30 Days, 30 Ways to a Healthy Heart

Boost your heart health this month -- and beyond -- with these expert tips (31 Photos)

Jessica Smith on Feb 1, 2012 at 11:31AM

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30 Days, 30 Ways to a Healthy Heart

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Get a 'VAP with Your PAP'

Heart attack risk is on the rise for women over 30 and if you are one of the estimated 5 million women who suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), your risk is even higher. Steve Foley, M.D., a gynecologist in Colorado Springs, Colo., recommends getting a Vertical Auto Profile (VAP), a test that measures your LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol. High cholesterol raises your risk of heart disease, so keeping at normal level can help to prevent heart disease. The best way to remember to make the appointment, says Dr. Foley, is to schedule your VAP when you schedule a Pap test. Click here to learn more about VAP tests or ask your doctor.

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