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Healthy Heart: Features

Keys to living a healthier life

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Would you be willing to sleep in more to add another two years to your life? Maybe floss more often in exchange for another year of living? How about having sex more often to extend your life expectancy?

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.

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.

How to cook smarter

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

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 your 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.

Exercises for kids

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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.

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.

Tips for lowering your cholesterol

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Having a high cholesterol can put you at greater risk of having a heart attack or a stroke. If your cholesterol is high, consider using these suggestions to help you lower it.

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.

Healthy Heart: Extras

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.

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.

Be careful of your heart when shoveling

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When shoveling, use these tips to protect your heart and your health.

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.

Mediterranean diet: A heart-healthy eating plan

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Find out how following a Mediterranean diet can benefit your health.

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.

Take care of your heart when shoveling

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When shoveling, use these tips to protect your heart and your health.

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69 News: Health Beat

Health Beat: Stem cell therapy: Supercharge the heart

Heart researchers are excited about a new study that shows that patients' own stem cells can be supercharged to fix damage. In the University of Utah study, there was a 37 percent reduction in the number of times heart failure patients went to the hospital or died. Researchers say that has never happened before.

Health Beat: Lung cancer vaccine from Cuba

Lung cancer is the number one killer in the United States. Until now, treatment options have been limited, but researchers are studying a revolutionary treatment for cancer patients and those at high risk, like smokers, even if they are not yet showing signs of the disease.

Health Beat: Testing for Parkinson's before it strikes

For patients with brain disorders like Parkinson's disease, early diagnosis can mean earlier intervention and treatment. Right now, most patients are not diagnosed until they are showing symptoms of the disease. Researchers have now developed a system that can detect Parkinson's-like brain changes well before anyone sees signs of the disease.

Health Beat: MRIdian: Treating childhood sarcoma

Soft-tissue sarcomas are cancers that begin in the muscles, tendons, blood vessels and tissue near joints. While this cancer can strike at any age, one form of sarcoma is especially cruel, as it most often strikes patients under 10. A new therapy is wiping out the cancer while protecting kids from life-long side-effects.

Health Beat: BWS: Life-changing treatment

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Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome is a genetic condition that causes excessive growth. It's linked to birth defects and even cancer, but thanks to innovative surgical procedures, children born with BWS can now live normal lives.

 
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