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  1. WebMD My Story: Living With High Cholesterol

    In October 2009, no one would have thought I had heart disease. Then, as now, I was 5 feet 4 inches, 120 pounds, and eating really well. I was only 40 years old. I was at a restaurant and had the worst hot flash ever, plus terrible chest pressure. My doctor insisted I come in. After taking an EKG, s

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  2. Time for a Drastic Diet Change?

    Finding out you have heart disease can be a big wake-up call for your diet. It's time to make some changes. How far should you go? Will a moderate change do, maybe cutting back on fat? Or do you need to make a much bigger change, like going vegan or trying a very low-fat plan? These three questions

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  3. To Drink or Not to Drink: High Blood Pressure and Alcohol

    Some research shows that drinking alcohol in moderation makes for a healthier heart. But is drinking risky or good for your blood pressure? Weigh the pros and cons to help you make the smart choice. It likely depends a lot on what else is going on with you. First things first: Your best bets for low

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  4. Alcohol and Heart Disease

    Can you drink if you have heart disease? Moderate drinking should be OK, if your doctor approves, but you shouldn't count on alcohol to be a major part of your heart health plan. "If you don’t drink alcohol now, there is no reason to start,” says Mark Urman, MD, a cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai Heart

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  5. How to Stick With Your New Diet

    You're shifting your diet for better heart health. Now that you've taken that first step, you'll want to make those changes last. Part of it is about making things as automatic as possible, so you don't even have to think about it. The other part is about outsmarting the things that are most likely

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  6. Exercise and High Blood Pressure

    Keeping your blood pressure in check isn't just about cutting back on salt. It's also about moving more and committing to a more active life. If you're new to exercise, you have a lot of options, whether it's hiking with your family, swimming at a local pool, joining a club sports team, trying yoga,

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  7. Exercise for Heart Attack Survivors

    Having a heart attack is often a wake-up call to make over your habits, and even adopt new ones. The No. 1 habit you need to put on your to-do list: Exercise. Your doctor has probably already mentioned it. And you know that exercise is good for your whole body and will make your heart (which is a mu

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  8. How to Cut Down on Medications

    What if you could cut back on the prescription drugs you take for blood pressure, cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes? It may be possible, with your doctor's support. The trick is to make lifestyle changes that have a big impact on your health. These seven steps will help. 1. Make better eating convenie

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  9. Soy Protein and Cholesterol

    Adding tofu to your stir-fry, soy milk to your morning bowl of oatmeal, or edamame as a snack can be a good move if you're working on improving your cholesterol level. Some studies suggest that soy protein may help, says cardiologist James Beckerman, MD, of Portland, OR. But the evidence isn’t stron

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  10. Exercising With Heart Disease: FAQ

    Exercise is definitely on your to-do list if you have heart disease. Your doctor may have already talked with you about that. But did she answer all your questions and let you know exactly what you need to do? If not, you may want to follow up with her after you read the answers to these questions.

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