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  1. Fighting Heart Disease With Food Labels: Expert Q&A

    “Food labels can be your biggest friend or your worst enemy,” says cardiologist Mehdi Razavi, MD, a heart disease specialist at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston. There’s plenty of useful information if you know what to look for, he explains. But labels can also be confusing and even misleading i

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  2. Is Your Job Wrecking Your Heart?

    Is your job stressing you out? Do your heart a favor and take action to turn things around. No doubt about it: Chronic stress is bad for you. But the problem may not actually be your job as much as you think it is. “A lot of it comes down to individual reactions to stress,” says Tara Narula, MD, a c

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  3. DASH Diet: Meal Ideas

    The DASH (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) diet helps you control your blood pressure. It's simpler, and tastier, than you may think. The key to eating well isn’t banning “bad” foods, but embracing the good-for-you options, says Melissa Rifkin, RD, a bariatric dietitian at Montefiore Medical C

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  4. 10 Foods to Break Your Low-Cholesterol Diet Rut

    Life’s too short to settle for a stale diet. It's fine to rely on a few key heart-healthy foods for your cholesterol-friendly diet, but you want to avoid burnout. If you can recite your daily menu by heart, swap in some new foods, says Tara Gidus, RD, of Orlando, FL. There's a perk. “By mixing up yo

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  5. 6 Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore

    Most aches and pains aren't a sign of something serious, but certain symptoms should be checked out. See a doctor if you feel any of these things: If you get weak or numb in your arm, leg, or face, it can be a sign of a stroke, especially if it's on one side of your body. You could also be having a

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  6. Weight Loss, Hypertension, and Alternative Therapies

    Losing extra weight really helps when you have high blood pressure. As you work on diet and exercise, are there other things you can do to shift the numbers on your scale in the right direction? Some alternative or holistic treatments, though they're not a quick fix, can support the other positive c

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  7. Does Meditation Help You Lose Weight?

    Your efforts around exercising and eating well are helping your blood pressure and your weight. Something else might also help: meditation. Meditation -- the practice of focusing your attention in order to find calm and clarity -- can lower high blood pressure. It can also help you manage stress, wh

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  8. Is Butter Back? The Truth About Saturated Fats

    For decades we’ve been warned that eating saturated fat, the type found in meat, cheese, and other dairy foods, can lead to heart disease. Instead, we've been told to choose healthy fats from nuts, seeds, fish, and vegetable oils. New research questions that belief. A recent review of 72 studies fou

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  9. WebMD My Story: Living With High Cholesterol

    In October 2009, no one would have thought I had heart disease. Then, as now, I was 5 feet 4 inches, 120 pounds, and eating really well. I was only 40 years old. I was at a restaurant and had the worst hot flash ever, plus terrible chest pressure. My doctor insisted I come in. After taking an EKG, s

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  10. Time for a Drastic Diet Change?

    Finding out you have heart disease can be a big wake-up call for your diet. It's time to make some changes. How far should you go? Will a moderate change do, maybe cutting back on fat? Or do you need to make a much bigger change, like going vegan or trying a very low-fat plan? These three questions

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