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How Low is Too Low for Blood Pressure?

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/11/2014

When it comes to blood pressure, we often think about high blood pressure. But for some people, low blood pressure is a real issue. So, how low is too low when it comes to blood pressure? 

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Best Eating Plan for Heart Health

VIDEO: The Best Eating Plan for Heart Health

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/16/2014

Eating a non-inflammatory diet is the best way to ensure your heart's health. Dr. Sinatra loves the Pan-Asian, Mediterranean diet, loaded with fresh fruits, low-glycemic vegetables like broccoli and chick peas, and migratory fish. Learn more about his heart healthy eating plan.

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Filed Under: Food and Nutrition

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Heart Health and Walking

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

There is no other lifestyle modification with such immediate and long-lasting benefits for your health and well-being as exercise, and walking is one of the most effective, and sustainable, types of exercise you can do. Here's how to get started...

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Filed Under: Heart Health Principles

How to Prevent Diabetes

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/16/2014

Find out how to prevent diabetes as you age through diet and lifestyle changes that will support healthy blood sugar levels, staving off insulin resistance.

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Filed Under: Blood Sugar

Natural Treatments for GERD

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/23/2014

Discover your options for natural treatments for GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, and the four that Dr. Stephen Sinatra recommends for his patients.

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Sinatra's Super Foods: Broccoli

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Broccoli makes the Sinatra's Super Foods list because it contains lots of phytonutrients that can protect against free radical damage that can cause cancer. Broccoli also contains heart-healthy magnesium, calcium and potassium to lower your blood pressure.

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Q&A: Recovery from Stroke

Q&A: Recovery from Stroke

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/18/2014

Learn more about the natural, effective therapies that Dr. Stephen Sinatra suggests to aid his patients in recovery from stroke, even long after the event.

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Lower High Blood Pressure With Earthing

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

High blood pressure can be caused by hyperviscosity, or thick and sticky blood that moves slowly through the circulatory system. Research shows that the practice of Earthing (also called grounding) can thin the blood and help lower blood pressure.

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Annual Flu Shot Information & Natural Alternatives

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

To maintain heart health, you need to keep your immune system strong. But should your heart-health regimen include an annual flu shot? Dr. Sinatra recommends natural alternatives for boosting your immune system and avoiding the flu.

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Diastolic Dysfunction Treatment

Diastolic Dysfunction Treatment

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/20/2014

Find out more about diastolic dysfunction symptoms from Dr. Stephen Sinatra, as well as your natural and effective diastolic dysfunction treatment options.

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The Heart Tests You Need

The Heart Tests You Need

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/18/2014

Learn more about the array of cardiovascular diagnostics available, and which heart test Dr. Stephen Sinatra recommends for specific symptoms and conditions. 

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High Blood Pressure and Salt

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

One of the ways you can lower high blood pressure is by limiting how much salt you eat. Specifically, says Dr. Stephen Sinatra, you must be mindful of the “hidden” salt in prepared and packaged foods.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Diet Soda Health Risks

Diet Soda Health Risks

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Learn more about the diet soda health risks, including increased risk factors for stroke and heart attack, and what other actions you can take to lose weight.

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Filed Under: Stroke

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Healthy Grilling Hints

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Grilled meat can pose some serious risks. That’s because barbecuing meat over an open flame creates dangerous compounds called heterocyclic amines (HCAs).

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Filed Under: General Health

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Sinatra's Super Foods: Garlic

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Garlic is a Sinatra's Super Foods because it is excellent for heart health. Garlic is a great natural blood thinner and it helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

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Sinatra's Super Foods: Cauliflower

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Cauliflower is one of Sinatra's Super Foods because of its impressive array of cancer-fighting nutrients. Cauliflower is packed with phytonutrients that can protect agains the cell damage caused by free radical stress that can lead to cancer. Cauliflower also reduces inflammation in the body, which is the core cause of heart disease.

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Heart-Healthy Holiday Recipes

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you're looking for something to serve this holiday season, I wanted to share my collection of heart-healthy holiday recipes. All of them are easy to make, delicious, and can be enjoyed guilt-free...

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Salt and High Blood Pressure

Salt and High Blood Pressure

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Find out more about dietary salt and high blood pressure, and what Dr. Stephen Sinatra recommends to prevent and treat his patients’ high blood pressure levels.

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Q&A: Do I Really Need a Multivitamin?

