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.

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: 3 Oct 2013

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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: 5 May 2014

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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.

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: 3 Oct 2013

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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: 5 May 2014

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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 7231 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The role of cardiac computed tomography in infants with congenital heart disease.
 

Author(s): Orly Goitein, Yishay Salem, Jeffrey Jacobson, David Goitein, David Mishali, Ashraf Hamdan, Rafael Kuperstein, Elio Di Segni, Eli Konen

Journal: Isr. Med. Assoc. J.. 2014 Mar;16(3):147-52.

 

Patients with complex congenital heart disease (CHD) have a high incidence of extracardiac vascular and non-vascular malformations. Those additional abnormalities may have an impact on the precise planning of surgical or non-surgical treatment.

Last Updated: 25 Apr 2014

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Trends and disparities in heart disease mortality among American Indians/Alaska Natives, 1990-2009.
 

Author(s): Mark Veazie, Carma Ayala, Linda Schieb, Shifan Dai, Jeffrey A Henderson, Pyone Cho

Journal: Am J Public Health. 2014 Jun;104 Suppl 3():S359-67.

 

We evaluated heart disease death rates among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) and Whites after improving identification of AI/AN populations.

Last Updated: 16 May 2014

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Heart appearance sign in pontine stroke: a result of bilateral infarction due to small vessel disease.
 

Author(s): Prasanna Venkatesan, R Balakrishnan, K Ramadoss, Rajesh Shankar Iyer

Journal: Neurol India. ;62(1):115-6.

 

Last Updated: 10 Mar 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 1037 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[8. Cardiac magnetic resonance in ischemic heart disease].
 

Author(s): Takeshi Ishimoto

Journal: Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi. 2014 Mar;70(3):270-6.

 

Last Updated: 20 Mar 2014

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How diet modification challenges are magnified in vulnerable or marginalized people with diabetes and heart disease: a systematic review and qualitative meta-synthesis.
 

Author(s): M Vanstone, M Giacomini, A Smith, F Brundisini, D DeJean, S Winsor

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Diet modification is an important part of self-management for patients with diabetes and/or heart disease (including coronary artery disease, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation). Many health care providers and community-based programs advise lifestyle and diet modification as ...

Last Updated: 14 Nov 2013

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The global burden of congenital heart disease.
 

Author(s): Julien Ie Hoffman

Journal: Cardiovasc J Afr. 2013 May;24(4):141-5.

 

Although the incidence of congenital heart disease (CHD) is similar worldwide, the burden of supporting these patients falls more heavily on countries with high fertility rates. In a country with a fertility rate of about eight per woman, the population has to support four times as ...

Last Updated: 12 Nov 2013

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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: 25 Apr 2014

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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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Rheumatic Heart Disease School Project
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Rheumatic Heart Disease

 

Last Updated: 15 May 2014

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