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The Benefits of Multivitamins

The Benefits of Multivitamins

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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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Is Red Meat Safe?

Is Red Meat Safe?

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

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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It’s Never Too Late to Start Exercising

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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: General Health

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Give Thanks for Your Heart

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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?

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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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Vascular Dementia Can Happen to Anyone

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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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Heart-Felt Lessons from the Olympics

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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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Boost Your Health with Cauliflower

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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: Food and Nutrition

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5 Common Cardiovascular Myths

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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?

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

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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Diabetes and Heart Disease

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

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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When a Good Deal Can Be a Really Bad Deal

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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?

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

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?

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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?

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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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The Health Benefits of Onions

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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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Airport Angina: What You Need to Know

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

“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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Your Pet Can Lengthen Your Life!

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/07/2014

Medical research has found that companion animals significantly increase longevity in people with coronary artery disease who have a heart attack, reduce blood pressure, and enhance the opportunity to meet other people.

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Filed Under: General Health

Why Mornings Can Be Dangerous to Your Heart

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

Serum cortisol, which activates the autonomic nervous system and can drive up blood pressure, peaks in the early morning hours. This could be why sudden cardiac death is so common in the early morning hours on Saturday and Monday.

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News Alert: High-Dose Statins Can Increase Your Diabetes Risk

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

As you may remember, on June 10 I reported on a new FDA warning about high doses of the statin drug Zocor. Now, new findings reported in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMAare adding more fuel to that fire—that high-dose statins (80 mg) can increase a patient’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

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Filed Under: Cholesterol

5 Pennywise Secrets to Better Heart Health

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

Nothing can raise your blood pressure faster than listening to the news about the economy. With the price of gas, food, and everything else, we all need to make every penny count these days. Luckily, protecting your heart doesn’t have to cost a lot. 

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9 Tips for Heart-Healthy Grocery Shopping

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

Some people think I have someone do my grocery shopping for me, but nothing could be farther from the truth. Even my wife Jan (who knows my guidelines) gets the same instructions repeated before she selects foods for our kitchen, and the same predictable quiz when I come through to check her choices.

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Stroke Symptoms for Women

Stroke Symptoms for Women

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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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Filed Under: Women's Health

Lower Your Blood Pressure with this Japanese Secret

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

As a complementary cardiologist, I advocate traditional and alternative therapies to treat this common problem. One of the alternative therapies I’m truly excited about is Nattokinase—an enzyme that comes from the Japanese cheese-like food, natto.  

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Introducing the New Dr. Sinatra Walking Club

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.

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L-Carnitine: The Key To Good Health

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

A tremendous breakthrough occurred several years ago when the benefits of L-carnitine began to come to light. Since then, the research I've done and the results I've had using it with patients have convinced me that it truly does hold the key to better health. 

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Intrinsic Cardiac Pacemakers

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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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Heart Beat 101

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

The basic electrocardiographic (ECG, or EKG from the German for “kardio”) representation of the heart beat is an important diagnostic tool in cardiology. It’s made up of several parts: the P wave, the PR interval, the Q wave, the QRS complex, the T wave, and the QT interval.

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Is Fish Really Good For You?

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

Fish is a wonderful source of protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. But…

The world’s oceans contain enormous quantities of mercury and other contaminants, making fish our primary source of environmental exposure to mercury. 

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Filed Under: Food and Nutrition

Fish: The Wonder Food

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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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Cardiology Terminology: EECP

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

Basically, the physiology of enhanced external counterpulsation—or EECP—is similar to other tools of the medical trade: the intra-aortic balloon pump and mast pants, more familiar emergency medical devices that have been in use for many, many years.

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How Much Iron is Too Much?

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

Iron is necessary throughout life for stimulating the production of hemoglobin, the red blood cell pigment that carries oxygen to our cells. However, research indicates that iron overload, or hemachromatosis, can actually increase your risk for cardiovascular problems.

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Cordless Phones: New Heart Risk Factor?

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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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Stroke 101

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

Strokes go by many names, and there are a couple different kinds but, simply put, a stroke is are a cessation of blood flow somewhere in the brain. 

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I'm a Hoosier at Heart

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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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Go Nuts!

