Other Heart Conditions

  • Pericarditis

    Pericarditis is inflammation of the pericardium, the thin sac that surrounds the heart.

  • Rheumatic Heart Disease

    Rheumatic heart disease is a condition in which the heart valves have been permanently damaged by rheumatic fever. The heart valve damage starts with an untreated or under-treated strep infection. In some cases, strep throat or scarlet fever, which are caused by streptococcus A bacteria, can progress to rheumatic fever if not treated properly.

  • Cardiac Sarcoma

    Cardiac sarcoma is a rare type of cancerous tumor that occurs in the heart.

  • Congenital Heart Defects

    When the heart or blood vessels near the heart do not develop normally before birth, a condition called congenital heart defect occurs.

  • Syncope: A Serious Look at Fainting

    Fainting is a loss of consciousness, falling down or needing to lie down, followed by spontaneous recovery. Fainting by itself is not a problem, but it could be a sign of a serious health condition.

  • The Lowdown on Low Blood Pressure

    Doctors often consider chronically low blood pressure too low only if it drops suddenly or causes noticeable symptoms.

  • Syncope in Children
    Syncope is a brief loss of consciousness and muscle tone caused when not enough blood gets to the brain. Syncope is commonly called fainting. In most children, it’s usually harmless. But in a few children, syncope is serious. This is usually because of a heart problem.