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      • A Woman's Guide to Beating Heart Disease

        Surveys show fewer than one in 10 women perceive heart disease as their greatest health threat. But it's the nation's number one killer, and women are its prime target.

      • About High Blood Pressure

        High blood pressure is a sneaky ailment. The condition has no symptoms that you can see or feel. Having your blood pressure checked is the only way to know if it is high.

      • Anatomy and Function of the Coronary Arteries

        Coronary arteries supply blood to the heart muscle. There are two main coronary arteries: the right and the left.

      • Angina Pectoris

        Angina pectoris occurs when the heart muscle doesn't receive enough blood and oxygen for a given level of work.

      • Aspirin and Your Heart: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

        Although aspirin is a common over-the-counter medication, it’s not appropriate for everyone.

      • Coronary Heart Disease

        A person with coronary heart disease has an accumulation of fatty deposits in the coronary arteries. These deposits narrow the arteries and can decrease or block the flow of blood to the heart.

      • Emotions and Cardiac Health

        Recent research shows a clear link between heart disease and certain stress-related emotions.

      • Exercise Your Way to a Healthy Heart

        Physical inactivity is just as big a risk factor for heart disease as high blood pressure and smoking are. So, be the exception rather than the rule. Here are eight ways to exercise for a healthier heart.

      • Heart Attack

        A heart attack occurs when the blood supply is cut off from the heart muscle, usually because of a blood clot. Without blood and oxygen, the muscle cells are damaged and die.

      • Heart Attacks and Women

        For many women, a heart attack may feel like a strange discomfort in the back or some other easily ignored sign, instead of crushing chest pain.

      • Heed the Warning of Prehypertension

        In many cases, the progression to high blood pressure occurs within four years of being diagnosed with prehypertension.

      • High Blood Pressure/Hypertension

        High blood pressure, or hypertension, increases the risk for coronary heart disease (heart attack) and stroke (brain attack).

      • Learning to Live with Heart Disease

        Millions of people diagnosed with heart disease enjoy active, satisfying lives. Instead of looking on their diagnoses as sentences to be invalids, they have used them as catalysts to make positive changes in their lives.

      • Twelve Weeks to a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

        Heart disease is a killer, but you can do plenty to reduce your risk and prolong your life. Research shows that making lifestyle changes can decrease your risk of cardiovascular heart disease and help you control it if you already have it.

      • What You Can Do to Prevent Atherosclerosis

        Atherosclerosis can be devastating, causing strokes, heart attacks and death. The good news is that you can take steps to protect yourself from this disease.

      • You Can Stay Smoke-Free

        Know your triggers for wanting a cigarette and figure out a plan to deal with them.