Heart Disease Health Topics

Featured Tests and Procedures
Angioplasty, a procedure used to open blocked arteries in the heart, is safe and effective in most cases. This eMedTV article discusses this procedure in detail, including information on potential complications and expected results.
During an atherectomy, a special pulverizing device is used to clean the arteries in your heart. This eMedTV Web page discusses this procedure in detail, including why it is performed, recovery expectations, and possible complications.
This eMedTV page provides an in-depth look at beating heart bypass surgery, including how it differs from other heart surgeries, expected benefits, and possible risks. As the name suggests, this operation is performed while the heart is beating.
A cardiac catheterization is a tool used to help your doctor study the condition of your heart. As this eMedTV segment explains, the procedure is performed to study the heart muscle and valves, and to check for narrowed or blocked arteries
As this eMedTV article explains, a CRP (C-reactive protein) test is a simple blood test that is used to show the presence of inflammation in the body. This segment talks about the possible use of a CRP test for heart disease.
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.
When people think of blocked arteries, they may automatically think surgery. However, as this eMedTV article explains, non-surgical treatment procedures are available. This segment takes a look at the five most popular ones, including possible risks.
Featured Conditions and Diseases
Angina occurs when the heart is not getting enough oxygen-rich blood for a short time. This section of the eMedTV archives provides an in-depth look at the three types of angina, their symptoms, causes, and treatment options.
Atherosclerosis is a condition in which plaque buildup causes hardening and narrowing of major arteries. This eMedTV article offers an overview of this topic, including symptoms, diagnosis, and what can happen if the condition is left untreated.
High blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease are the most common forms of cardiovascular disease. This eMedTV article provides a detailed discussion on cardiovascular disease, including risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease. This section of the eMedTV library provides an overview of this form of heart disease, including information about risk factors, symptoms, treatment options, and prevention strategies.
A heart attack occurs when the supply of blood and oxygen to part of the heart is blocked. This eMedTV article explores the causes, symptoms, and treatment of heart attacks and provides links to additional resources.
This eMedTV article takes an in-depth look at the most common type of heart disease, including information about risk factors, symptoms, and treatment and prevention options. It also offers a list of statistics on this disease in the United States.
Myocardial ischemia is a painful heart condition caused by lack of blood flow to the heart. This eMedTV Web page offers an in-depth look at the condition (also known as angina), including information on causes, treatment, and prevention methods.
Prinzmetal is a rare form of angina -- a heart condition that is commonly characterized by chest pain. This eMedTV article looks at the causes and symptoms of this condition (also called variant angina), as well as treatment options.
Stable angina is brought on by physical exertion when narrowed coronary arteries work harder to get oxygen. This eMedTV article further explores this condition, with detailed information on causes, symptoms, prevention methods, and more.
Unstable angina generally occurs in older adults and can be a sign that a heart attack is about to happen. This eMedTV resource describes this type of angina in detail, including information on how it is associated with heart attacks.
Variant angina occurs when there is a spasm in a coronary artery, which decreases blood flow to the heart. This eMedTV Web page takes a look at this condition and offers valuable information on when symptoms occur and how a diagnosis is made.
Featured Medications
Available by prescription, amiodarone premixed injection is used to treat certain irregular heart rhythms. This eMedTV article features more details on this antiarrhythmia medication, including specific uses, dosing instructions, side effects, and more.
Amlodipine is used for treating certain conditions of the heart and blood vessels. This eMedTV article offers an in-depth look at this drug, including information on possible side effects, how the drug works, and how and when it should be taken.
Betapace is a prescription medicine licensed for the treatment of various irregular heart rhythms. This eMedTV resource describes the specific effects of the medication, explains how it works, and offers general dosing information, and more.
As an antiplatelet medication, Brilinta is used to help prevent harmful blood clots from forming. This eMedTV selection takes an in-depth look at this medication, including how it works, possible side effects, safety warnings, and more.
A healthcare provider may prescribe Cardene to treat high blood pressure and chest pain. This eMedTV article discusses how Cardene works to open up the blood vessels, and offers information on potential side effects and tips on taking the medication.
Cardizem is a drug that is commonly prescribed to treat certain types of chest pain. This eMedTV segment describes the effects of Cardizem, provides dosing information for the medicine, and explains what you should know before starting treatment.
Cartia XT is a calcium channel blocker that is used for treating angina and high blood pressure. This eMedTV segment explains in detail how the drug works, lists the strengths available, and describes potential side effects that may occur.
