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  1. My Pounding Heart: Is It Anxiety or AFib?

    Today's the big day. Maybe you've got a job interview lined up. Or you're having dinner with your future in-laws for the first time. Suddenly your heart races too fast or feels like it skipped a beat. It's just the jitters, right? Could be. Sometimes, though, that thumping is a problem called atrial

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  2. How Do New Blood Thinners Compare to Warfarin?

    Not too long ago, if your doctor said you needed a blood thinner to prevent a stroke, you didn't have to think too hard about it. Warfarin (Coumadin) was the only way to go. But not anymore. With four other medications to pick from, you'll have to do a little homework to figure out what's best for y

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  3. Can You Have AFib and Not Know It?

    The signs of atrial fibrillation (AFib) might seem pretty hard to ignore: a racing heart, trouble breathing, chest pain, and dizziness. You’d feel these symptoms and know something was wrong, right? Maybe not. Nearly a quarter of the estimated 2.7 million people who have AFib have no symptoms at all

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  4. 5 Heart Rate Myths Debunked

    It's normal to wonder if your heart is ticking just right. Sometimes you may think it beats too slowly. Or you might worry it's racing too fast. The truth is, there's a lot you've heard about your pulse that's flat out wrong. It's time to set the record straight. That's the old standard. Many doctor

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  5. How Job Stress Affects Your Heart

    You’ve got a month’s worth of reports to finish, and only a week to get them done. Your co-worker is on vacation, and you picked up her shift. Just an ordinary day on the job? Maybe. But if it regularly frustrates you, it’s time to find a good way to handle it. “Workplace stress is bad for your hear

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  6. AFib Treatment: Preventing Clots and Controlling Heart Rate and Rhythm

    Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a heart rhythm disorder in which the heart beats irregularly. It affects more than 2 million Americans, many of whom have no idea they have it. Atrial fibrillation can be managed in a number of different ways, but almost everyone who is diagnosed with it ends up taking

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  7. Exercise and Atrial Fibrillation

    When you’ve experienced the irregular beating of your heart from atrial fibrillation (AFib), you may feel unsure about revving up your heart rate with exercise. Take comfort from the experts. They say physical activity is usually good for people with AFib, but it’s still wise to take precautions. Be

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  8. Traveling Safely With Atrial Fibrillation

    If having atrial fibrillation (AFib) makes you anxious about travel, you can relax. "As long as you're getting good medical care, traveling with AFib shouldn't be a problem," says N. A. Mark Estes, MD, director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Center at Tufts University School of Medicine. Try planning ahe

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  9. 6 Symptoms of Women's Heart Attacks

    When a heart attack strikes, it doesn’t always feel the same in women as it does in men. Women don't always get the same classic heart attack symptoms as men, such as crushing chest pain that radiates down one arm. Those heart attack symptoms can certainly happen to women, but many experience vague

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  10. Triglyceride-Friendly Meals

    Fries or fruit? Ribeye or tuna steak? Soda or water? Every time you decide what to eat, you either increase or decrease your chance of having a heart attack or stroke. Let that inspire you to choose triglyceride-friendly meals. “Changing the diet can have dramatic effects on triglyceride levels,” sa

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