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  1. Is It a Heart Attack or Angina?

    It’s dramatic when someone has a heart attack on television or in the movies. But in real life, symptoms can be more subtle and difficult to identify. And because heart attack and angina symptoms are so similar, it may be hard to tell what's going on. But knowing the differences -- and the reasons b

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. My WebMD: Living with Marfan Syndrome

    I've always known I wanted to have children, but my husband, Mark, and I did a lot of homework before we decided to try to get pregnant. I have Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body's connective tissue. The biggest risk is an enlarged aorta (the major artery taking blood away fro

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. How Can I Prevent Heart Disease?

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our September 2011 issue, we gave a reader's question about preventing heart disease to James Beckerman, MD, WebMD's heart health expert. Q : Heart disease runs in my family. What c

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