Tag Archives: Cholesterol

  • December 22, 2015

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    Blood Pressure. The Numbers.

    Q: What is the significance of elevated diastolic blood pressure if the systolic is normal?


    A: Both elevated systolic blood pressure (the top number) and diastolic (the bottom number), together or alone, increase the risk for cardiovas

  • October 27, 2015

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    The Mediterranean Diet: Is It the Food or the Lifestyle?

    For decades, health authorities have argued that the diet of people living in Mediterranean countries, with its emphasis on olive oil, nuts and fresh produce, is a driving force behind the region’s historically low rates of heart disease.

    But now a team of filmmakers led by a Britis

  • October 8, 2015

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    Canned vs. Fresh Fish?

    Yes, fresh and canned fish have roughly the same nutritional value, according to experts and the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Nutrient Database. And whether to eat one over the other isn’t an obvious choice, because each has advantages and disadva

  • September 22, 2015

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    Rethinking Breakfast: What We Eat May Trump When We Eat

    We've all heard the advice about the importance of filling our bellies in the morning. It's a notion that's based on a blend of intuition, cultural tradition and science.

    Some of the earliest evidence goes back to the 1960s when pioneering researchers in Alameda County, Cali

  • September 1, 2015

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    New Alternatives to Statins Add to a Quandary on Cholesterol

    Doctors have long faced a conundrum in prescribing statins to lower cholesterol and heart attack risk: The drugs are cheap and effective for most people, and large, rigorous clinical trials have found minimal side effects. But as many as 25 percent of those who try them complain of muscle pain. Othe

  • August 18, 2015

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    Red Meat Is Not the Enemy

    There are people in this country eating too much red meat. They should cut back. There are people eating too many carbs. They should cut back on those. There are also people eating too much fat, and the same advice applies to them, too.

    What’s getting harder to justify, though, is a

  • July 14, 2015

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    Dynamic Duos: How To Get More Nutrition By Pairing Foods

    What are the makings of a great salad? You need fresh greens, of course, and then a layer of colorful vegetables like tomatoes and carrots.

    That's a good start. But to help the body absorb more of the nutrients packed into this medley, you may want to add something else: a cooked egg.

  • July 14, 2015

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    Q & A: A Possibly Lifesaving Guide to Heart Attacks


    Tremendous progress has been made in treating heart disease, but it is still the biggest killer of Americans, accounting for one in seven deaths. Here are answers to some common questions about the symptoms and treatment of heart attacks and narro

  • July 7, 2015

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    Keeping Blood Pressure Low in Those Under 50

    Higher blood pressure in young adulthood increases the risk for coronary heart disease, a new study found.


    Researchers followed almost 3,500 men and women for 25 years with periodic physical examinations beginning in 1985, when all wer

  • February 4, 2015

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    High Cholesterol Takes Its Toll Over Time

    NYTimes. Having high cholesterol in your 30s and 40s increases your risk for heart disease, and the longer it stays elevated, the greater the risk, a new study reports.


    Researchers studied 1,478 people, average age 55, who were free of