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  1. Cholesterol and Your Heart: The Bigger Picture

    Cholesterol has become a bad word in recent years, in large part because of its link with heart disease -- and there is definitely a connection. Too much cholesterol in your blood raises your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other problems. But not all cholesterol is bad. There is so-called “good”

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  2. Are There Alternatives to Statins?

    If you have high cholesterol, you probably know you need to get your numbers down. Cleaning up your diet and exercising can make a big difference. But your doctor might also recommend you take medicine to bring your levels under control. Chances are the first thing she’ll prescribe is a statin. Abou

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  3. Can Health System Afford New Cholesterol Drugs?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new class of powerful cholesterol drugs is poised to hit the market, and doctors are both hopeful about their potential, and worried that insurers won't pay for them. The drugs, known as PCSK9 inhibitors, can drastically

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  4. More Research Hints at Chocolate's Heart Benefits

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Eating milk chocolate or dark chocolate regularly may lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, a new study suggests. Middle-aged or older folks who ate as much as 3.5 ounces of chocolate a day seemed to receive heart

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  5. Seeing Your Own Clogged Arteries Can Spur Change

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seeing images of their narrowed heart arteries may convince some heart disease patients to adopt a healthier lifestyle and take prescribed medications, a new study suggests. "Seeing their calcified coronary arteries on the

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  6. Do Statins Pose a Threat to Your Memory?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even though some early research suggested that people who take statin drugs might experience short-term memory loss, a large new study finds they are no worse for recall than other cholesterol-lowering medications. Accordin

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  7. Can You Have AFib and Not Know It?

    The signs of atrial fibrillation (AFib) might seem pretty hard to ignore: a racing heart, trouble breathing, chest pain, and dizziness. You’d feel these symptoms and know something was wrong, right? Maybe not. Nearly a quarter of the estimated 2.7 million people who have AFib have no symptoms at all

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  8. 5 Heart Rate Myths Debunked

    It's normal to wonder if your heart is ticking just right. Sometimes you may think it beats too slowly. Or you might worry it's racing too fast. The truth is, there's a lot you've heard about your pulse that's flat out wrong. It's time to set the record straight. That's the old standard. Many doctor

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  9. Heart Risk Factors May Harm Black Women More

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The cluster of heart risk factors known as the "metabolic syndrome" might raise the risk of heart disease more for black women than it does for white women, a new study suggests. Metabolic syndrome refers to having at le

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  10. One-Third of Americans Have Heart Risk Factors

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-third of U.S. adults have a combination of health problems collectively known as metabolic syndrome that increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes, according to new research. What's worse, the researc

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