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14 Things You Can Do to Make Your Heart Happy

February is a month for the heart, but we’re not just talking about Valentine’s Day. It is also American Heart Month, a national health observance sponsored by the American Heart Association. Heart disease and stroke are the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers, respectively.[1] Fortunately, there are many things we can do in our […]

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Thank you for my health, Mr. Cat

How Your Cat is Helping You Lead a Healthier Life

You probably think of your cat like a member of the family, but did you know felines help make their humans more heart healthy?  Several studies indicate that owning a cat can help lower cholesterol, triglycerides, and even blood pressure.[1] Simply having a cat in your family could reduce the chance that you have a […]

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How Much Salt is Too Much? A Look at Recommended Sodium Intake

Salt may enhance the taste of foods or make the ones we dislike a little more tolerable, but we all know too much can be harmful to our health. Consuming too much sodium has been linked to increased risk for heart attack, high blood pressure and stroke, among other conditions. A high-sodium diet may be […]

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Eat smart and love your heart

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States—for both men and women. Many lifestyle factors contribute to a person’s risk, and diet is one of them. Eating in a heart-healthy way can help you control cholesterol and blood pressure levels as well as your weight—all of which can be harmful to […]

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Triglyceride is the scientific name for fat. Fat helps transport fat-soluble vitamins and provides essential fatty acids. It is found in your body and in the food you eat. Fats, along with carbohydrates and protein, provide your body with calories. If you eat more calories than you need, your body makes triglyceride. Triglyceride is carried […]

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Living after a heart attack

Returning to daily life following a heart attack may be downright terrifying. There can be residual fear that you may suffer another and uncertainty about what is best for your body. Following a heart attack, you will work closely with your health care provider to come up with a recovery plan specific to your needs. […]

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Curbing high blood pressure

About 1 in 3 U.S. adults has high blood pressure — 31. 3 percent — according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure can lead to heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, and kidney disease. Hypertension is preventable and treatable; however, it is also known as […]

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Is it a heart attack? Know the symptoms, act fast

A squeezing pain develops in your chest. “It’s a heart attack; I’m having a heart attack,” might be the first thought to race into your mind. “Nah, it’s probably just indigestion. No big deal.” Or is it Every second counts when you are having a heart attack. Knowing the symptoms and what to do if […]

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High blood pressure

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is the most common chronic adult illness in America today. Treating high blood pressure is a lifelong process requiring a team approach from patients, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians and other medical professionals. You are an important part of this team and can help prevent future problems by understanding your condition, making […]

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Deep vein thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep within a muscle. It can occur in any vein, but most often occurs in leg veins. In some patients with DVT, parts of the clot can break off and move to other blood vessels in other parts of the body […]

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