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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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How To Prevent Stroke

How To Prevent Stroke

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Last Reviewed 03/22/2014

Find out about Dr. Stephen Sinatra’s top recommendation to help prevent stroke with nutritional supplementation.

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Is Red Meat Safe?

Is Red Meat Safe?

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Last Reviewed 11/06/2014

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: Nutrients and Additives

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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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Filed Under: General Health

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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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Give Thanks for Your Heart

Give Thanks for Your Heart

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Last Reviewed 11/18/2014

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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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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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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Is Your Heart Getting Enough Vitamin D?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Vitamin D isn't just important for your bone health; it's important for your heart health, too. A new study reveals just how much. Are you getting enough vitamin D in your diet? Find out how much you need to protect your heart.
 

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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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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 Attack

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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Filed Under: General Health

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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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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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Filed Under: Food and Nutrition

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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: Cholesterol

When a Good Deal Can Be a Really Bad Deal

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

I can’t tell you how many CoQ10 products didn’t have anywhere near the strength that the label stated. So, what can you do to ensure you’re getting high-quality CoQ10, or any supplement for that matter? 

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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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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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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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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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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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Pets for Heart Health

Pets for Heart Health

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Last Reviewed 04/28/2014

Learn more about why Dr. Sinatra recommends pets to promote heart health, particularly for people with coronary artery disease.

 

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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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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: Food and Nutrition

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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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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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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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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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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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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Could "Home Grown" Increase Blood Pressure Levels?

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you reside in an older home that was ever painted with lead paint—even if those painted wood, shingles, trim, stucco, brick, or what-have-you was covered over with some kind of siding—never plant any edibles in beds next to the house.

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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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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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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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Cardiovascular Nutrition for Kids

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Here’s a great recipe for those of you with kids in your life, but not necessarily in your home. Kids can make these with you, then take them home and to school.

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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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