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When To Worry About Varicose Veins

For some people, the biggest concern about varicose veins is the way they look. But there are possible links between varicose veins and serious health problems involving blood clots in the deeper veins of your legs. Douglas Joseph, DO, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Vascular Medicine Outpatient Department, offers his best advice on how to limit the…

Can Heart Disease Be Cured?

Atherosclerosis is a condition where the arteries in your heart become partially or fully blocked by a fatty material known as plaque. This can lead to coronary artery disease, which is also known as coronary heart disease or heart disease. Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for coronary artery disease, and you can’t reverse this condition…

What Should You Do if Someone Is Having a Heart Attack?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every 40 seconds, someone has a heart attack in this country. Every year, about 805,000 people have a heart attack. Of that number, 605,000 are first heart attacks. And 1 in 5 heart attacks is a silent one, meaning the person isn’t aware that it’s even happening….

Is High Cholesterol Hereditary?

Genetics paint the color of your eyes, assign your blood type and carve out those adorable dimples in your cheeks. But mom and dad may have passed along something else, too: high cholesterol. An inherited condition known as familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) can increase your risk of heart disease at an early age. For some, that…

How to Naturally Lower Your Cholesterol

With so much information out there about cholesterol, it can get confusing trying to figure out what’s what — and how to actually get a handle on yours.  One thing is clear, though: High levels of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL (sometimes known as “bad” cholesterol), can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke and other health…

Does Alcohol Affect Cholesterol?

Can you really toast to your health with a daily glass of red wine or a beer? Eye-grabbing headlines often make the claim that moderate alcohol consumption can lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. But before you pop the top on a bottle to celebrate, a word of caution: The relationship…

I’ve Been Diagnosed With Cardiovascular Disease — Now What?

Learning you have a health condition can be upsetting and frightening, especially if it’s something permanent like coronary artery disease.  It’s estimated that 20.1 million Americans over the age of 20 have coronary artery disease. In other words, if you’re diagnosed, you’re not alone — and chances are good you’ll know someone else with this condition. …

Give Your Good Cholesterol a Boost

Just say the word “cholesterol” and faces crease with worry. Given cholesterol’s connection to heart attacks and strokes, this waxy type of fat in your body carries a well-deserved bad reputation. But there’s a form of cholesterol that’s actually good for you … and you can use that to your advantage. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is…

6 Blood Clot Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

You can have no blood clot risk factors and still develop one — which is one reason why it’s important to know the warning signs. Blood clots affect everyone differently, but there usually are definite symptoms, says vascular medicine specialist Michael Tran, DO. To help unravel the mystery surrounding blood clots, Dr. Tran shares six…

Can High Cholesterol Cause Headaches?

It’s no secret that high cholesterol is a risk factor for multiple serious health problems. This includes coronary artery disease, which itself can lead to serious issues like a heart attack or other painful heart conditions.  “The effects of high cholesterol build up over the years,” says cardiologist Luke Laffin, MD. “We have to be aggressive about trying to…

How Much You Should Exercise for a Healthy Heart

Whether you walk around the block or swim 20 laps each morning, there are lots of good reasons to exercise. It helps you feel energized and lessens your stress, but it’s your heart that reaps the most benefits when you get moving. According to the American Heart Association, it’s recommended that you achieve at least…

How To Prevent Heart Disease

What is heart disease? The term covers many conditions that affect your heart. Most commonly, it refers to atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. This condition can lead to plaque buildup in either your: Coronary arteries, which supply blood to your heart. Peripheral arteries, which supply blood to your limbs and brain. Can heart disease be prevented? Heart disease…

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