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Total Artificial Heart - During Surgery

heart transplant  heart surgery  total artificial heart 

The surgery to connect the TAH is complex and can last from five to nine hours. Learn about the team that performs the surgery and the steps involved in connecting a TAH to your body.

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Arrhythmia - Treatment

arrhythmias  dysrhythmia 

Common arrhythmia treatments include heart-healthy lifestyle changes, medicines, surgically implanted devices that control the heartbeat, and other procedures that treat abnormal electrical signals in the heart.

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Sickle Cell Disease - Living With

sickle cell anemia  hemoglobin s  sickling disorder due to hemoglobin s 

If you or your child has sickle cell disease, you should learn as much as you can about the disease, including how to prevent and manage complications and take care of your mental health.

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Angina - Diagnosis

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

Your doctor may diagnose angina based on your medical history, a physical exam, and diagnostic tests and procedures. These tests can help assess whether you need immediate treatment for a heart attack. Some of these tests may help rule out other conditions.

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Sickle Cell Disease - Causes

sickle cell anemia  hemoglobin s  sickling disorder due to hemoglobin s 

Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease caused by defects, called mutations, in the beta globin gene that helps make hemoglobin.

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Atrial Fibrillation - Causes

a-fib  AF 

Changes to the heart’s tissue and to its electrical signals most often cause atrial fibrillation. When the heart’s tissue or signaling is damaged, the regular pumping of the heart muscle becomes fast and irregular.

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Pulmonary Hypertension - Signs, Symptoms, and Complications

hypertension  blood pressure  scleroderma  arteries  pulmonary 

Signs and symptoms of pulmonary hypertension are sometimes hard to recognize, because they are similar to those of other medical conditions. People may have symptoms for years before being diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. These symptoms may get worse over time and could eventually lead to serious complications such as right heart failure.

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Angina - Living With

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

Angina is not a heart attack, but it is a signal that you are at greater risk of having a heart attack. The risk is higher if you have unstable angina. For this reason, it is important that you receive follow-up care, monitor your condition, and understand your condition so you know when to get medical help. Your doctor may recommend heart-healthy lifestyle changes and cardiac rehabilitation to help manage angina.

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During Cardiac Catheterization

heart catheterization 

Cardiac catheterization takes place in a catheterization laboratory, or cath lab, which is similar to a small operating room. A long thin tube called a catheter is inserted via a needle, guidewire, and sheath into a blood vessel leading to the heart.

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Sickle Cell Disease - Types

sickle cell anemia  hemoglobin s  sickling disorder due to hemoglobin s 

When a person has two hemoglobin S genes (hemoglobin SS), the disease is called sickle cell anemia. This is the most common and often most severe type of sickle cell disease. Hemoglobin SC disease and hemoglobin S? thalassemia are two other common types of sickle cell disease. Hemoglobin SD and hemoglobin SE are much less common.

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