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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Five Super Foods for Your Heart

    This "powerhouse" tops the list, says Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD/LD, WebMD's director of nutrition. And Lisa Hark, PhD, RD, says, "Blueberries are not only delicious but are also rich in antioxidants." Hark is co-author, with Darwin Deen, MD, of Nutrition for Life: The No-Nonsense, No-Fad Approach to

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  6. Three Heart-Healthy Makeovers

    Young or old, slim or overweight, male or female: Heart disease does not discriminate. We're all at risk for heart disease, still one of the top health conditions in the United States. Over time, symptoms leading to heart disease -- such as plaque buildup in arteries, high blood pressure, and high c

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  7. Breakthroughs in Atherosclerosis Treatment

    In the battle against atherosclerosis, the stakes remain high. Scientists have made exciting medical advances, but the disease persists as a leading cause of illness and death in the United States. This year alone, atherosclerosis will contribute to about 1.2 million heart attacks among Americans. “

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  8. High Cholesterol Treatment -- What Works?

    If you've just been diagnosed with high cholesterol, you may be worried. After all, along with your age, genes, and other factors, high cholesterol is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease, heart attack, and stroke. But while you can't turn back the clock or yank out unhealthy genes from you

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  9. Test Your Atherosclerosis Smarts

    Atherosclerosis: You already know it's bad news. Hardening of the arteries is a leading cause of sickness and death in the United States. In 2005, roughly 870,000 people in this country died of cardiovascular disease largely caused by atherosclerotic problems. That's almost double the number of deat

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  10. Women and Heart Disease: Key Facts You Need to Know

    Which one of the following statements is true?  Each year, heart disease claims the lives of more women then breast cancer and lung cancer combined. A greater percentage of women die within one year of a heart attack than men. The death rate of African-American women due to cardiovascular disease is

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