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  1. Helping Someone With AFib: Healthy Lifestyle

    You want to make sure your loved one who has atrial fibrillation is living as healthfully as possible for someone with their condition. Like anyone else, a person with AFib will be healthier and feel better when he or she eats well, gets regular exercise, doesn't smoke, and minimizes stress.  You do

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  2. AFib Treatment: Preventing Clots and Controlling Heart Rate and Rhythm

    Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a heart rhythm disorder in which the heart beats irregularly. It affects more than 2 million Americans, many of whom have no idea they have it. Atrial fibrillation can be managed in a number of different ways, but almost everyone who is diagnosed with it ends up taking

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  3. 6 Symptoms of Women's Heart Attacks

    When a heart attack strikes, it doesn’t always feel the same in women as it does in men. Women don't always get the same classic heart attack symptoms as men, such as crushing chest pain that radiates down one arm. Those heart attack symptoms can certainly happen to women, but  many experience vague

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  4. 11 Tips to Cut Your Cholesterol Fast

    How's your cholesterol? If you think that the normal reading you got back in 2004 (or earlier) means you're in the clear, think again: Levels of the artery-clogging substance often rise with age, and cardiologists say everyone 20 or older should be screened for high cholesterol at least once every f

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  5. Tempted to Stop Taking Pills for Triglycerides?

    "Studies show that about 50% of patients stop taking their [triglycerides-lowering] medicines after about a year," says Michael Miller, MD, director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center.  That means 50% keep taking them -- make a choice to be one of th

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  6. How Your Doctor Picks the Triglyceride Med for You

    Sometimes diet and exercise alone can’t protect you from the risks of high triglycerides. To lower them, your body needs an extra nudge in the form of medicine. Your doctor will likely prescribe meds if you have:  Very high triglycerides -- over 500 mg/dL Both high triglycerides and high "bad" LDL c

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  7. Slim Down for Lower Numbers

    When you have a lot to lose before hitting your goal weight, success takes time. Here’s a win within reach -- lose 5% of your total weight to lower your chance of having a heart attack or stroke. When you do, you’ll: Lower your triglyceride levels by as much as 20% Cut your LDL “bad” cholesterol by

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  8. Boost the Results of Triglycerides Meds

    Your doctor gave you a prescription for medicine to lower your cholesterol or triglyceride levels. There's a lot you can do to get the best results, starting with knowing how to take it. If your doctor hasn't already explained, ask him: Why do you need it, and what does it do? When should you take i

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  9. Get Active to Lower Triglycerides & Cholesterol

    Get up and move! There’s no question that aerobic exercise will improve your cholesterol and triglyceride levels. To get the most benefits, rev it up -- vigorous exercise has a longer-lasting and more significant impact. When you’re exercising vigorously, you’ll start sweating within three to five m

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  10. High Cholesterol: What It Can Do to You

    The average American has cholesterol levels that are ‘borderline high,’ and 1 in 6 has a high level. You may wonder whether something so common can really be a serious health risk. The truth is: Absolutely. "If you look at populations of people, the higher the cholesterol, the higher the level of he

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