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What Women Need to Know About Their Heart Health

The statistics about women and heart health are staggering: Approximately 60,000 more women than men will die from cardiovascular disease, and females account for more than three of every five deaths from stroke.

During the past two decades, myocardial infarction (MI) prevalence has increased among midlife women, while declining among similarly

Manage Your Cholesterol to Improve Your Heart Health

The heart muscle thrives on a continuous supply of oxygen-rich blood from arteries on its surface, called coronary arteries. When cholesterol builds up in the arteries, blood flow slows down, and the result can be chest pain, or angina.

The accumulated cholesterol in the arterial walls are called plaques. These plaques

Couples Who Work as a Team are the Most Likely to Be Healthy

It’s no surprise that America is suffering from an obesity epidemic. The struggle to lose weight and stay in shape is something that most people can relate to. Recently, UCLA researchers videotaped married couples talking to each other about their health, and they were surprised with what they found.

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Heart Attack Symptoms in Men: 5 Common Signs

Heart Attack Symptoms in Men: 5 Common Signs

Up until around age 55, men are much more likely than women to experience a heart attack. The gap gets smaller with advancing age, but men are still at a higher risk than women of suffering a heart attack. For that reason alone, it’s important that you recognize the common

Ask the Doctor: Pulmonary Hypertension; Home Health Care; Allergies

Q: I’ve had mitral valve disease for a long time, as well as poorly controlled blood pressure. I also developed pulmonary hypertension. My mitral valve was repaired, but I wonder if that will help my pulmonary hypertension. It seems like a very serious condition.

A: Pulmonary hypertension (sometimes called pulmonary arterial

Determine Your Risk for Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral artery disease (PAD), a serious circulatory condition that affects about eight million Americans, is the result of narrowed peripheral arteries, usually in the pelvis or legs, and is characterized by leg pain, usually while walking or exercising. In more serious cases, PAD can result in permanent damage to the

Is There Such a Thing as a COPD Diet?

Is There Such a Thing as a COPD Diet?

You may not think that what you eat has anything to do with your risk of developing lung cancer or COPD. Diet, however, especially one that’s rich in fiber, may actually play a key role in preventing certain breathing diseases. COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and it includes

What It’s Important to Know Your Lipid Profile

Over the years, you’ve probably heard a lot about cholesterol. There’s “good” cholesterol, and “bad” cholesterol, and triglycerides, and they all need to be at the proper bal-ance to keep your heart healthy. But what exactly does that mean?

The combination of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, HDL (“good”) cholesterol, total cholesterol (LDL

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