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    1. Accurate or Not? At-Home Cholesterol Tests and Blood Pressure Monitors

      If you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure (or if you're worried about having it), you may have been tempted by the many at-home cholesterol tests and blood pressure monitors currently on the market. The devices promise quick, accurate results in the privacy of your own home, a boon for bus

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    2. Cholesterol: What the Numbers Really Mean

      You may look and feel fine. But if your cholesterol is high, then your heart health -- and therefore your overall health -- are at risk. "Cholesterol is a waxy-like substance made in the liver, and is also derived from the foods we eat. It comes in two forms: LDL, the bad cholesterol, and HDL, the g

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    3. Metabolic Syndrome: The Silent Epidemic

      Call it a silent epidemic. An estimated one in four adults is afflicted with the condition known as metabolic syndrome, and many of them don't even know it. Obesity and lack of exercise are key components of this dangerous condition, which puts you at risk of developing serious health problems. That

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    4. Aspirin Therapy: Right for Your Heart?

      Sandra Rose, a nurse in Raleigh, NC, started taking a daily aspirin because "it seemed like a wonder drug," preventing heart attacks and strokes. "All the patients seemed to be on a low-dose aspirin," 63-year-old Rose says. She started taking one herself. Then, after hearing reports of stomach bleed

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    5. Imaging the Heart: The New Frontier

      Chest pains, heart flutters, heart attack -- they are the signposts of heart troubles. In the past, such symptoms might mean a treadmill stress test or a cardiac catheterization to diagnose the problem. That's changing with the advent of new imaging technology: CT scans, MRI, 3-dimensional echocardi

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    6. Proper Nutrition and Heart Health

      Large studies have linked magnesium deficiency to high blood pressure, while some have shown an association between magnesium supplements and a decreased risk of death from heart disease. "Some researchers say that, as a nation, we could cut our rate of heart disease by one-half if we took more magn

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    7. Heart Disease Detection Goes High Tech

      When former President Bill Clinton was diagnosed with heart disease and underwent a quadruple bypass operation to clear his blocked heart arteries in 2004, some Americans panicked and opted to undergo all sorts of tests to find out if they, too, had heart disease. This hysteria -- and call to arms -

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    8. Preventing Winter Heart Attacks

      Sue Leahy remembers one particular Christmas day vividly. At the time, Leahy, now president of the American Safety and Health Institute in New Paltz, N.Y., was a paramedic on call. "A man had shoveled snow on Christmas Eve and thought he had pulled a muscle, so he let it alone for the night," she re

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    9. Sam Morton: Living With Heart Disease

      I've discovered that most of the time, my life with a chronic disease can be much like everyone else's. I am 41 years old. I am a father, husband, uncle, nephew, and son. I am an ex-cop. And, to either the bemusement or bewilderment of my friends and family, I am a former professional wrestler-the r

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    10. The Baby Boomer Heart: Cholesterol Rising

      If you are active and young enough to think that "middle age" begins at 60, you're probably a baby boomer who never thought you'd need to worry about high cholesterol. That's something that happens to "older" people, but not you! The truth is, if you're 45 to 60 -- or even younger -- you're at risk.

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