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Controlling Blood Pressure May Prevent ER Visits, Study Finds
No one enjoys going to the emergency room (ER). Sometimes there’s no avoiding the trip, but a lot of heart-related emergencies are actually preventable. The key is controlling your blood pressure.

Food Labels Can Help You Make Heart-Healthy Choices
Do your heart a favor: Fix shortcomings in your diet by scanning both sides of food packages when you shop.

Can You Sleep Your Way to a Healthier Heart?
If you’re like most Americans, your heart health is less than optimal. According to recent research, only about 20% of tickers are in tip-top shape.

Varicose Veins: More Than a Cosmetic Problem?
Bulging, twisted varicose veins can make you self-conscious about baring your legs. Sometimes, they limit more than your fashion choices. In certain cases, varicose veins can lead to more serious conditions.

Heart Troubles Increase Your Risk for Falls
When you’re first diagnosed with a heart condition, you’re likely to talk with your healthcare provider about lifestyle changes and medicines. But there’s another issue you might want to discuss: your risk of falling.

High Blood Pressure: Beyond the Numbers
In many ways, high blood pressure is a condition of facts and figures. After all, it’s defined by two digits: the pressure when your heart beats (systolic) over the pressure when it relaxes (diastolic).

Control Your Risk for Atrial Fibrillation
While you can manage certain risk factors for the condition, there are some you can’t control. Factors such as your family history, age, race, and sex all play a role.

COVID-19 and Your Heart
Two years ago, health experts knew very little about COVID-19. Now, they’re continuing to uncover its secrets.

4 Ways to Boost Heart Health if You Have Diabetes
When you’re diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, heart health matters—a lot. You’re twice as likely to have heart disease or a stroke than someone who doesn’t have the condition.

Think You’re Too Young for Heart Problems? Think Again
Heart disease is more common with age. If you’re in your 20s, 30s, or 40s, you might believe it’s something you don’t need to worry about right now. Yet it’s never too early to start paying attention to your heart health.

OTC Medicines Raise Concerns About Blood Pressure
You can buy a variety of medicines at the store without a prescription. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore their directions, drug interactions, and side effects. Some over-

5 Questions Everyone with Heart Disease Should Answer
Learning that you have heart disease is an overwhelming experience. All of a sudden there are lots of changes to make, including the foods that you eat, the activities you do, and the medications that you take. The goal with treatment for heart disease is to reduce your risk for serious complications, such as a heart attack, irregular heartbeats, and death.

Can Your Gut Health Affect Your Heart?
Trust your gut. Follow your heart. As it turns out, you can do both at once: The health of your cardiovascular and digestive systems appears to be linked.
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