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    1. Hardened Arteries: It's About More Than Heart Disease

      Lots of people worry about atherosclerosis -- or hardening of the arteries -- as a factor in heart disease and stroke. But did you know that diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, a sedentary lifestyle, and obesity are all major risk factors for atherosclerosis? Take the case of Barbie Per

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    2. Atherosclerosis: Prevention Through the Ages

      Atherosclerosis starts early and progresses throughout life. You can't see or feel it, but in most of us the process is already under way. The plaques of atherosclerosis can grow to become blood vessel blockages. If a plaque ruptures, the sudden blood clot causes a heart attack or stroke. Atheroscle

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    3. Atherosclerosis: What’s Happening Inside Your Arteries?

      Ever wish you could see inside your arteries? These blood vessels deliver oxygen-rich blood to every corner of our bodies. Maintaining the flow is essential to life and health. Atherosclerosis causes narrowing and hardening of the arteries, creating slowdowns in blood flow. Even worse, atheroscleros

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    4. Your Arterial Lifeline

      Atherosclerosis is dangerous because it's so stealthy. This process of narrowing and hardening of the arteries occurs over decades, usually without any symptoms. Heart attacks and strokes caused by atherosclerosis are responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. But diseases caused by

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    5. Fixing My Heart

      Read this and promise us you'll never whine about having a cold again.

    6. The Post-Quadruple-Bypass Workout

      Lynn Swassing was just 48 years old, the mother of two sons in high school and one daughter in college, when she had a heart attack in 1987. She underwent quadruple bypass surgery and was hospitalized for nearly six weeks. Every single day, at some point, the hospital had an exercise specialist at t

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    7. Thriving After 2 Heart Attacks

      I had my first heart attack 26 years ago, when I was 52. I was very active then, sometimes jogging and often walking long distances. But I was also on the congressional staff in Washington, and the day leading up to the attack was even more hectic than usual. My boss was introducing major legislatio

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    8. Your Healthy Heart: A Woman’s Guide

      If you're like most women, a healthy heart is something you take for granted. And when you hear the words "heart attack," you're more likely to think of your spouse than yourself. But studies show that heart disease is the number 1 threat to a woman's health -- causing nearly 1 in 3 deaths in women

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    9. Are You Headed for a Heart Attack?

      By Susan Ince The brutal truth: When a woman suffers a heart attack, she is more likely than a man to die, be permanently disabled, or have a second attack within a year. "We could do a lot to give women longer lives and better-quality lives if we could help them recognize heart problems before the

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    10. Kitchen Makeover for a Low Cholesterol Diet

      Let's say you've decided to get serious about reducing your cholesterol. You've committed to exercising more regularly, losing some weight, and starting a low cholesterol diet. But your kitchen, alas, is still full of the not-so-healthy foods you love. It's time to make over your kitchen -- and you

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