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  1. High Blood Pressure: The Invisible Health Risk

    It's 2005: Do you know what your blood pressure should be? Within the last two years, a number of new studies have led doctors to rethink their conclusions about what defines high blood pressure (hint: it's lower than you think), and the best approaches to treating this deceptively symptom-free dise

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  2. Hope for the Heart: Advances in Treatment

    In the late 1950s, when Douglas James, MD, was studying medicine at Harvard, it was still the Dark Ages of heart disease treatment. The rate of coronary deaths in the U.S. was steadily rising, and physicians had little practical wisdom for students like James as to how to save heart patients' lives.

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  3. Take Charge of Your Blood Pressure

    They call high blood pressure "the silent killer" because so many people are walking around with it and don't even know it. Government statistics indicate that roughly 29% (or about one in three) American adults have high blood pressure, compared with 25% in the early 1990s.

  4. Portfolio Diet: Recipe for Lower Cholesterol

    Don't think of the portfolio diet as a diet; think of it as an investment in lower cholesterol. That advice comes from David J.A. Jenkins, MD, creator of the portfolio diet. Or, as the University of Toronto nutrition expert prefers to call it, a dietary portfolio. Whatever he calls it, it clearly wo

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  5. Heart Biases That Can Kill

    If you're having one of the 700,000 heart attacks that occur each year in the U.S. -- or even symptoms suggesting that possibility -- it helps to be rich, white, and male. Studies indicate that it's those patients who get faster and better care in emergency and follow-up treatment for heart attack t

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  6. Turning to Drugs for Heart Failure

    Heart failure remains a serious and incurable disease, but heart-failure treatment with medications has been a tremendous success story. "I think that the drugs we've used have made an enormous impact on people with heart failure," says Marvin A. Konstam, MD, chief of cardiology and director of card

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  7. Heart-Failure Treatment by Device

    Implantable devices have been used for decades to treat heart disease. The first pacemaker was implanted over 40 years ago, and implantable defibrillators were first used in the early 1980s. But the last few years have witnessed a surge in both the types of devices being tested for heart-failure tre

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  8. 5 Steps to a Healthier Heart

    Quick! Can you name five things you can do to help your heart keep beating strong for years to come? Heart disease is the No. 1 killer for both men and women. But research indicates that most heart attacks and other causes of heart disease death could be prevented. One of the strongest predictors fo

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  9. 5 Emergencies: Do You Know What to Do?

    Chest pain, choking, bleeding, fainting, seizures. If an emergency occurs, how would you react? Do you know the first steps of first aid? "People are often hesitant to get involved in an emergency situation," William Walters, MD, an emergency medicine specialist at Temple University School of Medici

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  10. How Low Must Your Cholesterol Go?

    The newest dance: the cholesterol limbo. Step one: You get your bad LDL cholesterol down to normal levels. Whew! You're under the bar. Step two: Your doctor says normal levels aren't low enough and sets the bar lower. Step three: You get your cholesterol way down. You're under the bar again! Step fo

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