Silent Heart Attacks: Are You at Risk?

Many people assume that all heart attacks happen the way they are depicted in movies or on TV: A person clutches his or her chest and collapses to the floor in agony. In reality, more than 50 percent of heart attacks are “silent,” causing minimal or no symptoms. Although these events often go unrecognized and untreated, silent heart attacks can …

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Women and Heart Attacks — Get the Lifesaving Facts!

More than two-thirds of Americans don’t know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, according to a new survey by the Cleveland Clinic. Most respondents were also dangerously ignorant about how and when to get checked for this disorder, which kills one U.S. woman every 80 seconds. That is more than the toll from all forms …

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Heart Attack Myths, Busted

If you think you’re too young — or too healthy — to have a heart attack, a recent cautionary tale published in The New York Times may change your mind. The article’s author, Trymaine Lee, never considered himself to be at risk for heart disease — until he suffered a near-fatal major “widow-maker” heart attack at age 38. “ ‘You …

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The Dangerous Cholesterol Most Doctors Don’t Check

After having two heart attacks in the same week, Juli Townsend was released from the hospital with prescriptions that included a high-dose statin. That didn’t make sense to the then 37-year-old customer service representative from Spokane, Washington. “I asked the doctors why I needed a cholesterol-lowering drug when they’d repeatedly told me my cholesterol levels were ‘beautiful, like a teenager’s.’ …

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3 Dangerous Myths About Heart Disease that Many Women — and Doctors — Believe

Which is the No. 1 killer of women: heart disease or breast cancer? If you guessed heart disease, congratulations! You’re better informed than 45% of women— and many doctors, including cardiologists — according to a shocking survey published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Although heart disease kills more women than ALL forms of cancer combined, only 39% of doctors …

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Do You Have the Heart Attack Gene?

More than 50% of Americans carry one or more gene variants that dramatically raise their risk for heart attacks and strokes. The good news, however, is that even people with high-risk genes can avoid cardiovascular (CV) events by following the right personalized prevention plan. Not only can genetic testing reveal CV threats that may be lurking in your DNA, but …

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For Vibrant Heart Health, Eat the Rainbow

Did you know that eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables can have amazing benefits, including lowering your risk for heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and several forms of cancer? What’s more, eating certain vegetables may be linked to better memory and longer life, recent studies suggest. Yet fewer than one in ten adults eat the recommended …

6 Wonderful Health Benefits of Outdoor Exercise

As spring flowers blossom and gardens become green, it’s a great time to take your workout outdoors. Physical activity in natural settings has been linked to longer life, lower rates of illness–including heart attack and stroke–and a greater sense of well-being, reports the American Public Health Association (APHA). Here’s a look at 6 science-backed benefits of “green exercise.” A vitamin …