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Your heart skips a beat: What does it mean?

Matthew Bernabei, MD | 02/25/2015

“Why does my heart skip a beat?” This is a common question from patients. The answer may be related to a disturbance in the heart's electrical system, or an arrhythmia.

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eXercise and atrial fibrillation: Is it safe?

Douglas Gohn, MD | 02/24/2015

Just because you have atrial fibrillation doesn’t mean you can’t lead an active, normal life. Exercise is safe—as long as you do it under your doctor’s supervision—and may benefit other conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol that contribute to heart disease.

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Cold weather stresses your heart: 5 tips to stay safe

Mark Etter, MD | 02/23/2015

If you have coronary heart disease, the recent cold can be especially challenging. You may suffer angina, or chest pain, and some research indicates there’s an increased risk of heart attack. But if you take a few precautions, you can have a safe and healthy winter. Read more

Your heart needs vitamin D: Are you at risk?

Tina Davis | 02/22/2015

It’s well known that vitamin D is good for your bones. But did you know it’s also necessary for a healthy heart? Studies show a good vitamin D level can reduce your risk of heart disease, improve heart muscle strength, and help lower blood pressure. Find out if you’re getting enough.

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How long should you take anti-clotting medications after getting a stent?

Rupal Dumasia, MD | 02/19/2015

If you have a stent in a coronary artery, a study just reported in the New England Journal of Medicine has some important results to discuss with your doctor.

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6 numbers you need to know to avoid heart disease and stroke

Lori Good | 02/10/2015

When it comes to your heart health, there are 6 important numbers you need to know to help prevent heart disease and stroke.

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Is your chest pain a sign of heart attack? 5 times to call 9-1-1

Ajay Rai Marwaha, MD | 02/09/2015

Chest pain has many causes—some serious and some not. When should you be concerned? We give you some guidelines.

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How pregnancy affects your heart: what you need to know

Gurpinder K. Chatha, MD | 02/08/2015

The last thing on your mind when you’re pregnant is the possibility of your pregnancy leading to heart disease. But it can happen in up to 4 percent of women who didn’t have a heart problem before they became pregnant.  Read more

Sedentary lifestyle and heart disease: Is your couch killing you?

Douglas Gohn, MD | 02/07/2015

Yes, says a series of articles in the British medical journal Lancet. Our sedentary lifestyle is responsible for more than 5 million deaths a year, the articles conclude—a number similar to deaths attributed to smoking.

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Cholesterol: How low should you go?

Christopher Wenger, DO | 02/03/2015

To find out what your cholesterol levels should be, follow the guidelines issued by the National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel.

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