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Weed Killer and Pet Death

Weed Killer and Pet Death

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Last Reviewed 03/22/2014

Discover the hidden dangers of many weed killers for lawn care, and the various steps that Dr. Stephen Sinatra recommends in order to prevent pet death.

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For Heart-Healthy Eating, Up Fats & Reduce Carbs

For Heart-Healthy Eating, Up Fats & Reduce Carbs

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Last Reviewed 09/05/2014

Discover why for heart-healthy eating Dr. Sinatra says sugar, not fats, is the real demon in heart disease. Plus, get a recipe for Vibrant Avocado and Veggie Salsa Collard wraps to put heart-healthy eating into action.

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Filed Under: Recipes

The Truth About Green Tea Supplements

The Truth About Green Tea Supplements

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Last Reviewed 08/14/2014

Most green tea pills are highly concentrated, containing many more catechins than are found in a single cup of green tea. That’s why you need to be very careful when choosing a green tea supplement. Here's what you need to know...

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Filed Under: Weight Loss Program

The Benefits of Multivitamins

The Benefits of Multivitamins

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Last Reviewed 03/22/2014

Find out more about the benefits of multivitamins and why Dr. Stephen Sinatra recommends that you take targeted nutritional supplements to maintain optimal heart health.

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Healthy, Inspiring Books for Children

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

For the holidays, my wife and I passed on electronic gadgets and are instead giving books to the children in our lives. Unlike electronic gadgets, books don't emit harmful electropollution and reading them together will create lasting memories...

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Filed Under: General Health

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Treat Fibromyalgia with Heart Nutrients? Absolutely

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Recently I asked my Facebook readers which health topics they wanted me to write about in my blog—and one overwhelming response is fibromyalgia. The good news, as I’ll explain in a minute, is that the same nutrients that support the heart can help with fibromyalgia.
 
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Stroke Risk Factors—Why Younger People Are Having Strokes

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

It used to be that only people over the age of 65 needed to worry about having a stroke. But a new study published in the journal Neurology has found reported that 15% of all strokes are now occurring in people between the ages of 15-44. Here's why...

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GMO Food Labeling: Is CT a Winner?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Connecticut is the home state of my wife, six grown children, five of our ten grandchildren, and my former clinical practice. Plus, this month that same home state has been front and center in the headlines for  "unanimously" passing a GMO Labeling bill by a vote of with a unanimous 35-1 vote. But while that sounds like a victory, the fight is far from over...
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Filed Under: Nutrients and Additives

Is Red Meat Safe?

Is Red Meat Safe?

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Last Reviewed 10/21/2014

Learn more about a study in Nature Medicine that determined fat and cholesterol in red meat isn’t what causes cardiovascular risk, it’s the L-carnitine.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Is Taking Multivitamins Safe?

Is Taking Multivitamins Safe?

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Last Reviewed 02/27/2014

Find out more about taking multivitamins to promote overall well-being, and what to avoid in your supplementation to naturally and effectively stay healthy.

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It’s Never Too Late to Start Exercising

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Even with all the benefits that supplements and medication can provide, I frequently have to remind patients about the basics of good health—and that includes exercise. Even a minimal amount of regular activity can have immediate benefits--and it's never too late to start. Here's how...

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Winter Survival for Your Body and Mind

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

One way to get through the post-holiday winter stretch is to start anticipating and planning your summer vacation time.  If you, like me, enjoy taking time to do something for your mind and body when you travel, I have a great suggestion for you. Consider joining me for a weekend in New England this June...

 

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Filed Under: Heart Health

The Healing Power of Music

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Last Reviewed 07/21/2014

Music can do more than help get you into the holiday spirit. It can heal mentally and physically. Create a soundtrack for the holidays and good health.

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Heart-Healthy Eating: A Little Insurance Against Holiday Excess

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

It’s easy to overindulge during the holidays. Protect your digestive system with a little bacteria—the good kind, of course. Find out how to supplement your holiday diet with probiotics.

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Filed Under: Digestive Health

Give Thanks for Your Heart

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Thanksgiving is the time to be grateful for all of the good things in your life. Turns out that feeling grateful may lengthen your life and heal your heart. Find out how.

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Filed Under: Mood & Memory

The Great Cholesterol Myth

The Great Cholesterol Myth

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Last Reviewed 02/14/2014

The Great Cholesterol Myth is that cholesterol causes all of your heart problems. My new book uncovers the truth about the high cholesterol hype. Preview today.

