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Heart attack happens when a blood clot completely obstructs a coronary artery supplying blood to the heart muscle. A heart attack can cause chest pain, heart failure, and electrical instability of the heart.

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      • What are the types of arrhythmias?
      • What are the symptoms of arrhythmias?
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      • What medications are used to treat arrhythmias?
      • What lifestyle changes should be made?
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      Pulmonary Embolism (Blood Clot in the Lung) Article
      • Pulmonary embolism facts
      • What is a pulmonary embolism?
      • What are the causes and risk factors for pulmonary embolism?
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      • How is pulmonary embolism diagnosed?
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      • d-Dimer blood test
      • CT scan
      • Ventilation-perfusion scans
      • Venous Doppler study
      • Echocardiography (EKG, ECG)
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      • Thrombolytic therapy
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      • What is relative polycythemia?
      • What is stress polycythemia?
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      • What are the symptoms of polycythemia?
      • When should I see a doctor about polycythemia?
      • How is polycythemia diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for polycythemia?
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      • What is congestive heart failure (CHF)?
      • What causes congestive heart failure?
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      • What are the risk factors for congestive heart failure?
      • How is congestive heart failure diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for congestive heart failure?
      • What lifestyle changes can help treat congestive heart failure?
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      • Diet
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      • Maintaining weight
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