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The world’s leading heart doctors created SecondsCount.org to give you the most complete, unbiased, accurate, and up-to-date information available on heart and vascular disease. From the most basic questions about your cardiovascular health to the latest news on diagnosis, treatment and prevention, SecondsCount.org has the answers you need to make the best decisions for your cardiovascular health.



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    Clove cigarettes contain a mixture of tobacco, cloves, and other flavors, which many people mistakenly believe are healthier than regular cigarettes. But in fact, they contain as much tobacco as a regular cigarette.
    Clove cigarettes (and other flavored cigarettes except for menthol) were banned in the United States by...Read More
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    Research suggests that poor sleep habits contribute to cardiovascular disease. This means they may contribute not only to heart problems such as heart disease and heart attack, but also to stroke and diabetes.
    Researchers aren’t sure yet why this is the case, though some theorize that lack of quality...Read More
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    Emergency personnel, physicians, and other members of the stroke care team will perform and order the following tests to determine as quickly as possible if you are having a stroke, and if you are, the type of stroke (ischemic - caused by a blockage, or hemorrhagic - caused by bleeding), and the...Read More
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    Research shows that the hormones that help regulate appetite are affected by a lack of sleep. This effect of increased appetite could lead to overeating. Over time, this may contribute to obesity, which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Importantly, poor sleep also seems to contribute to car...Read More
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    Most people never give much thought to their heart and arteries until something goes wrong. This is a testament to how seamlessly the heart and arteries function as part of your cardiovascular system. Every day the heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood through blood vessels to carry critical oxygen...Read More
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    According to the National Stroke Association, even though most women believe they are more at risk of dying from breast cancer, stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer every year. Stroke is also the leading cause of death among Hispanic women. The number one cause of death in women in the...Read More
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    If you have serious blockages in the arteries leading to the heart, your physician will face a decision as to whether you are best treated through angioplasty to reopen a blocked artery, often combined with placement of a metal stent to permanently prop the artery open, or bypass surgery, where the...Read More
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    The blood vessels of patients with diabetes are more vulnerable to the harmful effects of cigarette smoking. The toxins in cigarette smoke can damage the smooth lining of the body’s arteries. At the same time, too much glucose in the blood from diabetes damages those same blood vessels. As the blood...Read More
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    Smoking doubles your risk for having a stroke. But there is good news for those who wish to quit. According to the Office of the Surgeon General, stroke risk can fall to about the same as a nonsmoker’s within 2 to 5 years of quitting smoking. In addition to stroke, quitting smoking substantially...Read More
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    You may think of many benefits of quitting smoking as happening on a long time frame. Certainly, benefits are long-term, but if you need more immediate rewards to motivate you to quit now, here is an important one: According to the Office of the Surgeon General, the risk for a heart attack drops...Read More
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    Quitting tobacco is not easy. Pat yourself on the back for every minute, hour, and day that you do not smoke. If you do slip, go easy on yourself. Keep trying. Each time you try to quit increases your odds of quitting for good next time.
    But what about the cravings that sometimes make you feel like...Read More
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    Because erectile dysfunction (ED) is complicated, it can be difficult to determine the cause (or causes). As a result, it can also be difficult to determine an effective treatment. Medications are not always the answer. Below are a few other treatment options for ED:
    • Vacuum-assisted erection
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    For the last 50 years, a diagnosis of narrowing, or stenosis, in the carotid arteries would most likely result in a recommendation of surgery to prevent stroke. Surgery to remove plaque from the carotid arteries, called carotid endarterectomy, is a viable and life-saving procedure that is performed...Read More
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    Stress can be caused by anything that requires you to change or respond to your environment. The things that make you feel stressed are called stressors. These may be minor inconveniences (for example, traffic or time limitations) that add up, or they may be life-changing events (for example, a serious...Read More
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    In most cases, the benefits of physical activity outweigh the risks. People with coronary disease who exercise are overall less likely to have a heart attack than those people with coronary disease who do not exercise. Risks of exercise include musculoskeletal injury, arrhythmia, heart attack, and rare sudden...Read More