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Premature Atrial Contractions

Premature atrial contractions (PACs) is a medical condition in which the heart beats too early due to premature discharge of an electrical signal in the atria, which are the...

Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy

Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is a treatment for some cases of heart failure. In heart failure, the heart does not pump blood with appropriate efficiency. In some...

Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome

Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome is the presence of an extra, or accessory, abnormal electrical pathway in the heart. This additional pathway creates periods of very rapid...

Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat, occurring when the two top chambers of the heart (atria) beat out of rhythm with the two lower chambers of the heart (the...

Ventricular Septal Defect

A ventricular septal defect is one of the most common congenital (present from birth) heart defects. It refers to one or more holes in the wall separating the right and left...

Turner Syndrome

Turner syndrome is a rare condition that affects growth and development in girls and women. It is a chromosomal disorder, meaning that it is caused by irregularities in the DNA, and it is a...

Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA)

Transposition of the great arteries (TGA) is a rare but serious congenital heart defect, meaning it is present at birth, in which the two main arteries that leave the heart...

Tetralogy of Fallot

Tetralogy of Fallot is a rare, complex congenital heart defect, meaning that it is present at birth. It causes oxygen-poor blood and oxygen-rich blood to mix together, with...

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)

Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) is a birth defect that prevents the left side of the heart from forming correctly and properly pumping oxygen-rich blood to the body....

Ebstein Anomaly

Ebstein anomaly is a rare congenital (meaning it is present at birth) heart defect in which the heart’s tricuspid valve is abnormal.

Congenital Heart Disease

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is a problem present at birth that involves the structure of the heart, its valves, or blood vessels. It is the most common type of birth defect, affecting about one...

Bicuspid Aortic Valve

The aortic valve regulates blood flow from the heart into the aorta, the major blood vessel that delivers oxygen-rich blood to the body. Normally the valve has three branches...

Atrial Septal Defect

An atrial septal defect is an abnormal opening between the heart's upper chambers. It is a common congenital (present from birth) heart defect. Smaller atrial septal defects...

Marfan Syndrome

Marfan syndrome is a medical condition that affects connective tissue, which holds the body’s cells, organs, and tissue together and helps the body grow and develop properly. It is a genetic...

Cardiac Sarcoma

Cardiac sarcoma is a rare cancer that develops in the soft tissue of the heart. While more than 75 percent of primary tumors of the heart are benign, a cardiac sarcoma is...

Pregnancy and Heart Disease

Pregnancy & Congenital Heart Clinic Pregnancy creates a unique strain on a woman’s body and on the heart in particular. Women born with heart defects need...

7 Things Your Cardiologist Wishes You Knew

For Heart Month, we polled a team of cardiologists at UAB Medicine and asked them what words of wisdom they had to share when it comes to heart health.  We've all heard the cold,...

Can Your Family History Determine Your Risk for Heart Disease?

Your family medical history should be as familiar to you as your own medical history. Yet, most adults are unfamiliar with their family's medical past. What's contained in it could be the...

Exercise Your Way to Heart Health

You know it's important to keep your heart healthy through a regular exercise routine. However, the holidays can be busy and stressful, and typically don't leave much time for taking care...

Raise your Good Cholesterol for Heart Health

You hear it all the time – lower your cholesterol to increase your heart health. And yes, lowering your cholesterol is an important step to decreasing your risk for heart attack and...