Stroke

Should You Take Blood-Thinning Drugs?

…off, Coumadin has an unparalleled ability to thin the blood and prevent blood clots which can cause strokes. This is especially true if you have mechanical heart valves, suffered an embolic stroke, have atrial fibrillation (AF) or had an extensive heart attack. But, like any drug, Coumadin does have…

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Stroke 101: Risk Factors for Stroke

Strokes go by many names, and there are a couple different kinds but, simply put, a stroke is are a cessation of blood flow somewhere in the brain. The loss of blood supply can last from a few seconds to the rest of your life, and can affect any area of the brain, large or small. In the old days, strokes

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7 Reasons Why Exercise Is More Powerful than a Drug

…you: 1. Lower your stroke risk. In an extensive study reported in JAMA, more than 70,000 nurses ages 40 to 65 without cardiovascular disease or cancer completed detailed physical activity questionnaires, and the results showed walking was associated with reduced risk of stroke. 2. Protect against osteoporosis…

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Signs and Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease

…can also threaten good cholesterol levels and limit your ability to prevent blood clots. Acute stress, such as anger, can cause heart attack and stroke. Oxidative stress. Unchecked free-radical activity accelerates age-related degenerative diseases. Free radicals are generated by smoking, high sugar…

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Quick, Easy Stroke Recognition

…trying to maintain healthy blood pressure levels. Doing this will go a long way toward helping you to avoid a stroke, as well as other cardiovascular problems. For more information on strokes or other cardiovascular problems, visit www.drsinatra.com.

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How To Prevent Stroke

…Americans suffer from a stroke, making it the third leading cause of death in the U.S. About 15 percent of the time, strokes are preceded by an early warning signal called a transient ischemic attack, or “mini-stroke.” After a mini-stroke, the chances of a full-blown stroke occurring within 90 days…

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Debunking the Gluten-Free Myth

…all the well-known causes of heart disease problems swarm to the scene and create the inflammatory mayhem that eventually leads to heart attack and stroke. What’s worse is that excessive sugar consumption can cause weight gain. Weight gain, combined with sustained high insulin levels, can lead to insulin…

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Even Mildly High Blood Pressure Ups Stroke Risk, Significantly

…blood pressure can lead to poor heart, kidney, and eye health and increase your chances of having a stroke. Plus, now research shows that even mildly elevated blood pressure puts you in the stroke risk category. To bring you up to date, the American Heart Association, which sets the standard on blood…

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The Most Common Blood Thinners

Blood thinners, particularly Coumadin, prevent strokes by helping to prevent blood clots from forming in the chambers of the heart and blood vessels. Studies have shown that common blood thinners like Coumadin can protect you from a stroke if you have mechanical heart valves, atrial fibrillation or…

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5 Surprising Heart Disease Risk Factors

…cardiovascular outcomes. Their study found that those who had both CVD and ED were 1.6 times more likely to experience cardiovascular death, heart attack, stroke, and hospitalization due to heart failure. Any man who sees a physician with complaints of ED should also get a full cardiovascular workup. Vascular…

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Preventing Stroke With Vitamin C

…hemorrhagic strokes, resulting from a blood vessel that bursts somewhere inside the brain. Hemorrhagic strokes are more deadly and tougher to treat, so anything that can be done for preventing this stroke is valuable. For the study on the health benefits of vitamin C in preventing stroke, researchers…

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How Fruits Dramatically Reduce Stroke Risk

…veggies is protective when it comes to reducing the risk of stroke and other health concerns. But now European researchers have found that the color of a fruit may offer additional health benefits and that certain fruits dramatically reduce stroke risk. The latest findings from a new study in the Netherlands…

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More Mounting Evidence Shows Chocolate Helps Prevent Strokes

…Swedish Hospital and found 1,995 stroke cases among the research participants during the decade long span following their completed questionnaires. What they found is that those men who ate the most chocolate (63 grams per week), had a 17% lower number of strokes than those who rarely or never at chocolate…

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Alzheimer's Disease Prevention: Know Your Risk Factors

…I wrote my earlier blog on Alzheimer's, my mother-in-law's mental status had changed so abruptly that we needed to hospitalize her to rule out a stroke or low heart rate. While she was surprisingly hypertensive on admission and her heart rate low enough to validate a pacemaker, her failing memory has…

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Diet Soda Increases Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

…the American Heart Association’s International Stroke Conference, drinking diet soda can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. Researchers said that consuming as little as one diet soda a day could increase your risk of heart attack and stroke by 48 percent. How Can Diet Soda Cause a Stroke?…

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A Lack of Sleep Can Lead to Heart Attack and Stroke

…What they found is that a chronic lack of sleep—less than six hours a night—raised the risk of developing or dying from heart disease by 48% and stroke by 15%! The reason is a lack of sleep decreases your levels of the satiety chemical leptin so you’re more likely to overeat, contributing to obesity…

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Stroke Symptoms for Women

…grandmother’s massive stroke may have been prevented. Since May is National Stroke Awareness Month, I wanted to use this opportunity to spread the word about what risk factors for stroke women should look for. Warning Signs of Stroke in Men Men tend to follow the textbooks. Their strokes tend to present themselves…

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Is Your Heart, or Smoking, Affecting Your Memory?

