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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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    Is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy the only cause of heart muscle thickening?

    Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is an inherited disease in which the muscle of the lower left chamber of the heart (the left ventricle) becomes abnormally thick and enlarged. It is important that HCM be differentiated from other causes of heart muscle thickening (known as hypertrophy), such as...Read More
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    How can I prepare heart-healthy holiday meals?

    Sticking to a heart-healthy diet during holidays can be a tough task. Traditional foods for holidays may not be the healthiest, and it is easy to overindulge when celebrating with family and friends. However, if you are trying to manage existing heart disease or reduce your risk factors, cooking...Read More
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    How can I stick to a heart-healthy diet at holiday parties?

    Fall and winter are traditionally a tough time to maintain any diet, given holiday parties. If you are managing cardiovascular disease or trying to lower your risk factors, sticking to a heart-healthy diet as much as possible even during holiday parties is important.
    The following tips can help you...Read More
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    What questions should I ask my doctor about peripheral artery disease risk?

    If you have not been diagnosed with peripheral artery disease (PAD) but have had a heart attack or stroke, have diabetes, or have a family history of cardiovascular disease, you may want to talk with your doctor about your risk for PAD. Patients with PAD have blockages in the arteries that supply blood...Read More
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    How common is peripheral artery disease (PAD)?

    More than 10 million Americans suffer from peripheral artery disease (PAD), and yet many people don't know what it is or how to treat it. About half the people with PAD do not know they have it. PAD is when you have blockages in the arteries that lead to your legs, feet, arms, or kidneys. (Blockages...Read More
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    How does severe myocarditis affect the heart?

    Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle that is most often caused by a virus, but it can also be caused by bacteria, a fungus, or even certain chemicals. The body turns against its own heart muscle in response to the infection. While mild cases of myocarditis may not require treatment, in...Read More
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    What is an idiopathic medical condition?

    Idiopathic simply means that no cause can be determined for a medical condition. Some very common diseases remain idiopathic, meaning that despite its frequency physicians have not been able to determine what triggers it. While physicians and researchers have an enormous amount of information about...Read More
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    Will reducing sedentary behaviors alone improve my physical fitness?

    Small changes really do add up when it comes to physical activity. Research shows that cutting back on sedentary activities, such as television viewing or computer time, can make you move more and lose more weight. In fact, a 154-pound (70 kilogram) person who adds two (cumulative) hours per day...Read More
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    What is alcohol septal ablation?

    Alcohol septal ablation is a procedure to destroy excessive heart muscle tissue that may be blocking blood outflow in patients with a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). It is a minimally invasive alternative to the open-heart surgical approach, known as septal myectomy. HCM is a...Read More
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    What are the risks of bypass surgery for peripheral artery disease?

    In peripheral artery disease, blockages are present in the arteries that supply the legs, feet, or arms with blood. Bypass surgery is one option for restoring blood flow to your legs, or in some cases arms, if you have PAD. Blood flow is restored by rerouting the blood around the blockage through...Read More
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    What are the symptoms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

    In hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), the muscle of the lower left chamber of the heart (the left ventricle) becomes abnormally thick and enlarged. If blood flow out of the heart is obstructed due to the thickened heart muscle, a number of symptoms may result, including:
    • Shortness of breath during p
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    What questions should I ask my doctor if I have peripheral artery disease?

    Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition in which blockages are present in the arteries that supply blood to the legs, feet, and kidneys (the latter is more specifically called renal artery stenosis). If you have been diagnosed with PAD, it is normal to be worried and to want as much information...Read More
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    What are the symptoms of myocarditis?

    Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle that is often seen after a typical viral illness, though it can also be caused by bacteria, fungus, or certain chemicals. Patients will frequently report being sick with fever, aches, runny nose, or a cough a week or two before they started having problems...Read More
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    What complications occur with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy?

    Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a disease in which the lower left chamber of the heart (the left ventricle) thickens and becomes enlarged.
    HCM can cause a number of outcomes: 
    • In most (but not all) patients, the thickened heart muscle may obstruct blood flow (either all the time or with ac
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    What is the “doughnut hole” in Medicare drug coverage?

    The “doughnut hole” in Medicare drug coverage is the gap in coverage that occurs after your plan stops paying for your drugs and before you reach the benchmark required for catastrophic coverage ($4,550 in 2011). While you are in the doughnut hole you are responsible for paying 100 percent of the cost of your...Read More