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    1. Shocking Heart Deaths: Why They Happen

      Someone in the prime of their life -- a professional sports star, teen athlete, marathon runner, or other seemingly healthy person -- isn't supposed to collapse and die from heart disease. But it occasionally happens, making sudden cardiac arrest front-page news. The rare nature of sudden cardiac ar

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    2. Get Active to Lower Triglycerides & Cholesterol

      Get up and move! There’s no question that aerobic exercise will improve your cholesterol and triglyceride levels. To get the most benefits, rev it up -- vigorous exercise has a longer-lasting and more significant impact. When you’re exercising vigorously, you’ll start sweating within 3 to 5 minutes

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    3. Your Ultimate High-Fiber Grocery List

      The next time you go food shopping, put these items in your cart. They're great sources of fiber, which can cut your LDL ("bad") cholesterol, is good for your digestion, and helps you feel full. Apples, bananas, oranges, strawberries all have around 3 to 4 grams of fiber. (Eat the apple peels -- tha

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    4. How to Wreck Your Heart

      When it comes to the heart’s health, there are some things you can’t control -- like getting older, or having a parent with heart disease. But there are many more things you can do to lower the chances of sabotaging your ticker. “An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure in this instanc

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    5. Ease the Stress of a Heart Condition

      A heart condition such as atrial fibrillation, heart failure, high blood pressure, or even high cholesterol can be a source of worry. And that could become a problem. "It can be a vicious cycle," says N.A. Mark Estes, MD, director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Center at Tufts University School of Medici

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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Myths and Facts

      Atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib, happens when your normal heartbeat or rhythm is thrown off. Yes, it can be dangerous. Your heart may not be able to pump enough blood. On the other hand, millions of people with long-lasting AFib live quite well, says Gordon F. Tomaselli, MD, chief of the div

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