…it at least partly on your heart. Researchers at the King’s College London just released new findings showing that high blood pressure, severe stroke risk factors, and smoking can impede cognitive function and memory. For their study, the researchers analyzed results from the Framingham study and…

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Stress is a Killer

…anything can happen. You see, your feelings can light a fuse inside your body that causes an immediate and deadly explosion. Both heart attacks and strokes can be the result of excess stress and stress also can trigger a cascade of harmful chemical changes that become deadly over time. Before you know…

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7 Ways to Get Natural Headache Relief

…-aspirin NSAIDS can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Their action was based on a review of several observational studies and clinical trials. The FDA is now requiring labels on NSAIDS to warn users that "the risk of heart attack or stroke can occur as early as the first weeks of using an NSAID…

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What Causes Coronary Artery Disease?

…with the highest levels of CRP had five times the risk of developing coronary artery disease and four times the risk of having a heart attack or stroke compared with subjects with the lowest levels. C-reactive protein predicted risk of these events in women who appeared to have no other pertinent heart…

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Vascular Dementia Can Happen to Anyone

…and waning circulation to the brain, small vessel disease, TIAS’s (transient ischemic attacks), and mini-strokes. The most common type is multi-infarct dementia; the result of several strokes. As a cardiologist, I’ve seen many cases of VaD because it’s more common in those with cardiac conditions…

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When and How to Find a Natural Heart Doctor

…"Do I need to see a heart doctor?" Sometimes the need to find a heart doctor (cardiologist) is clear. For example, if you have had a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiac event you will definitely need a cardiologist's care. But for many people the decision of whether to find a heart doctor, or let…

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7 Servings of Fruits and Vegetables = 42% Lower Risk of Death?

…participants who reported eating seven servings of fruits and vegetables had 25% lower risk of dying from cancer, and a 31% reduced risk of death from a stroke or heart disease. Plus, vegetables are more protective than fruits. Those who reported eating 2-3 portions of vegetables a day had a 19% lower risk…

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Pets for Heart Health

…a puppy, you can do this in your cupped hands. If the animal is larger, do this on a table or the ground.) Animals that respond quietly when you stroke their underside tend to be submissive and more trainable. Animals that squirm excessively, bite or claw at you, and try frantically to right themselves…

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Mercury Levels in Fish: Is It a Worry, or Not?

…recent analysis from Harvard researchers shows that the mercury level in fish eaten by Americans is not a significant contributor to heart disease, stroke, or overall cardiovascular disease in adults. Their research showed that the heart benefits far outweighed any risk. One potential reason for these…

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A Hidden Cause of Sudden Cardiac Death

…When this connection was broken, he experienced heartbreak, which can often lead to a variety of cardiovascular problems, including heart attack and stroke. What Can You Do to Overcome Heartbreak and Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death? * Massage and other touch therapies, such as Reiki, can be powerful healers…

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We Invite You to Share Your Story

…started a new exercise program, * Used dietary supplements and lifestyle changes to lower your blood pressure, * Bounced back from a heart attack or stroke, * Or achieved another important health milestone, big or small! To be featured on Dr. Sinatra's blog, just leave a comment below--with a brief description…

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Four Things You May Not Know About Salt Consumption

If you’re working hard to prevent heart attack and stroke, as well as the occurrence of other cardiovascular problems, you need to beware of the dangers associated with salt. As any decent doctor or holistic practitioner will tell you, having too much salt in your system can make it difficult for…

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Is Niacin Effective and Safe? Here’s My Take

…and reducing harmful Lp(a). But the report, based on the results of two recent studies, showed that high dose niacin failed to reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease, and death. Plus, it caused serious side effects—including skeletal and gastrointestinal problems, as well as diabetes. These niacin…

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Beware of Elevated Lp(a) Cholesterol Levels

…the bloodstream increases the “stickiness” of blood, and contributes dramatically to the formation of clots and the chance of a heart attack or stroke. In Europe, the European Atherosclerosis Society now urges doctors to check Lp(a) in patients at moderate to high risk of cardiovascular disease. This…

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The Real Risk Factors for Heart Disease

…should ask. First off, I would say that you should address some basic lifestyle issues that have been shown to increase risk of heart attack and stroke. For example, if you smoke, stop. If you're carrying some extra weight, lose 5 or 10 pounds. When you shop for food, choose items that are fresh, and…

