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What Is Cardiomyopathy?

Cardiomyopathy refers to diseases of the heart muscle in which the heart muscle becomes enlarged, thick, or rigid. As cardiomyopathy worsens, the heart becomes weaker.

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How Can Coronary Microvascular Disease Be Prevented?

Your doctor may recommend heart-healthy lifestyle changes and ongoing medical care if you have coronary microvascular disease.

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Living With the DASH Eating Plan

Understanding the DASH eating plan will help you start and follow this plan for life.

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How Is Heart Failure Diagnosed?

Your doctor will diagnose heart failure based on your medical and family histories, a physical exam, and results from one or more tests: electrocardiogram (EKG), chest x ray, B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) blood test, echocardiography, Doppler ultrasound, Holter monitor, nuclear heart scan, cardiac catheterization, coronary angiography, stress testing, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and thyroid function tests.

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How Is Heart Valve Disease Diagnosed?

Your doctor will diagnose heart valve disease based on your medical and family histories, a physical exam, and results from one or more tests: electrocardiogram (EKG), chest x ray, echocardiography, cardiac catheterization, stress testing, and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

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What Is Metabolic Syndrome?

obesity  dysmetabolic  hypertriglyceridemic  insulin resistance  syndrome x 

Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke. The term "metabolic" refers to the biochemical processes involved in the body's normal functioning.

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What Is Heart Failure?

congestive heart failure  cor pulmonale 

Heart failure is a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the body's needs because it can't fill with enough blood and/or can't pump blood to the rest of the body with enough force.

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How Can Heart Failure Be Prevented?

You can take action to prevent heart disease and heart failure by avoiding illegal drugs, being physically active, following a heart-healthy eating plan, quitting smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight.

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What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Heart Failure?

The most common signs and symptoms of heart failure are shortness of breath, fatigue, and swelling in the ankles, feet, legs, abdomen, and veins in the neck.

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¿Qué es la aterosclerosis?

aterosclerosis 

La aterosclerosis es una enfermedad en la que se deposita placa dentro de las arterias. Las arterias son vasos sanguíneos que llevan sangre rica en oxígeno al corazón y a otras partes del cuerpo.

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