Centrum Cardio is a type of multivitamin that contains plant sterols, which may help lower cholesterol. This eMedTV Web article explains how the supplement works, discusses its effectiveness, and lists possible side effects that may occur.
If you have unhealthy levels of cholesterol or triglycerides, you may benefit from choline fenofibrate. This eMedTV article takes an in-depth look at this product, with information on dosing, side effects, how it works, and more.
Clopidogrel, marketed under the name Plavix, is a drug used to help keep harmful blood clots from forming. This eMedTV Web page explains how clopidogrel works and looks at dosage guidelines for the medicine, as well as side effects it may cause.
CoQ10 supplements may be beneficial for treating a variety of health conditions. This eMedTV Web page provides a complete overview of CoQ10, including information on how it works, possible side effects, and some general precautions to be aware of.
Coreg CR is a medication commonly used to treat conditions related to the heart and blood vessels. This eMedTV Web page covers specific uses of the drug, describes how it works, and lists some of the possible side effects of the medicine.
Coumadin is an anticoagulant drug often prescribed to treat or prevent blood clots. This article on the eMedTV site describes the effects of this medication, explains how it works, and lists the various forms and strengths that it comes in.
A healthcare provider may prescribe Covera-HS to treat high blood pressure or chest pain. This part of the eMedTV archives explains how Covera-HS works to relax the blood vessels, lists potential side effects, and describes some general precautions.
Dabigatran is a "blood thinner" used to prevent blood clots and strokes in those with atrial fibrillation. This eMedTV article offers an in-depth look at this prescription drug, including details on possible side effects, how it works, and dosing tips.
DHA supplements may be useful for people with heart disease, high cholesterol, and other conditions. This eMedTV page explains the importance of having DHA as part of your diet, describes how it works, and lists possible side effects that may occur.
Diltiazem is a drug that is approved to treat high blood pressure and certain types of chest pain. This eMedTV article explains how diltiazem works, describes some potential side effects, and discusses how and when to take the medication.
Available by prescription, dofetilide is taken twice daily to help control certain irregular heart rates. This eMedTV article contains more information on this medicine, including what it is prescribed for, dosing instructions, side effects, and more.
Effient is a drug that helps prevent blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks after an angioplasty. This eMedTV article offers a complete overview of this potentially life-saving medication, with information on side effects, dosing, and more.
Felodipine is a medicine that is prescribed for treating high blood pressure. This portion of the eMedTV archives explains how felodipine works, lists potential side effects of the drug, and offers information on when and how to take the medication.
Fenofibric acid is a prescription drug approved for treating unhealthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels. This eMedTV segment describes the specific effects of this medicine, explains how it works, and offers dosing information.
Fenoglide is a medication often prescribed to treat high triglycerides and unhealthy cholesterol levels. This eMedTV Web page describes how the drug works, offers dosing information, and lists some of the medicine's potential side effects.
A supplement high in omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil can help reduce blood pressure and prevent blood clots. This eMedTV article offers an overview of fish oil, including information on its numerous benefits, possible side effects, and precautions.
Flaxseed oil is commonly used as a supplement to promote heart health. This page from the eMedTV archives describes how flaxseed oil works, explores the effectiveness of these products, and explains what you should know before trying the supplement.
Taking flecainide can help stabilize certain types of irregular heart rhythms. This part of the eMedTV Web site features more details on this antiarrhythmia medicine, including what it is prescribed for, dosing instructions, side effects, and more.
Garlic is claimed to have several medicinal benefits, such as lowering blood pressure. This eMedTV Web page provides an overview of this supplement, including how it may treat several health conditions, possible side effects, and safety concerns.
A healthcare provider may recommend hormone replacement therapy to women with menopausal symptoms. This eMedTV article discusses the benefits, risks, and side effects associated with taking hormone replacement therapy.
Icosapent ethyl is prescribed to treat extremely high triglyceride levels. This portion of the eMedTV Web site examines various topics, including information on how this medication works, possible side effects, dosing guidelines, and more.
Metoprolol is a drug often used to treat angina, high blood pressure, and congestive heart failure. This eMedTV page covers other uses of the drug and includes more details on metoprolol's effects, potential side effects, and dosing information.
Mexiletine capsules are taken every 8 or 12 hours to help treat potentially dangerous heart rhythm problems. This eMedTV article presents more details on this antiarrhythmia drug, including specific uses, dosing instructions, side effects, and more.
Minitran, a medicated skin patch, helps prevent chest pain caused by inadequate blood flow to the heart. This eMedTV segment gives a detailed overview of this drug, with information on how it works, how to use it, possible side effects, and more.