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you eat the perfect diet; live a calm lifestyle; and avoid toxins such as pesticides, heavy metals, prescription drugs and radiation, then perhaps you wouldn't need to take additional vitamins. But we live in the modern world, and a multi is a necessity.

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Q&A: Addressing an Unidentified Arrhythmia

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Arrhythmia, or a rapid or irregular heartbeat, is a common occurrence—but it's also a clinically significant one. Here are some common causes of arrhythmia and the methods for diagnosing it.

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Estrogen, Breast Cancer, and Your Heart

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

As a cardiac rehab nurse, I’m well versed in the heart-protective effects that estrogen has for women. And in the 1980s and 1990s, those benefits created a real dilemma for women who had to decide whether to undergo estrogen replacement therapy.

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Filed Under: Women's Health

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Sinatra's Super Foods: Olive Oil

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 03/25/2014

Olive oil is a Sinatra's Super Food because it is so heart-healthy. It's the oil's unique combination of healthy monounsaturated fats and powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols, both of which help to block the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which can lower your blood pressure.

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Q&A: Bypass Surgery: Do I Need It?

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

You need bypass surgery when blocked arteries lead to an unsatisfactory quality of life or a high risk of heart attack. "Unsatisfactory" in this case means frequent bouts of angina or shortness of breath with minimal exertion.

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The Facts About Microwave Safety

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 03/22/2014

Learn more about microwave safety, and why Dr. Stephen Sinatra recommends that you limit your use of this technology, in favor of other cooking methods.

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Blending Vitamins Into Smoothies

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

It is okay to blend vitamins into smoothies if that is an easier way to take vitamins. But you should open up any vitamin capsules and dump the content in separately.

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Key Nutrients for Vegetarians

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you’re one of the millions who follow a vegetarian diet—or are considering a change in that direction—it’s important to know that there is much more to being a vegetarian than simply excluding meat, fish, and fowl.

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Diabetes and Heart Disease

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Find out more about the dangerous link between diabetes and heart disease, and the adverse effects that diabetes can have on your entire cardiovascular system.

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Top Almond Health Benefits

Top Almond Health Benefits

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 03/22/2014

Discover the numerous almond health benefits and how Dr. Stephen Sinatra recommends that his patients add these healthy nuts to their daily heart healthy diet.

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Isolated Systolic Hypertension

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Isolated systolic hypertension or ISH is when just the top number of your blood pressure reading is too high. The top number of your blood pressure reading reflects the systolic pressure, or the amount of pressure being generated when the heart is contracting.

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Your Mental Clarity Can Get Better as You Get Older

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

One of the main causes of memory decline is oxidative damage at the cellular level. Fortunately, brain cells are very receptive to nutritional supplementation. There are nutrients that can preserve and boost your brain power, actually guarding against memory loss.

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Heart Health and Running

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

To maintain heart health and lower your risk for heart disease and heart attack, exercise is key. But running may not be your best exercise option when it comes to heart health.

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Cigarettes Harm Everyone Exposed

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Cigarette smoking’s causal link to lung cancer, heart disease, and other serious illnesses is fairly undeniable at this point. In reaction, society is making things harder and harder for smokers with the intention of discouraging the habit—with some degre

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What is Cholesterol?

What is Cholesterol?

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 03/27/2014

Learn from Dr. Sinatra what cholesterol is and what functions it performs in the body. Also discover the difference between HDL cholesterol and LDL cholesterol.

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Silence Heals the Heart

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Simple meditation, done at 5- to 10-minute intervals during the day, can offset the chronic release of the hormone cortisol, which raises your blood pressure and contributes to heart disease and other cardiovascular problems.

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The Diet-Inflammation Connection

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Inflammation is now regarded as a leading contributor to illnesses ranging from hay fever and arthritis to diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease. Monica Reinagel has done exhaustive research on the nutritional components of 1,600 common foods, and rated them according to scientifically validated factors related to inflammation.

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Filed Under: Heart Health Principles

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Sinatra's Super Foods: Salmon

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Wild salmon is loaded with omega-3 essential fatty acids. These heart-healthy fats penetrate layers of cholesterol-laden plaque, soothing inflammation and preventing blood-clotting deposits from lining coronary arteries.

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Is Low LDL Cholesterol a Problem?

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/16/2014

Learn more about what happens if you have low LDL cholesterol, and how this could adversely affect your immune system and memory, and how to avoid this problem.

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