How to Lower Cholesterol in 5 Simple Steps

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High cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease and heart attacks. You can improve cholesterol with medications, but if you’d rather first make lifestyle changes to improve your cholesterol, try these five healthy changes. If you already take medications, these changes can improve their cholesterol-lowering effect.

1. Eat heart-healthy foods

Even if you have years of unhealthy eating under your belt, making a few changes in your diet can reduce cholesterol and improve your heart health.

  • Choose healthier fats. Saturated fats, found primarily ...
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How long do heart attack symptoms last?

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If you’re having a heart attack, how long does the chest pain last? Can it go on all day long?

According to the Mayo Clinic, heart attack symptoms often don’t follow the classic pattern we see on television with a sudden onset pain. They can be much more subtle and sometimes begin with warning pains in the chest or other symptoms days or even weeks before the actual attack.

Typically, however, if you’re having a heart attack, the severe pain lasts for ...

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How does it feel to have a heart attack?

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Tightness in your chest, shortness of breath, feeling confused – these could be warning signs of a heart attack, stroke, or angina.

If you’re experiencing symptoms that you’ve never had before, such as significant discomfort, then absolutely come into the emergency room and get it evaluated.

Sure, no one likes to go to the ER, but he suggests you call 911 if you have chest pain that:

  • Is new
  • Happens repeatedly, but after you’ve used much less energy doing something active
  • Wakes you up at ...
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Is it bad to have an irregular heartbeat?

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Almost everyone has felt their heart beat very fast, felt a “fluttering” in their chest or thought that their heart was “skipping a beat.” These can be signs of arrhythmia, or abnormal or irregular heartbeat.

Don’t panic if you’ve occasionally had these symptoms. Arrhythmias are extremely common, especially as you get older. Each year millions of people have them.

Most cases are harmless, but some arrhythmias are extremely dangerous and require treatment and management. See your doctor if you have felt ...

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Age at cancer diagnosis may affect the risk of death from heart disease

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The age at which cancer survivors were diagnosed for cancer may help determine their risk of death from.

Heart disease has been known to be the leading cause of treatment-related, non-tumor deaths among survivors of childhood cancer, breast cancer and Hodgkin lymphoma. As of now, the risk of cardiac mortality has not been investigated comprehensively within a large population of teenage and young adult cancer heart disease, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulationsurvivors, researchers say.

The United ...

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Don’t let hunger sabotage your new year diet

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Monday, 9 January, sees the beginning of the national ‘JanUary’ campaign (formerly known as National Obesity Awareness Week) which runs until Sunday, 15 January. JanUary, with a strapline of ‘do something good for U’, is a week long programme focusing on what individuals and families can do to ensure or improve their health. Research by the University of Liverpool has found that eating prunes as part of a weight control diet can improve weight loss.

Christmas over-indulgence

The festive season signals a ...

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Easy blood test can help predicting the risk of a heart attack

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Lately there have been several celebrity deaths, caused by heart failures. It is actually not an uncommon cause of death, which means that people should be aware of the condition of their health and take care of themselves. What if the risk of heart attack could be estimated quickly and reliably? Scientists from the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow say it is possible.

Actually, it is not that big of a discovery. However, it is a very important one.

A new research ...

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