Melanie Thomassian, Health Professional

Melanie is a dietitian and writer. She wrote for HeatlhCentral as a health professional for Food & Nutrition and Heart Health.

Are Seeds "Good" or "Bad" For Cholesterol Levels?

All seeds make an extremely nutritious snack, but you may be wondering if they are good for your cholesterol levels, considering their high fat content. Research tells us, however, that seeds do more than just keep hunger at bay, they can also help t...
Melanie Thomassian

High Cholesterol Levels: What Foods Should I Eat?

If you’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol, you may be worried about reducing your intake of high cholesterol foods. Studies suggest, however, that the cholesterol in our food has little effect on blood cholesterol levels. The cholesterol in your ...
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Low Cholesterol Diet: How Much Cholesterol Can I Have Per Day?

So, how much cholesterol can you have per day on a low cholesterol diet? This is a pretty common question for anyone who has been told to lower their cholesterol levels. Firstly, let me say that cholesterol naturally occurs in all parts of the body, ...
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Are Eggs Bad For Your Cholesterol Levels?

Years ago it was thought the cholesterol in eggs translated into artery-clogging cholesterol in the blood, and much of that confusion still remains today. However, as research has developed down through the years, we’ve come to understand that foods ...
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5 Homemade Alternatives to Takeaway Food

I often hear people complain that the obesity epidemic is caused by fast food manufacturers. But, I think in reality, we need to take a certain amount of responsibility for our own health and wellness. Many people make the excuse that eating healthy ...
Melanie Thomassian

Strength Training and How it Can Benefit Your Heart

Without a doubt the best workout for your heart is aerobic exercise, such as walking, running, swimming, or cycling. However, that isn’t the only kind of activity shown to be beneficial to heart health. Strength training is also important for overall ...
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10 Things to Do After a Diagnosis of Angina

If you’ve been diagnosed with angina, it’s normal to feel a little anxious in the beginning, but there’s no reason to panic. Angina is chest pain that occurs when a portion of your heart is not receiving enough blood. This lack of blood flow to the h...
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Seven Ways to Deal With a Difficult Heart Disease Diagnosis

One of the most difficult things in life is getting the diagnosis that you have a debilitating disease. In fact, every day thousands of people are told they have a heart related disease. However, if you’ve been told you have heart disease, what you c...
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10 Things You Should Know Following Your Open Heart Surgery

Have you recently had open heart surgery? Or, perhaps your surgery is looming, and you’re thinking about what life will be like post-surgery. Well, this article is just for you As you already know, this is huge operation, and so the first few weeks a...
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Men: Your Age-by-Age Guide to a Healthy Heart

It’s no secret, heart disease is the number one killer of men in America. Unfortunately, many men think heart disease can’t touch them because they are too young, they are in great shape, or perhaps both. However, this common misconception is very da...
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