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#44 Mar 13, 2014
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men.

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#45 Mar 14, 2014
Having an active sex life could cut a man抯 risk of dying from heart disease in half. For men, having an orgasm three or four times a week might offer potent protection against a heart attack or stroke, according to one British study.

Whether sex works as well for women抯 hearts is unclear, but a healthy love life seems to equate to good overall health. For one thing, sexual activity is an excellent stress buster. It抯 also great exercise -- burning about 85 calories per half-hour session.

If you find it difficult to have sex, that could be a big red flag that something is wrong with your heart. For example, some researchers think erectile dysfunction might warn of a heart attack up to five years in advance.

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#46 Mar 17, 2014
Each year, close to 1 million people in the United States have heart attacks, and many of them die. CHD, which often results in heart attacks, is the leading killer of both men and women in the United States.

Many more people could survive or recover better from heart attacks if they got help faster. Of the people who die from heart attacks, about half die within an hour of the first symptoms and before they reach the hospital.

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#47 Mar 18, 2014
It depends on what you do and for how long. On average (and of course none of us wants to lay claim to being average), sex lasts for five to fifteen minutes and consumes about as much energy as walking one mile in twenty minutes. The younger and more vigorous among us may double or even triple this figure, reaching the threshold of vigorous exercise. Alas, these people are the exception. So can we make an argument for sex, heart-wise? The answer is probably yes. A healthy sex life correlates with a healthy heart.

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#48 Mar 19, 2014
The prevalence of smoking among adults is lower in England (20%) than in Northern Ireland (25%), Scotland (25%) and Wales (23%)
Smoking greatly increases the risk of coronary heart disease and a study of British doctors found smokers had around a 60 per cent greater chance of dying from heart disease than non-smokers.
A quarter of adults in the UK are obese
Around 30 per cent of children in the UK are overweight or obese
Less than one third of men and women currently eat the recommended five portions of fruit and veg per day in Britain
Only around one in five children consume the recommended amount of fruit and veg
More than a third of men and over a quarter of women regularly exceed the government recommended limit of alcohol intake
Around one in three adults in the UK have high blood pressure and nearly half of them are not receiving treatment for the condition
Around six in ten adults in England have blood cholesterol levels of 5mmol/l or above.

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#49 Mar 20, 2014
Uncontrollable risk factors:

Increasing Age
About 82 percent of people who die of coronary heart disease are 65 or older. At older ages, women who have heart attacks are more likely than men are to die from them within a few weeks.

Male Sex (Gender)
Men have a greater risk of heart attack than women do, and they have attacks earlier in life. Even after menopause, when women's death rate from heart disease increases, it's not as great as men's.

Heredity (Including Race)
Children of parents with heart disease are more likely to develop it themselves. African Americans have more severe high blood pressure than Caucasians and a higher risk of heart disease. Heart disease risk is also higher among Mexican Americans, American Indians, native Hawaiians and some Asian Americans. This is partly due to higher rates of obesity and diabetes. Most people with a strong family history of heart disease have one or more other risk factors. Just as you can't control your age, sex and race, you can't control your family history. Therefore, it's even more important to treat and control any other risk factors you have.

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#50 Mar 22, 2014
Can congestive heart failure be prevented?

Congestive heart failure is the result of an underlying illness, often atherosclerotic heart disease. Controlling those risk factors may help with congestive heart failure prevention. These include lifelong control of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes and smoking cessation. High blood pressure and diabetes are independent risks for congestive heart failure. Alcohol and drug abuse may be a cause of heart failure.

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#51 Mar 24, 2014
A heart attack happens when one of your coronary arteries becomes blocked.

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#52 Mar 25, 2014
A heart attack is when one of the coronary arteries becomes blocked. The heart muscle is robbed of its vital blood supply and, if left untreated, will begin to die because it is not getting enough oxygen.

A cardiac arrest is when a person抯 heart stops pumping blood around their body and they stop breathing normally.

