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    1. 7 Steps to Tame Prehypertension

      Is your blood pressure higher than it should be? Lower than the high blood pressure range, but still above normal? That's prehypertension, and it may be more serious than you think. Prehypertension is between 120-139 for the first number in your blood pressure reading, and/or 80-89 for the second nu

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    2. Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation

      Do you ever feel like your heart is racing or fluttering, even when you're at rest? It’s often an isolated event for those with a healthy heart. But sometimes these symptoms can be caused by an arrhythmia or heart rhythm disorder. One common arrhythmia is called atrial fibrillation or AFib. During A

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    3. 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 don

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    4. Procedures That Reset Your Heart's Rhythm

      Not everyone with atrial fibrillation needs to correct it. Some people with an irregular heartbeat can go years without any treatment other than stroke prevention. "A lot of people have so-called chronic AFib, where it's there all the time. But as long as their heart rate isn't too fast, they're abl

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    5. Helping Someone With AFib: Medical Issues

      If someone you love has atrial fibrillation (AFib), you might be wondering how to help them manage their condition and stay healthy. You can help your loved one by learning about symptoms and treatments for AFib as well as how to talk with their medical team. AFib is the most common type of irregula

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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 ch

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    7. 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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    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. 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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    10. 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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