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When to Consider an Alternative to Statins

If your LDL levels remain stubbornly high or you develop intolerable side effects, such as persistent muscle pain, you may be a candidate for other cholesterol-lowering medications.

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Endovascular Therapy: Future of Stroke Treatment?

Aspects of this technique have improved enough to consider it a major player in stroke treatment, especially for severe and potentially disabling strokes.

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How to Tame an Abnormal Heartbeat

If you’re one of the roughly 2.7 million Americans who has atrial fibrillation, the most common form of abnormal heart rhythm, you could benefit from new, game-changing drugs and strategies.

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AFib and Stroke Risk: What to Know

The stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation is up to seven times that of the general public. Find out if you need to follow a stroke prevention plan.

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Millions Take Risks With Blood Pressure Meds

About 5 million Medicare Part D enrollees age 65 and up are skipping doses of their blood pressure meds or are not filling their prescriptions in the first place.

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8 Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

A healthy diet—along with a little more exercise—has the potential to dramatically lower blood pressure. Here’s how to get your numbers down.

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Should You Be Taking a Statin?

These four high-risk groups are most likely to benefit from statin therapy.

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The Drugs Used to Treat High Blood Pressure

Many people with high blood pressure need two or more blood pressure-lowering drugs to reach the goal of less than 140/90 mm Hg.

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5 Statin Side Effects to Know About

Statin medications lower “bad” cholesterol and help ward off heart disease. But the drugs may also have other wide-ranging and sometimes negative effects.

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8 Tips for Taking Daily Aspirin

A low-dose aspirin a day could very well keep heart disease and cancer away, research suggests. If you plan to start a daily aspirin regimen—or if you’re already on one—keep these eight safety tips in mind.