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Nuclear Scan Stress Test -- What Happens If You Don't Have It? - Preparing for Angioplasty

This page contains links to eMedTV Heart Disease Articles containing information on subjects from Nuclear Scan Stress Test -- What Happens If You Don't Have It? to Preparing for Angioplasty. The information is organized alphabetically; the "Favorite Articles" contains the top articles on this page. Links in the box will take you directly to the articles; those same links are available with a short description further down the page.
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  • Nuclear Scan Stress Test -- What Happens If You Don't Have It?
    This video clip explains what will happen if you do not have a stress test.
  • Obesity and Heart Disease
    There is a strong relationship between heart disease and obesity. This segment of the eMedTV archives explains the link between the two and provides tools to help you determine if you are overweight or obese.
  • Off-Pump Bypass Surgery
    This eMedTV segment describes a typical off-pump bypass surgery in detail. This procedure involves opening the chest and, while the heart is beating, attaching a new blood vessel to increase flow to the heart.
  • Off-Pump Bypass Surgery Complications
    Nausea, vomiting, and minor bleeding are some of the common complications of off-pump bypass surgery. This eMedTV Web page takes a closer look at other complications that can occur and includes a link to more detailed information.
  • Off-Pump CABG
    As this eMedTV page explains, a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) can be performed off-pump or with a traditional bypass. This segment explains when this procedure is performed and what it is designed to achieve, with a link to more information.
  • Off-Pump Heart Bypass Surgery (OPCABG)
    This interactive video explains in detail what happens during a beating heart coronary artery bypass graft (OPCABG).
  • Omaga-3
    Omega-3 is beneficial for lowering triglycerides and reducing blood pressure. This eMedTV resource further explains what omega-3 supplements are used for and lists possible side effects that may occur. Omaga-3 is a common misspelling of omega-3.
  • Omeaga-3
    As this eMedTV Web resource explains, omega-3 fatty acids are essential for human nutrition and may provide several health benefits. This page also covers some safety precautions with omega-3 acids. Omeaga-3 is a common misspelling of omega-3.
  • Omega-3
    Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutritional components necessary for normal growth and development. This eMedTV segment describes other benefits of omega-3, explains how it works, and lists possible side effects of the supplements.
  • Omega-3 and Breastfeeding
    Since omega-3 passes through breast milk, it may be beneficial for breastfeeding women to take it. This eMedTV segment offers more information on omega-3 and breastfeeding, and explores the possible benefits of taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements.
  • Omega-3 Benefits
    Studies show that omega-3 may be beneficial for the heart and vascular system. This eMedTV article discusses other omega-3 benefits, including possible benefits for mental health, weight loss, and pregnancy or childhood development.
  • Omega-3 Dose
    Several factors help determine an omega-3 dose. As this page from the eMedTV Web site explains, omega-3 dosing is based on why you are taking it, how much you already get from food, and the type of omega-3 fatty acid (ALA, DHA, or EPA).
  • Omega-3 Drug Interactions
    Orlistat and medicines that "thin" the blood could cause negative omega-3 drug interactions. This eMedTV page lists specific anticoagulant drugs that may interact with omega-3 and explains what may happen if these are taken with omega-3 supplements.
  • Omega-3 Overdose
    An omega-3 overdose may cause an upset stomach or increase your risk of bleeding. This article from the eMedTV archives lists possible signs of bleeding and describes the steps your doctor may take to treat an overdose of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Omega-3 Safety
    Before taking omega-3 supplements, let your doctor know if you have diabetes or a bleeding disorder. This eMedTV page lists other omega-3 safety warnings and precautions, and offers tips for finding omega-3 products that have been tested for toxins.
  • Omega-3 Side Effects
    Potential omega-3 side effects include nausea, diarrhea, and indigestion. This eMedTV Web page lists other side effects that may occur with omega-3 fatty acid supplements, including serious ones that may indicate that you should stop taking them.
