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Managing Stress

Learn about how stress contributes to certain cardiovascular health conditions. Learn about healthy ways to manage stress and cope with problems to improve your emotional and physical health.

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Who is at Risk for Coronary Heart Disease?

Certain traits, conditions, or habits may raise your risk for coronary heart disease. Major risk factors include unhealthy blood cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, smoking, insulin resistance, diabetes, overweight or obesity, metabolic syndrome, lack of physical activity, unhealthy diet, older age, and a family history of early coronary heart disease.

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Living With Coronary Heart Disease

Coronary heart disease can cause serious complications. Adopting a healthy lifestyle, along with ongoing care and emotional support, may help you prevent or delay coronary heart disease and resulting complications. Know the heart attack warning signs and call 9–1–1 for emergency help if you think you are having a heart attack.

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How Is Coronary Microvascular Disease Diagnosed?

Your doctor will diagnose coronary microvascular disease based on your medical history, a physical exam, risk factors, and results from one or more tests: coronary angiography, stress testing, and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

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What Causes a Stroke?

Buildup of plaque and blood clots causing blockage of an artery that supplies oxygen-rich blood to the brain can cause an ischemic stroke, while sudden bleeding from causes such as high blood pressure can result in a hemorrhagic stroke.

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What are the Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke?

The signs and symptoms of a stroke vary. They often develop quickly and may include sudden weakness, paralysis, confusion, trouble speaking, changes in vision, trouble breathing, dizziness, loss of consciousness, and a sudden severe headache. After you’ve had a stroke, you may develop other complications such as blood clots, muscle weakness, problems swallowing, pneumonia, and loss of bladder control.

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What is Peripheral Artery Disease?

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Peripheral artery disease happens when plaque builds up in the arteries that carry blood to your head, organs, and limbs. Plaque buildup leads to atherosclerosis, which limits oxygen-rich blood flow to your organs and other parts of your body. This Health Topic focuses on peripheral artery disease that affects blood flow to the legs.

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What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

Sudden cardiac arrest is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. If this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. Sudden cardiac arrest usually causes death if it's not treated within minutes.

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How Can a Stroke Be Prevented?

Taking action to control your risk factors—through staying physically active, quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, making heart-healthy eating choices, and managing stress—can help prevent a stroke, or if you’ve already had a stroke, prevent another one.

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How Can Cardiomyopathy Be Prevented?

You can't prevent inherited types of cardiomyopathy. You can take steps to lower your risk for diseases or conditions that may lead to or complicate cardiomyopathy through avoiding alcohol and illegal drugs, getting enough sleep, heart-healthy eating, physical activity, quitting smoking, and managing stress.

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