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  1. The Dangers of High Cholesterol

    When Ramona Richman's older sister was diagnosed with high cholesterol, Richman wasn't worried about her own risk. The San Francisco Bay Area stay-at-home mom had her weight under control and assumed that her diet was healthy. So when her doctor broke the news that she, too, had high cholesterol, sh

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  2. Cholesterol and Cooking: Fats and Oils

    When you're cooking to lower cholesterol, you might think that fat is a four-letter word.  But nutrition experts say that ridding your cooking of all fats and oils may actually work against efforts to lower your blood cholesterol levels.  When it comes to fat, what counts are both quality and quanti

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  3. The Trouble with Triglycerides

    You’ve probably heard of triglycerides, and you’ve probably also heard that consistently high blood levels of triglycerides can be  a bad thing. But what are triglycerides, exactly? Why would your doctor shake his head if your cholesterol report says that your triglycerides are high? And what do the

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  4. Key Numbers for Heart Health

    We live our lives by the numbers: phone numbers, PIN numbers, stock market numbers. But do you know the heart health numbers that could literally save your life? There are three key numbers you need -- including one surprisingly easy one that could give you a lifesaving preview of your cardiac risk.

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  5. 12 Tips for Better Heart Health

    How do you get a healthier heart, right now? The answer sounds too good to be true: “By simply leading a healthier life,” according to Nieca Goldberg, MD, medical director of New York University’s Women’s Heart Program and author of Dr. Nieca Goldberg’s Complete Guide to Women’s Health. That’s becau

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  6. Living With Advanced Heart Failure

    There’s no cure for congestive heart failure -- not yet anyway. But if you or a loved one is among the 5.8 million Americans living with heart failure, even if it’s advanced, you should know that simple self-care measures can effectively help curb fatigue, shortness of breath, swelling, and other sy

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  7. LVADs for End-Stage Heart Failure: An Alternative to Transplants

    More than 5 million Americans have heart failure, a progressive and often lethal condition that weakens the heart and saps its pumping power. The mainstays of treatment -- including drug therapy, lifestyle modification, and surgery to implant pacemakers or defibrillators -- can be quite effective at

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  8. Why Are African-Americans at Greater Risk for Heart Disease?

    Heart disease has haunted generations of Robin Drummond's family. "I have a family history of heart disease on both sides," says the 55-year-old African-American and resident of Hammond, La. "I've had uncles, aunts, and grandparents who've died from heart attacks and heart disease, and two of my mot

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  9. Heart Attacks Hit Middle-Aged Women

    "I never thought it could happen to me." That's how Rose Rench reacted when doctors told her she was having a heart attack. At age 46, Rench was bewildered when she suddenly couldn't catch her breath while out for a walk on a sunny spring day. "I was young, I was 130 pounds, and I'd quit smoking a m

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  10. 7 Pains You Shouldn't Ignore

    Whoever coined the term "necessary evil" might have been thinking of pain. No one wants it, yet it's the body's way of getting your attention when something is wrong. You're probably sufficiently in tune with your body to know when the pain is just a bother, perhaps the result of moving furniture a

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