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

At times when my travel schedule is hectic that I don’t have time to eat a healthy meal, I go to the nearest health food store and buy some nuts. 

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How Much Do You Love Your Heart?

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

If you’ve already been diagnosed with high blood pressure, you’ve undoubtedly been advised to evaluate your lifestyle and start exercising. You may have been told to consider psychotherapy to explore unexpressed or unrecognized emotions like anger, fear, and anxiety. 

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The VAP Test and HDL Cholesterol

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

A high level of HDL—the so-called good cholesterol—is generally associated with protection against heart attack. However, we now know that HDL can be further divided into subtypes HDL1 and HDL2.

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Filed Under: Cholesterol

Chocolate Euphoria

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

British researchers have demonstrated that chocolate contains mind-altering chemicals that can actually stimulate your central nervous system and "make you feel young and in love."

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Should You Take A Statin Drug?

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

If you have a history of cardiovascular problems, like heart attack and stroke, you are likely aware of statins, the ever-so-popular popular medications usually prescribed to help you maintain good cholesterol levels. 

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Will Aspirin Work For You?

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

Though many doctors and holistic health practitioners recommend aspirin to patients with cardiovascular problems, there is much debate about the most effective minimum dosage. For example, does a patient need one low-dose aspirin (81 mg), two low-dose aspirins, or one full-dose aspirin (325 mg)?   

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Lower Blood Pressure Levels With Diuretics

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

If you have a history of cardiovascular problems, such as heart attack, congestive heart failure, or high blood pressure levels, you may already be taking a diuretic such as indapamide (Lozol) or furosemide (Lasix). 

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Beta Blockers 101

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

If you have cardiovascular problems, you may already be familiar with beta blockers, including Propranolol Hydrochloride, Timolol, Metoprolol, Atenolol, and Nadolol. 

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Calcium Channel Blockers 101

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

If you have cardiovascular problems, you may already be familiar with calcium channel blockers, including Isoptin, Calan, Verelan, Norvasc, and Procardia.

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Filed Under: Circulation

Apples on My Mind

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

We are all familiar with the old adage about an apple a day keeping the doctor away. And while the apple was a suggested culprit in Biblical lore since Adam and Eve, it eventually was assigned to more positive legends, like proving marksmanship for William Tell or supporting the theory of gravity for Sir Isaac Newton.

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Filed Under: Food and Nutrition

What are ACE Inhibitor Drugs?

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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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Four Therapies for Heart Attack Patients

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

If you've had a heart attack, you will likely need to be on medication. However, there are four therapies that can help maximize your heart’s healing and ultimately bring you to an enhanced level of health to help you avoid a second heart attack.

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High HDL Levels Reduce Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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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Are You at Risk for Heart Attack?

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

All too often, a heart attack strikes out of the blue. While we can certainly identify the heart risk factors likely to lead to heart attack, it is important to know that people who have good cholesterol levels, healthy triglycerides levels, and even those who are at their ideal weight have also fallen victim to heart attacks.  In other words, no one is truly exempt from having a heart attack.

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Relax, Relax, Relax

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

Stress is a primary cause of cardiovascular problems like heart attack and stroke. That's why it is so critical that you engage in tension-relieving practices.

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Eat Well for Heart Health

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

The first step in your action plan for treating cardiovascular problems is to live a lifestyle free of the heart risk factors that increase the likelihood that you’ll be affected. 

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The Heart-Brain Connection

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

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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Filed Under: Circulation

Recognizing a Stroke

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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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Vitamin K2 & It’s Benefits

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

Find why Dr. Stephen Sinatra recommends that his patients eat Japanese natto for its Vitamin K2 benefits, which promote a healthy cardiovascular system.

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Stress is a Killer

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

How you handle stress can be a matter of life and death becasue when you get fired up emotionally, anything can happen.

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Filed Under: Heart Attack

Beta Carotene: Saint or Demon?

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

Beta carotene is an extremely important player in helping you to avoid cardiovascular problems.  In fact, more than 200 studies have confirmed the cardiovascular beneficial effects of foods rich in flavonoids, carotenoids, and other antioxidants.

