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Defibrillators - Living With

Automated External Defibrillator (AED)  Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)  Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillator (WCD) 

After sudden cardiac arrest, surgery to implant an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), or a fitting for a wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD), you will need regular visits with your doctor to check your condition, the device, or any medicines you are taking. You can get an ID card with information about your device to keep with you. It can be helpful in an emergency, to show airport security, or for medical personnel who need to know more about your device. If you have an ICD, be aware of the signs of complications with your device.

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Iron-Deficiency Anemia - Causes

anemia  iron  iron-deficiency anemia  blood loss 

Causes of iron-deficiency anemia include blood loss, consuming too little iron, problems absorbing iron, and certain medical conditions.

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Congenital Heart Defects - Treatment

atrial septal defect  Holes in the Heart  Ventricular Septal Defect  Tetralogy of Fallot  Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)  Congenital Heart Disease 

Treatments for congenital heart defects include medicines, surgery, and cardiac catheterization procedures. Many congenital heart defects do not require treatment at all. However, children with critical congenital heart defects will need surgery in the first year of life.

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Iron-Deficiency Anemia - Living With

anemia  iron  iron-deficiency anemia  blood loss 

After being diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia, it is important to follow your treatment plan, such as taking prescribed iron supplements. You should monitor your condition for new or worsening symptoms. Your doctor may want to repeat blood tests to check that your anemia is improving.

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Total Artificial Heart - Before Surgery

heart transplant  heart surgery  total artificial heart 

If you are not already in the hospital, you will likely spend at least a week in the hospital to prepare for the TAH surgery. You will continue to take any heart medicines your doctor gave you. During this time, you will learn about the TAH that you are getting and how to live with it. The members of your healthcare team will provide you with the information that you need before surgery.

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Atrial Fibrillation - Treatment

a-fib  AF 

Atrial fibrillation is treated with lifestyle changes, medicines, procedures, and surgery to help prevent blood clots, slow your heart beat, or restore your heart’s normal rhythm.

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Atrial Fibrillation - Signs, Symptoms, and Complications

a-fib  AF 

You may or may not notice atrial fibrillation. It often occurs with no signs or symptoms. If you do have symptoms, you may notice something that occurs only occasionally. Or, your symptoms may be frequent or serious.

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Sickle Cell Disease - Diagnosis

sickle cell anemia  hemoglobin s  sickling disorder due to hemoglobin s 

Your doctor may diagnose sickle cell disease based on the results from tests to confirm the results from prenatal or newborn screening.

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Venous Thromboembolism - Signs, Symptoms, and Complications

Sometimes VTE does not cause symptoms until serious complications occur. In other cases, deep vein thrombosis causes swelling or discomfort near the blood clot. Pulmonary embolism can cause chest pain and difficulty breathing. Pulmonary embolism can be a life-threatening condition.

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Atrial Fibrillation - Screening and Prevention

a-fib  AF 

Typically doctors screen for atrial fibrillation only when you have symptoms. However, your doctor may check for signs of atrial fibrillation as part of your regular medical care. Screening tests include checking your pulse or recording your heart’s electrical activity.

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