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  1. 10 Foods to Break Your Low-Cholesterol Diet Rut

    Life’s too short to settle for a stale diet. It's fine to rely on a few key heart-healthy foods for your cholesterol-friendly diet, but you want to avoid burnout. If you can recite your daily menu by heart, swap in some new foods, says Tara Gidus, RD, of Orlando, FL. There's a perk. “By mixing up yo

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  2. Weight Loss, Hypertension, and Alternative Therapies

    Losing extra weight really helps when you have high blood pressure. As you work on diet and exercise, are there other things you can do to shift the numbers on your scale in the right direction? Some alternative or holistic treatments, though they're not a quick fix, can support the other positive c

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  3. Does Meditation Help You Lose Weight?

    Your efforts around exercising and eating well are helping your blood pressure and your weight. Something else might also help: meditation. Meditation -- the practice of focusing your attention in order to find calm and clarity -- can lower high blood pressure. It can also help you manage stress, wh

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  4. Is Butter Back? The Truth About Saturated Fats

    For decades we’ve been warned that eating saturated fat, the type found in meat, cheese, and other dairy foods, can lead to heart disease. Instead, we've been told to choose healthy fats from nuts, seeds, fish, and vegetable oils. New research questions that belief. A recent review of 72 studies fou

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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