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6 Sites for Heart Health

January 26, 2009
by Isabel Cowles
The following medical Web sites are your key to cardiovascular confidence. With them, you’ll learn how the heart and circulatory system work, types of heart and vascular diseases, diagnosis and treatment options, and preventative techniques.

How Does the Cardiovascular System Work?

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Before you research a specific heart health issue, you may want to familiarize yourself with the cardiovascular system and how it works. The American Medical Association provides a basic diagram that labels and illustrates all parts of the circulatory system.

For a comprehensive explanation of how organs within the heart and circulatory system operate in conjunction with one another, watch a video on the Mayo Clinic’s Web site. If you didn’t catch all of the details, not to worry; the page also includes a transcript.

Types of Vascular Disease

Vascular diseases include all disorders of the circulatory system, many of which can affect the heart. To learn more, visit the Cleveland Clinic Web site, which explains different types of vascular issues through a series of articles and actual patient-doctor Q & As.

Diagnostic Testing

You may already know you have heart disease, or perhaps you’re working toward prevention. In either case, diagnostic testing is an effective way of determining your overall cardiovascular health. The Texas Heart Institute lists the different types of tests available and explains what to expect when your doctor begins an examination of your heart and circulatory system.

Treatment

Treatments vary widely depending on the severity, progression and type of cardiovascular issue. The BBC offers a look at the different types of medication, surgery and transplants available to heart and circulatory system patients, explaining how each treatment targets cardiovascular disease as well as the ultimate objectives of various drugs and procedures.

Prevention

While many people are genetically predisposed to heart disease, healthy habits can make a big difference in prevention and recovery. If you’ve had heart disease in the past or are simply hoping to preempt any cardiovascular issues, taking steps towards overall well-being is essential. The American Heart Association details some of the best ways to lower the risk of heart disease, and provides interactive tools to help you get started.
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