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Sep. 7, 2012
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Sep. 7, 2012
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Aug. 28, 2012
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Aug. 6, 2012
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Jun. 5, 2012
Play doctor in our ultimate diagnosis quiz! Test your medical knowledge, and see how much you know about rare medical disorders.
Oct. 20, 2010
It's a noble and difficult endeavor to eradicate diseases. Yet, a number of organizations and a host of people are dedicating their lives to just that and in turn, millions of lives are being saved. See if you know which diseases may one day be eradicated.
Sep. 21, 2010
Some medical conditions are so bizarre it's hard to believe they're not made up. See if you can answer the questions below about some bizarre medical conditions that seem almost too bad to be true.
Aug. 4, 2010
Let's say you have a collection of baffling physical symptoms. You know something is very wrong with your body, but no one seems to be able to figure it out. Welcome to the doctor's visit of someone with a medical condition you've never even heard of.
Have a sense of humor! A good laugh can send up to 20 percent more blood pumping through the body.
Due to work-related stress, you’re most likely to have a heart attack on a Monday than any other day of the week! Try stress-relieving activities (like yoga or mediation) on this day.
Men and women have different heart attack symptoms, and it’s actually more difficult for women to tell when they are having an attack. Women who feel faint or short of breath should call 911.
Don't light up. Quit smoking, and you’ll cut your risk of coronary heart disease by 50 percent in just one year.
Steer clear of smokers. Approximately 38,000 people die each year from heart and blood vessel diseases caused by secondhand smoke.
Don't have time to fit in a full 30-minute workout? Try to fit in three, 10-minute sessions instead. Both provide the same benefits for your heart.
Eat a diet low in these three nutrients: fat, cholesterol, and salt. They contribute to high cholesterol and blood pressure.
Heart disease is the single biggest killer of both men and women. The best prevention tool is a healthy lifestyle and an annual doctor's appointment.
Lack of sleep can lead to irregular heart function. Aim to get seven to nine hours!
Get up from your desk. People who sit hunched over their computer for most of the day are 54 percent more likely to die of heart attacks.
A broken heart can literally increase one’s risk for heart attack. Heal after a break-up by taking time to grieve and then surrounding yourself with positive friends.
Wash dinner down with wine – but just one glass! Scientists have found that moderate amounts of red and white wines can be helpful in preventing heart disease.
Big hearts really do exist. But they're not a sign of greater affection -- they indicate an increased risk for heart disease.
Say "yes, please" to potassium. Loading up potatoes, tomatoes, bananas, and other potassium-rich foods can lower blood pressure by 10 points, according to a recent study.
Get full off fiber. This heart-healthy nutrient can reduce blood cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Aim for 25 grams per day.
When going out to eat, be wary these words: fried, au gratin, crispy, scalloped, pan-fried, sautéed, buttered, or creamed. They usually mean this dish is packed with heart-harming saturated fats.
Be berry merry. Ladies who ate three or more bowlfuls of berries (specifically blueberries and strawberries) per week cut their of heart attack by approximately 30 percent.
Eat chocolate. Indulging regularly could reduce your risk for heart attack by roughly 37 percent. Just keep the chocolate dark (more antioxidants) and the portion small (one ounce).
Say Namaste. Yoga can help reduce irregular heartbeats.
Eating well and exercising regularly has a greater impact on your risk for heart disease than your family history.
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