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  1. What High Triglycerides Can Do to You

    WebMD describes the health hazards of having high triglyceride levels.

  2. Picture of the Carotid Artery

    WebMD provides information about the anatomy of the carotid artery. Find a picture, definition, and conditions that affect the artery.

  3. Picture of the Arteries

    WebMD provides a diagram and medical information about the anatomy of the arteries.

  4. Picture of Blood

    WebMD describes the anatomy of human blood including what makes up our blood and how circulation works.

  5. Picture of the Heart

    WebMD's Heart Anatomy Page provides a detailed image of the heart and provides information on heart conditions, tests, and treatments.

  6. 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

  7. Catecholamines in Blood

    A test for catecholamines measures the amount of the hormones epinephrine,norepinephrine,metanephrine,and dopamine in the blood. These catecholamines are made by nerve tissue,the brain,and the adrenal glands. Catecholamines help the body respond to stress or fright and prepare the body for "fight-or-flight" reactions. The adrenal glands make large amounts of catecholamines as a reaction ...

  8. Anticoagulants for Coronary Artery Disease

    Drug details for Anticoagulants for coronary artery disease.

  9. Peripheral Arterial Disease: Pulse and Blood Pressure Measurement - Topic Overview

    Pulse and blood pressure measurements taken in different areas of the body help diagnose peripheral arterial disease.PulseIn the legs, doctors will commonly feel for pulses in the femoral (groin), popliteal (back of the knee), posterior tibial (ankle), and dorsalis pedis (foot) areas. Other pulses often checked include the radial (wrist), brachial (forearm), and carotid (neck) areas. The pulses are graded for record-keeping purposes so that doctors can keep track of how a person's pulse changes over time. Your doctor uses a number system to rate your pulse. Your doctor will listen to your pulse with a stethoscope for a whooshing sound called a bruit (say broo-E). A bruit might mean there is a blockage in the artery. Blood pressureFor peripheral arterial disease, blood pressure might be taken at the ankles, toes, legs, and arms.Blood pressures are typically taken with a blood pressure cuff. But blood pressure can be measured using catheters placed inside the arteries. Because the

  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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