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    1. Can You Exercise With Atrial Fibrillation?

      Exercise is good for your heart, right? But if you rev up your heart rate, will that trigger the irregular pattern of atrial fibrillation (AFib)? Don't worry too much. Experts say physical activity is usually good for people with AFib. Doctors clear many people with this heart condition to start exe

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    2. Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Why It Happens

      You collapse without warning. Your heart stops beating, and blood stops flowing to your brain and other organs. Within seconds, you stop breathing and have no pulse. This is sudden cardiac arrest.   The immediate cause of most sudden cardiac arrests is an abnormal heart rhythm. The heart’s electrica

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    3. 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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    4. Should You Take Daily Aspirin for Your Heart?

      You may know people who take a low dose of aspirin every day to lower their risk of a heart attack. Before you go trying it yourself, talk to your doctor. You'll need the go-ahead from someone who knows your medical history. You don't want the medicine to do more harm than good. “It's weighing the p

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    5. Atherosclerosis: Your Arteries Age by Age

      Your arteries carry oxygen-rich blood from your heart to your entire body. When you're young and healthy, they're wide enough to allow the blood to flow through easily, and their walls are elastic, so they can expand and contract as needed. But as you get older they might harden, as plaque -- made u

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    6. Spot Heart Attack, Stroke, and Angina Symptoms

      Tightness in your chest, shortness of breath, feeling confused -- these could be warning signs of a heart attack, stroke, or angina. “If you’re experiencing symptoms that you’ve never had before, such as significant discomfort, then absolutely come into the emergency room and get it evaluated,” says

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    7. Your Waistline and Heart Disease: What's the Link?

      Lose weight. You hear this advice all the time. But did you know that where your body stores those extra pounds matters for your heart health, too? “A thicker waistline increases heart attack risk,” says Nieca Goldberg, MD, medical director of the New York University Langone Joan H. Tisch Center for

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    8. Can Yoga Can Help Your AFib?

      If you've got an irregular heart rhythm from atrial fibrillation (AFib), it's not a stretch to think about trying out some gentle yoga. "Heart rhythm in the body is controlled by communication between the heart and the brain," says Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, MD. His study on yoga and AFib is published i

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    9. Hot Summer Days: How to Stay Well in the Heat

      It's so hot the early birds need oven mitts, as your Aunt Ida would say. But while everyone around you is running to find the A/C, you're on your way to get some sun. It's summertime, after all. What's a little heat? You tick through your list. Icy water bottle? Check. Sunscreen with the highest SPF

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    10. 7 Pains You Shouldn't Ignore

      At age 33, Kelly Gregory of Hendersonville, TN, started having “sharp and tight” pains in her chest. She exercised regularly, didn’t smoke, and was in good health, so she wasn’t alarmed. “My general practitioner diagnosed it as anxiety attacks, prescribed meds, and that was it,” she says. But Gregor

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