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  1. Weight & Waistlines: Heart Disease Risk Factors

    Remember when you were a kid and hefty Uncle Morty would always end every Thanksgiving dinner by pushing himself from the table, opening his belt buckle, and letting his growing belly roll him onto the Lazee-Boy? Remember how you promised yourself you'd never end up like that -- no matter what? Stat

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  2. Un-Break Her Heart

    Toni Braxton never imagined that the lyrics to her most famous song would come true -- or that a serious medical condition would put her name on another set of charts. Three years ago this September, while performing the title role of Aida on Broadway, Grammy award-winner Toni Braxton experienced a

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  3. Overcoming Cardiovascular Disease

    If you just recovered from a heart attack or a stroke, or you were just diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, you might still be in shock. You might feel fearful and uncertain of the future. "This can be a traumatic time," says Hunter Champion, MD, PhD, a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital. "Be

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  4. Your Guide to Gum Disease Symptoms and Heart Disease

    How do you know if gum disease may threaten your heart health? While the connection isn't yet proven beyond a doubt, plenty of evidence points to dental disorders such as periodontal disease (disease of the gums and bones that support the teeth) and gum disease (also called gingivitis) having someth

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  5. Periodontal Disease and Heart Health

    If you're worried about heart disease, you can easily spend thousands of dollars each year trying to prevent it, paying hand over fist for prescription medicines, shelves of healthy cookbooks, fitness machines for your home, and a gym membership. Or maybe not. A number of recent studies suggest that

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  6. Women's Heart Attacks: How They Differ

    If your husband has chest pain, you rush him to the hospital. However, many women would not recognize signs of heart attack in themselves. Many people are unaware that heart attack symptoms in women can be quite different from men's. In fact, most people don't have a plan of action if faced with pos

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  7. What's the Usefulness of CRP Testing?

    By now, most of us are well-versed in the rules for keeping heart disease at bay: eat healthily, exercise, don't smoke or gain too much weight, and keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels under control. And familiarity with terms like HDL and LDL cholesterol is so common as to make for standard c

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  8. Silent Risk: Women and Heart Disease

    Heart disease in women - the numbers are staggering. Cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease, hypertension and stroke, is the number one killer of women, according to the American Heart Association. It kills half a million American women each year. That figure exceeds the next seven cau

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  9. Hope for the Heart: Advances in Treatment

    In the late 1950s, when Douglas James, MD, was studying medicine at Harvard, it was still the Dark Ages of heart disease treatment. The rate of coronary deaths in the U.S. was steadily rising, and physicians had little practical wisdom for students like James as to how to save heart patients' lives.

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  10. Heart Biases That Can Kill

    If you're having one of the 700,000 heart attacks that occur each year in the U.S. -- or even symptoms suggesting that possibility -- it helps to be rich, white, and male. Studies indicate that it's those patients who get faster and better care in emergency and follow-up treatment for heart attack t

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