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    1. Heart-Healthy Snacks

      You know you're going to snack. We all do! So you might as well make that snack help your health. It's possible, and it can be delicious. "Reach for snacks that combine 2-3 food groups -- fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy, and healthy fats -- and are satisfying," says nutr

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    2. 5 Flavor-Rich Ways to Cut Sodium

      Cutting back on salt? Your food can still be tasty. There are many ways to create flavorful food without using salt. Use these tips to make your food anything but bland. “Don’t shy away from spices,” says nutritionist Katie Cavuto, MS, RD. “A dash of cumin or a pinch of curry powder creates a lot of

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    3. 7 Ways to Tame Heart Disease Fears

      If you have concerns about your future because you have heart disease, there's good news: You have more control than you may think. With any serious condition, fear can come knocking. But you can put it in its place. These seven steps can ease your worries and help you live a full, active life. Gett

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    4. Eat for a Healthy Heart

      Eating heart-healthy foods may be easier than you think. You don't need to measure or weigh everything or consult calorie books and food labels before every meal. You can fit a healthy diet into a busy lifestyle. It can be as simple as 1-2-3. Just focus on these three areas, says Katie Ferraro, MPH,

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    5. Shocking Heart Deaths: Why They Happen

      Someone in the prime of their life -- a professional sports star, teen athlete, marathon runner, or other seemingly healthy person -- isn't supposed to collapse and die from heart disease. But it occasionally happens, making sudden cardiac arrest front-page news. The rare nature of sudden cardiac ar

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    6. How to Wreck Your Heart

      When it comes to the heart’s health, there are some things you can’t control -- like getting older, or having a parent with heart disease. But there are many more things you can do to lower the chances of sabotaging your ticker. “An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure in this instanc

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    7. Ease the Stress of a Heart Condition

      A heart condition such as atrial fibrillation, heart failure, high blood pressure, or even high cholesterol can be a source of worry. And that could become a problem. "It can be a vicious cycle," says N.A. Mark Estes, MD, director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Center at Tufts University School of Medici

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    8. The New Heart Tests: Which Ones Should You Have?

      Researchers are developing new ways to check your heart health. Two tests are available now; an interesting third is on the horizon. This blood test checks 23 genes to suggest whether or not you have heart disease. It may help doctors need fewer tests that have more risks, including angiograms, one

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    9. Heart Tests Your Doctor May Recommend

      Preventing a heart attack is a lot easier when you -- and your doctor -- know exactly what's going on in the vessels that carry blood throughout your body. Are they blocked with plaque or free-flowing? To find out, your doctor may recommend a high-tech imaging test that shows a clear image of your a

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    10. 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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