  • Omega-3 Supplements
    If your diet is not providing enough omega-3 fatty acids, you may be interested in taking a supplement. This eMedTV resource talks about supplementing your diet with this important macronutrient, including side effects to be aware of.
  • Omega-3-Acid Ethyl Esters
    Omega-3-acid ethyl esters is a prescription fish oil product used for treating very high triglycerides. This eMedTV page describes the effects of omega-3-acid ethyl esters, offers dosing information for the drug, and lists its possible side effects.
  • Omega-3-Acid Ethyl Esters (Fish Oil)
    As this eMedTV page explains, omega-3-acid ethyl esters is a fish oil product that is available by prescription only. This article tells you what you need to know about why people take it, what to expect, and what to discuss with your healthcare provider.
  • Omega-3-Acid Ethyl Esters Dosage
    The recommended omega-3-acid ethyl esters dosage is 4 grams (4000 mg) a day. As this page on the eMedTV Web site explains, your dose can be taken all at once (as four capsules) or as two capsules twice daily.
  • Omega3
    This eMedTV article explains that omega-3 fatty acids may provide several health benefits, such as preventing blood clots and lowering blood pressure. This page also describes possible side effects. Omega3 is a common misspelling of omega-3.
  • Open Heart Surgery
    Open heart surgery is a procedure that is used to improve the blood supply to the heart. This eMedTV segment takes an in-depth look at this procedure, including how it is performed, possible complications, and more.
  • Open Heart Surgery and Moving to the Operating Room
    In the operating room for open heart surgery, you may see heart monitors and anesthesia equipment. This eMedTV Web page discusses open heart surgery and moving to the operating room by describing what you can expect to see and hear inside.
  • Open Heart Surgery Complications
    Possible complications from open heart surgery can range from nausea to stroke to loss of life. This page of the eMedTV site outlines several minor and major open heart surgery complications and offers information on how often they occur.
  • Open Heart Surgery Expectations
    In terms of open heart surgery expectations, you are likely to see an improvement in your heart's function. This eMedTV segment discusses reasonable open heart surgery expectations and explains how the surgery is not always a permanent solution.
  • Open Heart Surgery Infections
    Minor skin infections and major infections in the chest cavity are possible with open heart surgery. This eMedTV Web segment describes these possible open heart surgery infections and how they are treated.
  • Open Heart Surgery Recovery
    After open heart surgery, recovery time will vary from patient to patient. This page of the eMedTV site discusses your time in the hospital and explains what you should do and what you should avoid during the recovery process.
  • Organ Injury After Off-Pump Bypass Surgery
    There is a possibility, although rare, of organ injury after off-pump bypass surgery. This page on the eMedTV Web site offers information on this potential complication, which can take the form of damage to the heart, lungs, throat, or nerves.
  • Other Angioplasty Complications
    This video discusses the possible serious complications of this procedure.
  • Other Atherectomy Risks and Possible Outcomes
    This video highlights some of the major complications.
  • Other CABG Complications
    This multimedia clip introduces major complications that can potentially occur with this procedure.
  • Overview of the Heart
    This video clips explains the heart.
  • Pitastatin
    As this page from the eMedTV Web site explains, pitavastatin is used to treat high cholesterol. This page discusses how this drug works and describes some general safety concerns. Pitastatin is a common misspelling of pitavastatin.
  • Pitavastatin
    A prescription drug, pitavastatin is used to treat high cholesterol and high triglycerides. This eMedTV Web selection explains how this medicine works, describes potential side effects, covers dosing guidelines, and more.
  • Pitavastatin Dosage
    The average daily pitavastatin dose for many people with high cholesterol is 2 mg once daily. This eMedTV resource further discusses dosing guidelines for this drug, including important tips on how to safely and effectively take pitavastatin.
