Heart Disease

The heart is one of the most vital organs. Learn about how to care for it with our articles on heart disease causes, signs and prevention.

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This Chart Shows Healthy Cholesterol Levels by Age

You can lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, and heart attacks by controlling cholesterol. Use this chart to find...


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4 Signs of High Cholesterol You Should Know About

High cholesterol usually doesn't cause obvious symptoms. However, here are a few possible signs you should watch for—including some...


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The Truth About the Cholesterol in Eggs

Are eggs bad for your cholesterol? The guidelines have changed over the years, so for many of us,...


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What Is Saturated Fat?

When it comes to nutrition, saturated fats are still considered relatively unhealthy fats. But if you are cutting back,...


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20 Foods With Healthy Fats You Should Definitely Be Eating

Forget the low-fat mania of decades past. Experts now know that healthy fats protect your heart. Learn what they are,...


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I Almost Died From a Heart Attack Because of a Little-Known Type of Cholesterol

With a total cholesterol level in the healthy range, one man thought he was OK—until he almost died of...


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Trans Fat vs. Saturated Fat: What’s the Difference?

Trans fats and saturated fats can have negative health consequences, but they are not the same thing. And unlike...


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7 Ways to Boost Good Cholesterol if Your HDL Level is Low

HDL cholesterol is the "good" stuff, which benefits heart health. Here's how to increase it.

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What Is Cholesterol?

Different types of cholesterol aren't inherently good or bad. But too much or too little of the wrong kind...


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8 Things You Can Do to Lower Your LDL Cholesterol

Heart disease is a leading cause of death, and high cholesterol plays a big role. Here's how to


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My Breast Lump Wasn’t Cancer—It Was a Sign of High Cholesterol

After discovering breast lumps, Kris Olsen thought she was in for a cancer diagnosis. Instead, her doctor diagnosed her...


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This is Why You Should Avoid Grapefruit While on Certain Statins

Taking a statin to lower your cholesterol? You've probably been warned about consuming grapefruit while taking cholesterol-lowering drugs.


What Is a Ventricular Arrhythmia? Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatments

A ventricular arrhythmia is a rapid heartbeat that originates in the heart's lower chamber and can be life-threatening. Here's...


What to Know About Sinus Arrhythmias, a Type of Irregular Heartbeat

A sinus arrhythmia—an irregular heartbeat—is often nothing to worry about, but here's when it may be a sign of something...


What Are Heart Arrhythmias? Symptoms, Risk, and Treatments for Irregular Heartbeats

If your heart beats too fast, too slowly, or has an irregular rhythm, you may have an arrhythmia.


Why Does Heart Failure Cause Swollen Feet?

The heart and feet are nowhere near each other, so what is the connection between heart failure and


I Thought I Needed a Nap. Turns Out, I Was Having a Heart Attack

Not every heart attack is sudden and intense. This Elvis impersonator—and silent heart attack survivor—shares how skipping a nap...

Misdiagnosed: I Lived With a Dangerous Heart Arrhythmia for Years

This woman had an arrhythmia for nearly a decade but it never showed up on tests. Here's how she finally...


These Are the 4 Stages of Heart Failure

Heart failure is very common—and it just doesn't happen to older people. About 6.2 million Americans over the age...


What Is Acute Heart Failure? Here’s What You Need to Know

We all think we understand what acute heart failure is, but the reality is complicated. This aggressive syndrome causes a...


Is Heart Disease Genetic?

Your blue eyes, your brown hair, and, yes, your heart health can be passed down through the generations. Here's...


6 Types of Heart Disease Doctors Need You to Know

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Here's what to know about the types of...


How Alcohol Is Linked to Heart Disease

Imbibing—in small amounts—may be good for your heart, but it's also not a reason to start consuming alcohol if you...

11 Surprising Heart Disease Facts You Should Know

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., but there are lesser known facts about heart...


What Causes Heart Disease? 9 Things Doctors Need You to Know

Taking care of your heart can help you live a long and healthy life. Here's what causes heart disease, according...


What Chest Pain on Your Left Side Could Mean

Chest pain on the left side is concerning, but it may not always mean you're having a heart attack.


What It Could Mean If You Have Right-Side Chest Pain

Chest pain on the left side gets all the attention because it is associated with a heart attack, but...


What It Means When You Have Chest Pain That Comes and Goes

Random chest pain that comes and goes isn't something you should shrug off. Here's what your chest pain—whether or...


These Are the Statin Side Effects You Should Know About

Statins are one of the most widely prescribed and effective types of cholesterol-lowering medication. They also have a few potential...