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  1. 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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  2. Blood Pressure and Alcohol: Should You or Shouldn't You?

    Has a daily drink replaced the apple a day as a way to keep the doctor away? Scientists have long touted the heart benefits of drinking small amounts of alcohol. Newer studies have credited moderate drinking with everything from helping to keep our minds sharp as we age to lowering our risk of devel

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Heart Disease Detection Goes High Tech

    When former President Bill Clinton was diagnosed with heart disease and underwent a quadruple bypass operation to clear his blocked heart arteries in 2004, some Americans panicked and opted to undergo all sorts of tests to find out if they, too, had heart disease. This hysteria -- and call to arms -

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  8. Preventing Winter Heart Attacks

    Sue Leahy remembers one particular Christmas day vividly. At the time, Leahy, now president of the American Safety and Health Institute in New Paltz, N.Y., was a paramedic on call. "A man had shoveled snow on Christmas Eve and thought he had pulled a muscle, so he let it alone for the night," she re

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  9. Sam Morton: Living With Heart Disease

    I've discovered that most of the time, my life with a chronic disease can be much like everyone else's. I am 41 years old. I am a father, husband, uncle, nephew, and son. I am an ex-cop. And, to either the bemusement or bewilderment of my friends and family, I am a former professional wrestler-the r

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  10. Weight & Waistlines: Heart Disease Risk Factors

    Remember when you were a kid and hefty Uncle Morty would always end every Thanksgiving dinner by pushing himself from the table, opening his belt buckle, and letting his growing belly roll him onto the Lazee-Boy? Remember how you promised yourself you'd never end up like that -- no matter what? Stat

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