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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. Turning to Drugs for Heart Failure

      Heart failure remains a serious and incurable disease, but heart-failure treatment with medications has been a tremendous success story. "I think that the drugs we've used have made an enormous impact on people with heart failure," says Marvin A. Konstam, MD, chief of cardiology and director of card

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    9. Heart-Failure Treatment by Device

      Implantable devices have been used for decades to treat heart disease. The first pacemaker was implanted over 40 years ago, and implantable defibrillators were first used in the early 1980s. But the last few years have witnessed a surge in both the types of devices being tested for heart-failure tre

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    10. 5 Steps to a Healthier Heart

      Quick! Can you name five things you can do to help your heart keep beating strong for years to come? Heart disease is the No. 1 killer for both men and women. But research indicates that most heart attacks and other causes of heart disease death could be prevented. One of the strongest predictors fo

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