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Can a Flu Vaccine Stop Heart Disease?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

New research says that a flu vaccine could reduce your chance of a heart attack by 50%. But before you rush out to get a flu shot, get all the facts. Is getting a flu vaccine the best choice for you?
 

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Happiness Can Extend Your Life

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The power or positive thinking can lead to a longer life, according to a new study. People with less enjoyment in their lives were three times more likely to die before their happier counterparts. Learn more about how your attitude can impact your health.
 

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Indoor Tanning is Risky Business

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Last Reviewed 10/10/2014

Before you turn to a tanning bed to maintain your summer glow this winter, consider the health risks. For instance, studies show that indoor tanning is linked to malignant melanoma, the deadliest kind. Learn other reasons why indoor tanning isn't worth the risk.
 

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Maple Syrup Gives You Valuable Health Perks

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The next time you sit down to a breakfast of fluffy pancakes, consider the health benefits of real maple syrup. The golden sweet liquid contains cancer-fighting properties and more. Find out more about the good stuff in this good stuff.

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Is Your Cell Phone Causing Heart Problems?

Is Your Cell Phone Causing Heart Problems?

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Last Reviewed 09/18/2014

Your cell phone could be a real danger to your heart, especially if you have a pacemaker. The microwave frequency of cell phones can interfere with your heart and your pacemaker's electrical wiring. Take a few simple precautions to protect yourself.
 

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Vascular Dementia Can Happen to Anyone

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

September is World Alzheimer's Month and it is a good time to be aware of another illness that mimics Alzheimer's and attacks mental function -- vascular dementia. Learn more about this condition and its classic symptoms.
 

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Filed Under: Mood & Memory

Do You Need a Heart Pacemaker?

Do You Need a Heart Pacemaker?

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Last Reviewed 05/15/2014

Discover why Dr. Stephen Sinatra recommends that even those in excellent health should explore if a heart pacemaker would help maintain a healthier lifestyle.

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Filed Under: Arrhythmia

Heart-Felt Lessons from the Olympics

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Seeing the physical exertion that athletes endure to train for the Olympics is awe-inspiring, but it also points out a dangerous health threat—cardiac arrest. What any athlete, and you, can do to avoid the risk.
 

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Boost Your Health with Cauliflower

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Brightly colored veggies get more attention than pale cauliflower, but it is packed with just as many health benefits like cancer protection and a good dose of vitamin C. Find out what else this super food can do.
 

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5 Common Cardiovascular Myths

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Last Reviewed 03/25/2014

Carrying around a few extra pounds is a common heart-health mistake. Are you making other mistakes that could hurt your heart? Check out our list of the top 5.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Season Your Way to Better Heart Health

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Adding seasoning to your food does more than add flavor. The right seasonings can reduce inflammation, balance your metabolism and give you an antioxidant boost. See which 10 heart healthy seasonings you should have in your kitchen right now.
 

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Why “Good” HDL Cholesterol Isn’t Always Good

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The drug companies have sold the American public a simplified version of cholesterol, that LDL cholesterol is “bad” and HDL cholesterol is “good.” They’ve propagated that message in order to sell more cholesterol medications, but that message is doing more harm than good...

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Are Teenagers Setting Themselves Up for Heart Disease?

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Last Reviewed 07/17/2014

If you have teenage children, or grandchildren, I hope you'll help me share this important information. Many young people have taken up smoking hookah, which they think is less dangerous than cigarettes. But the fact is, it can be 100 times worse for their health. Here's why.

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Filed Under: General Health

Diabetes and Heart Disease

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Last Reviewed 04/17/2014

Discover the deadly connection between diabetes and heart disease, and how best to prevent and treat both conditions to maintain overall health and well-being.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Mood-Boosting Foods

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

When you're feeling stressed or blue, some foods just make you feel better. But they aren't all good for you. Discover the healthiest foods for boosting your mood.

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Filed Under: Food and Nutrition

Happy Decoration Day!

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day—but no matter what we call it, this day is for remembering all of the men and women who have defended our nation.

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Mindful Summer Escapes

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Worried that all that dining out on summer vacation will take a toll on your waistline? Consider a healthier spin on summer vacation with a trip to a medi-spa. Find out how you can relax and renew in a healthy environment.

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Filed Under: General Health

Protect Your Vision with Fish

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Last Reviewed 06/11/2014

A recent study on vision conducted a dietary analysis of more than 38,000 women and found that those who ate one or more fish meals a week were decidedly less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration.