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Dr. Sinatra and Chelation

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

When it comes to the subject of chelation for cardiovascular problems, for Dr. Sinatra and I, we have mixed feelings. On one hand, we’ve seen patients thrive with IV chelation. However, we have concerns regarding the lack of studies and solid evidence supporting its benefits.

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The Cardiovascular Benefits of Niacin

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

Niacin occupies a central role in my supplement arsenal against arterial disease. That’s because it lowers smaller LDL cholesterol particles but, more importantly, it superbly raises larger HDL particles and also helps you to maintain a low triglycerides level.  Niacin also helps your body to manage the very dangerous cholesterol component, Lp(a).

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Chelation: Good for Your Heart?

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 04/16/2014

While intravenous chelation (EDTA) has been FDA approved and accepted as a treatment for lead poisoning, it is less clear whether this method is effective for cardiovascular problems.

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Cardiology Terminology: Chelation

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

In the traditional sense, chelation typically involves the intravenous administration of a man-made amino acid called EDTA, an agent valued for its “clawing out” or drawing out properties.

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Trans Fats are Killing You

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

Trans fats are the man-made, partially hydrogenated fats that food manufacturers use to prolong shelf life in approximately 75 percent of the food in the standard American diet. These killer fats poison your body, and I warn all of my patients, especially those with heart risk factors, to avoid them.

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Filed Under: Food and Nutrition

Garlic Is Great For Your Heart Health

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

Garlic is a fabulous anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agent with a long history in folk medicine. It is an excellent natural blood thinner, which makes it vital for people who are trying to improve poor blood circulation or prevent blood clots. It’s so effective that I often instruct some patients to go light on garlic—as well as ginger—if they are on a pharmaceutical blood thinner like Coumadin.

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What Tumeric Does For Your Heart

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

Tumeric's yellow color comes from curcumin—a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound that’s been found to reduce the excess platelet aggregation that occurs in sticky, clot-forming blood. Curcumin also helps keep NF-kappa B, a protein complex involved in the body’s inflammatory reactions, in check.

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Green Tea is So Good For You

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

Animal and human studies suggest that the antioxidants in green tea reduce your heart health risks by helping to prevent plaque rupture and by helping to maintain healthy blood pressure.

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Does Aspirin Therapy Really Work?

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

If you have cardiovascular problems, you’ve probably heard that aspirin is a popular and inexpensive approach to help keep blood thin and prevent blood clots that can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

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Benefits of Resistance Training

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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

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

While visiting Drs. Drew and Briana Sinatra (both certified in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture) in White Rock, British Columbia, our “kids” scheduled a lunch date for us to meet some very serious Canadians they know who have spearheaded the Citizens for Safe Technology.

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How Happy Are You?

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

You would think that the older you get, the more vulnerable to heartbreak and unhappiness you become—but research has shown just the opposite.

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Don't Lug Your Luggage

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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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Cardiology Terminology: Airport Angina

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

Essentially, “airport angina” is a phrase coined to describe heart symptoms of ischemia (lack of oxygen to the heart) that are provoked by hauling and lifting luggage. And getting angina when you’re far from home is always an unsettling experience.

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Cardiology Terminology: Airport Angina

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

Essentially, “airport angina” is a phrase coined to describe heart symptoms of ischemia (lack of oxygen to the heart) that are provoked by hauling and lifting luggage. And getting angina when you’re far from home is always an unsettling experience.

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Filed Under: Angina

Healthy Cholesterol Is Great, But...

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

The field of cardiology is finally realizing that although good cholesterol levels can help deter the biochemical process that creates damage in arterial walls—which in turn leads to plaque, occlusions, and clots—it’s a relatively minor one. In other words, they’ve realized that even though they may find cholesterol at the scene of the crime, it’s not necessarily the perpetrator.

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Know Your Blood Pressure Levels

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

If you’re unaware of your blood pressure levels, you put yourself at great risk.  That’s because uncontrolled high blood pressure (or hypertension) is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

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Peripheral Artery Disease 101

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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

Are You In Sugar Shock?

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

It’s a well-known fact that obesity is on a steady rise in U.S. since the introduction of high fructose corn syrup to our foods. Look for high fructose corn syrup on the your labels—some foods you may not even suspect have sugar in them!—and you may be amazed at how much sugar you are actually getting in your diet.

