High cholesterol can have wide-ranging effects—both direct and indirect—on your heart and several other organs served by your vascular system. As cholesterol builds in the arteries of your heart, brain, and throughout your body, it usually does so silently. In some cases, the first signs of atherosclerosis may be a
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Being obese—having a body mass index (BMI) over 30 and a waist-to-hip ratio over .85—can increase your risk for type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD is caused by plaque buildup in artery walls, which narrows blood vessels and prevents enough oxygen from reaching the heart, which could
About 8 percent of Americans take fish oil supplements, likely due to research suggesting they may help protect heart health. However, two trials published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), Nov. 10, 2018, show mixed results on the benefits of fish oil. If you’re taking it, should you
If you’ve discovered that you have high triglycerides, it’s important to learn how to lower your levels. How to lower triglycerides? A number of ways are available, but you almost always should begin by using three of the most-researched natural therapies: omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and niacin, each of which
Salt and vinegar, barbecue, kettle-cooked, ruffled—to me, all potato chips are delicious. If there’s a bag on the counter, I’ll polish it off easily. Are chips bad for you? I know the answer, so I’ve tried to replace my chip craving with healthy options like carrot sticks and celery. But
More than 7 million people in the U.S. have diabetes but haven’t been diagnosed, according to recent estimates. You may wonder how so many people could have a serious disease like diabetes but be unaware of it. The primary reason is that symptoms are rare in the early stages of
An annual physical and a blood test go hand in hand. Blood tests can help a doctor to diagnose multiple medical problems and diseases, sometimes before a patient notices any of the tell-tale symptoms. Conditions such as cancer, liver disorders, diabetes, thyroid problems, anemia, blood cancer, heart disease, stroke, and
Cholesterol levels, as you likely know, may be linked to our risk of heart attack and stroke—two of the major preventable causes of disability and death in the Western world. If you have an annual medical or regular health check-up, it’s likely that you’ve had your cholesterol levels checked.
What is a “mild heart attack”? You may have heard the expression and wondered exactly what it means. A bone can have a hairline fracture or a major break. A stroke can have relatively minor consequences or be severely debilitating. So can a heart attack be mild or major?
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can be a factor in coronary artery disease (CAD), heart failure, and stroke. But what is hypertension (otherwise known as high blood pressure)?
Well, blood pressure is just the force of blood against the inside walls of the arteries. Hypertension is a condition in