Frequently Asked Prevention Questions

Every day, our experienced team of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and vascular surgeons answer heart health questions from people in the community. You can review a list of Frequently Asked Questions on the topics below, or contact our heart experts to submit your own question.

How can you lower cholesterol without taking medication?

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My father has diabetes but is in good health. His cholesterol is a little high. Should I be worried?

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What’s the link between type 2 diabetes and heart disease?

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What’s the best exercise program for your heart?

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At what age should I start getting heart-related screening tests?

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How can I tell if I have heart disease?

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Is it more important to raise good cholesterol or lower bad cholesterol?

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I haven’t exercised in years. How do I start a new exercise program?

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I have been having some concerns about my heart health. Is my resting blood pressure a concern: 115/65, with a pulse of 47?

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Which is better for your heart? Margarine or butter?

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I have some arteries that have extremely high calcium scores on a CT (one is 700+) and others that are zero. Does that tell you anything? I have never had symptoms and I bike 10 miles a day.

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If stents do not help a heart problem, what is the next step? My husband has three stents and is ready for another.

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