Although chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has readily recognizable symptoms, about 12 million Americans may have COPD but not realize it. Proper diagnosis and treatment can enhance and prolong life. That's why NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is working to get the word out about COPD, especially among those who are at greatest risk for the disease.
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Doctors recommend that people who have heart attacks receive treatment to open their blocked arteries within 12 hours after an attack. Even past those 12 hours, though, a procedure to open blocked arteries called angioplasty was thought to prevent future heart problems. A new study, however, found that stable patients getting late angioplasty did no better than patients on drug therapy alone.
About a third of heart attack patients don’t receive treatment to open blocked arteries within the recommended 12-hour timeframe after a heart attack.
Whether painful or silent, undiagnosed peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is too dangerous to ignore. That's why NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) recently started a campaign to tell more people about the disorder, joining with 40 other organizations across the U.S. to raise awareness about PAD.
This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first totally implanted artificial heart for patients with advanced heart failure in both of the heart's pumping chambers.
Physical inactivity is one of several major heart disease risk factors you can do something about. A new NIH publication called Your Guide to Physical Activity and Your Heart has easy-to-understand information on the power of physical activity to keep you healthy.
A hormone detected in a simple blood test can identify patients with sickle cell disease who have developed a life-threatening complication called pulmonary hypertension, according to new research by scientists with NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
Asthma, the most common chronic childhood illness in the United States, is a breathing disease in which the airways are inflamed, making breathing difficult. Studies in older children and adults show that inhaled corticosteroids are the most effective long-term control medicine for persistent asthma.
Diuretic medications are more effective than other high blood pressure medications in preventing heart failure, at least in the short term, according to a new data analysis of a study from NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute called the Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial (ALLHAT)
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a serious public health problem. A major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, it affects about 1 of every 3 American adults.