10 vices that are good for you

Posted: 11:30 AM EST Jan 23, 2014

Many of life's greatest indulgences bring big health benefits. Health.com rates the 10 vices that are actually good for you.

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Many of life's greatest indulgences bring big health benefits. Health.com rates the 10 vices that are actually good for you.

Healthy Heart: Features

What to ask your doctor about heart disease

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During your next visit to the doctor, consider asking these questions to see if you could be at risk for heart disease.

Eat your way to a healthy heart

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A healthy diet can help alleviate three major risk factors for heart disease. Find out what such a diet entails.

Workouts for parents, child to do together

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Trying to find time to work out and spend time with your kids can be difficult. One way to keep you and your child healthy while spending quality time together is to exercise with your child.

5 hidden health risks for women

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Despite increased attention to women's health issues, there are still many health risks that women need to know about that are not getting a whole lot of attention.

Various exercises can strengthen heart



Going to the gym can make your muscles bigger and stronger. But improving your heart may be the most important workout.

Ways to lower your stress level



From time to time we all get stressed out. Try using some of these ideas to help lower your stress level.

Tips to lower your cholesterol

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Having a high cholesterol can put you at greater risk of having a heart attack or a stroke. If your cholesterol is high, consider using these suggestions to help you lower it.

Is sex safe after heart attack?

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Experts say that people can have sex after their heart attacks. In fact, the more you exercise -- including having sex -- the better your odds.

How do foods get heart-check mark?



If you want to find foods that can help keep your heart healthy, a special insignia from the American Heart Association could help guide you at the grocery store.

Could you have an arrhythmia?

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A little skip in your heart beat once in a while is normal. Find out if yours is something more.

Healthy Heart: Extras

5 foods your heart will thank you for eating

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It's no fun to cut out salty snacks and red meat, but tasty alternatives can help you stay proactive about heart health without eating boiled chicken and rice cakes.

Mediterranean diet: A heart-healthy eating plan

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Find out how following a Mediterranean diet can benefit your health.

What are unhealthiest fast-food items?



It's no secret that fast-food items aren't always the healthiest option. But what items are the worst? Find out which fast-food items contain the most calories.

Take care of your heart when shoveling

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When shoveling, use these tips to protect your heart and your health.


A Healthy Heart

69 News: Health Beat

Health Beat: Esophageal cancer: Killing a silent killer

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This year alone, 17,000 Americans will be diagnosed with esophageal cancer and 16,000 of them will die from it. People who have Barrett's esophagus, a condition where normal tissue in the esophagus changes due to acid reflux, are at the highest risk of getting the disease. Now, there is more information on treatment options for those with this difficult disease.

Health Beat: Top 3 best diets

As many as 45 million Americans diet every year and spend an estimated $33 billion in weight loss products, yet two-thirds of us are classified as overweight or obese. Finding a weight loss program that works is not easy, especially with so many out there, but a national panel of experts has identified some of the best plans for losing weight and improving health.

Health Beat: Paralyzed? No handicap

It has swept through 34 states and stricken almost 120 children. The Centers for Disease Control is investigating, but in the meantime, one young target of the disease is doing her best to fight back.

Health Beat: Charcot foot: A step toward avoiding amputation

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Diabetes is a growing problem in the United States, now affecting close to 30 million people. Diabetics who become increasingly obese are in danger of an ailment that often leads to amputation of their feet. Now, there's a breakthrough treatment that's become a last-chance option.

Health Beat: Slowing ALS: Medicine's next big thing?

This year, more than 5,600 people in the United States will be told they have ALS. Within five years, many of those people will be robbed of their ability to work, to walk, to even talk. Until one day, they won't even be able to breathe. Now, there may be new hope to slow the effects of this devastating disease.