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Losing his foot and ankle to a land mine couldn't stop 50-year-old Todd Reed. He's a Mesa, Arizona police officer and plays o…

  • By April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

    When you think "heart attack," you probably think, "that won't happen to me." So it might surprise you to learn that a woman dies every single minute of every day, thanks to heart disease, according to the American Heart Association.

    Also surprising: Women often don't have the same kinds of symptoms as men during a heart attack.

    Believe it or not, a study from 2005 found that a stunning 30-50 percent of heart attack symptoms in women go unrecognized by emergency and medical professionals, says Pamela Stewart Fahs, professor and Decker Chair in Rural Nursing at Binghamton University's Decker School of Nursing.

    Fahs surmises that those figures have improved somewhat in the last few years, thanks to an increased awareness in the medical community about heart disease in women. However, Fahs says another recent survey showed that about half of all women don't believe heart disease is a problem for females, and that it's common for women to miss

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  • Are you forgetting these important health screenings?

    Are you forgetting these important health screenings?

    No matter how fit you are, you can't change health risk factors like your genes, your family history, your race, or your age. Other aspects of your lifestyle count, too, including how you manage stress and your eating habits. The best way to safeguard your long-term health is to catch troublesome issues early, so ask your doctor about adding these screenings to your calendar.

    BLOOD PRESSURE

    There are no early symptoms of high BP (hypertension), but the longer it goes unnoticed--and untreated--the more damage occurs to your heart and blood vessels, upping your chances of a heart attack or stroke. With every birthday your risk goes up. Your favorite foods also play a role, with salt, saturated fats, and too much alcohol being top aggravators. Certain medicines can also raise BP.

    WHEN TO SCREEN:
    Start at age 18; then every year
    YOUR TARGET: Blood pressure under 120/80 mmHg

    Try These 5 Heart-Smart Foods


    CHOLESTEROL
    Some cholesterol--a waxy, fatty substance--is necessary to build

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  • Are you - or your doctor - shrugging off early warnings of brewing blood pressure trouble? The answer is yes if any of these "little" problems haven't prompted you to take steps to lower your blood pressure:

    It's "high-normal."

    Thirty percent of American adults have slightly elevated blood pressure levels, between 121/81 and 139/89. But this gray zone is no small problem: It nearly doubles stroke risk. Researchers warn that many family doctors see pre-hypertension as a borderline condition that should be watched, rather than a warning that needs prompt attention.

    PLUS: 50 Secrets Your Nurse Won't Tell You

    It's creeping up slowly

    In one eye-opening study, women's blood pressures inched upward 8 to 10 points each decade, and men's by 4 to 5 points, between the ages of 35 and 64. That's enough to land you in the pre-hypertensive or even the hypertensive category - and a good reason for you and your doctor to nip rising blood pressure in the bud.

    It's only high in th

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