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Two Truths and a Lie: Heart Smarts

Busting some health myths we've come to believe over the years.

If you've never heard of the game Two Truths and a Lie, here's the gist: Someone whom you've just met reveals three facts about himself, with one caveat: One of the statements is completely bogus. We're taking this classic icebreaker and giving it a healthy spin. Check out each trio of "truths" and see if you can spot the lie.

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A. Younger guys can suffer heart attacks.
B. Brushing your teeth regularly reduces the risk of a heart attack.

C. You should work out after a heart attack.

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THE TRUTHS: (A) What used to be an "old man's disease" is now affecting younger guys—in their 40s, 30s, and even in their 20s! You're at risk if you have high cholesterol or a family history of heart disease. (C) Studies say survivors who remain active live longer than those who don't.

THE LIE: (B) The American Heart Association concluded that poor oral health hasn't been proven to cause heart disease. Treating gum disease hasn't been shown to reduce the risk, either.


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