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  1. Can You Reverse Heart Disease?

    Making some simple changes in what you eat, how often you exercise, how much you weigh, and how you manage stress can help to put the brakes on heart disease. But can you actually reverse heart disease, not just slow it down? You can undo some, but probably not all, of the damage, if you're willing

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  2. Fighting Heart Disease With Food Labels: Expert Q&A

    “Food labels can be your biggest friend or your worst enemy,” says cardiologist Mehdi Razavi, MD, a heart disease specialist at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston. There’s plenty of useful information if you know what to look for, he explains. But labels can also be confusing and even misleading i

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  3. DASH Diet: Meal Ideas

    The DASH (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) diet helps you control your blood pressure. It's simpler, and tastier, than you may think. The key to eating well isn’t banning “bad” foods, but embracing the good-for-you options, says Melissa Rifkin, RD, a bariatric dietitian at Montefiore Medical C

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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