Coordinated Care Vital For Heart Patients With Other Health Conditions

Dealing with other medical challenges can complicate heart disease treatment, but good communication with all your physicians can make a positive difference.

It’s no secret that your risk of heart disease climbs as you age. Unfortunately, the same is true for other health conditions, such as arthritis, respiratory problems, cognitive decline, and many types of cancer. These and other medical issues, including non-cardiac surgery, can have a considerable impact on your heart health. This is why it’s critical that you keep your cardiologist and all your specialists informed of all your health issues. Coordination between all of your healthcare providers gives you a better chance of achieving better health and reducing complications.

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    2016 Heart Advisor Topic Index

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    Risks and Symptoms

    Understand How Cancer Treatment Affects Heart Health

    Radiation treatment and chemotherapy pose risks to heart disease patients.

    As if heart disease isn’t enough to deal with, heart patients also battling cancer have an even greater set of challenges. Apart from the symptoms and quality of life issues brought on by cancer, there is the very real risk that certain cancer treatments may harm your heart.

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    Heart Failure

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    They may be more comfortable and convenient than a heart rate monitor worn around the chest, but new wrist-worn monitors may not be as accurate. That’s according to a Cleveland Clinic study published recently in JAMA Cardiology, which looked at this slice of the personal...

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  • Echocardiography

    Valves and Vessels

    Know the Various Echocardiogram Types and When Each Is Best Used

    These helpful imaging tools help doctors diagnose some serious health problems. But there are several types of echocardiography.

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    Coordinated Care Vital For Heart Patients With Other Health Conditions

    Dealing with other medical challenges can complicate heart disease treatment, but good communication with all your physicians can make a positive difference.

    It’s no secret that your risk of heart disease climbs as you age. Unfortunately, the same is true for other health conditions, such as arthritis, respiratory problems, cognitive decline, and many types of cancer. These and other medical issues, including non-cardiac surgery,...

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  • Ask the Doctors: December 2016

    Your Heart and Other Conditions

    Ask the Doctors: December 2016

    Mild and severe periodontal disease affect 75 percent and 30 percent of U.S. adults, respectively. Not surprisingly, there is interest in determining whether a link exists between this and cardiovascular disease. Although we have seen major advances in the management of heart...

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    Your Heart and Other Conditions

    Ask the Doctors: November 2016

    Both strokes and TIAs (mini-strokes) are caused by an obstruction of blood flow to the brain due to clots or narrowed arteries. The blockage with a TIA is temporary, with symptoms similar to those for stroke but resolving in less than 24 hours. The Framingham Heart Study and others...

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    Your Heart and Other Conditions

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    He adds that since the test subjects were younger and healthier than most heart patients, and that the exercise was done on a treadmill, it’s not certain that similar accuracy issues would be the case for older adults and for other activities. However, the researchers did...

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