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Israel Issues a New Warning About Cell Phone Dangers

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The Israeli parliament has given blanket approval to a bill requiring cell phones there to bear the following health alert: “Warning—the Health Ministry cautions that heavy use and carrying the device next to the body may increase the risk of cancer, especially among children.”

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Love, Intimacy, and Your Heart

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Last Reviewed 02/07/2014

While sudden death from intimacy is rare, many of my cardiac patients have said they felt vulnerable about their heart. In fact, it's a common fear that many don’t share until they get beyond their hesitation or embarrassment to talk about their love life.

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Which Sports Are Heart Safe?

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Last Reviewed 09/09/2014

While exercise is critical for heart health, it's important to remember that some types of exercise are riskier than others. Here's what you need to know...

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Improper Grilling Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

High heat from an open flame creates highly carcinogenic compounds that are similar to the oxidized cholesterol found in your bloodstream, as well compounds that have been found to increase your risk of several of the most common kinds of cancer.

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Is Yoga Safe?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Yoga is a very powerful medicine but injuries are common. Here's how to practice safely...

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Is Daily Aspirin Right for You?

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Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Learn about Dr. Stephen Sinatra’s recommendations for taking daily aspirin, what conditions it is good for and when the preventative medicine should be avoided.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

The Health Benefits of Onions

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Last Reviewed 04/16/2014

Discover the health benefits of onions in staving off heart disease, and the best recipes to incorporate onions into your diet, as suggested by Dr. Sinatra.

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Good Vibrations

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Last Reviewed 04/17/2014

Dr. Sinatra introduces visitors to some of his fellow colleagues who specialize in the impact of technology on the body.

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Filed Under: General Health

Why Statins Are Dangerous

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Last Reviewed 04/28/2014

Learn more about the dangers of statin drugs, and why Dr.Sinatra doesn't recommend statin drugs for anyone but men over 50 who have coronary heart disease.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Women's Vitamin Needs

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Last Reviewed 06/16/2014

 Learn more from Dr. Sinatra about women's unique vitamin and nutrients needs to maintain optimum heart health and overall health.

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Filed Under: Women's Health

Airport Angina: What You Need to Know

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Last Reviewed 06/17/2014

“Airport angina” is a phrase coined to describe heart symptoms of ischemia (lack of oxygen to the heart) provoked by hauling and lifting luggage.  Here's how to keep it from tripping you up.

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Filed Under: Angina

Neighborly Ties Are Good for Your Health

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Last Reviewed 02/12/2014

We can all get caught up in the busyness of our hurried everyday lives, and forget to make time to get together with those who live in such close proximity to us. But when push comes to shove, good neighbors are those that are there when times get tough.

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Filed Under: General Health

The Health Benefits of Watermelon

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Last Reviewed 06/17/2014

Discover from Dr. Stephen Sinatra the health benefits of watermelon, an antioxidant-rich fruit that quenches inflammation, the underlying culprit of heart disease, along with diabetes, colon cancer, arthritis, and asthma.

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Filed Under: Food and Nutrition

5 Heart-Healthy Snacks

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Last Reviewed 06/17/2014

Discover howto incorporate heart-healthy snacks, such as almonds and blueberries, into your heart-healthy diet plan, as recommended by Dr. Sinatra.

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Statin Drugs and Memory Loss

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Last Reviewed 06/16/2014

Learn more about the side effects of statin medications, including memory loss, and why Dr. Stephen Sinatra urges extreme caution before taking statin medications. 

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Filed Under: Cholesterol

4 Foods for Depression

4 Foods for Depression

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Last Reviewed 07/22/2014

Discover the four foods for depression that Dr. Stephen Sinatra suggests for those with mild depression or anxiety, and how they work to boost your mood.

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Filed Under: Mood & Memory

Vacation Your Way to Better Health!

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Recently, I saw an article about Americans and their vacations. While many other countries mandate four weeks of paid vacations (or more!), many Americans take one week of vacation or less. 

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The Health Benefits of Saunas

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Last Reviewed 07/21/2014

Learn about the health benefits of saunas from Dr. Stephen Sinatra who strongly recommends them to help manage weight, improve the integrity of skin, and strengthen immunity.

 
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Healthy Heart Nutrition: White Bean Salad

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Last Reviewed 06/16/2014

Now that the weather is warmer, my wife Jan and I have switched over from soups to salads in our kitchen. One of our favorites is White Bean Salad, a fantastic heart healthy recipe. 

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Can Optimism Improve Your Health?

