Heart and Vessels

Statins Side Effects, Muscle Pain, Neuropathy, Liver Damage

Although the usefulness of statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs) for patients with coronary artery disease or those at risk of developing related conditions has been well established, these drugs are not without side effects. Ideally, each patient with elevated blood cholesterol levels should be screened and considered on >> Read More ...

What are Statins? Types of Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drugs

What are Statins? Statins are cholesterol lowering drugs and one of the most commonly prescribed drugs after antibiotics and pain killers. The group as a whole is known as “statins” as all of the drugs in this group have – statin as a suffix in the chemical name. Various studies of the last two decades have >> Read More ...

Rapid Heart Rate (Tachycardia) – Causes of Fast (High) Pulse

What is Tachycardia? Tachycardia is the medical term for a heart rate that exceeds 100 beats per minutes (100 bpm). This is a higher than normal rate and may occur under temporarily during periods of stress, pain or strenuous activity. However, tachycardia may also be due to certain medical conditions and needs to be >> Read More ...

Low Pulse – Causes of a Slow Heart Rate (Bradycardia)

What is Bradycardia? Bradycardia is the medical term for a low pulse, which indicates a slow heart rate. Normally, the heart rate is between 60 and 100 beats per minute (bpm) when at rest. The rate of most adults is between 65 bpm and 85 bpm. Very fit adults may have a heart rate that is lower than 60 bpm but this is never >> Read More ...

Angina or Heart Attack Pain – Difference in Signs, Symptoms

Cardiovascular diseases that result in chest pain may be due to angina, myocardial infarction (heart attack), pericarditis or an aortic dissection. There are other possible causes, however, the presentation is usually not sudden and severe pain as it is with these conditions. Of these, angina is the most common and may >> Read More ...

Arterial Occlusion Treatment (Diet, Exercise, Medication)

Arterial occlusion is the blockage of the blood vessel that carries oxygenated blood (artery) to different parts of the body. The occlusion obstructs blood flow either completely or partially thereby starving the tissues of oxygen. A partial obstruction may lead to atrophy (shrinking) or cell injury, which is either >> Read More ...

Clogged Artery (Carotid, Coronary Arteries) Symptoms, Diagnosis

What is a Clogged Artery? A clogged artery (stenosis) is a blockage, either partial or complete, in the blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood to different areas of the body. This gradually or suddenly cuts off the blood supply to the target organ or tissue leading to cell injury (ischemia) or tissue death (infarct). >> Read More ...

Blocked Artery Signs, Symptoms and Effects

Blockage within an artery (occlusion) may arise for a number of reasons that are outlined in narrowing artery. The most common causes are atherosclerosis and a thrombus or embolus. Often the formation of atheromatous plaque causes a partial blockage and is then followed by the formation of a thrombus (blood clot) at the >> Read More ...
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