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Heart disease remains the number one killer of both men and women, ahead of cancer, diabetes, and accidents. In people with heart disease, blood vessels become narrowed or blocked, reducing blood flow to the heart and brain, and increasing the risk for heart attack and stroke. Risks for heart disease include obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Preventing or managing these conditions can improve heart health and reduce your risk of developing heart disease.

You may not realize you?re at risk for high blood pressure and heart disease, because high blood pressure symptoms usually don?t emerge until blood pressure has already reached a dangerous level. That?s why this disease is often termed a ?silent killer.? At the dangerous stage, high blood pressure symptoms can include shortness of breath, nosebleeds, and severe headache.

Having high blood pressure over time forces the heart to work harder. Eventually, the heart begins to grow?a condition known as enlarged heart. If an enlarged heart isn?t treated with medicine, devices, or surgery, it can lead to complications such as heart failure.

Some people with an enlarged heart develop a heart murmur?a whooshing or swishing sound caused by abnormal blood flow through the heart. A heart murmur isn?t necessarily dangerous, but doctors do monitor it because it can be a sign of an underlying heart condition.

In heart disease, a sticky substance called plaque builds up in the arteries. When an area of plaque breaks off and becomes lodged in a blood vessel that supplies the heart, it can block blood flow and cause part of the heart muscle to die. This is a heart attack. Heart attack symptoms include chest pain; discomfort in the arms, back, shoulders, and neck; shortness of breath; and nausea.

Poor blood flow to the heart can produce chest pain called angina. Although angina is not a heart attack, it is a sign of heart disease and can warn of a future heart attack. Other angina symptoms include discomfort in the shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, and back.

Daily Aspirin Regimen: The Pros and Cons

Daily Aspirin Regimen: The Pros and Cons

Aspirin has been around for more than 100 years, and it continues to pique interest in the medical research community because there’s still more to learn about the full extent of its power. We know aspirin for iIs ability to relieve pain and support heart health. According to recent studies, a daily

How to Reduce Cholesterol Without Medication or Even Changing Your Diet

How to Reduce Cholesterol Without Medication or Even Changing Your Diet

Diet and exercise—if you’ve ever had a blood test showing your cholesterol is high and wondered how to reduce cholesterol without medication, your doctor has likely told you that you need to change your diet and increase your exercise. This combination is the standard, first-line therapy to lower cholesterol without

4 Types of Dementia and Their Warning Signs

4 Types of Dementia and Their Warning Signs

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common of the various types of dementia and has become something of a “catch-all” term for severe cognitive impairment, but it isn’t the only type of dementia to which older adults are vulnerable.

“Figuring out which type a person has is important, since the drug treatments that

9. The Facts on Fats

If you’re like most Americans, according to a Gallup survey, one of your goals for a healthy diet is to limit consumption of all fats. That’s no longer scientifically sound advice, although you can hardly be blamed for this way of thinking. After all, for years, we were told to

7. Smart Choices in the Dairy Case

Not so long ago—probably when you were growing up—everyone drank milk. Recent years, however, have seen a sharp decline in the popularity of milk as a meal-time beverage. Non-dairy beverages made from soy, rice, almonds, coconuts, and cashews have gained market share. At the same time, the popularity of yogurt,

6. Fiber-Rich Grains Aid Healthy Aging

A component found in many plant foods that has been linked with being disease- and disability-free in older age might surprise you: It’s dietary fiber. Researchers who followed some 1,600 initially healthy people, ages 49 and older, for 10 years reported that those with the highest intake of fiber had

Olive Oil Benefits

Olive Oil Benefits

In folk medicine, olive oil benefits spread far and wide. People used olive oil as a digestive aid, laxative, and hangover tonic, and even as an aphrodisiac. But nowadays, this amber elixir is more celebrated as a key component of the Mediterranean eating pattern, highly rated for its impact on

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