Read more about the article Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVCs). Palpitations should bother you, but to what extent.
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Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVCs). Palpitations should bother you, but to what extent.

Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) are some of the many causes of palpitations. On one or several occasions, you may feel your heart pulsating, usually during periods of exercise, anger, or…

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Read more about the article Unstable angina. A devastating heart disease you can prevent.
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Unstable angina. A devastating heart disease you can prevent.

When blood and oxygen flow to your heart is compromised, you develop chest pain. We term it unstable angina. It may precede a myocardial infarction (heart attack). Unlike other types…

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Read more about the article Pulmonary Embolism. A blood clot in the lungs may kill you before you know it.
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Pulmonary Embolism. A blood clot in the lungs may kill you before you know it.

A third of people with pulmonary embolism die before they reach the hospital. In other words, a blood clot in the lungs kills them before they become aware of its…

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Read more about the article Pericarditis. Diagnosis is challenging: recovery takes weeks!
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Pericarditis. Diagnosis is challenging: recovery takes weeks!

Pericarditis implies inflammation of the pericardium – a thin fibro-elastic sac that encases your heart. It can be acute, subacute, recurrent, or chronic pericarditis. A diagnosis of pericarditis takes a…

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Read more about the article Angina. It’s imperative to understand this type of chest pain.
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Angina. It’s imperative to understand this type of chest pain.

When blood flow to the heart is compromised, a series of biochemical changes occur due to a lack of oxygen. These changes culminate in a distinct type of chest pain…

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Read more about the article Abdominal aortic aneurysm: controlling blood pressure will save you from the catastrophe.
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Abdominal aortic aneurysm: controlling blood pressure will save you from the catastrophe.

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a bulge in the abdominal aorta, at least 1.5 times the conventional vessel calibre. A life-threatening condition that is often indolent but requires specific treatment…

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