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Lower Inflammation and Reduce Heart Disease Through Diet

Cardiovascular disease and breast cancer are the two leading causes of death for women in the United States. Both are associated with inflammation, so it makes sense to attempt to reduce inflammation for those with cardiovascular disease and breast c...

Fiber and Its Benefits: Do You Have the Guts to Be Healthy?

Sometimes it takes only small changes to benefit several areas of your life, from weight loss to a stronger immune system – and even reducing time spent in the bathroom. I asked registered dietitian nutritionist Felicia D. Stoler, DCN, for her favori...

All About Normal Blood Pressure Increase

While your ideal average blood pressure is below 120/80 mm Hg, blood pressure fluctuates throughout the day depending on what you are doing.

Does My BP Go Up as I Age?

Increased age equals greater likelihood blood pressure levels will increase.

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10 Heart Health Myths and Facts

Much of what you think you know about high blood pressure, or hypertension, might be based on outdated information.

Reduce LDLs to Slash Heart Disease Risk

Reduce LDLs to Slash Heart Disease Risk

LDL cholesterol can in some cases be a predictor for heart disease, but not all LDL’s are created equal.

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Can Probiotics Lower Blood Pressure?

Probiotics are linked to health benefits, such as improved digestion, reduced depression, a stronger immune system, and prevention of urinary tract infections. Read on to find out how it might also help with high blood pressure.

Understanding the Dangers and Benefits of Iodine

One of the first dietary steps you can take to lower blood pressure is to cut back on salt. Salt contains sodium. By decreasing salt intake, you can decrease the level of sodium in your bloodstream, allowing your kidneys to more effectively eliminate ...

How Does Shift Work Impact Your Health?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 15 million people work evening shift, night shift, rotating shifts or other schedules outside the traditional 9 AM to 5 PM work day. These non-traditional hours are called shift work. Shift workers in...

Accurate Home Blood Pressure Monitor

High blood pressure, known as hypertension, is diagnosed when blood pressure is consistently equal to or greater than 140 mm Hg systolic (top number) and/or 90 mm Hg diastolic (bottom number).