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How Medication Treats High Cholesterol

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Many people hear from their doctor that their cholesterol is too high and that they must start taking medication for it. They take their prescription and they fill it at the drugstore (or save some money by ordering it online), but how many people understand how medication lowers cholesterol? How many people know what cholesterol medication does? What else can you do to help lower your cholesterol? The following is a guide on how medication treats high cholesterol. Wait, what is cholesterol? To understand how medications treat high cholesterol, we first need to understand what cholesterol is and what it does. Cholesterol is a wax-like substance that flows through your veins in your blood. It builds, protects, and maintains your cell membranes, making it essential for your body. Cholesterol is also needed for your body to be able to produce hormones, Vitamin D, and digestive enzymes. However, when you have too much cholesterol, it sticks to the inside of your arteries and begins build ...

10 Interesting Facts About Your Heart

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Whether you celebrate Valentine's Day with a loved one or a cold bowl of cereal, most people recognize that it is a day enveloped by love and affection. Besides the cinnamon sweets and flower deliveries, you are likely to see images of the heart. Metaphorically, the heart is commonly believed to be the center of our feelings. While we have learned that our brain actually plays a bigger role in our emotions, the heart is still one of the most important organs for our survival. That being said, here are 10 interesting facts about your heart. 1. Your heart likes sex. Sex is good for your heart. A recent study showed that men who engaged in sexual intercourse at least twice a week were significantly less likely to develop heart disease or suffer heart attacks. What about heart attacks that occur during sex? Sex-induced heart attacks are actually rare, and have been mainly attributed to stress and anxiety. In fact, it has been suggested that if you can walk up a flight of stairs briskly, ...

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