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The world’s leading heart doctors created SecondsCount.org to give you the most complete, unbiased, accurate, and up-to-date information available on heart and vascular disease. From the most basic questions about your cardiovascular health to the latest news on diagnosis, treatment and prevention, SecondsCount.org has the answers you need to make the best decisions for your cardiovascular health.



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    Because erectile dysfunction (ED) is complicated, it can be difficult to determine the cause (or causes). As a result, it can also be difficult to determine an effective treatment. Medications are not always the answer. Below are a few other treatment options for ED:
    • Vacuum-assisted erection
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    For the last 50 years, a diagnosis of narrowing, or stenosis, in the carotid arteries would most likely result in a recommendation of surgery to prevent stroke. Surgery to remove plaque from the carotid arteries, called carotid endarterectomy, is a viable and life-saving procedure that is performed...Read More
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    Stress can be caused by anything that requires you to change or respond to your environment. The things that make you feel stressed are called stressors. These may be minor inconveniences (for example, traffic or time limitations) that add up, or they may be life-changing events (for example, a serious...Read More
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    In most cases, the benefits of physical activity outweigh the risks. People with coronary disease who exercise are overall less likely to have a heart attack than those people with coronary disease who do not exercise. Risks of exercise include musculoskeletal injury, arrhythmia, heart attack, and rare sudden...Read More
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    Being prepared in advance for your office visit can help you make sure your doctor receives all the information he or she needs. Write down notes about your medical history as well as other members of your family to take with you, if you think that may be helpful. You may also want to write down...Read More
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    Much is still unknown about the causes of congenital heart disease, and in most cases a cause is never identified. Some heart defects have a genetic link, while others may be influenced by environmental factors -- or some combination of genetic and environmental. The following non-genetic risk factors...Read More
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    Obesity is not only a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease; it also plays a central role in diabetes insulin resistance and has been linked to high blood pressure (another risk factor for diabetes). If you are overweight, losing those extra pounds will reduce your risk of heart attack and...Read More
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    While we often think of stressors (things that cause stress) as negative changes, keep in mind that stressors may even be positive changes, such as a wedding, a new job or promotion, a move, or even the holidays. Spending time with family and friends, hosting and attending parties, and giving gifts sounds...Read More
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    If you have peripheral artery disease (PAD), bypass surgery is one option for restoring blood flow to your legs or, in some cases, your arms. In PAD, blockages are present in the arteries that supply the legs, feet, or arms with blood. In cases where a lengthy portion of an artery becomes narrowed...Read More
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    Endocarditis, or infective endocarditis, occurs when the inner lining of the heart (the endocardium), blood vessels, or the heart’s valves become infected by bacteria or other germs. The bacteria that cause endocarditis typically spread through the bloodstream from the mouth, from infected foreign...Read More
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    It happens to the best of us. You barely get started on a path to being more active and suddenly you are bored. Don’t let boredom disrupt your walking program. These tips can help you keep walking interesting:
    • Change your mindset. Focus on thinking exercise is fun and a stress relief tool for
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    The holidays are supposed to be a time of celebration, but they can also be stressful. You may find yourself wondering how you will have time to get everything done - shopping, planning holiday parties, attending parties - on top of your daily responsibilities. And you may find yourself negotiating...Read More
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    As a caregiver for someone who had a stroke, you may be feeling overwhelmed by meeting a whole new set of demands on top of those you are used to from everyday life. Try this list of suggestions for getting organized, saving time, and helping the person you love and yourself through this challenging...Read More
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    We all get sad from time to time. We tell ourselves or someone we love to “look at the bright side,” “buck up,” “be thankful for what you have,” or “things always get better” and move on. Things usually do get better. But the depression many people experience after a stroke is different. You may...Read More
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    The relationship between diabetes and heart disease is clear, but the causes are complex. Over time, too much glucose in the blood damages nerves and blood vessels. This in turn can cause heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases. Damage to the arteries leading to the brain can result in stroke....Read More