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Angina is usually due to heart disease. A fatty substance called plaque builds up in your arteries, blocking blood flow to the heart muscle. This forces your heart to work with less oxygen. That causes pain. You may also have blood clots in the arteries of your heart, which can cause heart attacks. Other, less…

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Asking older adults how much they weighed in the past can help to predict their risk of heart failure, according to recent research. Ideally, doctors treating older people would have ready access to accurate weight histories from lifelong medical records. In reality, however, medical records tend not to accompany people as they change their primary…

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Atrial fibrillation is a problem with the heart’s electrical system. When something goes wrong with this system, it’s usually because of other health problems that are causing wear and tear on the heart or making it hard for the heart to do its job. Sometimes it’s because of lifestyle habits-such as smoking or heavy drinking-that…

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