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10 vices that are good for you

Published: Jan 23 2014 11:30:57 AM EST

Many of life's greatest indulgences bring big health benefits. Health.com rates the 10 vices that are actually good for you.

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It's National Milk Chocolate Day. Did you know that chocolate is among 10 vices that can actually be good for you, according to Health.com?

Healthy Heart: Features

What to ask your doctor about heart disease

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During your next visit to the doctor, consider asking these questions to see if you could be at risk for heart disease.

Eat your way to a healthy heart

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A healthy diet can help alleviate three major risk factors for heart disease. Find out what such a diet entails.

Workouts for parents, child to do together

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Trying to find time to work out and spend time with your kids can be difficult. One way to keep you and your child healthy while spending quality time together is to exercise with your child.

5 hidden health risks for women

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Despite increased attention to women's health issues, there are still many health risks that women need to know about that are not getting a whole lot of attention.

Various exercises can strengthen heart

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Going to the gym can make your muscles bigger and stronger. But improving your heart may be the most important workout.

Ways to lower your stress level

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From time to time we all get stressed out. Try using some of these ideas to help lower your stress level.

Is sex safe after heart attack?

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Experts say that people can have sex after their heart attacks. In fact, the more you exercise -- including having sex -- the better your odds.

How do foods get heart-check mark?

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If you want to find foods that can help keep your heart healthy, a special insignia from the American Heart Association could help guide you at the grocery store.

How much exercise should adults get each day?

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We all know we need to exercise, but how much? Find out here.

Does aspirin have heart health benefits?

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An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but it's up for debate as to what a daily dose of aspirin can actually do for your heart health.

Healthy Heart: Extras

5 foods your heart will thank you for eating

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It's no fun to cut out salty snacks and red meat, but tasty alternatives can help you stay proactive about heart health without eating boiled chicken and rice cakes.

Omega-3s: Meet the fats that help your heart

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Find out how taking omega-3 fatty acids can help your heart.

What are unhealthiest fast-food items?

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It's no secret that fast-food items aren't always the healthiest option. But what items are the worst? Find out which fast-food items contain the most calories.

5 numbers you don't know but should

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Find out what numbers you need to know to keep your cardiovascular system healthy.

Leg cramps can be red flag for heart disease

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Muscle pain that occurs while walking can herald a dangerous condition called peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

Cardiac arrest and heart disease

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Find out more about what causes cardiac arrest.

Tai chi might help heart failure patients

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Find out how heart patients may benefit from tai chi.

Tips to keep your heart healthy

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What can you do in your day-to-day life to keep your heart healthy? Use these tips.

In heart attacks, faster treatments save lives

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Studies show that fast treatment makes patients more likely to survive certain types of heart attacks. According to national guidelines, heart attack patients should go from hospital door to "balloon" treatment within 90 minutes.

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