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    1. The Dangers of High Cholesterol

      When Ramona Richman's older sister was diagnosed with high cholesterol, Richman wasn't worried about her own risk. The San Francisco Bay Area stay-at-home mom had her weight under control and assumed that her diet was healthy. So when her doctor broke the news that she, too, had high cholesterol, sh

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    2. Cholesterol and Cooking: Fats and Oils

      When you're cooking to lower cholesterol, you might think that fat is a four-letter word. But nutrition experts say that ridding your cooking of all fats and oils may actually work against efforts to lower your blood cholesterol levels. When it comes to fat, what counts are both quality and quantity

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    3. The Trouble with Triglycerides

      You’ve probably heard of triglycerides, and you’ve probably also heard that consistently high blood levels of triglycerides can be a bad thing. But what are triglycerides, exactly? Why would your doctor shake his head if your cholesterol report says that your triglycerides are high? And what do they

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    4. Key Numbers for Heart Health

      We live our lives by the numbers: phone numbers, PIN numbers, stock market numbers. But do you know the heart health numbers that could literally save your life? There are three key numbers you need -- including one surprisingly easy one that could give you a lifesaving preview of your cardiac risk.

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    5. Why Are African-Americans at Greater Risk for Heart Disease?

      Heart disease has haunted generations of Robin Drummond's family. "I have a family history of heart disease on both sides," says the 55-year-old African-American and resident of Hammond, La. "I've had uncles, aunts, and grandparents who've died from heart attacks and heart disease, and two of my mot

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    6. Amazing Facts About Heart Health and Heart Disease

      You can feel your heart thudding away every time you put your hand to your chest, but do you have any idea what’s really going on in there or what keeps your heart ticking as it should? WebMD the Magazine asked Richard Krasuski, MD, director of Adult Congenital Heart Disease Services and a staff car

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    7. How to Boost Your Man's Heart Health

      It’s Father’s Day, and you’ve got love in your heart for the men in your life -- your husband, your dear old dad, maybe even your brother. But it seems they might not be watching after their own hearts. They ignore this vital organ at their peril: As with women, heart disease is a leading killer of

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    8. Test Your Cholesterol IQ

      You hear a lot about cholesterol, and you know there’s a bad kind and a good kind. But beyond that, do you know fact from fiction? Take this quiz to learn about some common cholesterol misconceptions, and get ready to improve the state of your heart. 1. The more anxiety and stress you have in your l

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    9. 10 Ways to Protect Your Heart From the Tolls of Recession

      The wild stock market ride, rising foreclosure rates, and increasing layoffs may give you a queasy feeling in your stomach, but it’s your heart that is really at increased risk during a recession, cardiologists say. Because of the stress that often comes with a recession, it’s important to take extr

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    10. The New Low-Cholesterol Diet: Fatty Fish

      The term "fatty fish" may sound unappealing, but actually these are the tastiest and healthiest foods from the sea. Oily fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel, and trout are full of omega-3 fatty acids -- good fats unlike the bad saturated fat you find in most meats. These fish should be a s

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