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  1. My WebMD: In My 20s With a Pacemaker

    "Does your bra really go up that high?" the TSA officer asked, running her hands along my chest. My boyfriend, Adam, and I were headed for a romantic getaway, and being held at airport security wasn't on our itinerary. "I have a pacemaker.  That's a scar, not my bra," I said. "You're too young for t

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  2. The Truth Behind More Holiday Heart Attacks

    Your heart may leap with delight at the electronic gizmo or emerald bracelet that you’ve just unwrapped from under the Christmas tree. But you can’t say the same for that nasty holiday surprise known as the “Merry Christmas coronary” or “Happy Hanukkah heart attack.” For many years, researchers have

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  3. Do You Really Need Bypass Surgery?

    It's the news you don't want to hear from your cardiologist: One or more of your coronary arteries -- the blood vessels that supply blood to your heart -- is blocked. You have coronary artery disease, the No. 1 killer of U.S. adults. So does this mean you're headed for bypass surgery? Maybe not, if

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  4. How Can I Prevent Heart Disease?

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our September 2011 issue, we gave a reader's question about preventing heart disease to James Beckerman, MD, WebMD's heart health expert. Q : Heart disease runs in my family. What c

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  5. 6 Risky Heart Health Myths

    There are a lot of assumptions we make about our hearts. And for each myth, there is often some truth upon which it is founded. Take heart attacks, for instance. Most people imagine they would know when they are having a heart attack. It would be difficult not to recognize symptoms of "the big one"

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  6. Can You Die of a Broken Heart?

    Lisa Wysocky was having a bad week even before she landed in the emergency room one afternoon in July 2009. The previous day she had learned that her adult son, Colby, had died of an overdose after struggling with mental illness. She then spent the night on her bedroom floor with pain that she suspe

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  7. The Dangers of High Cholesterol

    When Ramona Richman's older sister was diagnosed with high cholesterol, Richman wasn't worried about her own risk. The San Francisco Bay Area stay-at-home mom had her weight under control and assumed that her diet was healthy. So when her doctor broke the news that she, too, had high cholesterol, sh

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  8. Cholesterol and Cooking: Fats and Oils

    When you're cooking to lower cholesterol, you might think that fat is a four-letter word.  But nutrition experts say that ridding your cooking of all fats and oils may actually work against efforts to lower your blood cholesterol levels.  When it comes to fat, what counts are both quality and quanti

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  9. The Trouble with Triglycerides

    You’ve probably heard of triglycerides, and you’ve probably also heard that consistently high blood levels of triglycerides can be  a bad thing. But what are triglycerides, exactly? Why would your doctor shake his head if your cholesterol report says that your triglycerides are high? And what do the

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  10. Key Numbers for Heart Health

    We live our lives by the numbers: phone numbers, PIN numbers, stock market numbers. But do you know the heart health numbers that could literally save your life? There are three key numbers you need -- including one surprisingly easy one that could give you a lifesaving preview of your cardiac risk.

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