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Carotid artery ultrasound: Should you have this test?

This screening test is simple and painless, but it isn’t appropriate for most people. Image: © VILevi/Thinkstock For years, for-profit companies have mailed offers for health screening tests to homes across the United States. For about $150, you can undergo ...

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Non-HDL cholesterol explained

Q. My recent cholesterol test result included “non-HDL cholesterol.” What is the significance of this number? A. Your non-HDL cholesterol result refers to your total cholesterol value minus your HDL cholesterol. When you get your blood drawn for a cholesterol test (also ...

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blood pressure monitor

These devices help you keep tabs on a key indicator of your cardiovascular health. Published: December, 2017 Of all the things you measure to assess your health, blood pressure certainly ranks among the most important. High blood pressure not only ...

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Should you consider taking a fish oil supplement?

The net benefit of these popular supplements is very limited. Image: © stocksnapper/Thinkstock Millions of Americans swallow an amber-colored capsule of fish oil each day, lured by its alleged health benefits. In the supplement aisle of most pharmacies, supermarkets, and ...

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When you look for cancer, you might find heart disease

Screening for lung and breast cancer may reveal information about the health of your heart’s arteries. Image: © Jupiterimages/Thinkstock Screening tests for two of the most common forms of cancer involve detailed x-ray images of the chest. Growing evidence suggests ...

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What is a “full metal jacket”?

Ask the doctor Q. I heard my cardiologist say to another doctor that I have a “full metal jacket.” What does that mean? A. Cardiologists use the term “full metal jacket” to refer to a long series of stents in one of ...

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Are you prepared for a medical emergency?

Keep important information handy, such as an advance directive, a list of medications, and your emergency contacts. We spend a lot of time trying to stay healthy. We exercise, eat right, and get check-ups and screenings. But how many of ...

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A more precise approach to fighting cancer

Precision medicine offers a personalized approach for prevention and treatment of cancer and other diseases. If you have a stomachache or cold, you go to the pharmacy and grab the same remedy that everyone else uses, and it often works. ...

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