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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 th

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  2. Fasting May Not Be Needed Before Cholesterol Test

    Nov. 12, 2012 -- The requirement to fast before a cholesterol check can be a major inconvenience. People who forget to fast may be told to reschedule their appointments. For those who remember, sitting in a doctor's waiting room with a growling stomach can make for a rough start to the day. Now a la

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  3. What to Do Now to Lower Heart Disease Risk Later

    Nov. 6, 2012 (Los Angeles) -- If you want to increase your odds of having a healthy heart in old age, your best bet is to keep your blood pressure and cholesterol in check in middle age. In a large study, the overall risk of developing any type of cardiovascular disease in one's lifetime was 60% for

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  4. 4 Signs of Aging That May Show Higher Heart Risk

    Nov. 6, 2012 (Los Angeles) -- A receding hairline and certain other signs of aging may be far more than cosmetic problems. They can be signs of poor heart health. Danish researchers found that people with four signs of aging -- receding hairline at the temples, baldness at the head’s crown, earlobe

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  5. Heart Deaths Spike in Winter Despite Temperatures

    Nov. 6, 2012 (Los Angeles) -- Winter can be deadly, at least when it comes to matters of the heart. Whether you live in a place that is hot year-round, like Arizona, or in a state with cold winters, like Pennsylvania, you’re more likely to die of heart-related problems in the winter, according to a

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  6. Infusing Good Cholesterol May Help Unclog Arteries

    Nov. 5, 2012 (Los Angeles) -- An IV infusion of "good" HDL cholesterol seems to rapidly remove cholesterol out of plaque-clogged arteries following a heart attack, a small, early study suggests. The goal of the new treatment is to reduce the high risk of a second heart attack in people who have had

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  7. Elevated BP May Prematurely Age the Brain

    Nov. 1, 2012 -- Having even mildly elevated blood pressure at midlife prematurely ages the brain, a new study shows. Researchers say the early changes seen with higher blood pressure may set the stage for problems with thinking, memory, and dementia down the road. “This is an important finding,” say

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  8. Boost the Results of Triglycerides Meds

    So, it’s happened. Your doctor gave you a prescription for medicines to lower your cholesterol or triglyceride levels. If you’ve been trying hard to keep your levels down with a healthy diet and exercise, you might feel discouraged. Take heart; needing medicine doesn’t mean you’ve failed. But, you d

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  9. 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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  10. Slim Down for Lower Numbers

    When you have a lot to lose before hitting your goal weight, success may feel far away. 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: Reduce your triglyceride levels by as much as 20% Reduce your LDL “bad” chol

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