Heart disease risk factors

Four of five people who develop heart disease have at least one of these major risk factors: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or current or long-term smoking.… Read More

Diet and health

Vitamins and minerals, while important, are simply one part of an overall plan for good health. Use them along with other well-established health care recommendations and treatments, not in lieu of them. If you�re worried about lung cancer, for example, quitting smoking will have a much greater impact on your health than taking supplements.… Read More

Smoking cessation barriers

The two biggest barriers to quitting smoking are the physical addiction to nicotine and the psychological addiction to the habit of smoking. Others include stress, a mistaken belief that it's too late to stop, and the influence of other smokers.… Read More

Lowering cholesterol

If you need to lower your cholesterol just a little bit, diet and exercise can often do the trick at little financial cost, and with plenty of additional benefits-weight control, healthier muscles, and stronger bones, to name just a few.… Read More

Persistent insomnia

Persistent insomnia in people over age 65 are more likely to show signs of cognitive decline. Men appear to be more affected than women. This is consistent with research showing sleep's important role in learning and memory.… Read More

Cholesterol Levels for Those with Heart Disease

If you've had a heart attack, bypass surgery, or angioplasty, it's especially important that you keep your cholesterol in check and tend to other risk factors. In fact, if you have heart disease or are at high risk for developing it, your cholesterol goal will be lower than it is for people with less risk.… Read More
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