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Heart & Cardiovascular System

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is more common in adults, but it can happen at any age. Learn what it is, how to prevent it, and how to treat it.

Coarctation of the Aorta
When someone has coarctation of the aorta, that person's aorta (the major blood vessel that carries blood away from the heart to the body) is narrowed at some point.

Ventricular Septal Defect
Ventricular septal defect, or VSD, is a heart condition that a few teens can have. Find out what it is, how it happens, and what doctors do to correct it.

Atrial Septal Defect
Atrial septal defect, or ASD, is a heart condition that teens can have. In most cases, ASDs are diagnosed and treated successfully with few or no complications.

Arrhythmias are abnormal heartbeats usually caused by an electrical "short circuit" in the heart. Many are minor and not a significant health threat, but others can indicate a more serious problem.

EKG (Video)
This video shows what it's like to have an electrocardiogram (EKG for short).

Cardiac Catheterization
Doctors use cardiac catheterization to gather information about the heart and blood vessels as well as treat certain heart conditions. Find out what's involved.

From the Heart: Our Stories (Video)
Shamar, Ashley, and Terin talk about what it's like to live with a serious heart problem.