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  1. Sex After a Heart Attack

    As a psychologist who has counseled heart patients for more than thirty years, Wayne Sotile, PhD, knows exactly how much they worry about sex after a heart attack. "And if they're not anxious, believe me, their partner's anxious," he says. Couples worry about triggering a second heart attack, or eve

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  2. Rein In the Rage: Anger and Heart Disease

    If a caller upsets you, do you hurl the phone across the room? Do you curse and blast the horn furiously if the driver in front of you takes three seconds to notice the green light? An angry temperament can hurt more than relationships -- anger and heart disease may go hand in hand, according to exp

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  3. Show Your Love with a Heart-Healthy Dinner

    Cook up our healthy (and romantic!) dinner for that special someone

  4. Accurate or Not? At-Home Cholesterol Tests and Blood Pressure Monitors

    If you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure (or if you're worried about having it), you may have been tempted by the many at-home cholesterol tests and blood pressure monitors currently on the market. The devices promise quick, accurate results in the privacy of your own home, a boon for bus

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  5. Cholesterol: What the Numbers Really Mean

    You may look and feel fine. But if your cholesterol is high, then your heart health -- and therefore your overall health -- are at risk. "Cholesterol is a waxy-like substance made in the liver, and is also derived from the foods we eat. It comes in two forms: LDL, the bad cholesterol, and HDL, the g

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  6. Metabolic Syndrome: The Silent Epidemic

    Call it a silent epidemic. An estimated one in four adults is afflicted with the condition known as metabolic syndrome, and many of them don't even know it. Obesity and lack of exercise are key components of this dangerous condition, which puts you at risk of developing serious health problems. That

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  7. Aspirin Therapy: Right for Your Heart?

    Sandra Rose, a nurse in Raleigh, NC, started taking a daily aspirin because "it seemed like a wonder drug," preventing heart attacks and strokes. "All the patients seemed to be on a low-dose aspirin," 63-year-old Rose says. She started taking one herself. Then, after hearing reports of stomach bleed

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  8. Safe Pain Relief With Aspirin Therapy

    Aspirin has earned its fame as a pain relief wonder drug. It eases headaches, lowers fevers, and reduces swelling. What's more, studies show that daily doses as low as 81 milligrams -- the amount in a baby aspirin -- can reduce the odds of heart attacks and strokes in people who are at risk. About 2

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  9. Imaging the Heart: The New Frontier

    Chest pains, heart flutters, heart attack -- they are the signposts of heart troubles. In the past, such symptoms might mean a treadmill stress test or a cardiac catheterization to diagnose the problem. That's changing with the advent of new imaging technology: CT scans, MRI, 3-dimensional echocardi

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  10. Proper Nutrition and Heart Health

    Large studies have linked magnesium deficiency to high blood pressure, while some have shown an association between magnesium supplements and a decreased risk of death from heart disease. "Some researchers say that, as a nation, we could cut our rate of heart disease by one-half if we took more magn

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