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  1. Does Heart Disease Run in Your Family?

    If your mom or dad had a heart attack, you might wonder if that’s going to happen to you, too. But your family’s history doesn’t have to become your future. You can do a lot to protect your ticker. It's true that you’re more likely to get heart disease if it runs in your family. Yet it's only part o

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  2. 6 Heart Health Tips From a Top Cardiologist

    As you go about your day, you probably don’t think much about the organ that makes it all possible: your heart. It pumps for you all day long, and it’s your hardest working muscle. You can help keep it going for years to come with these six must-do steps. “It’s some of the best medicine,” says Atlan

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  3. Which Fats Are Good or Bad for Your Heart?

    News flash: Fat is not the enemy. To stay well, and even to lose weight, you need to include some fat -- the right kind, and not too much -- in your diet.  Fats keep each cell in your body working at its best. They make your skin smooth and your hair glossy. They even promote a healthy nervous syste

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  4. Medication to Control Your Heart's Rate and Rhythm

    Almost everyone who is diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib) ends up taking at least one type of medication. Doctors often prescribe blood thinners to lower the chance of having a stroke, the most dangerous complication. You may also need medication to treat the irregular heartbeat of AFib, by c

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  5. Can You Exercise With Atrial Fibrillation?

    Exercise is good for your heart, right? But if you rev up your heart rate, will that trigger the irregular pattern of atrial fibrillation (AFib)? Don't worry too much. Experts say physical activity is usually good for people with AFib. Doctors clear many people with this heart condition to start exe

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  6. 6 Symptoms of Women's Heart Attacks

    When a heart attack strikes, it doesn’t always feel the same in women as it does in men. Women don't always get the same classic heart attack symptoms as men, such as crushing chest pain that radiates down one arm. Those heart attack symptoms can certainly happen to women, but many experience vague

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  7. Atrial Fibrillation Travel Tips

    No need to feel anxious about hitting the road when you have atrial fibrillation (AFib). "As long as you're getting good medical care, traveling with AFib shouldn't be a problem," says N. A. Mark Estes, MD, director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Center at Tufts University School of Medicine. Plan ahead

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  8. Triglyceride-Friendly Meals

    Fries or fruit? Ribeye or tuna steak? Soda or water? Every time you decide what to eat, you either increase or decrease your chance of having a heart attack or stroke. Let that inspire you to choose triglyceride-friendly meals. “Changing the diet can have dramatic effects on triglyceride levels,” sa

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  9. Can You Reverse Heart Disease?

    Making some simple changes in what you eat, how often you exercise, how much you weigh, and how you manage stress can help to put the brakes on heart disease. But can you actually reverse heart disease, not just slow it down? You can undo some, but probably not all, of the damage, if you're willing

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  10. Fighting Heart Disease With Food Labels: Expert Q&A

    “Food labels can be your biggest friend or your worst enemy,” says cardiologist Mehdi Razavi, MD, a heart disease specialist at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston. There’s plenty of useful information if you know what to look for, he explains. But labels can also be confusing and even misleading i

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