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Heart Health, Simplified

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Your heart health depends on everything from your age to family history to what you eat. Managing these varied risk factors may seem overwhelming, but it’s actually much easier than you think. “WHEN IT COMES to family history, you can’t disown your genes,” says George Y. Paik, M.D., FACC, general and interventional cardiologist at Summit Healthcare. …

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Pacemakers vs. Defibrillators

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Has your doctor recommended one of these? Here’s a breakdown of how they differ. IF YOU’VE BEEN diagnosed with a life-threatening arrhythmia, your cardiologist may recommend an implantable device such as a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). What’s the difference? Both treat arrhythmia. A pacemaker uses electric pulses to keep your heart’s rhythm normal. An …

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4 Heart Disease Risk Factors You Can’t Change

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Knowing what puts you at risk empowers you to make the right decisions about your heart health. EVERY 40 SECONDS, someone in America has a heart attack, which can result from heart disease. It’s easy to believe you won’t become a statistic if you exercise every day, eat a well-balanced diet, and don’t smoke, but …

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Preventing Heart Disease

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Although there are many forms of treatment, prevention is the best alternative.   “WE CAN CERTAINLY treat many heart problems, but it’s always better to avoid the problem to start with,” says Yenhui Huang, M.D., cardiologist at Summit …

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Women’s Heart Problems Can Be Different

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WHEN IT COMES to heart health, gender can influence everything from heart disease risk factors to heart attack symptoms. Many women believe that the men in their lives have a greater risk of heart disease than they do. But more than 6.5 million American women live with some form of heart disease, according to Harvard Medical …

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