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    1. 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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    2. Advances in Heart Failure Treatment

      Heart failure can sound scary. It doesn’t mean that your heart has stopped working -- it’s just not working as well as it should to pump blood. Recent treatment advances can help your ticker work better, keep you out of the hospital, and improve your quality of life. High-tech implants can help your

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    3. Heart Failure: Signs Your Treatment Isn’t Working

      If you or a loved one has heart failure, you probably know how important good daily habits are to treatment. A healthy weight, active lifestyle, and proper medication are all key ways to take charge of the disease. But even you’ve been carefully following doctor’s orders, it’s crucial to keep an eye

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    4. How to Live Your Best Life With Heart Failure

      Heart failure, as the almost 6 million Americans with it know, doesn’t mean “failure.” It doesn’t mean “stopped.” If you have the condition, it may mean a new lifestyle and a new way of thinking. It means living with a serious, chronic disease. The important word there: living. “First of all, heart

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    5. High Cholesterol: What’s the Risk?

      Just as oil buildup in a car can damage the engine, too much cholesterol can spell trouble over time. It will raise your risk of heart attack, stroke, and more, says New York cardiologist Nieca Goldberg, MD. Since there’s no “check cholesterol” warning light built into your body, you’ll need to take

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    6. Statins: What You Should Know

      You're going over the results of some blood tests with your doctor. She tells you that your “bad” cholesterol (LDL) level is high. Will you need to take a statin drug to bring it down? The official answer used to be an easy one, but lately it's gotten more complicated. For years there were clear cut

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    7. Did You Inherit Your High Cholesterol?

      During her first year of graduate school in the U.S., Susan Addis got two things from her mother back home in the U.K.: a care package of European treats and a warning about extremely high cholesterol. “She sent a letter that said, ‘If you haven’t eaten all the goodies I sent you for Christmas, you

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    8. 6 Lifestyle Keys to Better Cholesterol

      When you have high cholesterol, you want to bring those numbers down to help prevent a heart attack or a stroke. If that brings to mind bowl after bowl of oat bran and long slogs on a treadmill, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. It’s an adjustment, for sure. But the truth is, lifestyle changes real

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    9. 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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    10. 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 electrical

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