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The Truth About Cholesterol

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

Contrary to popular belief, cholesterol is not a villain. Your body needs cholesterol to synthesize certain nutrients and hormones, construct the semi-permeable membranes around each of the 100 trillion cells that make up your body, and facilitate cell communication and memory in the brain.

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Rosemary to the Rescue

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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?

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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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Watch White Coat Hypertension

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

White coat hypertension is a condition in which eople become anxious over a visit to a physician, holistic health practitioner, dentist, or other medical facility. Such visits evoke a fight-or-flight response, and their blood pressure levels go up. But research has shown that abnormally high blood pressure readings in a medical setting could be more than just a benign byproduct of anxiety. Although the condition is poorly understood, WCH could be a precursor to high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Avandia and Your Heart

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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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Coenzyme Q10: Energy on Call

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

Often called the “miracle nutrient” or the “universal antioxidant,” CoQ10 exists in the mitochondria—or power plants—of our cells, and scavenges and destroys free radicals that cause heart disease and other cardiovascular problems.

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What is Lp(a) Cholesterol?

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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

Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

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

There are natural ways to lower blood pressure. They involve good cardiovascular nutrition, as well as simple lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation. Lowering blood pressure naturally is possible, but it takes commitment and the willingness to make some changes.

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C-Reative Protein (CRP) and Your Heart

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

C-reactive protein is a heart risk factor that the medical world has started to take note of. It’s a blood protein that, when found in elevated levels, may indicate a risk for heart attack and stroke. 

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Filed Under: Stroke

Prevent Blood Clots by Reducing Fibrogen

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

Arteriosclerosis, or narrowing of the arteries, is the most common cause of heart disease, but in women younger than 45, we see more heart attacks caused by improper blood clotting that can be triggered by high fibrinogen levels. Too much fibrinogen, an inflammatory product of blood coagu­lation, can make the blood clot too fast.

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Filed Under: Circulation

Heart Risk Factor: Homocysteine

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

Historically, maintaining healthy cholesterol has been at center stage of the quest to minimize the risk of coronary artery disease. But there is now evidence that elevated homocysteine levels are also one of the top heart risk factors.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

What To Do Before Opting For Heart Surgery

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

In many cases, the decision to undergo heart surgery is easy—particularly if you are symptomatic with a lot of heart risk factors, you have left main coronary artery disease, and your quality of life is poor. But, if you are asymptomatic, the decision to have surgery may be a difficult one.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

What is an Angina Attack?

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

Learn more about angina attack, how it differs from a heart attack, and what to do when experiencing the symptoms of an anginal episode to promote heart health.

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Filed Under: Angina

Bypass Surgery Makes Sense for High-Risk Patients

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

Bypass surgery is probably the best option for you when many vessels are involved, or if your single or double-vessel disease is not amenable to angioplasty. In a nutshell, the greater the extent of heart disease, the more I lean toward bypass surgery.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Exercise, But Do It Carefully

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

While exercising, I urge you to learn to listen to your body. Is the exercise you’re doing causing pain? Tight muscles? Does it hurt your posture? Is it affecting your sleep? Is it disturbing your breathing, digestion, vision, or other functions not normally associated with fitness?

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Filed Under: Heart Health

On the Road with Dr. Sinatra

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

While Dr. Sinatra and I were at the American Academy of Anti-Aging in April, we were thrilled the cover of the Earthing book was on the cover of the May issue of the Townsend Letter! The Townsend Letter, a highly respected journal for physicians and other healthcare providers, is devoted to alternative medicine.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Bioflavonoids That Scare Off Heart Risk Factors

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

You may have heard of polyphenols, flavonoids, flavones, Pycnogenol (pine bark), grapeseed, catechins, tannins, quercetin and flavonol. You’ve also probably heard about the benefits of red wine, green tea, and grape juice. All are in the family of oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs), which are really the cream of the crop.

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Filed Under: Food and Nutrition

Grape Juice, Red Wine, and Green Tea

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

Resveratrol, commonly found in grapes and other plants, is being studied for its antioxidant properties and its ability to minimize cardiovascular problems. That’s why I encourage my patients to drink grape juice and red wine, both of which are made with grapes (in moderation, of course). You can also get resveratrol in supplement form. I recommend 2–5 mg of resveratrol daily. I also encourage my patients to drink flavonoid-rich green tea.