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Last Reviewed 06/17/2014

Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Research has found that optimists are not only happier, they’re also healthier, live longer, and recover from illnesses better than those with less cheery outlooks. 

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Stroke Symptoms for Women

Stroke Symptoms for Women

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Last Reviewed 02/24/2014

Discover the stroke symptoms for women, and how they often differ greatly from the traditional symptoms that men will experience when suffering a stroke.

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Intrinsic Cardiac Pacemakers

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Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Learn from Dr. Sinatra two different cardiac pacemakers: the AV node and the Purkings fiber and what each of them does in order to know which one is right for you.
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Healthy Heart Nutrition: Winning Waldorf Salmon Salad

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Last Reviewed 06/16/2014

Dr. Sinatra's fantastic salmon salad recipe has all the omega-3s you want for heart health, plus the low-calorie and low-fat requirements needed to keep your waistline trim. And you can't beat the taste of this heart healthy recipe!

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Fish: The Wonder Food

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

I have followed the research on fish as a cardio-protective and anti-aging agent for 30 years, and it is a cornerstone of my eating plan for optimal health.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

EECP for Cardiovascular Health

EECP for Cardiovascular Health

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Last Reviewed 06/13/2014

Discover Dr. Sinatra's take on enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) therapy for treating angina and congestive heart failure, including how it works and where to seek out a facility that administers EECP. 

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Cordless Phones: New Heart Risk Factor?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Dr. Magda Havas’ provocation study on cordless phones and heart rate variability is a landmark finding in that it is the first to objectively and measurably show that the cardiovascular system DOES, indeed, respond to wireless EMF exposure. 

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I'm a Hoosier at Heart

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Jan and I love to check out what’s at our local cinema, but what we really relish is to settle in for the night with one of our many favorites. And, for me, Hoosiers tops the list.

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Check Your Fibrinogen Level

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Last Reviewed 03/27/2014

Find out more about how a high fibrinogen level can lead to poor blood circulation and even cardiovascular disease, and how best you can lower your risks.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

What are ACE Inhibitor Drugs?

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Last Reviewed 02/14/2014

Learn all about ACE inhibitor drugs including what they are and how they can help any cardiovascular problems you may have such high blood pressure levels.

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High HDL Levels Reduce Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

For years, we’ve understood that having high blood levels of HDL cholesterol lowers your risk of developing heart disease. Now, a research publication reports that higher HDL levels are also associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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The Heart-Brain Connection

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Last Reviewed 04/17/2014

The largest vessel to emerge from the left ventricle is your aorta, and it has two major arteries—the carotids, which branch and send blood directly to the brain. That's why, when dealing with any arrest of the heartbeat, we know that the brain is the first body organ to feel the pinch in blood flow.

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Recognizing a Stroke

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The previous pneumonic was to think of the first three letters of the word stroke (S,T, R) and take action. The new advisory, and one that is CORRECT, is use the first four letters of the word stroke (S, T, R, O) to assess for a stroke.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Mammography in Controversy

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Reduction of net benefit in 40- to 49-year-old women is due to harms associated with regular mammography screening, including “psychological harms, unnecessary imaging tests and biopsies in women without cancer, and inconvenience due to false-positive screening results."

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Filed Under: Women's Health

Recipes for Diabetes: Simple Salad Caprese

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Time is a precious commodity for everyone these days. And finding the time to eat right can be downright challenging. Fortunately, this easy salad is not only a breeze to put together, but it tastes great and is a great choice for a light lunch or side dish with dinner. And since it’s low glycemic, it’s a perfect recipe for people living with diabetes.

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Filed Under: Salads

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Comprised of national public service organizations, government agencies, and professional media associations, the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month actively provides information about breast cancer, as well as access to screening services.

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Filed Under: Women's Health

Postoperative Resistance Training

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Dr. Sinatra is a big fan of resistance training, and used this great form of exercise to prepare for hip replacement surgery. He then focused on strengthening his upper body, as he knew he’d need it while using a walker postoperatively for a while.

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Benefits of Resistance Training

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Rather, resistance training is defined as any exercise that involves contracting your muscles against some form of external resistance—a dumbbell, rubber exercise tubing, or even your own body weight. And, according to the American College of Sports Medicine, the goal of resistance training is “to gradually and progressively overload the musculoskeletal system so it gets stronger.”

