Dealing with heart conditions

Heart conditions are common in the UK and being diagnosed with such a condition can be life-changing. Understanding your diagnosis or knowing how it might affect someone you know can be useful, and help alleviate any worries you may have, as can understanding what support is available.

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    What is coronary heart disease?

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    It’s estimated that over seven million people in the UK have a diagnosis of coronary heart disease (CHD), with more men than women affected. Learn about the risk factors, symptoms and treatments associated with this condition. 

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    What is heart failure?

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    Heart failure refers to the condition when the heart is unable to pump blood around the body as well as it should. This can lead to oxygen deprivation to the rest of the body, and abnormal back pressure developing within blood vessels of the body, causing a number of problems.

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    What is a stroke?

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    A stroke occurs when part of the brain dies as a result of oxygen deprivation, typically due to a blockage in one of the arteries leading to the brain or one of the small vessels deep inside the brain. Learn how to spot the signs of a stroke.

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    What is atrial fibrillation?

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    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm disturbance in the UK, affecting around one million adults. In AF, the normal regular electrical impulses of the heart become disorganised, leading to an irregular heartbeat. Find out more about the condition.

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