Tag: coronary artery disease

Cholesterol Charts: Explaining Your Cholesterol Levels

Cholesterol Charts: Explaining Your Cholesterol Levels

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.

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4. A Variety of Vegetables

You’ve probably heard about so-called “superfoods” and may be wondering how these fit into a healthy dietary pattern. The answer starts with vegetables. Diane L. McKay, PhD, a professor and researcher at Tufts and the Tufts consulting editor for this report, explains: “They’re all super! Eating a variety of vegetables

1. Nutrition for Life

Some people say “70 is the new 50,” but, however young you feel, your body and its nutritional needs change with age. As you get older, you need fewer calories, so it’s very important to choose foods that are nutrient dense—packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, and other essentials. And,

Ask the Doctor: What Causes Arrhythmia?

Q: What causes arrhythmia?
A: Arrhythmia is a term used to describe an erratic heartbeat. Your heart beats due to electrical impulses that are generated in your heart. Arrhythmia occurs when the electrical activity becomes chaotic, causing the heart’s chambers to beat in an irregular rhythm. If you have an arrhythmia,

The Healing Power of Plants

Chronic and low-level inflammation in the body has been linked to common health conditions, such as arthritis, heart disease, and cancer. The foods you eat can make a positive difference. Plants, in particular, can help protect cells and organs from overactive inflammatory damage.

“As it has been said, let food be

Are Chips Bad for You?

Are Chips Bad for You?

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

What’s Causing Your Hair Loss?

What’s Causing Your Hair Loss?

We all lose about 100 hairs a day without noticing any obvious hair loss. If you have been noticing more “loose” hair than usual in your hairbrush or on your pillow when you wake in the morning, or your hair feels thinner when you wash and style it, genetics could

Mild Heart Attack Symptoms: What Do They Mean?

Mild Heart Attack Symptoms: What Do They Mean?

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?

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