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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. His Guide to a Heart Attack: Symptoms in Men

      In the movies, you never doubt when a man's having a heart attack. He clutches his chest, screams, or moans, and falls to the ground. If he's lucky, help is on its way. In real life, the signs aren't always so clear. Some people do experience Hollywood-type symptoms, says Mohamud Daya, MD, an associ

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    4. 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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    5. Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Myths and Facts

      Atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib, happens when your normal heartbeat or rhythm is thrown off. Yes, it can be dangerous. Your heart may not be able to pump enough blood. On the other hand, millions of people with long-lasting AFib live quite well, says Gordon F. Tomaselli, MD, chief of the div

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    6. 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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    7. 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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    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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