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Filed Under: Nutrients and Additives

Grape Juice, Red Wine, and Green Tea

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

Resveratrol, commonly found in grapes and other plants, is being studied for its antioxidant properties and its ability to minimize cardiovascular problems. That’s why I encourage my patients to drink grape juice and red wine, both of which are made with grapes (in moderation, of course). You can also get resveratrol in supplement form. I recommend 2–5 mg of resveratrol daily. I also encourage my patients to drink flavonoid-rich green tea.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Lutein: A Red-Wine Alternative

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

If you’ve read any of the reports about healthy heart nutrition, you may have read about the benefits of drinking red wine. But a healthier and less expensive way to protect yourself from cardiovascular problems and to support your eyes can be found in a carotenoid called lutein.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Cardiovascular Problems Eased With D-Ribose

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

D-ribose supplies heart cells with energy and so much more.  It is a simple five-sided sugar that supports the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) levels in cardiac and skeletal muscle. ATP also aids the heart’s muscle contraction. The more it contracts, the more blood it accepts.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Fight Heart Risk Factors With Nutraceutical Support

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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: Heart Health

Eat Colorful Carotenoids

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

If you eat at least five to nine servings of fresh fruits and vegetables per day, you will, on average, take in enough carotenoids to meet your body’s needs. But this can be a challenge. That’s why it makes sense to take out additional “insurance” with supplements to be sure you’re giving your body the cardiovascular nutrition that it needs to help you avoid heart risk factors.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Married People Have Fewer Cardiovascular Problems

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

Happily married people have fewer cardiovascular problems than those who are single or widowed because they have love in their lives. Widowed persons, however, tend to develop disease at an alarming rate, particularly after the recent loss of a loved one. And, divorced people are more vulnerable to illness and cardiovascular problems than married people.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Earthing for Earthlings

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

Direct contact with the earth feeds the body with the natural and subtle electric energies that restore balance to the body’s multiple bioelectrical systems and reduces inflammation. And, by the way, earthing is also a great way to protect yourself from electromagnetic frequencies!

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Reducing Cholesterol With Statin Drugs

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

Statins are potent anti-inflammatory drugs that have been shown to be able to do a phenomenal job of reducing cholesterol levels, while also decreasing the number of deaths from heart attack and stroke.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Secondhand Smoke Hurts Your Pets

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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: General Health

The Teeth-Organ Connection

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

According to Chinese medicine, the teeth overlay a complex meridian system that represents a map of the human body—which means addressing a problematic tooth can assuage a more systemic problem. 

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Filed Under: General Health

The Teeth-Organ Connection

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

According to Chinese medicine, the teeth overlay a complex meridian system that represents a map of the human body—which means addressing a problematic tooth can assuage a more systemic problem. 

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Prevent Cardiovascular Problems AND Alzheimers with CoQ10

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

Dr. Sinatra tracked down emerging research showing that coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)—a nutrient he already puts everyone but their brother on—had a preventative effect against Alzheimer’s in the animal model. He began to feel that maybe there’s a way we can steal some thunder from this avaricious disorder of the brain after all.

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Filed Under: Nutrients and Additives

A New Weapon To Fight Heart Disease

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

If you have cardiovascular problems or you’ve recently experienced a virus or urinary infection that could cause inflammation, have your doctor check your C-reactive protein (CRP) levels. CRP can be detected when there is inflammation resulting from trauma or infection (including pneumonia, herpes, chlamydia, and possibly even a viral infection that simulates a cold). A simple blood test is as accurate as cholesterol and homocysteine screening in predicting a person’s risk of heart attack and stroke.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Cardiovascular Nutrition for Kids

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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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Filed Under: Recipes

Improve Blood Circulation with Bioflavonoids

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
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: Food and Nutrition

Overcome Vitamin D Deficiency

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

You must have adequate vitamin D levels for optimum health. If you are already diagnosed with cardiovascular problems, you can prevent complications, and perhaps turn your condition on its tail, by addressing your vitamin D status. Ask your doctor to get a level if it hasn’t been done.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Heart Risk Factors for Women

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

American womem are five times more likely to develop heart disease than breast cancer. Cardiovascular disease kills more women annually than any other illness—including all the cancers combined. Still, misdiagnosis, under-diagnosis, and lack of effective treatment for heart disease are very common for women today.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Grapefruit: Friend or Foe?

