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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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    Several leading cardiovascular organizations have developed new national guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a condition in which the heart muscle becomes thickened and enlarged, possibly interfering with blood flow and leading to heart failure or sudden...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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    It is true that some people gain weight when they quit smoking cigarettes, in part because their appetite is no longer suppressed. It may also be that some people eat more frequently to keep their hands and mouth busy, replacing the behavior of smoking.
    Either way, most people gain about 10 to 15...Read More
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    After a stroke it is common for patients to have trouble with balance and walking; paralysis or difficulty working muscles, especially on one side (opposite from the side of the brain affected by the stroke); difficulty talking or swallowing because of muscle control in the throat and mouth; and...Read More
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    It was already known that being married, particularly for men, lowers risk of death. But one study pinpointed a specific benefit that may contribute to this overall lower risk of death: men who are married get to the hospital faster after heart attack symptom onset than single men.
     
    Men who were...Read More
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    Here are six questions you should ask your heart specialist:
    1. What are my options for treating my heart disease? To be informed, you’ll want all of the information you can get about your options going forward. Heart disease is a chronic, progressive disease, which means you and your doctor won’t
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    In peripheral artery disease (PAD) blockages are present in the arteries that supply blood to the legs, feet, arms, or kidneys. If you have been diagnosed with PAD, there are many ways you can contribute to improving your own health. Talk with your physician about how you can incorporate the sugg...Read More
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    While short-term stress can give you the energy you need to get through a situation, chronic stress negatively affects your quality of life and can contribute to disease.
    There are many harmful effects of chronic stress, including
    • increased risk of having a heart attack and dying suddenly from
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    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) was only recently approved for use in the United States, but its use in Europe has demonstrated minimal risk for patients. Very rarely, OCT can cause complications such as arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat) or blockage, dissection or spasm of the artery. The test on...Read More
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     The following questions can help you talk to your physician about having optical coherence tomography (OCT).
    • What symptoms or test results indicated that OCT in conjunction with coronary angiography might be helpful?
    • What are the potential benefits for me of OCT?
    • What are my individual risks
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    Genetic testing is not recommended to try to assess risk for coronary artery disease, the acquired adult form of heart disease that leads to heart attack. Your cardiologist can help you determine if you are a good candidate. Another developing areas in genetic testing is that of identifying patients...Read More
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    Renal artery disease, or renal artery stenosis (RAS), is a condition in which blockages are present in the arteries that supply the kidneys with blood.
    If you have been treated for RAS with medication and a procedure such as angioplasty and stenting or surgery, remember that they do not cure RAS....Read More
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    If you have peripheral artery disease (PAD), protecting your feet from sores will be a critical part of working to avoid serious complications. PAD is a condition in which you have blockages in the arteries that lead to the limbs or to the kidneys (the latter is more specifically referred to as renal...Read More
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    A cardiac enzyme test is one means for assessing if a person is currently experiencing or recently had a heart attack. If you have come to the emergency department with chest pain, cardiac enzymes may be drawn two or three times, several hours apart. It can also be used to check the functioning of...Read More
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    Research supports that sleep problems contribute to cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular events such as heart attack or stroke can directly affect your quality of life. However, the ways in which poor sleep may result in a decreased quality of life are subtler:
    • You may cut back on activities
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