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Living With Carotid Artery Disease

If you have carotid artery disease, you can take steps to manage the condition, reduce risk factors, and prevent complications by making lifestyle changes, following your treatment plan, and getting ongoing care. Know the stroke warning signs and call 9–1–1 for emergency help if you think you are having a stroke.

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What Is Carotid Artery Disease?

Carotid artery disease is a disease in which a waxy substance called plaque builds up inside the carotid arteries in either side of the neck. The common carotid arteries divide into internal carotid arteries, which supply oxygen-rich blood to your brain, and external carotid arteries, which supply oxygen-rich blood to your face, scalp, and neck.

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What Causes Cardiomyopathy?

Many times, the cause of cardiomyopathy isn’t known. Cardiomyopathy can be acquired (you are not born with the condition but develop it due to another disease, condition, or factor) or inherited (your parents passed the gene for the disease on to you).

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Description of the DASH Eating Plan

DASH is a flexible and balanced eating plan that helps create a heart-healthy eating style for life.

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What Causes Heart Failure?

Conditions that damage or overwork the heart muscle can cause the heart to weaken, including coronary heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, other heart conditions, and other factors.

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Risks of Physical Activity

The benefits of regular physical activity outweigh the risks. Rarely, heart problems such as arrhythmias, sudden cardiac arrest, and heart attack may occur in people who already have heart conditions such as coronary heart disease and congenital heart disease. Always ask your doctor about what type and amount of physical activity is safe for you.

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Who is at Risk for Heart Failure?

Heart failure is more common in people age 65 or older, blacks, people who are overweight, and people who have had a heart attack. Children who have congenital heart defects also can develop heart failure.

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What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome?

Most of the metabolic risk factors have no signs or symptoms, although a large waistline is a visible sign. Some people may have symptoms of high blood sugar if diabetes is present.

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La vida después de un ataque cardíaco

Después de un ataque cardíaco, usted necesitará tratamiento para la enfermedad coronaria con el fin de prevenir otro ataque. Su médico puede recomendarle cambios en el estilo de vida, medicamentos y un programa de rehabilitación cardíaca.

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How Is Cardiomyopathy Treated?

Treatment depends on the type of cardiomyopathy you have, the severity of your symptoms and complications, and your age and overall health. Treatments may include heart-healthy lifestyle changes, medicines, nonsurgical procedures, and surgery and implanted devices.

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