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15 Heart-Healthy Foods to Work into Your Diet

Boost nutrition, flavor and color in meals and snacks A healthy diet can be good for your heart as well as your waistline. “You can definitely reduce your risk of developing by eating certain foods every day,” says Julie Zumpano, RD, LD, a dietitian in the  at Cleveland Clinic. “There is a great variety of...

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Step-by-Step: Exercising With Heart Disease

Having coronary artery disease or another heart problem needn’t keep you from being fit. Find out why doctors advise exercise and learn the steps to working out safely. A monitored exercise program, such as cardiac rehab, is usually advised for someone who has severe heart disease, is recovering from a heart attack or has had heart surger...

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Exercise for Cholesterol Management – Best Practices

This week we continue our discussion about cholesterol, as September is . According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 71 million US adults (~35% of the population) are living with elevated total cholesterol (>200 mg/dL). It is well documented that elevated total cholesterol has been associated with greater risk...

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How to Raise HDL Cholesterol

It’s harder to increase HDL or "good" cholesterol than it is to lower LDL or total cholesterol. It’s estimated that up to 80 percent of the variation in HDL from person to person is due to genetic factors. But the following steps have been shown to boost HDL—and they are worth taking because they also lower total cholesterol and help protect ...

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2015 Dietary Guidelines – The Cholesterol Limit Has Been Removed!

Every five years the US Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services release the . These guidelines have tremendous implications for the foods served in our schools, military, nutrition labeling and restaurant menus. As of this year, the guidelines have removed the restriction on dietary cholesterol. In previous ver...

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Know Your Numbers: Blood Pressure and Cholesterol

Have high blood pressure? Then you have a higher risk of developing coronary artery disease. Have high cholesterol too? The risk is higher. One in three Americans has high blood pressure, (HBP) putting them at a higher risk of developing coronary artery disease (CAD). If other conditions, such as elevated cholesterol are also pres...

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Cholesterol Screening: Why it is Important to Have a Cholesterol Test

Cholesterol builds up silently, slowly choking off blood supply to your heart and brain. Get your cholesterol checked. You see TV commercials, ads in magazines, and pamphlets lining your doctor's office walls - all touting the dangers of high cholesterol. But you feel healthy, and have never worried about your cholesterol or heart...

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  Exercise is an important tool in and promoting overall health. It can lower total cholesterol by an average of 10% in conjunction with a healthy diet. There are a lot of  programs out there, and most types of exercise routines, ranging from walking to running to yoga, appear to have the same impact when it comes to lowering  (“bad...

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