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Ask an Expert: Women's heart attack symptoms and what to do

Q: A friend forwarded an email to me about what to do if you're alone and you think you're having a heart attack. It says that coughing hard will squeeze the heart and keep the blood flowing until you can get help. It also says that women may experience strange symptoms, like a pain in the jaw, instead of chest pain. Is any of this true? Answer provided by Suzanne M. Hall, M.D., FACC, medical director of Providence Women and Heart Disease Program at Providence Heart and Vascular Institute, and cardiologist with Columbia Cardiology Associates.

When your patient asks about his “low T”

For older men and those with a history of cardiovascular disease, popular testosterone therapies may bring more risk than reward. – Naji Hamdan, M.D., cardiologist

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Five things to know about heart disease

The risk factors for cardiovascular disease and heart attack can be both obvious and hidden.– By James Beckerman, M.D., cardiologist

Listen to your heart

When your heart tells you that something’s wrong, listen. By Steven Reinhart, M.D., cardiologist, medical director of quality for Providence Heart and Vascular Institute, and medical director of the Coronary Care Unit at Providence Portland Medical Center 

Preventing Cardiac Risk: Lifestyle changes

Lifestyle changes that will help you reduce your chance of heart attack or stroke.

Sex after heart attack – when is it safe?

Patients may be reluctant to raise the subject, a candid conversation can ease their worries. – By James Beckerman, M.D., cardiologist

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American Heart Association Website

The American Heart Association website is a patient and care provider resource with information about heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

American Heart Association: Heart Attack Risk Assessment

It's essential that you measure your risk of heart disease and make a plan for how to prevent it in the near future. Use this tool to help you assess your risk of having a heart attack or dying from coronary heart disease in the next 10 years. 

The Flex Diet

Design your own weight-loss plan with the help of The Flex Diet book, written by Providence Heart and Vascular Institute cardiologist James Beckerman, M.D.