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Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis

Humans are born with supple, flexible arteries that effortlessly deliver blood to the furthest reaches of the body. Over time, prompted by a poor diet, lack of physical activity, stress, smoking, and...
Cardiac Catheterization

Cardiac Catheterization

When something goes wrong in the coronary arteries, the arteries that nourish the heart, it’s helpful to take a look inside to see what is going on. Traditional x-rays, CT scans, and MRI scans...
Heart Attack

Heart Attack

Heart attack (the technical term is myocardial infarction) is a life-and-death situation. But treatment is becoming increasingly effective thanks to clinical research that has taught us what to do....
Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

The television image of a heart attack – a man suddenly clutches his chest and keels over – is actually a picture of sudden cardiac arrest. This frightening and often deadly event usually occurs...
Heart Failure

Heart Failure

Fifty years ago, the diagnosis of heart failure was akin to a death sentence. Only weak medicines were available to fight fluid buildup, or make the heart pump harder. Thanks to research, more...