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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.

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.

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.

Taking Your Emotional Health to Heart
The link between your head and your heart may be closer than you think. Stress, anxiety, and depression can all affect your heart health.

Heart-Healthy Living During COVID-19
A lot has changed over the past year due to COVID-19. But one thing that has stayed the same is the importance of building healthy habits. That’s especially crucial when you have coronary artery disease (CAD) or congestive heart failure (CHF). Here’s how to prioritize taking your medicines and being physically active, pandemic-style.

Statins Do More Than Just Lower High Cholesterol
About 40 million people in the U.S. take a statin drug. Statins are typically used to lower high cholesterol in the blood. But they have other important benefits, too. In fact, they may be prescribed for people with diabetes even when their cholesterol level is normal.

Feel Dizzy When You Stand? Here’s Why to Tell Your Doctor
Do you feel dizzy when you stand? Even faint or fall down? These are all signs of a condition called orthostatic hypotension, which doctors have long linked to heart problems. Now, a new study suggests it might have consequences for the mind, too.

Have a Heart-to-Heart with Your Doctor About Marijuana
Even though marijuana is now legal in some states, you may be hesitant to tell your healthcare provider if you use it. But here’s a reason why you should: Marijuana may not be safe for everyone. In fact, the American Heart Association is concerned that using it regularly may have a negative effect on your heart.

A Surprising Way to Boost Heart Health: Get a Flu Shot
Health experts advise almost everyone get an annual flu shot. But if you’re wavering, here’s another fact to consider: Doing so may protect your heart.
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