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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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.

Last Updated: 26 Oct 2014

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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: 3 Oct 2013

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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: 26 Oct 2014

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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: 3 Oct 2013

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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 7302 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Therapeutic effect in patients with coronary heart disease based on information analysis from traditional Chinese medicine four diagnostic methods.
 

Author(s): Yiqin Wang, Jin Xu, Rui Guo, Chaoxia Xu, Yiming Hao, Chunfeng Chen, Yijian Hong, Xiangqun Xiao, Wenjie Xu, Jing Hong, Zhao Lei

Journal: J Tradit Chin Med. 2014 Feb;34(1):34-41.

 

To study information gained by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) four diagnostic methods and characteristics of syndrome development before and after treatment in patients with coronary heart disease, and to probe into assessment indexes of therapeutic effects with distinctive TCM features.

Last Updated: 8 Aug 2014

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Genetic and environmental influences on the prospective correlation between systemic inflammation and coronary heart disease death in male twins.
 

Author(s): Sheng-Hui Wu, Michael C Neale, Anthony J Acton, Robert V Considine, Ruth E Krasnow, Terry Reed, Jun Dai

Journal: Arterioscler. Thromb. Vasc. Biol.. 2014 Sep;34(9):2168-74.

 

Because of lack of evidence, we aimed to examine to what degree low-grade systemic inflammation and coronary heart disease (CHD) death shared common genetic and environmental substrates.

Last Updated: 21 Aug 2014

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Prevalence of coronary heart disease or stroke among workers aged <55 years--United States, 2008-2012.
 

Author(s): Sara E Luckhaupt, Geoffrey M Calvert,

Journal: MMWR Morb. Mortal. Wkly. Rep.. 2014 Aug;63(30):645-9.

 

Cardiovascular disease accounts for one in three deaths in the United States each year, and coronary heart disease and stroke account for most of those deaths. To try to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched ...

Last Updated: 1 Aug 2014

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Heart Disease" returned 1058 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

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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[ Surgical treatment for ischemic heart disease].
 

Author(s): Shigeaki Kaga

Journal: Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi. 2014 Jun;70(6):588-94.

 

Last Updated: 23 Jun 2014

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Quality of life and congenital heart disease in childhood and adolescence.
 

Author(s): Juliana Bertoletti, Giovana Caroline Marx, Sérgio Pedro Hattge Júnior, Lucia Campos Pellanda

Journal: Arq. Bras. Cardiol.. 2014 Feb;102(2):192-8.

 

Advances in cardiac surgery techniques and early diagnosis have enabled the increased survival of individuals with congenital heart disease. The investigation of the quality of life in children and adolescents with congenital heart disease provides complementary information to clinical ...

Last Updated: 28 Mar 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: 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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Cognitive Function in Adults With Cardiac Disease
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Cognitive Impairment; Cardiology; Cardiac Disease; Hospitalization

 

Last Updated: 5 Jan 2010

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