Heart Health

Lowering nicotine in cigarettes

Lowering nicotine in cigarettes

Follow me on Twitter @mallikamarshall When I was about 10 years old, my mother had me take a puff on an unfiltered Camel cigarette in an effort to discourage me from smoking in the future. Well, needless to say, it worked. After coughing and sputtering for what seemed like hours, I have never touched another cigarette. While I am in ...

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Cholesterol: Understanding HDL vs. LDL

HDL and LDL cholesterol word abstract

There are two main types of cholesterol: high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). (Lipoproteins are made of fat and protein, and serve as vehicles for your cholesterol to travel through the blood.) Cardiologists are often asked about low-density lipoprotein (LDL) versus high-density lipoprotein (HDL). The difference is important to understand. What does HDL cholesterol do? HDL clears from the body ...

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Where do you stand on bystander CPR?

Where do you stand on bystander CPR?

Follow me on Twitter @RobShmerling A recent survey confirmed what many have suspected: if you collapsed, there’s a good chance that the average bystander would not be prepared to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). And if they tried to revive you, there’s an even better chance they wouldn’t do it correctly. Of course, there is a certain circularity to this — ...

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