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Recognizing a Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia

…you soon. Electromagnetic disturbances can also push those people vulnerable to low respiratory sinus arrhythmia to develop cardiac, arrhythmia, stroke and sudden cardiac death. Electro-sensitive adults and children report cardiac arrhythmias as one of many symptoms they experience with exposure to…

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The Benefits of Fish Oil Supplements for Heart Disease

…been all over the news. A study review published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that taking fish oil did not prevent heart attack or stroke survivors from having another cardiac event. One news headline read, “Fish Oil Delivers Few Heart Benefits, Study Finds.” This type of media hype…

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Ease Stress with Gifts that Give Back

Stress can be devastating to your heart. It causes your blood pressure levels to rise and increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. And, if you are like me, the mad dash around the holidays can be very stressful. Why not take some time to remember what the holiday season is supposed to be about?…

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High HDL Levels Reduce Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

…levels of HDL cholesterol. Researchers believe that higher HDL cholesterol may also protect against Alzheimer’s because it reduces your risk of stroke, and may also help prevent amyloid-ß proteins from accumulating in the brain. Other ways to increase HDL blood levels include: * smoking cessation…

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Pets and Your Heart

…away when they can’t handle any more stimulation. This is a wonderful lesson that we can learn from. If you’re recovering from a heart attack or stroke, other cardiovascular problems, or any health crisis for that matter, use these lessons from the animal kingdom to reconnect with your intuition. If…

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Love, Intimacy, and Your Heart

…a good time to address a sticky question that many people don’t want to ask, whether you can safely engage in intimacy after a heart attack or stroke. While sudden death from intimacy is rare, many of my cardiac patients have said they felt vulnerable about their heart. In fact, it's a common fear…

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I'm a Hoosier at Heart

…if you can learn to recognize the triggers of your stress and defuse them, you will be less prone to angina, irregular heartbeat, heart attack and stroke, high blood pressure, and other cardiovascular problems. That’s where your favorite movie comes in. Movies allow you to feel fear, get outraged,…

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New Study Shows Heart Benefits of L-Carnitine

…it’s your turn: What do you think about this research on the effects and benefits of L-carnitine? You May Also Be Interested In * How to Sidestep a Stroke * Cholesterol Education of the Right Kind REFERENCE Martin FP, et al. Probiotic modulation of symbiotic gut microbial-host metabolic interactions in…

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On the Road with Dr. Sinatra

…American women are five times more likely to develop heart disease than breast cancer. And, sadly, cardiovascular problems such as heart attack and stroke kill more women annually than any other illness—including all the cancers combined. Clearly, we all need to support any cause that raises awareness…

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Controlling High Blood Pressure Levels

Uncontrolled high blood pressure levels (or hypertension) are a leading risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Often, there are no symptoms, which is why hypertension is called the “silent killer.” You may not know you have it unless you have your blood pressure checked regularly. What Do Blood…

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Treating Your Feet Can Help Your Heart

…Rouleaux formation indicates clumpy, sticky blood and increased blood viscosity, a risk factor for cardiovascular problems, such as heart attack and stroke. The post-foot bath blood analysis revealed red blood cells that were not sticking together; they were flowing freely in the microscopic field. Mildly…

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Walking Club Check-In: 10 Reasons to Walk!

…that nearly 30 percent of adults aged 18 and older reported being inactive. 2. It will reduce your risk of cancer. 3. You'll minimize your risk for stroke. 4. You'll improve arthritis symptoms. Increased muscle strength restores range of motion and flexibility and reduces pain. 5. You'll slim down. When…

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5 Ways to Help Prevent a Cardiac Event

…to join a gym to improve your heart health, unless you want to. Walking just one mile, or more, a day improves your heart health, minimizes your stroke risk, and improves your blood pressure and blood sugar. Plus, it helps you shed unwanted pounds. 5. Discharge harmful electro-pollution with earthing…

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Vitamin K2 & It’s Benefits

…fibrinolytic enzyme called nattokinase, which is reported to reduce/prevent blood clots. The nattokinase is why some people eat it for both heart attack and stroke prevention. Specifically, nattokinase has natural anticoagulant properties, as well as the ability to lower blood pressure levels. It can take a while…

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Fight Heart Risk Factors With Nutraceutical Support

…, there are some key nutritional allies that reduce your risk for many of the cardiovascular problems out there today, including heart attack and stroke. For example, taking the right supplements is one of the best natural ways to lower blood pressure levels, improve poor blood circulation, and maintain…

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Improper Grilling Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

…benefits of omega-3s, including increased HDL cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, improved blood circulation, and reduced risk for heart attack and stroke. So eat up and enjoy how delicious healthy heart nutrition can taste! A Taste of the Orient This taste delight combines the protection of soy sauce…

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The Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee

