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  1. Your Arterial Lifeline

    Atherosclerosis is dangerous because it's so stealthy. This process of narrowing and hardening of the arteries occurs over decades, usually without any symptoms. Heart attacks and strokes caused by atherosclerosis are responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. But diseases caused by

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  2. The Post-Quadruple-Bypass Workout

    Lynn Swassing was just 48 years old, the mother of two sons in high school and one daughter in college, when she had a heart attack in 1987. She underwent quadruple bypass surgery and was hospitalized for nearly six weeks. Every single day, at some point, the hospital had an exercise specialist at t

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  3. Fixing My Heart

    Read this and promise us you'll never whine about having a cold again.

  4. Thriving After 2 Heart Attacks

    I had my first heart attack 26 years ago, when I was 52. I was very active then, sometimes jogging and often walking long distances. But I was also on the congressional staff in Washington, and the day leading up to the attack was even more hectic than usual. My boss was introducing major legislatio

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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