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WIN 2014

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H E A R T H E A L T H PREVENT heart disease from happening again By Danielle Toth { There's no magic bullet to prevent recurrent heart attacks or strokes, say experts, but there are ways to help improve your heart function. E ven one heart attack is one too many. If you or a loved one has vowed that there will be no repeat performances of life-threatening heart events, what can you do to help make that promise a reality? There's no magic bullet to prevent recurrent heart attacks or strokes, say experts, but there are ways to help improve your heart function and make it less likely that problems will develop again. "When someone comes in with heart disease, we can treat it through surgeries and other treatments," says Dr. Ahmad Shihabi, a cardiologist at North Colorado Medical Center, Greeley, Colo. "In that case, we've removed the more urgent issue at hand but haven't changed the process. Patients need to address several 24 SPI RIT O F WOM EN W I N T E R 2 014 w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m SHUTTERSTOCK (continued on page 30)

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