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On the Road With Dr. Sinatra

On the Road With Dr. Sinatra

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Last Reviewed 10/02/2014

Learn about Dr. Sinatra's trip to the West Coast and how it deepened his commitment to educate more people about the dangers of Wi-Fi and other electropollution.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Don't Lug Your Luggage

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Dr. Sinatra wrote about airport angina in an issue of Heart, Health, and Nutrition years ago. For those of you who missed it, here is a synopsis of his tips for heart patients.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

How Dangerous is Your Bathroom?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Our bathrooms may be a minefield of toxins. Some of the compounds in things like our daily shampoos contain chemicals that have never been tested for safety in terms of human consumption. Others may contribute to physical dilemmas ranging from cancer to infertility.

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Filed Under: General Health

Peripheral Artery Disease 101

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

One of the common conditions cardiologists treat has nothing directly to do with the heart itself, but rather with blockages of blood vessels going to and from the kidneys, stomach, arms, legs, and feet. We call this condition peripheral vascular or arterial disease. You may know it as “poor blood circulation,” a phrase often used in the ads you see on television.

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Filed Under: Circulation

Rosemary to the Rescue

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Rosemary helps to prevent the buildup of toxic carcinogens in the meats and even contains compounds that prevent skin cancers. It’s also a great antioxidant.

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Filed Under: Food and Nutrition

Avandia and Your Heart

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Whenever there is a whiff of danger about taking a drug—and there is question about an increased risk for both heart attack and heart failure in those taking Avandia—then the potential risks out-trump the benefits. It’s just a no-brainer. Why put yourself in harm’s way if there is even a slight doubt?

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Treating Low Ejection Fraction

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Last Reviewed 04/17/2014

Learn more about low ejection fraction and the therapies and supplements that Dr. Stephen Sinatra suggests for those who suffer from this cardiovascular issue.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

San Francisco To Pass Cell Phone Law

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Last Reviewed 04/16/2014

In response to the health dangers of radition exposure, San Francisco is poised to pass a law forcing cell phone manufacturers to identify the level or amount of radiation the cell phone emits.

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Filed Under: General Health

What is Lp(a) Cholesterol?

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Last Reviewed 03/28/2014

Discover more about the dangers of high Lp(a) cholesterol levels and why they can be a bigger threat to your heart health than high total cholesterol. 

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Filed Under: Cholesterol

Fight Heart Risk Factors With Nutraceutical Support

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Vitamin and mineral supplements are not substitutes for a proper diet, but even the rare American who eats a balanced diet does not get the amount of nutritionals needed to combat the toxins and heart risk factors that threaten his/her health. This is why it’s critical that you take a quality multivitamin/mineral supplement with antioxidants every day with your meals. It’s just smart cardiovascular nutrition.

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Filed Under: Nutrients and Additives

Secondhand Smoke Hurts Your Pets

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Cats living with smoking owners have double the rate of feline leukemia, more breathing problems like asthma, and higher rates of oral cancers (when cats lick their smoke-laden fur, grooming themselves delivers toxins to the mouth). Dogs cohabitating with smokers are at risk for lung and nasal cancers.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Improve Blood Circulation with Bioflavonoids

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Grape juice, like red wine, can help prevent blood clots and improve blood circulation.  Resveratrol, commonly found in grapes and other plants, is being studied for its antioxidant properties and its ability to minimize cardiovascular problems.  The “Dr. Sinatra recommended dosage” of Resveratrol is 2–5 mg daily.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

A Hidden Cause of Sudden Cardiac Death

A Hidden Cause of Sudden Cardiac Death

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Last Reviewed 07/31/2014

A sudden cardiac death occurs once every minute and usually involves a heart attack that kills within an hour of the onset of symptoms. Discover why Dr. Sinatra says there is a powerful mind/body connection that may be the secret cause of these sudden deaths.

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Filed Under: Heart Attack

Cooking for Cancer

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Rebecca Katz, author of The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen, believes that “a grounding activity such as cooking and eating well can provide more than nourishment; it can offer a huge psychological boost.”

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Filed Under: Food and Nutrition

Cancer-Fighting Kitchen Book Review

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

It’s not usual that I feel compelled to write a book review, let alone one about nutrition. But I have come across one that is such a real winner for helping folks deal with the day-to-day aspects of cancer treatment, that it makes a great resource.

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We Can Knock Out Cancer--Right Now!

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

The Sinatras spend an evening at the home of Suzanne Somers mingling with MDs and others who had contributed to her recent book Knockout: Interviews with doctors who are curing cancer... and how to prevent it in the first place.

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Filed Under: General Health