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11 Signs You Are About To Have a Heart Attack

Heart disease is either the number 1 or number 2 killer of Americans. Heart attacks present themselves differently in each person and even between the sexes.

However, there are enough common symptoms that if you experience one or two of these symptoms suddenly, you may want to either call 911 or visit the ER.


Risks include age (over 65), sex (male), family history, race (African descent), smoking, obesity and diet, lack of exercise, high cholesterol, alcohol consumption, and stress.

You don’t have to have risk factors to have a heart attack, so be aware of symptoms!

11. Chest Pain
Both men and women tend to experience chest pain. In general, chest pain may be pain or may feel like pressure, squeezing, or fullness.

The pain often comes and goes and will last a few minutes. It may occur over several days. People describe the pain differently. Men describe it as an elephant sitting on you; women as a squeezing or feeling of fullness.


Chest pain occurs when your heart is not getting enough…

9 Foods That Lower Cholesterol

High cholesterol can lead to health issues, so lowering your cholesterol is a good step towards improving your overall health concerns. Many people prefer not to take medicines to lower cholesterol since these medicines may cause unwanted side effects. Another reason for not taking medicines that reduce cholesterol is the additional expense. Many people prefer a natural way to lower cholesterol, and one natural way to lower cholesterol is to eat certain foods.

9 Foods That Lower Cholesterol

Fruits
Apples contain a soluble fiber that helps lower cholesterol naturally by drawing it out of the body. In order to get the most out of apples, eat the apple with the skin on instead of peeling it or drinking apple juice.

Grapes contain a compound that helps to keep them from getting moldy. Fortunately, this same compound helps to lower the LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) in the body. All grapes help to lower cholesterol but the darker the grape, the more of the compound it contains, so eat darker grapes for greater benefits.


Pears and prunes also contain soluble fiber that helps lower cholesterol. According to CNN, soluble fiber seems to reduce the absorption of cholesterol, thus effectively reducing cholesterol levels in the intestines.

Nuts
Walnuts help reduce cholesterol because they contain polyunsaturated fatty acids. Eating a handful a day significantly reduces the cholesterol level in your body. It is best not to eat more than a handful a day because walnuts and most nuts are high in calories, and eating too much of them can lead to weight gain.

Almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachios and some pine nuts also contain contain the same polyunsaturated fatty acids and can help reduce cholesterol. Try using nuts in salads instead of croutons--this is an effective way to get the benefits without risking weight gain.

Fish
Mackerel, trout, herring, salmon, sardines and albacore tuna all contain omega 3 fatty acids that reduce cholesterol in the body. Eat fish at least twice a week to reap the maximum benefits. Not only is fish good for you, but it is delicious when you bake or broil it.

Other Foods
Brown rice, cinnamon, garlic, oats and soy products all contain properties that help lower cholesterol. Consider switching from white to brown rice, sprinkle cinnamon on your breakfast cereal or use it in tea, use garlic for seasoning instead of salt, drink soy milk instead of regular milk and eat cereals and breads made from oats.