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      Updated Friday January 5th, 2001.
 
Don't fall for the new trends in "get fit quick" electric muscle stimulators, which contract muscles by passing current through electrodes applied to the skin. Claims that you can build muscle, lose fat, and get fit are all fraudulent. Over the years the FDA has banned many of these products and is against marketing campaigns and firms selling these devices, because they are both unsafe and ineffective. Unfortunately, the machines continue to resurface every few years.
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Atrial fibrillation is a common heart-rhythm abnormality, especially in people over 65. It sharply increases the risk of stroke. While only your physician can accurately diagnose the disorder, you can get some sense of whether you have an irregular heartbeat - and therefore need professional evaluation - by carefully analyzing your pulse. With a completely regular pulse, the beats are evenly spaced. A moderately irregular pulse has only an occasional dropped or extra beat. That is usually nothing to worry about. A very irregular pulse, indicating possible atrial fibrillation, will have many missed or extra beats. There is no pattern, rhythm, or regularity to the beats. A very irregular beat is not an emergency, but you should see your doctor as soon as possible.
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Weight Training benefits more than just your muscles. Most of us are brought up with the notion that weight training only benefits the muscles and enhances the overall appearance of mostly men. However, there continues to be strong evidence to support the claims that weight training and weight bearing exercises benefit the bones. Specifically, women and those who have genetically brittle bones or those who acquire osteoporosis with age, are recommended to pursue a light to moderate weight training program under the supervision of an exercise specialist.
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