Cholesterol

Cholesterol is produced naturally by the liver, and also comes from eating certain foods, such as eggs and red meat. If you have too much of the wrong kind, cholesterol starts to build up in your arteries.

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What Are The Types of Cholesterol, and What Do They Mean for Your Health?

This substance can be harmful—or helpful—to your arteries. The trick is to boost the good kind and slash the bad.
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Need a Cholesterol Drug? 12 Must-Know Facts

Millions of people take cholesterol-lowering drugs to prevent heart attacks and strokes. Here are 12 things you should know if you need a cholesterol drug.
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5 Things You Should Know About Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a buzzing topic, thanks to a new report from top nutrition researchers who advise the government about what and how Americans should be eating. If you’re feeling a little perplexed by all this cholesterol talk, here’s a simple breakdown of what you really need to know.
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7 Causes of High Cholesterol

High cholesterol comes from a variety of sources, including your family history and what you eat. Here is a visual journey through the most common causes.
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10 Best Foods for Your Heart

From breakfast to dinner (and snacks in between) you're entire day can be heart-healthy! A good-for-your-ticker diet doesn't have to be bland or boring, as we show you here with these heart-y foods that will leave you satisfied.
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10 Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol

More than one in three US adults have high cholesterol, which can clog arteries and cause heart attacks and strokes. The good news is that there are a variety of strategies for lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol as well as elevated triglycerides (a type of blood-fat) with the goal of decreasing your risk for heart problems.
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10 Heart Attack Risk Factors

Some risk factors for heart disease can be controlled, and some can't. According to the American Heart Association, these are the leading factors that put you at risk for coronary artery disease or a heart attack.
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5 Cholesterol Myths and Facts

Think you know it all? Check out common myths about high cholesterol, who’s most likely to have it, what types of food can cause it, and why—sometimes—cholesterol isn’t a bad word.
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Recipes That Help Lower Cholesterol

You've come to the right place to get the best heart-healthy recipes to lower cholesterol. With recipes for every meal of the day, and even a sweet treat or two, these recipes to help lower cholesterol will help you build the healthy meals you need to improve your health without sacrificing flavor.
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Watch Out for These 4 Surprising Foods That Can Increase Your Cholesterol

To keep cholesterol levels healthy it's helpful to know what raises (good) HDL cholesterol and what raises (bad LDL) cholesterol. While there are many factors, your diet is one factor you can control. Some popular diets and commonly consumed foods could be hindering your heart health.
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I Was Too Busy for Heart Disease Until It Almost Killed Me

Vicky seemed like an ultra-healthy, tennis playing 50-year-old. But then the extreme fatigue hit. The diagnosis? A near total blockage in a heart artery known as the "widow maker." She had an artery-clearing angioplasty, which brought a healthy flush back into her face (it had a grayish tint due to lack of blood flow.) Find out more about her symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and life after she came dangerously close to a major heart attack.