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Heart-healthy foods: What to eat and what to avoid

A heart-healthy dietary pattern emphasizes minimally processed vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans. Learn how you can adopt a heart-healthy eating style to boost your cardiovascular health.

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Stat of the Week

A doctor may suggest monitoring blood pressure regularly at home to help decide whether you should start taking –– or need to adjust –– high blood pressure medicine. A normal reading is less than 120/80 mm Hg.

A too small or too large cuff can lead to an artificially high or low reading. How you take your blood pressure matters, too. Do you know how to avoid common mistakes that affect accuracy, adding or subtracting points from blood pressure readings?

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