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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 6 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health

      Have you ever noticed that you feel better when you're around your pet? It's true. Spending quality time with a dog, cat or other animal can have a positive impact on your mood and your health. Pets can be calming stress-fighters. "We found that pet owners, on average, were better off than non-owner

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    5. 7 Steps to Tame Prehypertension

      Is your blood pressure higher than it should be? Lower than the high blood pressure range, but still above normal? That's prehypertension, and it may be more serious than you think. Prehypertension is between 120-139 for the first number in your blood pressure reading, and/or 80-89 for the second nu

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    6. Helping Someone With AFib: Healthy Lifestyle

      You want to make sure your loved one who has atrial fibrillation is living as healthfully as possible for someone with their condition. Like anyone else, a person with AFib will be healthier and feel better when he or she eats well, gets regular exercise, doesn't smoke, and minimizes stress. You don

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    7. Helping Someone With AFib: Medical Issues

      If someone you love has atrial fibrillation (AFib), you might be wondering how to help them manage their condition and stay healthy. You can help your loved one by learning about symptoms and treatments for AFib as well as how to talk with their medical team. AFib is the most common type of irregula

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    8. Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation

      Do you ever feel like your heart is racing or fluttering, even when you're at rest? It’s often an isolated event for those with a healthy heart. But sometimes these symptoms can be caused by an arrhythmia or heart rhythm disorder. One common arrhythmia is called atrial fibrillation or AFib. During A

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    9. Procedures That Reset Your Heart's Rhythm

      Not everyone with atrial fibrillation needs to correct it. Some people with an irregular heartbeat can go years without any treatment other than stroke prevention. "A lot of people have so-called chronic AFib, where it's there all the time. But as long as their heart rate isn't too fast, they're abl

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    10. Tempted to Stop Taking Pills for Triglycerides?

      "Studies show that about 50% of patients stop taking their [triglycerides-lowering] medicines after about a year," says Michael Miller, MD, director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center. That means 50% keep taking them -- make a choice to be one of the

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