Category Archives: Cholesterol

Understanding Cholesterol Medications

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High cholesterol is a growing concern for many people.  You or someone you know may have been diagnosed with high cholesterol and prescribed medication to treat it.  And while these medications can be lifesaving, it’s important to understand how they work and what side effects you may encounter.  Most of the time, your physician will ask you to make lifestyle changes before prescribing a medication.  For many people a change in diet or exercise program will automatically […]

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Reducing Your Cholesterol

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You’ve just gotten your blood work in the mail and it turns out your cholesterol is over 200.  Before you head to the pharmacy to pick up a cholesterol lowering medication, you should talk with your doctor about trying to reduce your cholesterol through lifestyle changes. One of the first things you can do is increase the fiber in your diet.  Fiber comes from plants and helps to reduce the cholesterol in your blood.  You can increase […]

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Managing Your Blood Pressure

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One of the most important numbers you can know about your heart is your blood pressure.  This is the amount of force that your blood exerts on the walls of your blood vessels.  When your blood pressure is high over a long period of time, it can put you at risk for heart disease. If you’re been diagnosed with high blood pressure – or you have a family history of high blood pressure – it’s important that […]

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Cholesterol 101

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Cholesterol is something that people have learned to fear.  We spend a lot of time eating foods that don’t have much of it and we get our blood tested for it, but what is this strangesubstance that’s responsible for damaging our hearts?  Cholesterol is material that’s waxy and fatty.  It’s found in the blood and in all of the cells of the body.  In fact, cholesterol can be a good thing – you’re supposed to have some. […]

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