. Background radiation comes to about 3 to 4 “milliSieverts” (mSv) a year. By comparison, the radiation dose from cardiology procedures such as cardiac catheterization and angioplasty is about 1 to 10 mSv. Still, it is important to talk with your doctor about plans for minimizing radiation dose as much as possible.
Should I stop taking Multaq for non-permanent arrythmia?
Isn't it better to wait for medical professionals to treat patients with heart conditions?
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