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By now, you’ve seen enough heart attack scenes that you could spot one from a mile away: There’s the gasping for air, the clasping of hands over the chest, and pain so severe the victim collapses to the floor.  It’s time to change that picture: This Hollywood-style heart attack isn’t so classic at all. In a study of nearly 900 heart attack patients, 65 percent experienced a slow onset of symptoms, according to researchers at Trinity College in Ireland. These included chest and left arm discomfort, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Only 35 percent suffered movie-worthy signs. Read more here:...

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The effects of long distance running is debated regulary by medical experts. While it is true that long-term endurance athletes have had some scarring noted in the heart muscle, it is at this point an association and not a causation. There is concern because if scarring of the heart muscle (fibrosis) becomes severe, it can lead to thickening of portions of the heart which can impact heart functioning. The discussion really hinges on two articles. In a study by Matthew Wilson, which was published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, advanced imaging techniques were used to look at the hearts of three groups of people:...

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