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  1. Exercise and Atrial Fibrillation

    When you’ve experienced the irregular beating of your heart from atrial fibrillation (AFib), you may feel unsure about revving up your heart rate with exercise. Take comfort from the experts. They say physical activity is usually good for people with AFib, but it’s still wise to take precautions. Be

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  2. Ease the Stress of a Heart Condition

    A heart condition such as atrial fibrillation, heart failure, high blood pressure, or even high cholesterol can put a lot of stress on you. What's worse, you may be feeling stressed about being stressed.   "It can be a vicious cycle -- stress can make heart conditions worse," says N.A. Mark Estes, M

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  3. How to Wreck Your Heart

    No one sets out to hurt their heart. But some habits can add up over time, taking their toll. You can't control things like your family history, or aging. But you have more power than you may think.  "There’s a lot of reason to believe you can trump your family history or promote a healthier, longer

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  4. Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Why It Happens

    You collapse without warning. Your heart stops beating, and blood stops flowing to your brain and other organs. Within seconds, you stop breathing and have no pulse. This is sudden cardiac arrest.   The immediate cause of most sudden cardiac arrests is an abnormal heart rhythm. The heart’s electrica

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  5. The New Heart Tests: Which Ones Should You Have?

    Researchers are developing new ways to check your heart health. Two tests are available now; an interesting third is on the horizon. This blood test checks 23 genes to suggest whether or not you have heart disease. It may help doctors need fewer tests that have more risks, including angiograms, one

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  6. Heart Tests Your Doctor May Recommend

    Preventing a heart attack is a lot easier when you -- and your doctor -- know exactly what's going on in the vessels that carry blood throughout your body. Are they blocked with plaque or free-flowing? To find out, your doctor may recommend a high-tech imaging test that shows a clear image of your a

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  7. Is It a Heart Attack or Angina?

    It’s dramatic when someone has a heart attack on television or in the movies. But in real life, symptoms can be more subtle and difficult to identify. And because heart attack and angina symptoms are so similar, it may be hard to tell what's going on. But knowing the differences -- and the reasons b

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  8. His Guide to a Heart Attack: Symptoms in Men

    In the movies, you never doubt when a man's having a heart attack. He clutches his chest, screams, or moans, and falls to the ground. If he's lucky, help is on its way. In real life, the signs aren't always so clear. Some people do experience Hollywood-type symptoms, says Mohamud Daya, MD, an associ

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  9. Keys to Recognizing a Stroke

    Strokes can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of sex or age. Each year, nearly 800,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke, and 130,000 die from one. Of those who survive, more than two-thirds will have some disability. Recognizing stroke symptoms is key to preventing a needless death. “Many pat

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  10. Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Myths and Facts

    Atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib, happens when your normal heart beat or rhythm is changed and may not be able to pump enough blood. About 1% of Americans have AFib. Millions of people with long-lasting AFib live quite well, said Gordon F. Tomaselli, MD, director of the Division of Cardiology

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