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  1. Turning to Drugs for Heart Failure

    Heart failure remains a serious and incurable disease, but heart-failure treatment with medications has been a tremendous success story. "I think that the drugs we've used have made an enormous impact on people with heart failure," says Marvin A. Konstam, MD, chief of cardiology and director of card

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  2. 5 Steps to a Healthier Heart

    Quick! Can you name five things you can do to help your heart keep beating strong for years to come? Heart disease is the No. 1 killer for both men and women. But research indicates that most heart attacks and other causes of heart disease death could be prevented. One of the strongest predictors fo

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  3. 5 Emergencies: Do You Know What to Do?

    Chest pain, choking, bleeding, fainting, seizures. If an emergency occurs, how would you react? Do you know the first steps of first aid? "People are often hesitant to get involved in an emergency situation," William Walters, MD, an emergency medicine specialist at Temple University School of Medici

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  4. How Low Must Your Cholesterol Go?

    The newest dance: the cholesterol limbo. Step one: You get your bad LDL cholesterol down to normal levels. Whew! You're under the bar. Step two: Your doctor says normal levels aren't low enough and sets the bar lower. Step three: You get your cholesterol way down. You're under the bar again! Step fo

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  5. 5 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health

    A pet is certainly a great friend. After a difficult day, pet owners quite literally feel the love. In fact, for nearly 25 years, research has shown that living with pets provides certain health benefits. Pets help lower blood pressure and lessen anxiety. They boost our immunity. They can even help

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  6. The New Low for High Blood Pressure

    One night back in May, I went to sleep with perfectly normal blood pressure, an unremarkable 120/80. The next day, I woke up in a blood pressure danger zone. What happened? My blood pressure didn't spike overnight; instead, government officials issued revised blood pressure guidelines that included

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  7. Manage Heart Failure With Lifestyle

    The name "heart failure" couldn't sound bleaker, and anyone who lives with it knows it is a frightening and serious medical condition. The physical symptoms of heart failure, combined with the depression and anxiety that it can sometimes provoke, may make you feel weak and vulnerable, as if you've l

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  8. Cholesterol Control: The Alternatives

    Doctors call it hypercholesterolemia, but most people know it as plain old high cholesterol. A soft, waxy material, cholesterol is a natural part of fats in the bloodstream and in all the body's cells. Too much cholesterol circulating in the blood can cause sticky deposits to form in the artery wall

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  9. Treating Hypertension 'Naturally'

    "Meditation, not medication," is the advice Robert Schneider, MD, gives when it comes to high blood pressure treatment. It's not his only advice, but it's right up there at the top of his list. Schneider, dean of the College of Maharishi Vedic Medicine at the Maharishi University of Management in Fa

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  10. Do You Know Your Cholesterol Numbers?

    Many studies show that people with high cholesterol levels should be treated with cholesterol-lowering drugs, but aren't. And guidelines published last year have lowered the mark even further, categorizing more people as having high cholesterol levels making them candidates for cholesterol-lowering

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