Ask Yourself for Health

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Are the symptoms of a heart attack really that different in women compared to men?

Malissa Wood, MD, co-director of the Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program at the Mass General Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, says yes, and they are also more subtle, causing women to delay seeking care.

Watch the video to learn more about heart attack symptoms that are unique to women, and how treatment of heart disease should be gender-specific.

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If there's a history of coronary artery disease in my family, is there anything I can do to lower my risk of developing it?

Sekar Kathiresan, MD, director of preventive cardiology at the Mass General Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, says counteracting your genetic risk is within your control.

Watch the video to learn more about coronary artery disease, who is most at risk, and Mass General's Heart Attack Prevention Program, which is focused on people with a family history of the disease.

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If there's a history of heart failure in my family, does that mean I'm at greater risk?

Stephanie Moore, MD, cardiologist in the Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Program at the Mass General Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, says if a close relative suffered from heart failure, you should be screened for other health issues that can put you at a higher risk.

Watch the video to learn more about the early signs of heart failure and the various treatments available, from medications to pacemakers to transplants.

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My family has a history of heart disease, but I am very active and my kids play sports. Do we still need to be concerned?

Aaron Baggish, MD, associate director for the Cardiovascular Performance Program at the Mass General Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, says yes, particularly since highly active people may show symptoms they don't recognize as signs of heart disease.

Watch the video to learn more about how heart problems are diagnosed in highly active people, and how Mass General specialists help them exercise safely to minimize to chance of a heart attack.

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If I have atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat - how do I know if I'm taking all the available steps to prevent a stroke?

Dr. Patrick Ellinor, cardiologist at the Mass General Corrigan Minehan Heart Center, says you should discuss your condition with your doctor, since many people who could benefit from specific treatments are not aware of them.

Watch the video to learn more about new treatment options for atrial fibrillation, and how genetics is helping us predict how people will respond to those treatments.

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