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    Heart Disease: Prevention Myths - Topic Overview

    There are lots of things you can do to lower your risk for coronary artery disease. But some diets and dietary supplementsdo not lower risk. It's not clear if vitamins, minerals, and multivitamins can lower risk.

    Talk with your doctor about the best ways to lower your risk of heart disease. By eating heart-healthy foods, most people can lower their risk and get all of the nutrients they need. Other proven ways to lower risk include being active, staying at a healthy weight, and not smoking.

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    Eating plans

    Heart-healthy eating can help lower risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

    Do not use these diets to lower risk:

    Vitamins and supplements

    By eating heart-healthy foods, most people can lower their risk and get all of the vitamins and nutrients they need.

    It is clear that taking some vitamins and supplements do not lower risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

    Do not take these supplements to lower risk:

    It is not clear if taking other vitamins, multivitamins, or supplements can lower risk. There is not enough evidence to show that they work or don't work.

    Hormone therapy

    Doctors used to think that hormone therapy for women could lower the risk of getting heart disease. But hormone therapy does not prevent heart disease. So experts no longer recommend this use of hormone therapy.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: April 08, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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