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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. The Future of Your Heart Attack

    By Jim Atkinson ABOUT TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, I listened raptly to a group of young surgeons who were prophesying a time when hearts would be virtually bloodless. The most barbaric and common procedure at the time--open-heart, coronary-artery bypass grafting (CABG)--would become, they said, only slig

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  8. A Vacation Away Keeps the Doctor at Bay

    "Hurry up and relax." That could be the slogan for what a lot of Americans consider a vacation. But recent research and a growing cadre of experts suggest that the American penchant for all work and no play could be bad for your health. "We need to take vacations seriously," says Alan Muney, MD, exe

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  9. Shaking a Salt Habit

    Dec. 4, 2000 -- Chocolate doesn't tempt me. Sweets I can take or leave. But put a bowl of salty snacks in front of me and I'll polish them off in, well, two shakes of a saltshaker. So it was bad news indeed when my doctor, frowning at my latest blood pressure numbers, said he thought I ought to go e

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  10. Too Old for a Bypass?

    June 12, 2000 -- What could be worse than being told you need heart bypass surgery? Being turned down for the procedure because you're too old. While some surgeons weigh age more than others, conventional wisdom has been that patients over 80 don't fare as well as younger candidates when undergoing

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