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  1. Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Myths and Facts

    Atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib, happens when your normal heart beat or rhythm is changed and may not be able to pump enough blood. About 1% of Americans have AFib. Millions of people with long-lasting AFib live quite well, said Gordon F. Tomaselli, MD, director of the Division of Cardiology

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  2. Can You Reverse Heart Disease?

    Making some simple changes in what you eat, how often you exercise, how much you weigh, and how you manage stress can help to put the brakes on heart disease. But can you actually reverse heart disease, not just slow it down? You can undo some, but probably not all, of the damage, if you're willing

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  3. 5 Heart Rate Myths Debunked

    Most of the time, you’re probably blissfully unaware of your heart's ceaseless activity -- nearly 100,000 beats per day, or about 37 million beats per year and 3 billion in an average lifetime. But not always. Maybe your pulse suddenly races for no apparent reason. Maybe your heart throbs. Maybe it

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  4. 12 Heart Symptoms Never to Ignore

    Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of U.S. men and women, accounting for 40% of all U.S. deaths. That's more than all forms of cancer combined. Why is heart disease so deadly? One reason is that many people are slow to seek help when symptoms arise. Yes, someone gripped by sudden chest pain probably

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  5. 6 Symptoms of Women's Heart Attacks

    When a heart attack strikes, it doesn’t always feel the same in women as it does in men. Women don't always get the same classic heart attack symptoms as men, such as crushing chest pain that radiates down one arm. Those heart attack symptoms can certainly happen to women, but  many experience vague

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  6. Traveling Safely With Atrial Fibrillation

    If having atrial fibrillation (AFib) makes you anxious about travel, you can relax. "As long as you're getting good medical care, traveling with AFib shouldn't be a problem," says N. A. Mark Estes, MD, director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Center at Tufts University School of Medicine. Try planning ahe

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  7. WebMD the Magazine's My Story: Cardiac Recovery

    I had no inkling I had heart disease until December 2005, when I had two minor episodes of mild angina (pain in the chest area). My primary care physician ran an electrocardiogram but saw nothing abnormal. I was an athletic, lean 53-year-old who ate nutritious foods. He decided I was just stressed a

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  8. Do You Know Which Symptoms Signal a Heart Attack in Women?

    Most women know the symptoms of a heart attack -- squeezing chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea. But as it turns out, these symptoms are more typical for males. Female heart attacks can be quite different -- and it’s important for all women to learn the warning signs. Rhonda Monroe's story is a

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  9. My WebMD: In My 20s With a Pacemaker

    "Does your bra really go up that high?" the TSA officer asked, running her hands along my chest. My boyfriend, Adam, and I were headed for a romantic getaway, and being held at airport security wasn't on our itinerary. "I have a pacemaker.  That's a scar, not my bra," I said. "You're too young for t

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  10. Do You Really Need Bypass Surgery?

    It's the news you don't want to hear from your cardiologist: One or more of your coronary arteries -- the blood vessels that supply blood to your heart -- is blocked. You have coronary artery disease, the No. 1 killer of U.S. adults. So does this mean you're headed for bypass surgery? Maybe not, if

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