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Angina

Angina This factsheet is for people who have angina, or who would like information about it. Angina describes the pain and chest tightness – and sometimes breathlessness or choking feeling – caused when blood flow in the arteries that supply the heart is restricted. Animation – How atherosclerosis developsAbout anginaCausesDiagnosisTreatmentQuestions …

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arrhythmia

Arrhythmia (palpitations) This factsheet is for people who have an arrhythmia, or who would like information about it. An arrhythmia is a disturbance of the normal electrical rhythm of theheart. Arrhythmias (sometimes called palpitations) may occur  continuously or just occasionally. Animation – The different types of arrhythmiaAbout arrhythmiasSymptoms of arrhythmiasCauses …

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heart murmur (Causes and Risk Factors)

Causes and Risk Factors Innocent heart murmurs can be caused by exercise, pregnancy, and fever. Aging and heart surgery can cause changes in the heart that may result in an innocent murmur. Other conditions that can cause innocent heart murmurs include anemia (low red blood cell count; lack of red …

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heart murmur(Diagnosis)

Diagnosis Typically, heart murmurs are discovered when a physician listens to the heart with a stethoscope during a routine physical examination. If the physician detects any unusual heart sounds, he or she will ask about the patient’s medical and family history and about the presence of any symptoms (e.g., chest …

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heart murmur(Signs and Symptoms)

Signs and Symptoms Heart murmurs usually do not cause symptoms. In most cases, innocent and abnormal heart murmurs are detected when a physician hears them through a stethoscope.However, if a heart murmur affects the heart’s ability to pump blood properly, the following signs and symptoms may develop: Chest painDecreased tolerance …

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Atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation What Is It?SymptomsDiagnosisExpected DurationPrevention TreatmentWhen To Call a ProfessionalPrognosis  What Is It? Atrial fibrillation is a type of cardiac arrhythmia, which is an abnormal heart rate or rhythm. Atrial fibrillation causes a rapid and irregular heartbeat, during which the upper two chambers of the heart that receive blood (the …

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Heart Failure

Heart Failure Heart failure can be caused by various heart conditions. Symptoms include fluid retention, breathlessness and tiredness. Medication can usually ease symptoms, and can often improve the outlook (prognosis).  How does the heart work?The heart has four chambers – two atria and two ventricles. The walls of the heart …

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