Linda Johns (lower row, center), in the first moments of her heart attack. She's with fellow authors Kristen Kittscher, Kirby Larson, Suzanne Selfors, Sara Nickerson and Jennifer Longo at Queen Anne Book Co. in Seattle. Courtesy of Linda Johns hide caption

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Tracy Solomon Clark didn't realize that the shortness of breath and dizziness she felt at age 44 was actually serious heart disease. Benjamin Brian Morris for NPR hide caption

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Hidden Heart Disease Is The Top Health Threat For U.S. Women

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What's Good For The Heart Is Good For The Brain

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A Fitbit Saved His Life? Well, Maybe

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Fatty plaque (shown here in yellow) blocks about 60 percent of this coronary artery's width. The increasing thickness of artery walls is just one factor that can increase vulnerability to a heart attack or stroke. Prof. P.M. Motta/G. Macchiarelli, S.A. Nottola/Science Source hide caption

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Possible Heart Benefits Of Taking Estrogen Get Another Look

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People who drink in moderation tend to be better educated and more well off, which increases their odds of being healthy. Photographer: Katsiaryna Pakhoma/iStockphoto hide caption

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Troy Hodge was only 41 years old when a vessel in his brain burst. "You don't think of things you can't do until you can't do them," he says. Matailong Du/NPR hide caption

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Strokes On The Rise Among Younger Adults

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Quite a few employers now offer specialized insurance that pays a lump sum to help cover high deductibles triggered by treatment for serious illnesses. Portra Images/Getty Images hide caption

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How Sound Reveals The Invisible Within Us

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For people 50 and older at a high risk for heart disease or stroke, an aggressive approach to treatment has advantages. But there are risks, too. iStockphoto hide caption

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Tablets of Lipitor and its generic equivalent, atorvastatin, are among the drugs commonly prescribed to prevent heart attacks and strokes among people at risk. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Aspirin can lower the risk of heart attacks, but there's concern that it's being overused. Jim DeLillo/iStockphoto hide caption

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Panel Says Aspirin Lowers Heart Attack Risk For Some

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A landmark federal study was halted when early results showed that lowering patients' top blood pressure number to 120 or lower led to dramatic reductions in heart disease and deaths. iStockphoto hide caption

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Aggressively Lowering Blood Pressure Saves Lives, Study Finds

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The latest guidelines for cholesterol-lowering drugs emphasize their use to manage patients' risk for cardiovascular disease rather than simply hitting numerical cholesterol targets. Roy Scott/Ikon Images/Corbis hide caption

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There's a growing body of evidence suggesting that compounds found in cocoa beans, called polyphenols, may help protect against heart disease. Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Chocolate, Chocolate, It's Good For Your Heart, Study Finds

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