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Knowing Your Numbers

You can learn a lot about your heart with a few simple numbers. Your total cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, fasting glucose, hemoglobin A1C, and body mass index can indicate how strong your heart is.
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Basics of Heart & Vascular Disease

Some risk factors for heart disease can't be controlled: age, gender or family history. Other risk factors can be controlled, such as high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, physical activity or being overweight.
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Effects of Heart and Vascular Disease

In the beginning, heart disease has no symptoms. You can't see or feel plaque build up on the walls of your arteries. When the plaque buildup begins to affect the flow of blood to your heart or brain, the results can be serious. You may experience angina, heart attack or stroke.
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The Healthy Heart Diet

A diet that is healthy for your heart is low in saturated fat and cholesterol. By learning to read food labels, you can determine the amount of sodium, sugar or cholesterol in a product and make healthier food choices.
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Managing Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a waxy substance in the blood made by the liver. Some cholesterol is healthy, but when there's too much in the blood, it can build up on the walls of the blood vessels. Healthy eating and exercising are excellent ways to lower cholesterol.
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Managing High Blood Pressure

When you have high blood pressure, the force of blood against your artery walls is too strong, making the heart work extra hard to move blood. Although high blood pressure has no symptoms, over time it can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes and other organs.
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Exercise and Living Well

Less than 60 percent of Americans are not regularly active and 25 percent report they are not active at all. Yet exercise may be the most important factor to consider in the promotion of cardiovascular health.
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Managing Your Weight

Being overweight can put you at higher risk of many health problems, including heart disease and stroke. Recognizing when you have reached an unhealthy weight is the first step toward managing your weight.
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Managing Stress

Stress is how your body and mind react to change. Stress can help you energize and focus. However, if you have too much stress or don't deal well with it, stress can lead to unwanted symptoms and have a negative impact on your heart.
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Living Well with Diabetes

Diabetes affects the ability of the body to lower blood sugar (glucose). This can lead to damage in many parts of the body, including blood vessels, kidneys, eyes and digestive system. Diabetes also increases the risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke and blindness.
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How to Quit Smoking

When you quit smoking, you improve your overall health. You reduce your risk of cancer, lung disease, heart disease, stroke, emphysema and other smoking-related diseases.
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Women and Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, even ahead of breast cancer. About one out of seven women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, but one of every two women will die of heart disease. Despite this, many people do not understand how heart disease affects women.
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Understanding Congestive Heart Failure

Many conditions can cause congestive heart failure, including coronary artery disease, past heart attack, high blood pressure or heart valve disease.
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Cancer Information

Baylor Scott & White cancer centers treat all forms of cancer. Baylor Scott & White follows the American Cancer Society guidelines for early detection of many forms of cancer, including breast cancer, colorectal cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer and skin cancer.
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