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HealthyWomen is the nation's leading nonprofit health information source for women. Our mission is to educate, inform and empower women to make smart health choices for themselves and their families.

For 25 years, HealthyWomen has been providing unbiased, original health information, reviewed and vetted by leading medical experts -- earning the trust of consumers, health care providers, nonprofit and corporate partners, and the media. In July our website HealthyWomen.org was selected to ForbesWoman’s "Top 100 Websites for Women" for the third consecutive year.

In addition to our site, HealthyWomen produces print publications for health care providers, the annual WomenTALK® survey addressing current trends in women’s health, as well as public health education campaigns designed to raise awareness of conditions most affecting women.

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    Most statins are usually taken once a day in the evening or before bed. The timing is important, since the body makes more cholesterol at night than during the day. It takes about four to six weeks to achieve the full effect. After six to eight weeks, your healthcare professional will probably check...Read More
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    Blood pressure above 140 mm Hg systolic and/or 90 mm Hg diastolic is considered hypertensive. There are 2 stages of hypertension. Stage 1 hypertension is systolic blood pressure between 140 to 159 mm Hg and/or diastolic blood pressure 90 to 99 mm Hg. Stage 2 hypertension is blood pressure greater...Read More
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    The normal cardiac rhythm is called "sinus rhythm" and the normal heart rate is 60 to 100 beats per minute. An arrhythmia occurs when the heart beats irregularly or abnormally slow (bradycardia) or fast (tachycardia). While many arrhythmias don't cause symptoms, some cause chest pain, dizziness,...Read More
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    Blood cholesterol levels are measured with a small blood sample. You should have a complete lipoprotein panel, which measures total cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein [LDL] + high-density lipoprotein [HDL]), LDL (bad cholesterol), HDL (good cholesterol) and triglyceride levels. Ideally, it should be...Read More
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    Cholesterol travels in the blood in packages called lipoproteins, which consist of lipids (fats) and protein. Cholesterol packaged in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is often called "bad" cholesterol because too much LDL in the blood can lead to cholesterol buildup and blockage in the arteries. LDL...Read More
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    You should take 400 micrograms of folic acid (a B vitamin) at least a month before you become pregnant and for the first three months of your pregnancy. If you have already had a child with a neural tube defect, such as spina bifida, a type of birth defect in which the baby's spine doesn't close...Read More
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    During the holidays it can be tempting to forgo your usual diet and exercise routine, but there are ways to maintain your weight without putting a damper on the festivities. Start by weighing yourself once or twice a week. Studies show that people who weigh themselves regularly are better able to maintain...Read More
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    After you've missed a menstrual period and confirmed your pregnancy with a home pregnancy test, make an appointment with your health care professional.

    Meeting with a health care professional early on (even before you get pregnant if you are planning to conceive) is important for all women, but...Read More
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    You are at greater risk for developing gestational diabetes if you are obese (have a body mass index greater than 30); have a family history of diabetes or have previously given birth to a very large infant or have had a stillbirth or a child with certain birth defects. One study showed a strong rela...Read More
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    Many people with restless legs syndrome (RLS) also have a related sleep disorder called periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD). This disorder is characterized by involuntary jerking or bending leg movements that typically occur every 20 to 40 seconds during sleep. Some people experience hundreds of such m...Read More
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    After you've missed a menstrual period and confirmed your pregnancy with a home pregnancy test, make an appointment with your health care professional.

    Meeting with a health care professional early on (even before you get pregnant if you are planning to conceive) is important for all women, but...Read More
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    Breast density refers to how well a mammogram can "see" any potential cancers or precancerous conditions within your breasts. Your breasts are made up of fat and fibrous tissue. X-rays penetrate fat tissue fairly well, but don't penetrate fibrous tissue that well. This fibrous tissue, which occurs bilaterally in...Read More
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    Phytoestrogens are naturally occurring substances found in plants that can either mimic the actions of estrogen in the body or work against the body's estrogen. There are three classes of phytoestrogens:
    • Isoflavonoids, found in legumes, with soybeans being the major dietary source of this compound.
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    Doctors are fairly sure that fluctuating estrogen levels are the culprit behind dense breasts, particularly since premenopausal women (who have higher levels of estrogen) are more likely to have dense breasts than postmenopausal women. Also, postmenopausal hormone therapy can increase the density of...Read More
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    Always talk to your healthcare provider before taking any supplement if you are a breast cancer survivor. But you should definitely avoid taking phytoestrogen-based supplements, such as soy isoflavones or black cohosh.

    Phytoestrogens are naturally occurring substances found in plants that can mimic the actions...Read More