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Cholesterol: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Getting a cholesterol test is simple. Making sense of the results can be more complex. Here's help.

10 Questions to Ask After a Heart Disease Diagnosis
Hearing that you have heart disease is big news. There’s a lot of information to digest, and it can feel overwhelming at first. Confusion, anxiety, and uncertainty about what to expect are common reactions to this type of diagnosis.

Statin Medicines: Get the Facts, Stat!
Several types of medicine can lower cholesterol levels. But a group of medicines called statins are the first choice for most people. Studies have shown that they can substantially reduce the chance of having a heart attack or stroke in at-risk individuals. Here are the key facts you need to know about these widely used medicines.

Following Doctor’s Orders Improves Survival After a Heart Attack
Having a heart attack is enough of a shock. But afterward, patients may receive another surprise when their health care provider hands them a long to-do list. From taking multiple meds to making several lifestyle changes, it can seem like a lot. Patients may wonder: Is it really important to do every last thing on the list?

Exercise Safe, Even Helpful, for Heart Failure
For years, experts weren't certain if physical activity and heart failure were a good mix. Some feared that it could be dangerous for people with this disease. But now, there is much more evidence that exercise is not only safe but also beneficial in many ways. Physical activity can help heart failure patients.

Menu Planning? Try These 5 Heart-Smart Substitutions
The foods we eat play a big role in keeping our hearts healthy. Here’s how to put a healthier lifestyle into practice at your dining table.

What You Should Know About Atrial Fibrillation
For most people, an occasional skip or flutter of the heart is nothing to worry about. But for those with an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation (AF), these sensations may indicate serious health risks

3 Ways to Stay On Track With Your Blood Pressure Medicine
Controlling high blood pressure is a commitment that won’t always feel easy. But it will always be worth the effort—lowering your risk for stroke, heart attack, heart failure, and kidney failure.

Women, Listen Up: New Warnings About Heart Attack Symptoms
A new study suggests women are just as likely as men to have pain in their chest and left arm during a heart attack.

Should You Take a Daily Aspirin to Protect Your Heart?
The latest research shows that the risks of daily aspirin may outweigh the benefits for many older adults without heart disease.

Magic Pill for Heart Health? Cut 300 Calories a Day
A new study found that consuming just 300 fewer calories each day can help protect your heart. And it’s not just about losing weight (although shedding a few pounds could be an added bonus).
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