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    Wednesday, June 18, 2008

    Save your own life

    The following is from Men's Health...

    Keep your ticker healthy with our heart-attack prevention plan

    You probably aren't thinking about when it could strike.

    Chances are, neither was Tim Russert, nor the 310,000 Americans who die every year of sudden cardiac arrest.

    But even if you're young and healthy, you may still fall victim—in fact, besides a previous history of heart attack, doctors still don't know which risk factors are most important or why. But they are learning more about what you can do to protect yourself.

    A new study shows men with low levels of vitamin D have a higher risk of heart attack—but getting outside for just 20 to 30 minutes a day can fulfill your body's need for this crucial vitamin. You can also stay young at heart with fat-busting exercise and a healthy diet.

    And remember, you don't just wake up with coronary artery disease—taking a few early-detection tests could save your life. Learn about the risk factor your doctor may be ignoring and find out how your performance in bed can be a barometer of your overall health. If you like to play the odds, see if you live in one of the nation's heart-healthiest cities.

    With a healthy lifestyle and some crusading doctors, heart attacks could be a thing of the past.

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