• Alcohol and the Heart

    Alcohol and the Heart

    “God in His goodness sent the grape to cheer both great and small. Little fools drink too much and great fools none at all.” — Anonymous Ask a doctor about preventing heart disease, and you’ll hear a lot of clear-cut advice. Saturated and trans fat: bad. Smoking: very bad. Exercise: excellent. Ask a doctor about

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  • Athletic Heart Syndrome

    Athletic Heart Syndrome

    What is athletic heart syndrome? Athletic heart syndrome is a heart condition that may occur in people who exercise or train for more than an hour a day, most days of the week. Athletic heart syndrome isn’t necessarily bad for you — if you’re an athlete. And it’s not what makes young athletes expire in

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  • C-Reactive Protein and Heart Health

    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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  • Childproofing Your Home

    Childproofing Your Home

    How can I make my home safe for my child? Parents worry endlessly about how to protect their children from everything — from ill-intentioned strangers to random bullets and stray dogs — but many overlook one of the biggest threats to their children’s safety and well-being: their own home. Experts say that children ages 1

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  • 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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  • Depression and Heart Disease

    Depression and Heart Disease

    What’s the link between depression and heart disease? Depression and loneliness put a terrible strain on the heart, and not just in the emotional sense: Psychological distress can turn a survivor of heart disease into a victim. Consider the words of physician Dean Ornish in his book Love and Survival: The Scientific Basis for the

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  • Diabetes: Building Blocks of a Healthy Diet

    Diabetes: Building Blocks of a Healthy Diet

    Good sources of protein include soy, meat, poultry, beans, eggs, and dairy products. The proteins found in nuts, grains, and vegetables aren’t quite as useful for the body.

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  • Diet for a Healthy Heart

    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?

    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

    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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