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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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Total Artificial Heart - How Does It Work?

heart transplant  heart surgery  total artificial heart 

The TAH replaces the lower chambers of the heart, called ventricles. Tubes connect the TAH to a power source that is outside the body. The TAH then pumps blood through the heart’s major artery to the lungs and the rest of the body.

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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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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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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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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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Aortic Aneurysm - Treatment

AAA  TAA  abdominal aortic aneurysm  thoracic aortic aneurysm 

Treatment for your aortic aneurysm will depend on its cause, its size and location, and the factors that put you at risk. Small aortic aneurysms may be managed with healthy lifestyle changes or medicine. The goal is to slow the growth of the aneurysm and lower the chance of rupture or dissection.

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Angina - Causes

heart  chest pain  blood flow  stable angina  unstable angina  microvascular angina  variant angina 

Angina happens when your heart muscle does not get enough oxygen-rich blood. Medical conditions, particularly ischemic heart disease, or lifestyle habits can cause angina. To understand the causes of angina, it helps to understand how the heart works.

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Before Cardiac Catheterization

heart catheterization 

You will meet with your cardiologist, a doctor who specializes in the heart. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, do a physical exam, give you instructions on how to prepare for the procedure, and may give you some tests or procedures.

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