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How 'good cholesterol' can help your heart

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When it comes to cholesterol you've got the good and the bad and there's a huge difference between the two. Now a new study says good cholesterol could even prevent a person from having a second heart attack.

The study out of the University of Colorado shows an IV infusion of HDL cholesterol could rapidly remove cholesterol out of plaque-clogged arteries. The goal is to reduce the chances of a second heart attack.

In the year after a heart attack, 12-percent of patients had a second heart attack or stroke.Standard medications like aspirin prevent clotting, but don't affect the underlying factor, cholesterol that has built up on artery walls.

Following one infusion, cholesterol dropped in cells by 164 percent. Good cholesterol picks up the waxy fat plaques and gets it out of your system.

So how can you naturally raise your level of HDL? Watch your Glycemic Index.

Those foods that raise your blood sugar seem to lower your good cholesterol.  Get in about 30 minutes of aerobic exercise most days of the week, this might boost your heart rate and your HDL.

Kicking the smoking habit is also good for your good cholesterol level.  And lose weight, being overweight or obese contributes to low HDL levels.


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