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Total Artificial Heart - Who May Benefit?

heart transplant  heart surgery  total artificial heart 

You may benefit from a TAH if you have heart failure caused by ventricles that no longer pump blood well enough, and other treatments have not worked. If you are waiting for a heart transplant, a TAH can help prolong your life.

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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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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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Arrhythmia - Causes

arrhythmias  dysrhythmia 

Arrhythmia is caused by changes to heart tissue. It can also occur suddenly as a result of exertion or stress, imbalances in the blood, medicines, or problems with electrical signals in the heart. Typically, an arrhythmia is set off by a trigger, and the irregular heartbeat can continue if there is a problem in the heart. Sometimes the cause of an arrhythmia is unknown.

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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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Sickle Cell Disease - Diagnosis

sickle cell anemia  hemoglobin s  sickling disorder due to hemoglobin s 

Your doctor may use a number of tests to diagnose sickle cell disease if various screening tests show that you might have the condition.

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Sickle Cell Disease - Screening and Prevention

sickle cell anemia  hemoglobin s  sickling disorder due to hemoglobin s 

Sickle Cell Disease – Screening and Prevention People who do not know whether they carry an abnormal hemoglobin gene can ask their doctor to have their blood tested. Sickle Cell Anemia, Hemoglobin S or SS disease, Sickling disorder due to hemoglobin S

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Coronary Heart Disease - Treatment

coronary artery disease  coronary heart disease  coronary microvascular disease 

Your treatment plan depends on how severe your disease is, the severity of your symptoms, and any other health conditions you may have. Possible treatments for coronary heart disease include heart-healthy lifestyle changes, medicines, or procedures such as coronary artery bypass grafting or percutaneous coronary intervention.

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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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Cystic Fibrosis - Treatment

CF 

While there is not yet a cure for cystic fibrosis, advances in treatment are helping people live longer, healthier lives. After early diagnosis, the goal is proactive treatment to slow down lung disease as much as possible.

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