Nadolol is a beta blocker medication often prescribed for the treatment of high blood pressure and angina. This eMedTV resource explains how the drug works, describes the specific effects of this medicine, and lists some of its potential side effects.
A healthcare provider may prescribe nicardipine SR to treat high blood pressure. This page from the eMedTV archives explains how nicardipine SR works, lists potential side effects, and offers information on when and how to take the medicine.
Nifedical XL is a prescription medicine used for treating chest pain and high blood pressure. This eMedTV article offers a detailed overview of Nifedical XL, including information on how the drug works, possible side effects, and dosing guidelines.
Nitro-Bid is a prescription medicine used to prevent attacks of angina (chest pain). This page of the eMedTV Web site provides an overview of this medication, including information on how it works, dosing guidelines, possible side effects, and more.
Nitro-Dur is a prescription skin patch used to help prevent chest pain. This eMedTV Web page offers a complete overview of this angina medicine, describing how it works, potential side effects, and tips on how to use this patch effectively.
Available by prescription only, nitroglycerin spray may help treat or prevent chest pain. This eMedTV Web selection explains how this spray works to treat or prevent angina attacks, offers general dosing information, and describes potential side effects.
Nitrolingual is a drug that can be used to both treat and prevent chest pain (angina). This eMedTV page provides a detailed overview of this product, with information on when and how to use it, possible side effects, and what to do in cases of overdose.
Nitrostat is a medicine prescribed to help relieve or prevent attacks of chest pain (angina). This eMedTV resource takes an in-depth look at this angina medication, with detailed information on dosing, possible side effects, how it works, and more.
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-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.
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.
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.
Prinivil is a prescription drug used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. This eMedTV page discusses others uses for the drug, explains how it works, and also includes a list of potential side effects and dosing information.
Procardia is a prescription drug that is licensed to treat certain types of angina. This eMedTV resource takes an in-depth look at Procardia, providing information on how it works, its potential side effects, and tips on taking the medicine.
Propafenone is prescribed to treat certain types of irregular heart rates by stabilizing the heart rhythm. This eMedTV selection presents more details on this antiarrhythmia medicine, including specific uses, dosing instructions, side effects, and more.
Propranolol is a prescription drug that treats several conditions related to the heart and blood vessels. This eMedTV resource describes the conditions it can treat, possible side effects, general dosing guidelines, and how the drug works.
Ramipril is mainly used for the treatment of high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. This part of the eMedTV Web site covers the effects of ramipril, possible side effects, and dosing information.
Ranexa is available by prescription only and is approved to treat chronic angina (chest pain). This eMedTV resource explores this prescription drug in more detail, with information on how it works, potential side effects, and safety precautions.
Available by prescription only, Rythmol SR is a drug used to treat abnormal heart rhythms. This eMedTV Web selection features a comprehensive overview of this antiarrhythmia medication, including dosing instructions, how it works, side effects, and more.
Tenormin is a prescription drug used to treat high blood pressure and angina, among other conditions. This eMedTV segment discusses how the drug works, how and when to take it, possible side effects, available strengths, and more.
Tiazac is a medication that can treat high blood pressure and chest pain by relaxing the blood vessels. This eMedTV Web page explains how the drug works, describes possible side effects, and outlines some general precautions with the medication.
A healthcare provider may prescribe trandolapril to treat high blood pressure and other conditions. This eMedTV article discusses how the medicine works, how and when to take it, side effects, drug interactions, and more.
Verapamil is a drug that is used for treating high blood pressure, chest pain, and irregular heart rhythms. This eMedTV segment offers information on verapamil and its uses, effects, dosing guidelines, and potential side effects.
Many people take vitamin C to prevent or treat a cold. This eMedTV article provides an overview of vitamin C, describing the effects that it may have on the body and also discussing its safety and effectiveness.
Featured Anatomy
The three main components of the cardiovascular system are the heart, blood vessels, and blood. This eMedTV resource offers an in-depth look at these components, explaining their purposes and how they work -- both individually and together.
Featured Other
Cardiac rehab involves exercise, education, and counseling to help heart disease patients recover faster. This eMedTV article explains the benefits associated with these programs and provides information about finding one near you.
Good examples of heart healthy foods include walnuts, salmon, and olive oil. As this eMedTV page explains, foods that are high in soluble fiber are also good for your heart. This article offers an in-depth look at foods that can help your heart.
A test called the international normalized ratio (INR) measures how long it takes the blood to clot. This eMedTV page explains why this is an important test for people taking blood-thinning drugs, who are at risk for a stroke or uncontrolled bleeding.
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