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  1. Sustained Workouts May Help Aging Hearts

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to exercise, reaching "retirement age" is no time to slow down: Seniors who maintain or boost their physical activity levels are less likely to suffer a heart attack, a new study suggests. Exercise improves the

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  2. Can Low Cholesterol Keep Your Brain Healthy?

    Most people think of heart disease when they hear the words "high cholesterol," but your brain's health may also be at stake. The evidence is still limited, but studies show that high levels of cholesterol may be linked to Alzheimer's disease or other kinds of dementia. Researchers don't know exactl

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  3. Pot Smoking May Pose Heart Dangers, Study Suggests

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 -- Marijuana use might contribute to heart and artery disease among young and middle-aged adults, particularly those already at risk for cardiovascular problems, a small French study reports. By reviewing reported cases of marijuana abu

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  4. 10 Best Diet Plans for High Cholesterol

    You're taking a new look at food, with a goal of bringing down your LDL ("bad") cholesterol level. One thing that may make it easier is to have a plan that sets you up for success, and which has research backing it up. That's where these 10 diets come in. They can help you lower your cholesterol and

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  5. 12 Cooking Tips for Lowering Your Cholesterol

    Lowering your LDL ("bad") cholesterol level can be as easy as making simple changes in the way you cook. These 12 tips and tricks will help you turn everyday meals into heart-healthy fare that tastes great. 1. Cook with whole grains. Whether you’re making pasta, rice, or tortillas, swap your usual g

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  6. Exercise and Cholesterol: How Much Is Enough?

    Exercise is great for you from head to toe. It makes your heart stronger, and it's a powerful way to lower your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and boost your HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Here’s what you can do to make a difference. Cardiovascular exercise Aerobic exercise is a champ for improving cholesterol.

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  7. 7 Ways to Tame Heart Disease Fears

    If you have concerns about your future because you have heart disease, there's good news: You have more control than you may think. With any serious condition, fear can come knocking. But you can put it in its place. These seven steps can ease your worries and help you live a full, active life. Gett

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  8. 5 Flavor-Rich Ways to Cut Sodium

    Cutting back on salt? Your food can still be tasty. There are many ways to create flavorful food without using salt. Use these tips to make your food anything but bland. “Don’t shy away from spices,” says nutritionist Katie Cavuto, MS, RD. “A dash of cumin or a pinch of curry powder creates a lot of

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  9. Certain Prescription Painkillers Tied to Higher Risk of Irregular Heartbeat: Study

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A long-term study suggests that older people who use common prescription painkillers, including prescription-strength ibuprofen, may be increasing their risk for developing a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial

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  10. Beans, Lentils: Your Recipe for Lower Cholesterol?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, April 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eating beans, lentils and other legumes may help you cut down on LDL "bad" cholesterol and lower your risk for heart disease, a new review suggests. Canadian researchers examined 26 U.S. and Canadian studies that included

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