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Heart Disease

Learn about the types of cardiovascular diseases that are common in seniors, which your primary care doctor may treat in the office. Your doctor may also refer you to a cardiologist for evaluation and treatment of one of these conditions.

If you do not see a topic of interest to you, please try the A to Z listing of health conditions.

recommended reading
These articles provide in-depth information and are written to help you make the best healthcare decisions for you and your loved ones.
Cardiac Rehabilitation
Change in Heartbeat
Coronary Artery Disease
Chest Pain
Heart Attack and Unstable Angina
Heart Failure
High Blood Pressure
High Cholesterol

decision points
When dealing with an illness or health problem, you have to make decisions—when to call a doctor, which test to have, and what treatment to use. Decision Points are designed to help you learn about your choices and options, and to prepare you to work with your healthcare provider to make the best decision for your care.
Should I have angiography to test for coronary artery disease?
Should I receive CPR and mechanical ventilation?
Should I stop life-prolonging treatment?
Should I take statins for high cholesterol?

action sets
Action Sets are designed to help you take an active role in managing a health condition. Action Sets provide the tools and information you can use in the day-to-day management of your health conditions.
Activity and exercise for heart failure
Avoiding triggers for sudden heart failure
Eating less sodium when you have heart failure
Exercising for a healthy heart
Monitoring Your Blood Pressure at Home
Taking your high blood pressure medications properly
Taking your medications properly when you have heart failure
Tips for following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet
Watching your fluid intake when you have heart failure
tests & procedures

Your doctor may recommend one or more of the following tests to evaluate your condition.

Cardiac Catheterization
Cardiac Blood Pool Scan
Cardiac Enzyme Studies
Cardiac Stress Test (Exercise Electrocardiography)
C-Reactive Protein (CRP)
Chest X-Ray
Cholesterol and Triglycerides Tests
Electrocardiography (EKG, ECG)
Monitoring Your Blood Pressure at Home
Thallium/Technetium Cardiac Scan

For other tests and diagnostic procedures use the section of this site called Medical Tests A to Z.

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Heart Disease Resource Center
High Cholesterol Resource Center
Hypertension Resource Center
medication center
medication assistance

This section provides you with an alphabetical listing of more than 1,000 medications, including prescription drugs and those you can purchase over-the-counter. Just select your medications to learn more about them. You can choose your medication by brand name or generic name.

Medications A-Z

If you are having difficulty paying for your medications you may qualify for financial assistance or free medications. Visit the Medication Assistance Center to learn about available medication and insurance programs.

Don't let financial problems stop you from getting the treatment you need; there are resources and organizations that may be able to help you.

Last modified on: 30 June 2015

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