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  1. 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 the

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Do You Really Need a Statin to Lower Cholesterol?

    Your doctor says to take a statin to lower your cholesterol. You’re not convinced. Maybe you don’t think your cholesterol levels are that bad. Or, that you can try harder to eat right and exercise. Perhaps you just don’t want to take another medicine every day. High cholesterol levels have a direct

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  7. Stem Cells Healing Hearts

    Jim Dearing of Louisville, Ky., one of the first men in the world to receive heart stem cells, might have helped start a medical revolution that could lead to a cure for heart failure. Three years after getting the experimental stem cell procedure, following two heart attacks and heart failure, Dear

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  8. Heart Stem Cell Study: Researcher's Perspective

    University of Louisville cardiologist Roberto Bolli, MD, led the stem cell study that tested using patients' own heart stem cells to help their hearts recover from heart failure. Though that trial was preliminary, the results look promising -- and may one day lead to a cure for heart failure. Here,

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  9. WebMD the Magazine's My Story: Cardiac Recovery

    I had no inkling I had heart disease until December 2005, when I had two minor episodes of mild angina (pain in the chest area). My primary care physician ran an electrocardiogram but saw nothing abnormal. I was an athletic, lean 53-year-old who ate nutritious foods. He decided I was just stressed a

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  10. Caring for Someone With Heart Disease

    For almost half of their 54 years of marriage, Paul and Juanita Gagne have battled against his heart disease. Twenty-five years ago, Paul Gagne, 77, was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a disease that weakens the heart muscle. Last year, he received a type of mechanical heart support called a left ven

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