…studied 173,141 women and 229,119 men for 13 years. All were between 50-71 years of age and in good health. They excluded anyone with a history of stroke, heart disease or cancer. After adjusting for variables like smoking, they found that the more coffee people drank, the longer they lived. The health…

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4 Secrets for Preventing Diabetes & Controlling It

…accumulated plaque typical of atherosclerosis can rupture or break apart, causing blood clots and blockages that can lead to either a heart attack or a stroke. Additionally, insulin is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. However, when the body becomes resistant to insulin, there is a corresponding…

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Blood Iron Levels and Heart Disease

…have been accepted only recently. Women and Blood Iron Levels Half of American women will die of cardiovascular problems, including heart attack and stroke, yet risk levels among women vary tremendously. Menstruating women produce estrogen, which is heart protective, and most lose a significant amount…

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New Research Makes Olive Oil One of My Top Heart-Healthy Foods

…genes linked to inflammation. So, this immediately put olive oil high on my list of heart healthy foods. Olive Oil Can Also Prevent Heart Attacks & Strokes The other big news about olive oil and why it’s such a heart-healthy food is that it can help to prevent cardiovascular events. In fact, this recent…

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Women's Vitamin Needs

…flax, and olive oil. I’ll be sharing even more secrets about women's vitamin needs—so stay tuned. You May Also Be Interested In: * Women and Strokes * The Benefits of Fish for Women's Heart Health

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Chicken Soup for the Lungs—A Natural Cold & Flu Treatment

…rid of the excess, but this effort can be challenging because of the thick and sticky nature of mucus. In fact, I have had patients suffer minor strokes, pass out, pull muscles, or even fracture ribs as a result of their coughing attacks. Don’t Ignore the Overproduction of Mucus Several years ago…

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Eat Garlic to Reduce Blood Pressure

…blood clotting component), preventing the formation of blood clots. Clumped platelets can render you vulnerable to heart attack and cerebrovascular strokes, and garlic's ability to reduce blood pressure helps lower the risk of these heart issues. Garlic in a High Blood Pressure Diet I recommend the inclusion…

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The Heart Health Power of Optimism

…surprised to read new findings from a team of Harvard researchers who found that optimism and joy can protect your heart—actually lowering the risk of strokes and heart attacks. In this study, the researchers reviewed the outcomes of more than 200 previous studies. What they found is that in those studies…

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Why You Crave Dark Chocolate

…it's your turn: Do you find that you crave dark chocolate? You May Also Be Interested In * Mounting Evidence Shows that Chocolate Helps to Prevent Strokes * 3 Foods with Surprising Heart Benefits

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The Heart Health Benefits of Watermelon

…that it provides 24.3% of the daily value for Vitamin C. * Vitamin K that helps control blood pressure, regulate heart beat, and possibly prevent strokes. * B vitamins: B1 and B6, important for energy production. * Magnesium: Works to lower blood pressure, assuage arrhythmia, and more. * Potassium: A…

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Can Shifting Your Sleep Schedule Cause a Heart Attack?

…found is that 17,350 of those participants had some sort of cardiac event, including 6,600 who had a heart attack and 1,850 who suffered ischemic strokes. Even when the researchers factored in other lifestyle variables including exercise and poor eating habits, the elevated risk for heart attack among…

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Folic Acid for Dementia & Alzheimer’s Prevention

…cells, and can contribute to their premature death. Homocysteine also causes blood to clot faster, making us more vulnerable to heart attacks and strokes. In addition, elevated homocysteine levels cause severe mitochondrial membrane damage and cerebral microangiopathy, the accelerated destruction of…

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Is Yoga Safe?

…forceful hyperextension of the neck that exceed your physical tolerance, but can occur with overstretching any muscle, cartilage, or ligament. Plus, strokes can be caused by impingement of the basilar artery and extreme motions of the neck and head that can constrict, causing swelling and even clots or…

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The Truth About Fish Oil and Other Natural Omega-3 Supplements

…found is that those taking natural omega-3 supplements didn’t have a significantly lower incidence of cardiac-related deaths, including deaths by strokes and heart attacks. Natural Omega-3 Supplements Benefit the Heart But what’s buried deep below the headlines is that the researchers did confirm the…

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3 Holiday Foods You Can Eat in a Heart-Healthy Diet

…disorders. In fact, research shows higher chocolate consumption was linked with a 37% reduction in cardiovascular disease and a 29% reduction in strokes. Now it’s your turn: What’s your favorite heart-healthy holiday food? You May Also Be Interested In: * A Heart-Healthy Side Dish: Baked Winter…

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Benefits of Resistance Training

…physical activity. Even in our hospital-based, medically supervised cardiac rehab program—where we supervised people recovering from heart attack and strokes, as well as bypass surgery—free weight training was slowly introduced into their exercise programs, once an appropriate time in their healing had…

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