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  1. Heart Health and Your Family History

    Most people know that cardiovascular disease can run in families -- that if you have a family history of heart disease, you may be at greater risk for heart attack, stroke, and other heart problems. But how much does family history affect your heart health? What parts of the family tree are most imp

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  2. Heart Health Tips From a Top Cardiologist

    Your grandmother, father, and cousin may have heart disease, but even with a strongly inherited predisposition to the condition you can cut your risks dramatically by pursuing a heart healthy lifestyle -- and it's easier than you think. Over 800,000 Americans died from heart attacks and other cardia

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  3. Hot Summer Days Can Make Sick People Sicker

    Most people know that extreme heat can make us sick. But we may think of heat-related illness as something that only affects people who are overdoing it -- like overheated marathon runners, professional athletes, or new recruits doing drills on military bases. But most people who die from heat strok

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  4. Recognizing Heart Attack, Stroke, and Angina

    Doctors call it the "Hollywood heart attack": a middle-aged man breaks into a cold sweat, grimaces, and clutches his chest-just like in the movies. Trouble is, in real life, heart attack symptoms don't always announce themselves so dramatically. More often they are insidious and puzzling, such as un

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  5. Sex After a Heart Attack

    As a psychologist who has counseled heart patients for more than thirty years, Wayne Sotile, PhD, knows exactly how much they worry about sex after a heart attack. "And if they're not anxious, believe me, their partner's anxious," he says. Couples worry about triggering a second heart attack, or eve

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  6. Rein In the Rage: Anger and Heart Disease

    If a caller upsets you, do you hurl the phone across the room? Do you curse and blast the horn furiously if the driver in front of you takes three seconds to notice the green light? An angry temperament can hurt more than relationships -- anger and heart disease may go hand in hand, according to exp

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  7. Aspirin Therapy: Right for Your Heart?

    Sandra Rose, a nurse in Raleigh, NC, started taking a daily aspirin because "it seemed like a wonder drug," preventing heart attacks and strokes. "All the patients seemed to be on a low-dose aspirin," 63-year-old Rose says. She started taking one herself. Then, after hearing reports of stomach bleed

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  8. Safe Pain Relief With Aspirin Therapy

    Aspirin has earned its fame as a pain relief wonder drug. It eases headaches, lowers fevers, and reduces swelling. What's more, studies show that daily doses as low as 81 milligrams -- the amount in a baby aspirin -- can reduce the odds of heart attacks and strokes in people who are at risk. About 2

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  9. Proper Nutrition and Heart Health

    Large studies have linked magnesium deficiency to high blood pressure, while some have shown an association between magnesium supplements and a decreased risk of death from heart disease. "Some researchers say that, as a nation, we could cut our rate of heart disease by one-half if we took more magn

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  10. Heart Disease Detection Goes High Tech

    When former President Bill Clinton was diagnosed with heart disease and underwent a quadruple bypass operation to clear his blocked heart arteries in 2004, some Americans panicked and opted to undergo all sorts of tests to find out if they, too, had heart disease. This hysteria -- and call to arms -

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