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  1. How to Cut Down on Medications

    What if you could cut back on the prescription drugs you take for blood pressure, cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes? It may be possible, with your doctor's support. The trick is to make lifestyle changes that have a big impact on your health. These seven steps will help. 1. Make better eating convenie

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  2. Using Apps to Manage Blood Pressure Has Dangers

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who turn to the Internet or iPhone apps for help in controlling their blood pressure may be led astray in some cases, two preliminary studies suggest. In one study, researchers who did a sweep of YouTube videos on high

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  3. Soy Protein and Cholesterol

    Adding tofu to your stir-fry, soy milk to your morning bowl of oatmeal, or edamame as a snack can be a good move if you're working on improving your cholesterol level. Some studies suggest that soy protein may help, says cardiologist James Beckerman, MD, of Portland, OR. But the evidence isn’t stron

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  4. Drug May Help Lower Bad Cholesterol Beyond Statins

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new injectable drug can further knock down cholesterol levels in people who take cholesterol-busting statin medications, according to the results of a global trial. People taking the new therapy alongside statins enjoy

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  5. Daily Aspirin Regimen Not Safe for Everyone: FDA

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking an aspirin a day can help prevent heart attack and stroke in people who have suffered such health crises in the past, but not in people who have never had heart problems, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administr

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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