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Surprising Things That Affect
Your Heart Health Most

Most people know that too many artery-clogging foods and too little exercise will increase your risk of heart disease over time, but lesser-known lifestyle factors can also have an impact on heart health.

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5 Healthy Habits to Raise Your Good Cholesterol

Research shows that high levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as "good" cholesterol, can protect you against heart disease, heart attacks, and diabetes. HDL acts as an industrial vacuum by cleaning up low-density lipoprotein (LDL), known as "bad" cholesterol, and transporting it back to the liver where it is broken down and passed out of the body. Learn about five lifestyle factors that can help boost your HDL levels.

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7 Essential Foods for Healthy Aging

You might not be able to turn back the clock, but eating a diet rich in nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids can help you stay healthy as you age. Read on to learn about some of the best foods for healthy aging that will help keep your heart, body, and mind strong.

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Make sure Your Heart Medicines Help, Not Hurt

Heart patients don’t leave the hospital empty-handed. They go home with prescription drugs intended to help their health. But a recent study finds that as many as half have trouble taking these medications correctly during the first month—and about one-third experience harmful effects.

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Take Strides Toward Better Health

Are you looking to live a more active lifestyle? Don’t overlook the benefits of walking.

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Heart Risks Rise in Winter, Regardless of Climate

Some people winter in sunny California. Others tough out the cold and snow in the Northeast. Whether you’re sweating in Florida or freezing in New York, there’s one constant this season: Your heart risk is higher now than it is in summer months.

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Six Ways Quitting Smoking Improves Your Diabetes and Overall Health

We all know smoking tobacco poses serious health risks. But what some people don’t know is that smoking can make certain health issues caused by diabetes worse or cause them to deteriorate faster.

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4 Nutrients for Heart Health5

Eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet may help lower your risk of heart disease and stroke while giving you the energy you need to power through your day. To help keep your heart healthy, choose a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean proteins, and make sure you’re getting enough of these four nutrients.

Vitamin D6

Vitamin D may help control blood pressure and prevent artery damage. Good sources include fortified cereals and milk and fatty fish. Just 4 ounces of salmon meets the recommended dietary allowance (RDA).

Magnesium7

Found in nuts, legumes, and green leafy vegetables, magnesium helps regulate blood sugar and blood pressure. Almonds are rich in magnesium; a 1-ounce serving (roughly a handful) contains a fifth of your daily RDA.

Potassium8

A daily dose of potassium from foods like bananas and spinach may help lower blood pressure and maintain your heart’s normal rhythm. Two cups of spinach will provide roughly a third of your daily requirement.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids9

One or two 3.5-ounce servings of fish per week may lower your risk of heart disease thanks to omega-3 fatty acids that reduce damage-causing inflammation in your blood vessels.

Ask your Rite Aid Pharmacist about ways to keep your heart healthy with a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet and supplements when necessary. Do not start any supplements without first discussing them with your pharmacist or doctor.

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Do Your Heart
a Favor: Quit Now*

No matter what age you are, or how much or how long you’ve smoked, it’s never too late to quit. Giving up smoking has many health benefits that happen within the first year.

The day you quit smoking is the day your health begins to improve. Twenty minutes after you smoke your last cigarette, your blood pressure and heart rate recover from the spike caused by smoking. After just 72 hours, breathing becomes easier and energy levels increase. Within one year, your risk of developing heart disease decreases significantly.

It’s not too late. Kicking the habit may reduce your risk of heart attack, while decreasing your odds of developing other serious conditions.

Are you ready to learn more about how to quit smoking? We’re here to help.

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*http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/smo/benefits http://www.heart.org HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/QuitSmoking/QuittingSmoking/Why-Quit-Smoking_UCM_307847_Article.jsp#.V-Kr45MrLRZ; https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130901154128.htm http://patient.info/health/the-benefits-of-stopping-smoking http://www.who.int/tobacco/quitting/benefits/en/