Other Cardiovascular Conditions
Learn what angina is, what causes it, and how to recognize the signs and symptoms of this serious condition.
Angina is chest pain or discomfort that occurs when your heart doesn't get as much blood and oxygen as it needs. In angina, the need for increased blood flow isn't met for a short time. When increased demand for blood goes away, angina symptoms go away too. While the pain of angina may come and go, it's a sign of heart disease and can be treated. Lifestyle changes, medications, medical procedures and surgery can help reduce angina.
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
Learn the common tests which your healthcare provider might use in order to diagnose coronary artery disease.
Find out what risk factors contribute to coronary artery disease, and what you can do to manage or change yours.
Watch how coronary artery disease develops, leading to potential artery blockage and myocardial infarction, or heart attack.
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) can affect men and women of all ages, races and ethnicities. People most at risk have extended hospital stays; are not moving for long periods because of bed rest or long-duration travel; and have had hip-, knee- or cancer-related surgeries.
Watch this to learn the most common symptoms of a heart attack for both men and women so you can quickly get help.
Learn the importance of taking immediate action if you or someone else is showing the symptoms of a heart attack.
Know the common emergency tests and treatments conducted on patients arriving to the hospital with heart attack symptoms.
Find out how statin medications help you to treat your heart disease and lessen your risk of having another heart attack.
Find out which food choices are the best for heart health, and why making just a few changes in what and how much you eat can help you heal.
No one wants to have to go back to the hospital after discharge. "Avoiding Hospital Readmissions: Heart Attack" explains the patient's role in preventing unnecessary hospital readmissions. This program includes critical information on how to better understand discharge instructions and continued recovery at home. Patients can review a discharge checklist that explains what they need to know before they go home.
Having a heart attack can be a major event. In addition to recommending lifestyle changes, doctors often add many new medications in order to help people live longer with less symptoms, and to decrease the chances that they'll have another heart attack. It is important to manage these medications and communicate openly with your doctor about any questions or concerns you have.
If you've had a heart attack, you need to take special care of your body and mind. Know what to expect when you return home, including what activities are OK to do; how to deal with depression; how to take care of your heart with food, exercise, and medicine; and when to call the doctor.
A heart attack occurs when the blood flow to a part of the heart is blocked (often by a blood clot). This happens because coronary arteries that supply the heart with blood slowly become thicker and harder from a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances, called plaque. If the plaque breaks open and a blood clot forms that blocks the blood flow, a heart attack occurs. Learn the signs that can mean a heart attack is happening, how you can recover if you do have one, and how to reduce your risk of having a heart attack.
Being discharged from the hospital after having a heart attack is a great step in your recovery. This program will help you to understand what the next steps are and by following your discharge instructions you are doing all you can to help heal.
Heart Valve Disease
Though having her heart valve repaired was a difficult and scary decision, Allison shares the benefits of living with a repaired valve.
This is a narrowing of the heart's aortic valve. That's the valve that opens to the aorta (the main vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body). With stenosis, the valve doesn't fully open. That makes it hard for your heart to pump enough blood out to your body.
Infective (bacterial) endocarditis (IE) is an infection of either the heart's inner lining (endocardium) or the heart valves. Infective endocarditis is a serious — and sometimes fatal — illness. Two things increase risk for it to occur: bacteria and certain high-risk heart conditions. Men, women and children of all racial and ethnic groups can get it. In the United States, there are up to 34,000 hospital discharges related to IE each year.
If you have a heart murmur, you may be wondering what it means. Your physician may have told you that it was an "innocent murmur" or you may have been referred for further tests. This American Heart Association video explains the causes of heart murmurs and what you may need to know about your heart health.
Your doctor might have recommended transcatheter mitral valve repair or replacement. Watch this to understand how and when it is performed.
Watch this to understand what a transcatheter mitral valve replacement procedure is and the major reason they are performed.
Learn about your options for aortic valve disease, including repairing or replacing diseased valves.
VTE & DVT Prevention
See how your healthcare team will work with you to reduce your chances of developing deep vein thrombosis in the hospital.
Learn the lifestyle changes and daily activities that will help reduce your risk of developing deep vein thrombosis.
There are about 900,000 cases of venous thromboembolism, or VTE, a year in the United States. VTE is a blood clot in the vein that requires immediate attention to avoid serious complications. That's why knowing the signs and symptoms is so important.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
The aorta is your body's main artery. It carries blood down along the front of your spine to the parts of your body below your heart. If the wall of your aorta in your abdomen weakens and balloons outward, you have an abdominal aortic aneurysm. It's a serious condition, and one that often has no warning signs.
This procedure is usually performed in the first year of a child's life to repair a ventricular septal defect (VSD). Sometimes called a hole in the heart, this defect occurs in the wall between the heart's two ventricular chambers, creating abnormal blood flow. The surgery closes the hole with a patch.
This is an abnormal connection between blood vessels. It happens when arteries connect directly to veins without first sending blood through tiny capillaries. An AVM can look like a tangle of blood vessels. They form anywhere in your body, but most often they form in or around the brain and along the spinal cord.