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  1. Healthy Eating: Eating Less Sodium

    When you have heart failure, you need to eat less sodium, which is a component of salt. You will feel better and will lower your risk of being hospitalized by following the suggestions in this Actionset.Key pointsYour doctor may limit your sodium intake to less than per day.Keeping track of your sodium intake is the surest way of evaluating your diet.Processed foods and restaurant foods typically

  2. Angioplasty for Peripheral Arterial Disease of the Legs

    Angioplasty (also called percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, or PTA) is a procedure in which a thin, flexible tube called a catheter is inserted through an artery and guided to the place where the artery is narrowed. Once the tube reaches the narrowed artery, a small balloon at the end of the tube inflates for 20 seconds to 3 minutes. The pressure from the inflated balloon presses the fat and .

  3. Low-Salt Diets: Eating Out

    For many people,eating out is something they do to relax and socialize. You don't have to give this up when you are on a low-sodium diet,but it is important to be more careful about what you order in a restaurant. Sodium is not just in table salt. You can also find it in sodium citrate,sodium bicarbonate (baking soda),and monosodium glutamate (MSG). Asian foods often have MSG as well as ...

  4. Mediterranean Diet - Topic Overview

    WebMD describes the Medterranean diet plan and how it can help you lose weight and be healthy.

  5. Renin Assay

    A renin blood test, or plasma renin activity (PRA) test, is done to determine the cause of high blood pressure (hypertension). Renin is an enzyme produced by specific cells in the kidneys.

  6. Catecholamines in Urine

    A test for catecholamines measures the amount of epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine produced by nerve tissue (including the brain) and the inner part of the adrenal glands.

  7. Metabolic Syndrome - Topic Overview

    What is metabolic syndrome? Metabolic syndrome is a group of health problems that include too much fat around the waist, elevated blood pressure, high triglycerides, elevated blood sugar, and low HDL cholesterol. Together, this group of health problems increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. What causes metabolic syndrome?Metabolic syndrome is caused by an unhealthy lifestyle ..

  8. Anticoagulants for Coronary Artery Disease

    Drug details for Anticoagulants for coronary artery disease.

  9. Aldosterone in Urine

    An aldosterone test measures the level of aldosterone (a hormone made by the adrenal glands ),in the urine. Aldosterone helps regulate sodium and potassium levels in the body. This helps control blood pressure and the balance of fluids and electrolytes in the blood. The kidney hormone renin normally stimulates the adrenal glands to release aldosterone. High levels of both renin and ...

  10. Beta-Sitosterol Plant Extract - Topic Overview

    What is beta - sitosterol plant extract?Beta - sitosterol is one of many sterols (phytosterols) that come from plants and have a structure like the cholesterol produced in the body. You can find phytosterols in most plants and thus in foods such as rice bran, wheat germ, corn oils, soybeans, and peanuts. Beta - sitosterol is also available as a dietary supplement.What is beta - sitosterol used ...

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