Taking care of your heart requires weighing risks and benefits

BOSTON, MA – Even if you think of yourself as the cautious type, you take risks more often than you realize. Maybe you don't take big risks like skydiving or snake handling, but you do take smaller risks without thinking about them, like driving a car or taking medication. We are living in the "age of risk management," says Harvard risk expert Kimberly M. Thompson. Coping with heart disease is all about balancing benefits and risks: The trick is to choose the strategies with the greatest benefit and the least risk.
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