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Strategies for Heading Off Heart Attacks
What can you do to lower your chances of having a heart attack? Take charge of risk factors. Here’s how.

It’s Personal: New Guidelines Recommend Customizing Cholesterol Treatment Plans
Keeping an eye on your cholesterol numbers is crucial for taking key steps, if needed, to lower your cholesterol level and protect your ticker.

Drink to Your Heart Health
Staying hydrated makes it easier for your heart to pump blood throughout your body. When your fluid levels dip too low, your heart has to work overtime.

It’s Never Too Late to Protect Your Heart
Here are some tips: Eat seafood 4 times a week. Stick to a regular sleep schedule. Cultivate your mental well-being.

Early Obesity Can Change Heart Structure
For overweight or obese teens and 20-somethings, those extra pounds may already be contributing to future heart problems.

Good News: A Positive Outlook May Bolster Heart Health
In general, people with a positive outlook tended to have lower blood pressure levels and healthier cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Binge Drinking May Spell Heart Trouble for Young Adults
Young adults who regularly engage in binge drinking may be putting their heart health at risk. Binge drinking is having 5 or more drinks in a row for men and 4 or more drinks in a row for women.

Do You Know the Different Heart Attack Symptoms in Men and Women?
You might think you know what a heart attack looks like—you clutch your chest in pain and fall to the ground. But heart attacks don’t always stick to this script—especially in women.

Don’t Have High Cholesterol? You Still Might Need a Statin
Statins are medicines that reduce the amount of LDL cholesterol the liver produces. They also help lower the amount of LDL cholesterol already in your blood. Some statins can reduce inflammation as well.

Get Moving—Even While Binge-Watching TV—To Reduce Your Blood Clot Risk
Netflix. Amazon. Hulu. Whatever your vehicle for viewing your favorite shows, you may want to hit “pause” on your binge-watching habit. According to new research, people who often watch TV are more likely to develop dangerous blood clots than those who rarely tune in.

Manage Your High Cholesterol with These Moves
Exercise does have the power to lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Just remember this equation: aerobic activity + resistance training = boosted heart rate and better cholesterol levels.

Having a Hysterectomy May Increase Heart Disease Risk
Studies have shown that removing the ovaries during hysterectomy increases a woman’s risk for heart disease and other health problems. Now, a study published in the journal Menopause has found that women may face health risks even if they keep their ovaries.
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