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Lower Your Blood Pressure With a Morning Walk

Did you know there’s a way to lower your blood pressure that is free, available everywhere and doesn’t require swallowing pills? It’s walking! Starting your day with a lively, 30-minute walk can lower your blood pressure right away. “It’s 100% true,” says Michael Crawford, MS, Manager of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Cleveland Clinic. “Exercise […]
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Ask the Doctors: Exercise and Losing Weight; Quit Smoking

Q: I am trying to lose weight. Is it true that exercise won’t help? A: Weight loss is all about burning more calories than you take in. In other words, you need to increase your physical activity and decrease your food intake. While it’s true that, in general, diet has a greater impact on weight loss […]
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9 Common Misconceptions About Cardiac Rehab

In searching for the latest medicine or procedure that will stabilize their heart condition and lower their risk, many patients overlook one of the most effective treatments available: cardiac rehabilitation. Participation in a cardiac rehab program has been proven to lower the risk of death from heart disease, relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. […]
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This Year, Eat More Fiber!

Most Americans are familiar with fiber as a substance used to prevent constipation. But fiber also reduces the risk of heart disease, as well as cancers of the digestive tract. You don’t have to buy fiber supplements to benefit: Fiber is found naturally in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Unless you’re a vegetarian, however, there’s […]
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6 Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol Without Using Medications

Adding fiber to your diet is a great way to lower your cholesterol naturally, but it’s not the only way. There are changes you can make to your diet and exercise habits that will go a long way toward lowering high cholesterol, and with it, reducing your risk of heart disease. 1. Limit your consumption […]
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“Three Squares” Reimagined

Eating less food—and less often—is better for our metabolism. By Holly Strawbridge Many of us were raised to believe that three square meals a day are necessary to be healthy. But recent discoveries about how our body produces and uses insulin suggest this might not be the best eating plan. The new thinking is that […]
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How to Tell Whether Bariatric Surgery Might Benefit You

New app helps individuals with diabetes understand how weight-loss surgery could improve their health. By Holly Strawbridge There is solid evidence showing that weight-loss surgery also known as metabolic or bariatric surgery can improve cardiovascular risk in patients with type 2 diabetes and obesity. However, few eligible patients only 1% ever have the surgery. Failure […]
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Should You Worry About Potassium?

If you have heart or kidney disease, you may need to take extra measures to maintain normal levels of this important mineral. By Holly Strawbridge Do you remember what you learned about potassium in science class? You were taught it’s a soft metal, a mineral and one of the most abundant elements on earth. But […]
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Meat: Should We Love It, or Leave It?

Recent research contradicts standard advice that eating meat contributes to heart disease. Esteemed cardiologists would like to set the record straight. By Holly Strawbridge In October 2019, the medical world was shocked by five articles in the Annals of Internal Medicine that contradicted advice physicians have been giving for years: Cut back on eating meat, […]
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Do You Take Daily Aspirin to Prevent Heart Disease?

If you are at low risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), but take a daily low-dose aspirin anyway in hopes of preventing a heart attack, you should know that the practice is not likely to be helpful and may be harmful.
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Navigating the Sweet Season Without Feeling Deprived

Avoiding sweets during the year is no easy task, but in December its almost impossible. So many holiday memories are inextricably linked to sweet treats: baking Christmas cookies or spinning the dreidel for chocolate gelt, for example. And how festive would a holiday party be without a table full of desserts?
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