Is Your Heart in Shape?

You might not notice it as readily as flabby arms or legs, but you should keep your heart muscle in shape, too. Over time, coronary artery disease (CAD) can weaken the heart muscle and lead to heart failure or arrhythmias, which can be very serious conditions. They could even lead to death.

Medically Reviewed By: Haines, Cynthia MD | Last Review Date: Oct 10, 2012

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