Heart Disease

Common Name(s)

Heart Disease

Heart disease is a term that describes a range of diseases that affect the heart. Heart disease usually refers to conditions that may potentially lead to heart attacks, chest pain, stroke, infections and changes in heart beat rhythm. Emergency medical attention is especially recommended for symptoms of chest pain, fatigue or fainting in association with heart disease. Tests needed to diagnose heart disease range from blood tests to different types of imaging (e.g. x-rays) depending on the condition. A physician will also perform a physical exam and ask about family history. Heart disease can be treated primarily by making lifestyle changes, such as exercising more, eating a healthy diet or quitting smoking. If lifestyle changes are not sufficient, medications can also help manage heart disease. Lastly, if the heart is very badly damaged, surgery or other medical procedures may be needed.

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Heart Disease" for support, advocacy or research.

Hepatitis Foundation International

Hepatitis Foundation International is dedicated to promoting wellness and healthy lifestyles for all individuals in order to reduce the incidence of preventable diseases that affect the liver’s health including: obesity, diabetes, fatty liver, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, and substance abuse. We inform, educate, and empower by making available reliable and up-to-date information.

Last Updated: 23 Feb 2015

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HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

Last Updated: 16 Mar 2015

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Mended Hearts, Inc.

Our mission is dedicated to “Inspiring hope and improving the quality of life for heart patients and their families through ongoing peer-to-peer support”.

Last Updated: 11 Mar 2013

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Heart Disease" for support, advocacy or research.

Hepatitis Foundation International

Hepatitis Foundation International is dedicated to promoting wellness and healthy lifestyles for all individuals in order to reduce the incidence of preventable diseases that affect the liver’s health including: obesity, diabetes, fatty liver, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, and substance abuse. We inform, educate, and empower by making available reliable and up-to-date information.

http://www.HepatitisFoundation.org

Last Updated: 23 Feb 2015

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HealthyWomen

HealthyWomen (HW) is the nation's leading independent health information source for women. Our core mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families. For more than 20 years, millions of women have been coming to HW for answers to their most pressing and personal health care questions. Through our wide array of online and print publications, HW provides health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research.

http://www.healthywomen.org

Last Updated: 16 Mar 2015

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Mended Hearts, Inc.

Our mission is dedicated to “Inspiring hope and improving the quality of life for heart patients and their families through ongoing peer-to-peer support”.

http://www.mendedhearts.org

Last Updated: 11 Mar 2013

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Heart Disease" returned 7386 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Coronary heart disease and genetic variants with low phospholipase A2 activity.
 

Author(s): Linda M Polfus, Richard A Gibbs, Eric Boerwinkle

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2015 Jan;372(3):295-6.

 

Last Updated: 15 Jan 2015

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Beyond belief--how people feel about taking medications for heart disease.
 

Author(s): Lisa Rosenbaum

Journal: N. Engl. J. Med.. 2015 Jan;372(2):183-7.

 

Last Updated: 8 Jan 2015

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[Apathetic hyperthyroidism with heart failure in an elderly patient with Plummer's disease].
 

Author(s): Manabu Narisawa, Yosuke Okada, Tadashi Arao, Fumi Kuno, Yoshiya Tanaka

Journal: J. UOEH. 2014 Dec;36(4):277-83.

 

We report a case of apathetic hyperthyroidism associated with unrecognized slowly growing functional thyroid adenoma (Plummer's disease), atrial fibrillation and heart failure. An 81-year-old woman with worsening thyroid dysfunction was admitted to our hospital for the treatment of ...

Last Updated: 16 Dec 2014

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

Review articles summarize what is currently known about a disease. They discuss research previously published by others.
The terms "Heart Disease" returned 1063 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of β1-adrenergic receptor autoantibodies in human heart disease.
 

Author(s): Beatrice Bornholz, Dirk Roggenbuck, Roland Jahns, Fritz Boege

Journal: Autoimmun Rev. 2014 Sep;13(9):954-62.

 

Growing evidence indicates a cardio-pathogenic role of autoantibodies against β1-adrenergic receptors (β1AR). In particular autoantibodies stimulating β1AR-mediated cAMP-production (i.e. agonistic β1AR autoantibodies) play a paramount role in chronic heart failure. When induced ...

Last Updated: 20 Sep 2014

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Epidemiology of coronary heart disease in patients with human immunodeficiency virus.
 

Author(s): Virginia A Triant

Journal: Rev Cardiovasc Med. 2014 ;15 Suppl 1():S1-8.

 

As a growing number of patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have access to antiretroviral therapy and achieve virologic suppression, the focus of clinical care is shifting from treating the infectious complications of advanced immunodeficiency to managing and ...

Last Updated: 3 Jul 2014

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Heart failure in patients with chronic kidney disease: a systematic integrative review.
 

Author(s): Liviu Segall, Ionut Nistor, Adrian Covic

Journal: Biomed Res Int. 2014 ;2014():937398.

 

Heart failure (HF) is highly prevalent in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and is strongly associated with mortality in these patients. However, the treatment of HF in this population is largely unclear.

Last Updated: 24 Jun 2014

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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The Genetic Basis of Acquired Heart Disease in Africa
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Rheumatic Heart Disease; Rheumatic Fever; Endomyocardial Fibrosis; Acquired Heart Disease

 

Last Updated: 14 Feb 2015

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The Genetic Basis of Congenital Heart Disease in Africa
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Congenital Heart Disease; Heart Disease

 

Last Updated: 19 Jul 2014

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Active With Heart Disease
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Heart Disease

 

Last Updated: 20 Jun 2012

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