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Blood Pressure Chart: Where Do Your Numbers Fit?

Blood Pressure Chart: Where Do Your Numbers Fit?

A nurse takes your blood pressure at your annual physical. The numbers are recorded and the checkup continues. But do you know where on the blood pressure chart your levels are? Are they healthy? Too low? Too high, meaning you have hypertension? If you have high blood pressure or are

High Cholesterol: 10 Ways It Can Harm Your Body

High Cholesterol: 10 Ways It Can Harm Your Body

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

What Causes a Stroke? Top 10 Risk Factors

What Causes a Stroke? Top 10 Risk Factors

90% of all strokes are associated with 10 risk factors. These 10 major causes of stroke range from smoking to lack of physical activity and increased waist circumference. But, having high blood pressure readings takes the prize.

4. Tests to Assess Your Risk

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

2. Cholesterol and Your Heart

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

4. How High Blood Pressure Harms Health

There’s a good reason why high blood pressure is called the “silent killer.” While hypertension remains insidious, it is stealthily damaging not only your arteries, but every organ, tissue, and system in the body. Since all your body’s organs and tissues require the vital oxygen and nutrients from the blood

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