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STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Broken heart syndrome’ is real, as this librarian learned the hard way

The chest pains began during a board meeting for the public library Cheryl Lawson oversaw. Indigestion, she thought. She walked around a bit, trying to ignore it, until a reminder came in the form of a slamming pain that shot …

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Understanding The State of Obesity in America

The Problem: The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America breaks down the numbers across the country, based on statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and

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Sugary drinks debate heads to Washington

The debate over sugar-loaded drinks and obesity is headed to Washington, as part of legislation introduced to tax manufacturers for every teaspoon of sugar in beverages. U.S. Rep. Rosa

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FDA plan hopes to close health care disparity gap

The  Food and Drug Administration's plan to increase the participation of women, minorities and the elderly in research trials was applauded Wednesday by four health care organizations as

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American Heart Association seeks new audiences to fight heart diseases and stroke

The American Heart Association is reaching out to new audiences, including the hip festival of music and film, South by Southwest, one of the largest and most influential

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: Strong resolve leads stroke survivor from being immobile to hiking 7 miles

Amy Steinbrech spent the last night of 2012 with family. She enjoyed a glass of wine with dinner, then they all hung out and watched a movie. Early on

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: Husband, wife exemplify the importance of knowing CPR

With a degree from Missouri State in sports medicine, and as the owner of CrossFit Springfield, Jeremy Mhire knew all about performing CPR. He’d never used those skills, though

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Potential Memorial Day tragedy avoided thanks to family, friends who knew CPR

Tim Weaver was cleaning a boat engine one minute and frantically gasping “Help” the next. His son-in-law David Andrew was ordering pizza one minute and dialing 9-1-1 the next. Family

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New book encourages people to live successfully and thrive

American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown reviews 'Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder,'written by Arianna Huffington, co-founder of

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O’Donnell to women: ‘You’re worth it, take care of yourself and know the symptoms’ of heart disease

In retrospect, Rosie O’Donnell realizes she put herself at risk of heart disease. She was very overweight at 220 pounds, and admittedly “was not exercising at all.” Plus, she