Heart Health

Heart Health

6. Medications That Manage Your Cholesterol

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You could be following a heart-healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and optimizing your weight and still not have your lipids and cardiovascular risk level where they need to be. When lifestyle changes aren’t enough to control your cholesterol, your physician may prescribe a medication to help you out.
Fortunately, you have  … Read More

5. Change Your Lifestyle and Lower Your Risks

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Regardless of what your test results indicate or what your risk category is, one fact is inescapable: Following a heart-healthy lifestyle can help you minimize your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other adverse cardiovascular outcomes, as well as improve your overall health and quality of life.
Based on the results  … Read More

4. Tests to Assess Your Risk

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Now that you know about the health risks that accompany dyslipidemia, what causes your cholesterol to go awry, and the ways that cholesterol and other factors can increase your cardiovascular risk, it’s time to find out just what your risk is. This requires that you see your physician periodically to  … Read More

3. Know Your Cardiovascular Risk

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You get regular exercise, eat right, and don’t smoke, and you have no symptoms that suggest heart trouble, so you assume that your risk for a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular event is low. However, regardless of how healthy your lifestyle is, you need to be aware of the  … Read More

2. Cholesterol and Your Heart

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To understand how cholesterol affects your cardiovascular health, it helps to understand the workings of your heart and vascular system.
The Heart
Think of your heart as a pump, about the size of a fist and weighing only 8 to 10 ounces. It consists of two upper chambers (the left and right  … Read More

1. The Basics of Cholesterol

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Chances are, when you hear the word “cholesterol,” you certainly don’t think of it as a hero of heart health. Rather, it’s taken on a villainous role in the cardiovascular health story.
But just as every good tale needs a villain, and just as most memorable villains have both good and  … Read More

From The Editor

· · Heart Health

You might think of cholesterol as a building block of sorts. Your body uses cholesterol to build hormones, stabilize your cells, and serve several other important functions.
It’s the other things that cholesterol builds that you need to be more concerned about—namely, the atherosclerotic plaques that accumulate in your arterial walls  … Read More



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