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#53 Mar 28, 2014
In 2012, the Heart Foundation抯 HeartWatch survey found that if people had the warning signs of dizziness or discomfort in the chest, only one in four would call an ambulance, and about half would wait and see what happens.
This has meant that in Australia, more than 50% of deaths occur out of hospital and about 25% of people who have a heart attack die within one hour of their first ever symptom.

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#54 Mar 30, 2014
Heart failure is a normal consequence of getting old
MYTH: Although most people with heart failure are elderly, heart failure is not necessarily a part of the ageing process. It is a very serious cardiovascular condition that can be prevented and greatly helped with available treatments.

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#55 Mar 31, 2014
Nonstick and stain-repelling chemicals are convenient, but in terms of health, they might not be worth it. Previously linked to infertility, high cholesterol, and ADHD, a September 2012 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine also shows a connection between perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) chemicals and heart disease. Regardless of age, body mass, or the presence of diabetes or other diseases, researchers found that people with the highest PFOA levels in their blood were twice as likely to have cardiovascular disease compared with people with the lowest levels.

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#56 Apr 1, 2014
Every day, your heart beats about 100,000 times, sending 2,000 gallons of blood surging through your body. Although it抯 no bigger than your fist, your heart has the mighty job of keeping blood flowing through the 60,000 miles of blood vessels that feed your organs and tissues. Any damage to the heart or its valves can reduce that pumping power, forcing the heart to work harder just to keep up with the body抯 demand for blood.

So how do you make sure your heart is in tip-top shape? "Keeping your body in good health helps keep the heart a more efficient organ," Krasuski advises. In other words, eat healthy, well-balanced meals and don抰 skimp on the exercise.

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#57 Apr 2, 2014
A heart attack happens when the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of heart muscle suddenly becomes blocked and the heart can't get oxygen. If blood flow isn't restored quickly, the section of heart muscle begins to die.

Heart attacks are a leading killer of both men and women in the United States. The good news is that excellent treatments are available for heart attacks. These treatments can save lives and prevent disabilities.

Heart attack treatment works best when it's given right after symptoms occur. If you think you or someone else is having a heart attack (even if you're not fully sure), call 9𢴏 right away.

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#58 Apr 3, 2014
We all know that a regular exercise program is good for us, but it is important to work up to a level of fitness and not just 搄ump in. If you are not used to regular aerobic exercise, sudden and strenuous physical exertion can lead to a heart attack. This can include everything from playing a competitive game of basketball with friends to going hunting and carrying an animal. Too much exertion could also come from sex with a new partner/sexual activity, running or shoveling snow.

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#59 Apr 4, 2014
Happiness and a strong sense of emotional vitality helps lower your risk of heart disease.

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#60 Apr 7, 2014
The frequency of heart failure increases with age with an incidence of 10 to 40 per 1,000 in those aged 75 years and over.
Patients with moderate to severe heart failure have a poorer quality of life than individuals with chronic lung disease, arthritis or other cardiac conditions, such as angina.
Survival rates for individuals with moderate to severe heart failure are worse than for most cancers and HIV, with around 40% of heart failure patients dying within one year of diagnosis.
Just 25% of men and 38% of women live longer than 5 years after diagnosis.

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#61 Apr 8, 2014
Q: What causes heart failure?

A: Although heart failure may strike at any age, it is more common in people over the age of 65. Heart failure risks include:

High blood pressure
Prior heart attack
History of heart murmurs
Enlarged heart
Diabetes
Family history of an enlarged heart

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#62 Apr 10, 2014
Stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease. It affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it starts to die.

When part of the brain dies from lack of blood flow, the part of the body it controls is affected. Strokes can cause paralysis, affect language and vision, and cause other problems. Treatments are available to minimize the potentially devastating effects of stroke, but to receive them, one must recognize the warning signs and act quickly.

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#63 Apr 11, 2014
Heart failure can not be treated
MYTH: There are many treatments available for heart failure that are very effective at reducing symptoms and delaying the progression of the condition. You should discuss your treatment options with your doctor.

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