  • Pitavastatin Drug Information
    Pitavastatin is a prescribed drug used to treat high cholesterol. This selection from the eMedTV Web site offers more information on pitavastatin, explaining the drug's dosing guidelines, possible side effects, and general safety precautions.
  • Plant Sterol Dosage
    Although there is no standard plant sterol dosage, the AHA recommends taking 2 grams daily. This eMedTV Web page also offers plant sterol dosing recommendations from the FDA and includes other information about plant sterol products.
  • Plant Sterol Drug Interactions
    Vitamin E, beta-carotene, and ezetimibe products may cause plant sterol drug interactions. This page from the eMedTV archives explains what may happen when these medications are taken together with plant sterol products.
  • Plant Sterol Overdose
    It is highly unlikely for someone to overdose on plant sterols. This section of the eMedTV library further explains why a plant sterol overdose is unlikely to occur and describes the treatment options that are available for an overdose (if necessary).
  • Plant Sterol Side Effects
    Potential plant sterol side effects include constipation, impotence, and heartburn. As this eMedTV page explains, side effects can be bothersome but are usually not serious. You should watch for signs of an allergic reaction while using plant sterols.
  • Plant Sterol Supplements
    This eMedTV article contains information on plant sterol supplements, which are used to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. This resource explores the health claims for these supplements and includes a link to more information.
  • Plant Sterols
    Plant sterols are natural compounds that are used for lowering cholesterol. This eMedTV article describes various plant sterol products, discusses their benefits in more detail, and explains what you should know before taking them.
  • Plant Sterols and Breastfeeding
    It is unknown if plant sterols from dietary supplements are safe for breastfeeding women. This eMedTV resource provides a more in-depth look at plant sterols and breastfeeding, and explains why plant sterols may cause problems in breastfeeding women.
  • Plant Sterols and Pregnancy
    Due to their effects on certain hormones, plant sterols may not be safe for use in pregnancy. This eMedTV page offers more information on plant sterols and pregnancy, further explaining why plant sterol supplements may not be safe for pregnant women.
  • Possible Risks and Outcomes -- Cardiac Catheterization
    This video discusses the possible serious complications of this procedure.
  • Practice Gratefulness
    It's easy to start feeling sorry for yourself after getting a stent. You imagine your future will strongly resemble that of a gerbil. A steady diet of raw veggies and plain water, and hours upon hours on the exercise wheel. Try not to let yourself wallow in such thoughts. Instead, focus on the wonderful gift you've been given. You might call it a dodged bullet, a second chance, or several years bought. Whatever you call it, you'll fare much better if you view yourself as lucky, rather than unlucky.
  • Precautions and Warnings for Clopidogrel
    There are precautions and warnings to be aware of when taking clopidogrel. As this eMedTV Web page explains, precautions and warnings for clopidogrel users include being aware of an increased risk for getting thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.
  • Precautions and Warnings of Amlodipine
    As this eMedTV page explains, precautions and warnings of amlodipine include stopping the drug if you are allergic to amlodipine and consulting your doctor if you become pregnant while taking this drug. This page covers the warnings for amlodipine.
  • Precautions and Warnings With Amiodarone Premixed Injection
    This eMedTV Web page highlights a number of important precautions for using amiodarone premixed injection safely, including warnings of dangerous complications that may occur. This article also takes a look at who should not receive this drug.
  • Precautions and Warnings With Choline Fenofibrate
    If you are breastfeeding or have severe kidney disease, you should not take choline fenofibrate. This eMedTV segment describes some of the other warnings and precautions you should be aware of before starting treatment with this medication.
  • Precautions and Warnings With Dabigatran
    As this eMedTV page explains, do not take dabigatran if you have active bleeding, such as a stomach ulcer. Other safety precautions and warnings for dabigatran are described in this article, including what to tell your doctor before beginning treatment.
  • Precautions and Warnings With Dofetilide
    This eMedTV page examines a number of important precautions for using dofetilide safely, including warnings of dangerous complications that may occur in some people who use this drug. This page also lists situations in which this drug should not be taken.
