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    1. Make Over Your Kitchen for a Healthy Heart

      If you want to give your family's daily diet a "heart health makeover," start with your kitchen. It stands to reason that how we fill our kitchen -- in the pantry, refrigerator, or freezer -- sets the pattern for what we eat. If you stock your kitchen with nutritious but flavorful whole foods, you a

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    2. Will I Have Chest Pain If I Have a Heart Attack?

      In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics, including some of the most cherished medical myths out there. For our June 2012 issue, we asked a New York-based cardiologist about chest pain and heart attacks. A: Not necessarily. While

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    3. My WebMD: Living with Marfan Syndrome

      I've always known I wanted to have children, but my husband, Mark, and I did a lot of homework before we decided to try to get pregnant. I have Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body's connective tissue. The biggest risk is an enlarged aorta (the major artery taking blood away fro

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    4. Do You Know Which Symptoms Signal a Heart Attack in Women?

      Most women know the symptoms of a heart attack -- squeezing chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea. But as it turns out, these symptoms are more typical for males. Female heart attacks can be quite different -- and it’s important for all women to learn the warning signs. Rhonda Monroe's story is a

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    5. My WebMD: In My 20s With a Pacemaker

      "Does your bra really go up that high?" the TSA officer asked, running her hands along my chest. My boyfriend, Adam, and I were headed for a romantic getaway, and being held at airport security wasn't on our itinerary. "I have a pacemaker.  That's a scar, not my bra," I said. "You're too young for t

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    6. The Truth Behind More Holiday Heart Attacks

      Your heart may leap with delight at the electronic gizmo or emerald bracelet that you’ve just unwrapped from under the Christmas tree. But you can’t say the same for that nasty holiday surprise known as the “Merry Christmas coronary” or “Happy Hanukkah heart attack.” For many years, researchers have

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    7. Do You Really Need Bypass Surgery?

      It's the news you don't want to hear from your cardiologist: One or more of your coronary arteries -- the blood vessels that supply blood to your heart -- is blocked. You have coronary artery disease, the No. 1 killer of U.S. adults. So does this mean you're headed for bypass surgery? Maybe not, if

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    8. How Can I Prevent Heart Disease?

      In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our September 2011 issue, we gave a reader's question about preventing heart disease to James Beckerman, MD, WebMD's heart health expert. Q : Heart disease runs in my family. What c

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    9. Can You Die of a Broken Heart?

      Lisa Wysocky was having a bad week even before she landed in the emergency room one afternoon in July 2009. The previous day she had learned that her adult son, Colby, had died of an overdose after struggling with mental illness. She then spent the night on her bedroom floor with pain that she suspe

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    10. 6 Risky Heart Health Myths

      There are a lot of assumptions we make about our hearts. And for each myth, there is often some truth upon which it is founded. Take heart attacks, for instance. Most people imagine they would know when they are having a heart attack. It would be difficult not to recognize symptoms of "the big one"

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