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Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease: Know Your Risk
Your healthcare provider doesn’t have a crystal ball. But there is a way they can predict the future, at least when it comes to your chances of developing heart disease.

Need-to-Know Info About Heart Rate
Two fingers on the neck, eyes fixed firmly on the watch––we’ve likely all seen someone checking their heart rate.

Stress After Menopause May Lead to Irregular Heartbeat
Have you gone through menopause? If so, then experiencing certain types of stress can increase your risk for a heart arrhythmia called atrial fibrillation.

Fad Diets: Lower Weight, Higher Heart Risk?
Research shows that some diet trends may increase your risk for heart problems like cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association (AHA) recently identified some of the heart-riskiest dietary patterns. These included the following:

Beyond Diet: Other Factors Upping Your Cholesterol
When it comes to heart-healthy eating, you might be doing everything by the book—but your cholesterol numbers tell a different story.

SCAD: The Under-the-Radar Heart Problem
Spontaneous coronary artery dissection or SCAD is increasingly recognized as a cause of heart attacks, but the condition is not well-known.

Roadmap to a Healthy Heart
To keep you heading in the right direction, follow these targeted heart disease prevention guidelines. Read the road signs and sample a few of the recommendations:

Getting the Most from Your Blood Pressure Medicine
Learning you have high blood pressure can come as a surprise. After all, the condition usually has no symptoms. But once you’ve been diagnosed, taking steps to control it can protect your heart—and your health.

Small Diet Changes, Big Heart Benefits
When you’re living with coronary artery disease (CAD), eating healthy can feel daunting. But a diet change doesn’t have to be drastic for it to have an impact. Small tweaks can go a long way in helping your health. Here’s how to get started.

Know the Warning Signs of an Aneurysm
An aneurysm occurs when a weak spot in an artery wall starts to bulge out like a balloon. Some aneurysms develop slowly over a period of years. Many cause no problems.

Your 4-Step Plan to Lower Blood Pressure and Prevent Dementia
A new study found that controlling blood pressure later in life protects both your cardiovascular system and your thinking and memory.

Manage Stress to Lower Your Stroke Risk
Under pressure? You’re not alone—one in four Americans say they’re so stressed they can barely function.
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