  • Precautions and Warnings With Felodipine
    You should not take felodipine if you have certain allergies. This eMedTV Web page highlights other important precautions and warnings with felodipine to be aware of before taking the medicine, including information on who should not take the drug.
  • Precautions and Warnings With Fenofibric Acid
    You should not use fenofibric acid if you are breastfeeding. This eMedTV page offers more precautions and warnings with fenofibric acid, including more details on who should not use this drug and what side effects or problems may occur with treatment.
  • Precautions and Warnings With Flecainide
    This eMedTV Web selection details several important precautions for using flecainide safely, including warnings of dangerous heart problems that may occur and when to seek medical treatment. A list of people who should not use the drug is also included.
  • Precautions and Warnings With Icosapent Ethyl
    This eMedTV resource addresses many of the safety precautions to review before using icosapent ethyl, with specific warnings for people who have problems with their liver, thyroid, or kidneys. Other safety concerns are outlined in this article.
  • Precautions and Warnings With Mexiletine
    This eMedTV article provides an in-depth examination of important precautions for using mexiletine safely, including warnings of potentially serious complications that may occur. This resource also describes who should not take this medication.
  • Precautions and Warnings With Nadolol
    You should not take nadolol if you have severe heart failure. This eMedTV page provides other precautions and warnings with nadolol, including more information on who should not use the drug and what side effects may occur with treatment.
  • Precautions and Warnings With Nicardipine SR
    Nicardipine SR can make congestive heart failure worse and shouldn't be taken by those with aortic stenosis. This eMedTV page lists other important precautions and warnings with nicardipine SR, and explains who should avoid the medication.
  • Precautions and Warnings With Nitroglycerin Spray
    People using nitroglycerin spray may have an increased risk for developing low blood pressure. This eMedTV article provides a detailed list of warnings and precautions with nitroglycerin spray, including details on who should not use the medicine.
  • Precautions and Warnings With Omega-3-Acid Ethyl Esters
    If you have diabetes, let your healthcare provider know before you take omega-3-acid ethyl esters. This eMedTV page offers other precautions and warnings with omega-3-acid ethyl esters, including important information on who should not use this drug.
  • Precautions and Warnings With Pitavastatin
    As this eMedTV page explains, you should not take pitavastatin if you have active liver disease or are taking certain drugs. Other safety precautions and warnings for pitavastatin are discussed in this article, including what your doctor needs to know.
  • Precautions and Warnings With Propafenone
    This eMedTV resource highlights several important precautions for using propafenone safely, including warnings of dangerous complications that may occur in some people who use it. This article also takes a look at who should not take this drug.
  • Precautions and Warnings With Propranolol
    Among the precautions and warnings with propranolol listed on this eMedTV page are potential drug interactions, the safety of taking the drug if you're pregnant or nursing, and people who shouldn't take the drug at all (such as those with asthma).
  • Pregnancy and Fish Oil
    This eMedTV segment takes a look at fish oil and pregnancy, stressing the importance of talking to your doctor before taking these supplements. This page also discusses how fish oil supplements may help reduce recurrent miscarriages.
  • Pregnancy and Flaxseed Oil
    When consumed in normal amounts, flaxseed oil appears to be safe for pregnant women. This eMedTV article provides more information on pregnancy and flaxseed oil, and discusses the possible risks of taking high doses of flaxseed oil during pregnancy.
  • Pregnancy and Omega-3
    Taking omega-3 during pregnancy is essential to proper growth and development of the fetus. This eMedTV article provides more information on pregnancy and omega-3, and explains the importance of finding supplements from reputable manufacturers.
  • Preparing for Angioplasty
    As this eMedTV article explains, preparing for angioplasty involves arranging transportation and not eating or drinking for eight hours before the surgery. In some cases, preparation for the procedure may also require an overnight hospital stay.
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