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What is heart rate variability? How to measure HRV and what it means

Heart rate variability measures the variance in time between each heartbeat. Research has found that a lower HRV is associated with anxiety disorders and earlier death from heart diseases, while a higher HRV may indicate better cardiovascular fitness and greater resilience to stress. However, HRV is a highly-specific measurement and […]
What is heart rate variability? How to measure HRV and what it means
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How to recover from a stent procedure and avoid complications

You should recover from a stent procedure by resting, staying away from vigorous physical activity, and following your doctor’s recommendations for medication. Many patients are able to recover from a stent and return to work within a week, though it may take longer for others. You’ll also want to look […]
How to recover from a stent procedure and avoid complications
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How to prepare for a stent and what you should ask your doctor

You should prepare for a stent procedure by staying hydrated, talking with your doctor about medications to avoid, and making arrangements for after the surgery. Angioplasty and stent procedures are not especially taxing, but there can be complications. Here’s how to prepare for a stent so you can reduce your […]
How to prepare for a stent and what you should ask your doctor
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What is a stent? When you need one and when you don’t

A stent is a tiny mesh tube that is inserted into an artery to prop it open and improve blood flow to the heart. Stents can be life-saving during a heart attack, and this is a common treatment to restore blood flow when there’s a dangerous blockage. While not always […]
What is a stent? When you need one and when you don’t
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How to calculate total cholesterol and what it means for you

You can calculate total cholesterol by doing a blood test called a lipid panel with your doctor. Your doctor will evaluate your total cholesterol level, along with each element of your cholesterol – LDL, HDL, and triglycerides – to determine if you need any treatment to lower cholesterol. Doctors will […]
How to calculate total cholesterol and what it means for you
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How to lower triglycerides with lifestyle changes and medication

You can lower triglycerides by exercising, losing weight, and drinking less alcohol. If your triglycerides levels are very high – like over 500 milligrams per deciliter – your doctor may also recommend medication to lower triglycerides. Triglycerides, like cholesterol, are associated with a higher risk of heart disease if your […]
How to lower triglycerides with lifestyle changes and medication
Lifestyle

How to know if your chest pains are considered serious

You can know if your chest pains are serious by assessing your symptoms and medical history. If you feel severe chest pain and also exhibit risk factors for heart disease – like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes – it may indicate a serious heart condition like a heart […]
How to know if your chest pains are considered serious
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What is heart failure? Know the types, symptoms, and risks

Heart failure is a condition where the heart no longer functions properly and cannot pump enough blood throughout the body. While there aren’t always clear symptoms of heart failure, there are factors that indicate you’re at a higher risk: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, and obesity. There isn’t a […]
What is heart failure? Know the types, symptoms, and risks
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A heart murmur is often innocent, but it can be dangerous

A heart murmur is when blood flows more rapidly than normal through the heart. Heart murmurs can be innocent and frequently happen during pregnancy, physical activity, or childhood growth spurts. Heart murmurs can also be abnormal and dangerous, like when they are associated with congenital heart defects or problems with […]
A heart murmur is often innocent, but it can be dangerous
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The difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest

A heart attack is not as dangerous as cardiac arrest, though both heart conditions are serious. A heart attack occurs when blood flowing to the heart is blocked, while cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops pumping blood. Cardiac arrest is fatal 89% of the time – a heart […]
The difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest
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Why organ transplants are so expensive in the US

The average billed cost of a heart transplant is an estimated $US1,382,400, according to consulting firm Milliman, and other organs aren’t much cheaper. Doctors say transplant centres are strong revenue sources for hospitals; they charge high service fees, which factor into the overall cost, to help meet their bottom line. […]
Why organ transplants are so expensive in the US
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What happens to your body if you stop exercising

About 80% of people will fail their New Year’s resolutions by mid-February. One of the most common resolutions is to get into shape and stick to a workout routine. If you quit your gym membership and stop exercising regularly, there can be significant changes to your body and health. You […]
What happens to your body if you stop exercising
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This scale reveals more than your weight — it can actually measure heart health

VIDEO: Many people try to cut down weight in order to get healthier. The truth is, however, there is much more to know than just body weight to determine one's health status. Body Cardio, a smart digital scale, is created by Withings. It can provide a wide range of information about the users' body, so they could make better health decisions.
This scale reveals more than your weight  —  it can actually measure heart health
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Here’s what alcohol does to your brain and body

VIDEO: The dangers of regular excessive drinking go way beyond the morning hangover. Those who drink heavily run the risk of damaged brain tissue, an array of liver disease and a variety of cancers. Keep these risks in mind when asking if you're good for one more.
Here’s what alcohol does to your brain and body
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A master chocolatier reveals the best chocolate for your mind and body

Dark chocolate is thought to have many health benefits. Even Scarlett Johansson’s personal trainers recommend eating it before a workout. Jacques Torres is the co-owner of Jacques Torres Chocolate and a master chocolatier. He explains the chemical reaction that happens in our gut when we eat dark chocolate and how […]
A master chocolatier reveals the best chocolate for your mind and body
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