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#64 Apr 14, 2014
If you are a heavy smoker or even a social smoker, it's time to call it quits. Smoking knocks off seven years of your life. And, if you have cardiovascular disease and you smoke, you'll die 15 years sooner than you would otherwise, Dr Mackall adds.

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#65 Apr 15, 2014
coronary artery disease, a condition that causes narrowing of the arteries that supply the heart with blood, can damage and weaken areas of the heart
persistent high blood pressure forces the heart to pump against higher pressure, which causes it to weaken over time - people who have uncontrolled high blood pressure are more likely to develop CHF than those who don't

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#66 Apr 16, 2014
Heart failure means your heart has stopped beating
MYTH: heart failure does not mean you heart has stopped beating. Heart failure occurs when your heart muscle or valves have been damaged and so your heart is not able to pump blood around your body as well as it should.

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#67 Apr 17, 2014
How do I know if I have cardiovascular disease?

Cardiovascular disease can be silent, but usually has symptoms. Lack of blood flow to the heart muscle can cause symptoms of chest discomfort or pain, shortness of breath, fatigue and sometimes palpitations and dizziness. Talking to your doctor about your symptoms, along with good routine medical care, are necessary first steps to determine if further evaluation is necessary. Many cardiac risk factors can be controlled, modified or eliminated, including hypertension, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, smoking and obesity/physical inactivity.

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#68 Apr 21, 2014
Common symptoms of heart failure include:
Shortness of breath during daily activities.
Having trouble breathing when lying down.
Weight gain with swelling in the feet, legs, ankles, or stomach.
Generally feeling tired or weak.

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#69 Apr 22, 2014
Heart attack does not always have obvious symptoms, such as pain in your chest, breathing problem and cold sweats. In fact, heart attack can happen suddenly without a person knowing it. That is called a silent heart attack.

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#70 Apr 23, 2014
If you have heart failure you shouldn't exercise
MYTH: It is very important for people with heart failure to exercise. However, it is also important that you don't overdo it. The right amount of exercise can help to improve blood flow and alleviate some of your symptoms.

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#71 Apr 24, 2014
About 8.9 million Americans have chest pain (angina) caused by reduced blood flow to the heart muscle which occurs when the coronary arteries become blocked with a build-up of plaque.

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#72 Apr 25, 2014
Heart failure is a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. In some cases, the heart can't fill with enough blood. In other cases, the heart can't pump blood to the rest of the body with enough force. Some people have both problems.

The term "heart failure" doesn't mean that your heart has stopped or is about to stop working. However, heart failure is a serious condition that requires medical care.

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#73 Apr 28, 2014
According to a new scientific statement issued by the American Heart Association, it is probably safe to have sex if your cardiovascular disease has stabilized.

“Sexual activity is a major quality of life issue for men and women with cardiovascular disease and their partners,” said Glenn N. Levine, M.D., lead author of the statement and a professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Cardiovascular events — such as heart attacks or chest pain caused by heart disease — rarely occur during sexual activity, because sexual activity is usually for a short time.“Some patients will postpone sexual activity when it is actually relatively safe for them to engage in it,” said Levine, who is also director of the Cardiac Care Unit at the Michael E. DeBakey Medical Center in Houston.“On the other hand, there are some patients for whom it may be reasonable to defer sexual activity until they’re assessed and stabilized.”

If you have unstable cardiovascular disease or if your symptoms are severe, you should be treated and stabilized before having sex, said Levine, who’s also a volunteer with the American Heart Association.

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#74 Apr 29, 2014
Your heart consists of two ventricles that pump blood throughout the body. What pumps through the left ventricle must pump through the right ventricle or complications occur. The left ventricle is usually the first to fail because it works harder to pump blood to the entire body. Left ventricle failure can also mask right ventricle failure. Heart failure occurs when your heart can no longer pump enough blood to sustain your body. Vital organs like the kidneys, liver and brain are starved of the oxygen and nutrients they need to function properly.

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#77 May 2, 2014
Preventing a heart attack is simpler than you may think. It's as easy as ABC to reduce your risk and live a longer, stronger life

Avoid tobacco
Be more active
Choose good nutrition

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#78 May 6, 2014
Symptom of a heart attack:

Discomfort or pain in your jaw. You may feel an ache or tightness in and around the lower jaw on either one or both sides. This discomfort can spread from your chest to your jaw.

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#80 May 8, 2014
Stroke causes more than 41,000 deaths in the UK each year
There are approximately 152,000 strokes in the UK each year

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#84 May 19, 2014
Some people with congenital heart defects have a specific genetic condition that can include other health problems. They may or may not know that they have such a condition. The chance for their child to also have this condition can be as high as 50 percent. These conditions can vary widely in their severity, so children may have less serious or more serious health problems than their parents.

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#85 May 21, 2014
Chewing an uncoated aspirin right away, at the first sign of chest discomfort or distress, can reduce the amount of damage to the heart muscle during a heart attack.

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#86 May 22, 2014
A heart attack occurs when blood flow to a part of your heart is blocked for a long enough time that part of the heart muscle is damaged or dies. The medical term for this is myocardial infarction.

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#87 May 24, 2014
The weakened heart muscles may not be able to supply enough blood to the kidneys, which then begin to lose their normal ability to excrete salt (sodium) and water. This diminished kidney function can cause the body to retain more fluid.

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