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Varicose Veins: More Than a Cosmetic Problem?
Bulging, twisted varicose veins can make you self-conscious about baring your legs. Sometimes, they limit more than your fashion choices. In certain cases, varicose veins can lead to more serious conditions.

Heart Troubles Increase Your Risk for Falls
When you’re first diagnosed with a heart condition, you’re likely to talk with your healthcare provider about lifestyle changes and medicines. But there’s another issue you might want to discuss: your risk of falling.

High Blood Pressure: Beyond the Numbers
In many ways, high blood pressure is a condition of facts and figures. After all, it’s defined by two digits: the pressure when your heart beats (systolic) over the pressure when it relaxes (diastolic).

Control Your Risk for Atrial Fibrillation
While you can manage certain risk factors for the condition, there are some you can’t control. Factors such as your family history, age, race, and sex all play a role.

COVID-19 and Your Heart
Two years ago, health experts knew very little about COVID-19. Now, they’re continuing to uncover its secrets.

4 Ways to Boost Heart Health if You Have Diabetes
When you’re diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, heart health matters—a lot. You’re twice as likely to have heart disease or a stroke than someone who doesn’t have the condition.

Think You’re Too Young for Heart Problems? Think Again
Heart disease is more common with age. If you’re in your 20s, 30s, or 40s, you might believe it’s something you don’t need to worry about right now. Yet it’s never too early to start paying attention to your heart health.

OTC Medicines Raise Concerns About Blood Pressure
You can buy a variety of medicines at the store without a prescription. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore their directions, drug interactions, and side effects. Some over-

5 Questions Everyone with Heart Disease Should Answer
Learning that you have heart disease is an overwhelming experience. All of a sudden there are lots of changes to make, including the foods that you eat, the activities you do, and the medications that you take. The goal with treatment for heart disease is to reduce your risk for serious complications, such as a heart attack, irregular heartbeats, and death.

Can Your Gut Health Affect Your Heart?
Trust your gut. Follow your heart. As it turns out, you can do both at once: The health of your cardiovascular and digestive systems appears to be linked.

5 Ways to Manage Blood Pressure Without Medicine
High blood pressure is common but dangerous—it increases your risk for heart disease and stroke. The good news is that there are lifestyle changes you can make to keep your blood pressure under control.

A Hop, Skip, and a Jump: Do You Have an Irregular Heartbeat?
From time to time, your heart may flutter when you’re excited, nervous, or exercising hard. And if your heart’s offbeat beat—also called an arrhythmia—goes away as quickly as it came about, it might seem like no cause for concern. But the whole picture is a little more complicated. It’s a good idea to know when that fleeting flutter may be putting your health at risk.

What to Do About Low HDL Cholesterol
If your healthcare provider says that your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol level is too low, take heart. There are steps you can take to improve this “good” cholesterol—and boost your cardiovascular health. Here’s some information you can use to begin discussing a plan with your provider.
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