• Coronary Heart Disease

    Coronary Heart Disease

    What is coronary heart disease? If the human body were a machine, it would have been recalled by now. A case in point is the heart. The muscle itself is a marvel of engineering, a tireless pump that moves 75 gallons of blood every hour. But there’s a glaring flaw in the system. The arteries

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  • Obesity and Heart Disease

    Want to know your vulnerability to heart disease? Like it or not, one of the best ways to know is to get on the scale. If you’re unhappy with what the scale tells you, you’re not alone. Despite our national obsession with thinness, Americans are heavier and less active than ever before. Over half of

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  • Preventing Heart Disease: Watch Your Cholesterol

    At this very moment, your blood vessels are pulsing with the raw material that can cause a heart attack. Every drop of human blood contains cholesterol, a compound popularly referred to as a fat, which your body needs to form healthy cells and tissues. From birth on, your liver manufactures cholesterol, which is pushed out

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  • Heart-Healthy Cooking with Recipe Substitutions

    Think about some of your favorite recipes. Do they include heavy cream by the cupful? Butter by the stick? Those meals may be tasty, but they aren’t doing your heart any favors. Fortunately, you don’t have to throw out your recipe books — or sacrifice flavor — to make your meals more heart healthy. All

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  • C-Reactive Protein and Heart Health

    C-reactive protein, once obscure, may play an important role in predicting the risk of heart disease. Rethinking heart disease Studies suggest that a key component of heart disease is inflammation, and researchers believe chronically inflamed blood vessels set the stage for atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Inflamed patches become “sticky” and start collecting plaque. In

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  • Heart Disease and Exercise

    Heart Disease and Exercise

    How important is exercise for my heart? You may not care about increasing your strength. “Firm, sexy abs” may be the last thing on your mind. Fine. But even if you don’t know your biceps from your bicuspids, there’s one muscle you should never ignore: your heart. Other muscles just get small and flabby when

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  • Preventing a Second Heart Attack

    Heart attacks aren’t as deadly as they used to be. Thanks to advances in emergency treatment, hundreds of thousands of Americans who have had heart attacks survive the experience, some after more than one attack. If you’re one of those survivors, protecting your heart should be your top priority. One out of four men and

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  • Diet for a Healthy Heart

    Do I have to give up fat to protect my heart? No. But you probably do have to cut back on saturated fat, the kind that comes primarily from animal foods. The goal is to reduce your level of LDL or bad cholesterol, which can cause a sticky plaque to build up in your arteries,

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  • Do You Know the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack?

    What are the warning signs of a heart attack? According to the American Heart Association, the classic warning signs are: An uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, then disappears and returns Pain that radiates to the shoulders, stomach, back, arms, neck,

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  • Eating to Ward Off Heart Disease

    Could the right diet help prevent heart disease? It certainly could. Ask a doctor or a dietitian about the value of good nutrition, and you’re bound to get a lesson on the heart. Indeed, nutrition experts seem to be fixated on the organ. “This is good for the heart,” they’ll say, usually followed with, “And

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