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    1. Atherosclerosis: Your Arteries Age by Age

      Your arteries carry oxygen-rich blood from your heart to your entire body. When you're young and healthy, they're wide enough to allow the blood to flow through easily, and their walls are elastic, so they can expand and contract as needed. But as you get older they might harden, as plaque -- made u

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    2. Your Waistline and Heart Disease: What's the Link?

      Lose weight. You hear this advice all the time. But did you know that where your body stores those extra pounds matters for your heart health, too? “A thicker waistline increases heart attack risk,” says Nieca Goldberg, MD, medical director of the New York University Langone Joan H. Tisch Center for

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    3. Spot Heart Attack, Stroke, and Angina Symptoms

      Tightness in your chest, shortness of breath, feeling confused -- these could be warning signs of a heart attack, stroke, or angina. “If you’re experiencing symptoms that you’ve never had before, such as significant discomfort, then absolutely come into the emergency room and get it evaluated,” says

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    4. Should You Take Daily Aspirin for Your Heart?

      You may know people who take a low dose of aspirin every day to lower their risk of a heart attack. Before you go trying it yourself, talk to your doctor. You'll need the go-ahead from someone who knows your medical history. You don't want the medicine to do more harm than good. “It's weighing the p

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    5. Should You Be Taking Aspirin Daily?

      Dec. 22, 2015 -- It’s cheap, easy to find, and, according to some, a miracle drug. But should you pop an aspirin every day to stay healthy? More and more research suggests that this medicine protects against heart attacks, strokes, a variety of cancers, and even preterm birth and preeclampsia, a con

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    6. U.S. Task Force Backs Statins for These People

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs should be used to prevent a first heart attack or stroke in certain at-risk patients, according to a draft recommendation released Monday by the nation's leading experts in preventive me

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    7. Sudden Cardiac Arrest May Not Be So Sudden

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Sudden cardiac arrest may not be as sudden as doctors have thought, researchers report. Roughly half of cardiac arrest patients experience telltale warning signs that their heart is in danger of stopping in the month precedin

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    8. Can Yoga Can Help Your AFib?

      If you've got an irregular heart rhythm from atrial fibrillation (AFib), it's not a stretch to think about trying out some gentle yoga. "Heart rhythm in the body is controlled by communication between the heart and the brain," says Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy, MD. His study on yoga and AFib is published i

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    9. Heart Disease Now Kills 1 of Every 3 Americans

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- One-third of deaths in the United States are caused by heart disease, stroke and other heart-related diseases, a report released Wednesday says. Heart disease and stroke are also the leading causes of death worldwide, t

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    10. 7 Pains You Shouldn't Ignore

      At age 33, Kelly Gregory of Hendersonville, TN, started having “sharp and tight” pains in her chest. She exercised regularly, didn’t smoke, and was in good health, so she wasn’t alarmed. “My general practitioner diagnosed it as anxiety attacks, prescribed meds, and that was it,” she says. But Gregor

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