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8 Simple Steps You Can Take for a Healthier Heart

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HEALTH & FITNESS — Studies throughout the past two decades indicate more than 80% of all cardiovascular events may be prevented by a healthy lifestyle and management of risk factors. To help Americans measure their cardiovascular health and make meaningful lifestyle changes, the American Heart Association introduced Life’s Essential 8, a checklist that explains eight habits and health measures that ...

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What Women Need to Know About Stroke Risks

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HEALTH & FITNESS — It may not be widely known that women face unique risk factors for stroke throughout their lifetime. Things like pregnancy, preeclampsia, and chronic stress can increase the risk for high blood pressure, a leading cause of stroke. Cardiovascular disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death among women, according to the Centers for Disease Control ...

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How to Manage Heart Health for Stronger Brain Health

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HEALTH & FITNESS — The same risk factors that contribute to making heart disease the leading cause of death worldwide also impact the rising global prevalence of brain disease, including stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. According to the American Heart Association’s Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2022 Update, more than 54 million people had Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in ...

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Recipes of the Week: Healthier Eating for the New Year

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High cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for heart disease and stroke, with about 38% of American adults diagnosed with high cholesterol, according to the American Heart Association. It can be managed by getting levels regularly tested and making lifestyle changes like eating a heart-healthy diet. Reduce saturated fat: Select lean cuts of meat or opt for ...

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