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    1. Should You Take Daily Aspirin for Your Heart?

      You may know people who take a low dose of aspirin every day to lower their risk of a heart attack. Before you go trying it yourself, talk to your doctor. You'll need the go-ahead from someone who knows your medical history. You don't want the medicine to do more harm than good. “It's weighing the p

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    2. Advances in Heart Failure Treatment

      Heart failure can sound scary. It doesn’t mean that your heart has stopped working -- it’s just not working as well as it should to pump blood. Recent treatment advances can help your ticker work better, keep you out of the hospital, and improve your quality of life. High-tech implants can help your

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    3. Heart Failure: Signs Your Treatment Isn’t Working

      If you or a loved one has heart failure, you probably know how important good daily habits are to treatment. A healthy weight, active lifestyle, and proper medication are all key ways to take charge of the disease. But even you’ve been carefully following doctor’s orders, it’s crucial to keep an eye

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    4. How to Live Your Best Life With Heart Failure

      Heart failure, as the almost 6 million Americans with it know, doesn’t mean “failure.” It doesn’t mean “stopped.” If you have the condition, it may mean a new lifestyle and a new way of thinking. It means living with a serious, chronic disease. The important word there: living. “First of all, heart

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    5. How You Can Keep Heart Failure in Check

      It’s true that advanced heart failure can't be cured -- but it can be treated. “There is so much you and your medical team can do to help you to have a longer, better life,” says Michael A. Mathier, MD, a cardiologist and the director of heart failure at the University of Pittsburgh. Play an active

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    6. Can You Exercise With Atrial Fibrillation?

      Exercise is good for your heart, right? But if you rev up your heart rate, will that trigger the irregular pattern of atrial fibrillation (AFib)? Don't worry too much. Experts say physical activity is usually good for people with AFib. Doctors clear many people with this heart condition to start exe

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    7. Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Why It Happens

      You collapse without warning. Your heart stops beating, and blood stops flowing to your brain and other organs. Within seconds, you stop breathing and have no pulse. This is sudden cardiac arrest. The immediate cause of most sudden cardiac arrests is an abnormal heart rhythm. The heart’s electrical

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    8. How Do New Blood Thinners Compare to Warfarin?

      Not too long ago, if your doctor said you needed a blood thinner to prevent a stroke, you didn't have to think too hard about it. Warfarin (Coumadin) was the only way to go. But not anymore. With four other medications to pick from, you'll have to do a little homework to figure out what's best for y

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    9. Atherosclerosis: Your Arteries Age by Age

      Your arteries carry oxygen-rich blood from your heart to your entire body. When you're young and healthy, they're wide enough to allow the blood to flow through easily, and their walls are elastic, so they can expand and contract as needed. But as you get older they might harden, as plaque -- made u

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    10. Your Waistline and Heart Disease: What's the Link?

      Lose weight. You hear this advice all the time. But did you know that where your body stores those extra pounds matters for your heart health, too? “A thicker waistline increases heart attack risk,” says Nieca Goldberg, MD, medical director of the New York University Langone Joan H. Tisch Center for

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