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  1. The New Low-Cholesterol Diet: Oatmeal & Oat Bran

    Oatmeal, that sturdy breakfast food from your grandmother's kitchen, has a lot going for it. Not only is it a fine way to start the day, but it can also really bring down your bad LDL cholesterol levels without lowering your good cholesterol. The same goes for oat bran, which is in some cereals, bak

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  2. 5 Heart-Healthy Foods

    Nothing matters more than taking good care of your heart. Getting regular exercise, not smoking, and controlling stress are just a few things health experts recommend, along with eating a variety of nutritious, heart-healthy foods that make up a healthy diet. Where to start? Add these five "super-fo

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  3. Holiday Foods for the Cholesterol-Conscious

    If your doctor has warned you to watch what you eat because of high blood cholesterol levels, it doesn't mean you have to skip all your favorite holiday foods at dinners and parties. With a bit of creativity in how you cook, what you choose from a buffet, or how you order in a restaurant, you can fe

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  4. Top Heart Health Stories of 2008: Readers' Choice

    The unexpected death of NBC Meet the Press host Tim Russert in June shocked many Americans, who suddenly saw themselves at risk for heart trouble.  Heart-healthy diets gained traction in 2008, along with tips for recognizing symptoms of heart disease. Those topics are among the most viewed heart-rel

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  5. Exercise To Lower Cholesterol

    You may have heard that exercise is one of the best ways to lower your cholesterol. But how does it work? And what type of exercise is most effective? Researchers aren't entirely sure how exercise lowers cholesterol, but they are beginning to have a clearer idea. "Lots of people, even lots of doctor

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  6. Keep the Weight Off

    Take it off. And now that you've got it off, keep it off. The first part is easy. The second sometimes seems nearly impossible. Yes, this is about those extra pounds. You know the ones. You lost them last year, and the year before that. Yet they come back year after year like reruns of A Charlie Bro

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  7. Checklist: Cholesterol Lowering Medications

    Cholesterol-lowering medications can help many people if taken as prescribed. First, however, answer two questions. Have you tried to lower cholesterol through diet, exercise, and weight loss? Are you at high risk of cardiovascular problems? Doctors usually suggest trying diet and exercise before ch

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  8. Checklist: Your Low-Cholesterol Diet

    A low-cholesterol diet is one of the surest ways to improve heart health. In fact, studies show you can slash your bad cholesterol by as much as 10% to 20% by giving your diet a makeover. The secret? Follow a diet rich in healthy fats like vegetable oils and fish. And avoid foods high in saturated f

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  9. Your Lower Cholesterol Toolbox

    Achieving lower cholesterol is one of the best ways to protect yourself from heart attack and stroke. A fat-like substance found in the blood, cholesterol can build up and form deposits in your arteries. These cholesterol deposits can clog arteries -- or in some cases completely block -- the passage

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  10. Checklist: A Diet to Lower Cholesterol & Lose Weight

    It's not just what you eat that counts in a diet to lower cholesterol, it's how much you eat. Being overweight increases your risk of having high LDL bad cholesterol, and low HDL good cholesterol. Often, just losing weight can help you lower your cholesterol. Here are six tips to help you get starte

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