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4 Ways to Boost Heart Health if You Have Diabetes
When you’re diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, heart health matters—a lot. You’re twice as likely to have heart disease or a stroke than someone who doesn’t have the condition.

Think You’re Too Young for Heart Problems? Think Again
Heart disease is more common with age. If you’re in your 20s, 30s, or 40s, you might believe it’s something you don’t need to worry about right now. Yet it’s never too early to start paying attention to your heart health.

OTC Medicines Raise Concerns About Blood Pressure
You can buy a variety of medicines at the store without a prescription. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore their directions, drug interactions, and side effects. Some over-

5 Questions Everyone with Heart Disease Should Answer
Learning that you have heart disease is an overwhelming experience. All of a sudden there are lots of changes to make, including the foods that you eat, the activities you do, and the medications that you take. The goal with treatment for heart disease is to reduce your risk for serious complications, such as a heart attack, irregular heartbeats, and death.

Can Your Gut Health Affect Your Heart?
Trust your gut. Follow your heart. As it turns out, you can do both at once: The health of your cardiovascular and digestive systems appears to be linked.

5 Ways to Manage Blood Pressure Without Medicine
High blood pressure is common but dangerous—it increases your risk for heart disease and stroke. The good news is that there are lifestyle changes you can make to keep your blood pressure under control.

A Hop, Skip, and a Jump: Do You Have an Irregular Heartbeat?
From time to time, your heart may flutter when you’re excited, nervous, or exercising hard. And if your heart’s offbeat beat—also called an arrhythmia—goes away as quickly as it came about, it might seem like no cause for concern. But the whole picture is a little more complicated. It’s a good idea to know when that fleeting flutter may be putting your health at risk.

What to Do About Low HDL Cholesterol
If your healthcare provider says that your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol level is too low, take heart. There are steps you can take to improve this “good” cholesterol—and boost your cardiovascular health. Here’s some information you can use to begin discussing a plan with your provider.

3 Heart-Friendly Ways to Upgrade Your Day
Isn’t everyone looking for ways to enjoy their days more—with less effort? Try this heart-friendly advice.

Lifesaving Truths About Hypertension
If you have high blood pressure, you may think it’s the result of the normal aging process. The truth is, unhealthy eating patterns and certain medical conditions can cause high blood pressure, and many factors can increase your risk. Yet many myths continue to circulate about the disease.

7 Steps to Better Blood Pressure Control
For people with uncontrolled high blood pressure, the artery walls are constantly being damaged by the force of the blood rushing through them. Over time, the damage increases the risk for heart attack, heart failure, stroke, and kidney disease.

When It Comes to Heart Attacks, Gender Is an Issue
All may be fair in love and war, but the same can’t be said for matters of the heart. A heart attack—when blood doesn’t reach part of the heart muscle—is a medical emergency, but its symptoms vary from person to person.
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