A new study shows older people with established heart disease who ate the most heart-healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, and nuts had a much lower risk of dying or having another heart attack or stroke than those who ate the unhealthiest diet.
If not, what are you waiting for? Did you know that too much cholesterol in your blood can build up in artery walls and cause a process called atherosclerosis , a form of heart disease? Get your cholesterol test before the end of December and post your results in the WebMD Cholesterol Community Challenge .
Check out two new features from the WebMD Heart Health Center to help you understand cholesterol numbers, LDL, HDL, and triglycerides:
To read more, click the link here: Electrocardiogram - Why & How It's Done Other reasons you may not be able to have the test or why the results may not be helpful include not having the electrodes securely attached to your skin, moving or talking during the test, exercising before the test and/or being anxious or breathing very deeply or rapidly.
If you want to increase your odds of having a healthy heart in old age, your best bet is to keep your blood pressure and cholesterol in check in middle age.
Click the link here to read about a large study showing having an "optimal" risk factor profile at age 45 staved off heart disease for about 14 years, compared with having at least two major risk factors in middle age. What to Do Now to Lower Heart Disease Risk Later
What's optimal? Blood pressure reading under 120 over 80, a cholesterol level under 180, and no diabetes, as well as being a nonsmoker. How are your risk factors? Do you know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers?
We're happy to announce the launch of a new tool here at WebMD that we think our members will enjoy -- WebMD Answers .
While community is a place to get to know your fellow members and experts on a deep and supportive level, sometimes folks just want to ask a question and receive an answer. That's what WebMD Answers is all about.
Do you have friends that you've tried to get to join you here in community, but they feel they don't have the time to spend? Maybe Answers is a tool they can use for quick access.
Anyone can ask a question, and anyone can answer a question. Experts, partner organizations, staff and moderators will also be responding to some questions.
We invite you all to go in and check it out today. If you have any questions about this new tool, post them here and we'll try to help you out.
Moving from hospital to hospital sounds so stressful! I hope you and your wife find the care she needs ASAP.
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