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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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Are Backyard Chickens Bad for Your Health?

If you keep chickens or other poultry in your backyard, wash your hands after handling them and don’t let them roam in your home. (Getty Images) If you’re thinking of keeping live poultry in your backyard, take care: That fluffy little ...

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