How to Keep Your Heart Healthy

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How Healthy Is Your Heart? Take This Quiz To Find Out

Age, sex and genetics are just a few factors that can affect your risk of developing coronary heart disease


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Habits for a Healthy Heart

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How Weight Affects Your Heart

Having underweight, having overweight and having obesity can be dangerous for your heart

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How Making Your Heart Work Harder Makes It Stronger

Unlock the secret of your body’s hardest-working organ

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Why Exercise Matters for Your Heart Health

Exercise lowers risk for heart conditions, improves mental health and reduces visceral fat that can compromise your organs

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7 Ways To Keep Your Heart Young

Avoid smoking, eat a good diet and exercise to prevent your heart from aging prematurely


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How To Prevent a Heart Attack

Lifestyle choices involving food, exercise, sleep and more can help reduce your risk

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What a Family History of Heart Disease Means for Your Health

Knowing what you can do to prevent or manage heart disease is half the battle

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When To See a Cardiologist

If you have a family history of heart disease, you should check in with this specialist

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How To Protect Your Heart When You Have Prediabetes

You can counter the risk of prediabetes-related heart attack or stroke by eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, as well as exercising regularly


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What To Do After a Heart Attack

Here’s what to do and how to heal after you’ve had a heart attack

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Tips To Help You Recover From Heart Surgery

It’s important to remember that not everyone heals at the same rate

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Lowering Your Risk of Atrial Fibrillation After Heart Surgery

Making healthy lifestyle changes ahead of surgery can help you avoid AFib after

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Can You Exercise After a Heart Attack?

Absolutely! In fact, in many ways, exercise is key to recovery

Heart Attack 101

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Early Signs of a Heart Attack To Take Seriously

Subtle heart attack warning signs include pressure, cold sweats and fatigue

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What Should You Do if Someone Is Having a Heart Attack?

Get the answer from an interventional cardiologist

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What Does a Heart Attack Feel Like?

Symptoms may be mild, but don’t be fooled — any heart attack is serious

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Can You Stop a Heart Attack Once It Starts?

There’s no way to stop it once a heart attack is happening, but the most important thing you can do is to call for help

Understanding Heart Rate

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Here’s When You Should Go to the Hospital for a Dangerous Heart Rate

A resting heart rate below 35–40 beats per minute or over 100 beats per minute may be cause for concern

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Checking Your Heart Rate While Sleeping? Here’s What Those Numbers Mean

Your heart rate naturally slows down while you sleep, but lower numbers aren’t always concerning

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What’s a Normal Heart Rate? And What Your Heart Rate Is Telling You

60 to 100 beats per minute is ‘normal,’ but you can still be healthy outside that range

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The Relationship Between Your Heart Rate and Blood Pressure

Both are related to your cardiovascular system, and both can impact the other

Managing Your Cholesterol

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Take Your Cholesterol Meds: Stopping Statins Can Cause Dangerous Side Effects

Stopping this critical medication on your own increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and more

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What’s the Difference Between ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ Cholesterol?

Understanding the difference between ‘lousy’ and ‘healthy’ cholesterol can help you keep your heart healthy

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How to Naturally Lower Your Cholesterol

From fish to fiber to fitness, a cardiologist shares proven tips

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Give Your Good Cholesterol a Boost

Lifestyle changes can help you get your cholesterol under control

Getting to a Healthy Blood Pressure

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Here’s What Your Blood Pressure Numbers Mean

An ideal blood pressure is less than 120 mm Hg systolic and less than 80 mm Hg diastolic

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Buying a Home Blood Pressure Monitor? 6 Things You Need To Know

Steer clear of bells and whistles — simple, affordable monitors are all you really need

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Can Certain Drinks Lower Your Blood Pressure?

While not magic elixirs, some drinks like beet juice and skim milk may help keep numbers down

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6 Natural Ways To Lower Your Blood Pressure

Aerobic exercise, a low-sodium diet and reduced alcohol consumption can all help

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Can Aspirin Lower Blood Pressure?

Don’t believe the rumors about aspirin being a magic way to lower BP

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What To Do if Your Blood Pressure Is Too Low

Low blood pressure got you feeling down? Staying hydrated and wearing compression socks can help

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Why You Should Take Your Blood Pressure at Home, and How To Do It

Stay on top of your health by monitoring your blood pressure regularly

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How a Lack of Sleep Contributes to High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure naturally dips when we sleep — and that dipping is crucial for a healthy heart

Separating Fact From Fiction

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Extra Heartbeats: Should You Be Worried?

They’re rarely cause for concern, but you should still talk to a healthcare provider about your symptoms

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How Estrogen Supports Heart Health

Your natural estrogen levels support a healthy heart by improving your cholesterol, increasing blood flow and reducing free radicals

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When To Worry About Chest Pain

Don’t ignore chest pressure that lingers and can’t be explained

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Fish Oil Pills Aren’t Doing What You Think They’re Doing

OTC options are unhelpful at best, while some prescriptions can raise your arrhythmia risk

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When Your Heart Skips a Beat: What’s Happening and Should You Worry?

A skipped heartbeat is usually your heart returning to its normal electrical path

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How To Tell the Difference Between a Heart Attack and a Panic Attack

To help determine what you’re experiencing, focus on how the pain feels, the location of the pain, when it started and how long it lasts



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