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

At least 50 known medications are affected by grapefruit, including those used to treat cancer, depression, pain, impotence, HIV, allergies, the immune system, and various cardiovascular problems. Even Coumadin is on the list.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Low-Carb Diets Can Help You Achieve a Healthy Weight

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

Many of today’s fad diets revolve around modifying insulin resistance by consuming low-carbohydrate, high-protein foods. This type of diet is likely to contain high levels of insecticides, pesticides, and radiation, which in the long run may increase your risk of cancer of the bowel, prostate, and breast and can increase your heart risk factors. So you need choose wisely...

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Filed Under: Cholesterol

Healthy Heart Nutrition Plan

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

We have received several comments expressing a concern on proper supplementation—which nutrients are important, the right dosage, getting the biggest bang for your buck, etc.  A good multivitamin and mineral formula should contain, among other nutrients, significant levels of antioxidants, calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, and folic acid.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Healthy Heart Nutrition Plan

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

We have received several comments expressing a concern on proper supplementation—which nutrients are important, the right dosage, getting the biggest bang for your buck, etc.  A good multivitamin and mineral formula should contain, among other nutrients, significant levels of antioxidants, calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, and folic acid.

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Filed Under: Nutrients and Additives

Control High Blood Pressure

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

Uncontrolled high blood pressure levels (or hypertension) is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Often, there are no symptoms, so you may not know you have it unless you have your blood pressure levels (BP) checked regularly.

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Filed Under: Blood Pressure

Healthy Heart Nutrition Starts with Flax

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

Pure flax oil is the world's most abundant source of omega-3 fatty acids, containing an amazing 55 percent by weight. As such, flax oil offers incredible health benefits that should not be discounted.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

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Healthy Heart Nutrition with Dark Chocolate

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

In the past, Dr. Sinatra has spoken about the medicinal properties of dark chocolate, as well as its life extension and overall health benefits. Well, more recently, some additional scientific data on the cardio-protective aspects of chocolates and cocoas have been published. 

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Healthy Blood Pressure Secrets for Women

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

It used to be thought that maintaining healthy pressure was a “man’s issue.” But did you know that women—and especially women in menopause—are at an even greater risk of not having healthy blood pressure then men?

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Soy Foods for Healthy Cholesterol

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

It’s one thing to say “eat more soy” to help maintain good cholesterol levels or as part of a plan for reducing cholesterol. It’s quite another to actually put that advice into action. So here are my top recommendations of soy-based foods and how to use them.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Healthy Blood Pressure: How to Help Our Kids

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

Years ago, high blood pressure was something adults developed as they got older. But given our modern day lifestyles—filled with fast-food based, high fat diets, and sedentary activities—record numbers of children have hypertension.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

A Delicious Way to Lower Your Blood Lipids On the Grill

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

Eggplant, a nightshade vegetable, is high in fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, copper, and potassium. It also contains nasunin, an anthocyanin antioxidant that protects your cell membranes from damage—and fortifies your immune system. Eggplant helps promote healthy blood fat levels.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Reduce Your Heart Risk Factors with Sleep

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

A lack of sleep is one of the heart risk factors.  A chronic lack of sleep makes you more prone to high blood pressure, and heart disease.  Not to mention that sleep loss can cause you to become hungrier for high calorie foods, which leads to other heart risk factors.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Your Questions Answered

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 04/16/2014

When I launched this blog about healthy blood pressure, cholesterol, and other cardiovascular problems, I didn't know what to expect--but I'm thrilled that you've found it. Several questions have been posted lately, and I'd like to respond to a few of them.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Mediterranean Eating for a Healthy Heart

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

There was more news out last week that was no news to me. You probably heard about it, too--a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that the Mediterranean diet is the only diet associated with lower risk of heart disease.

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Filed Under: Heart Health

Is This Worth Dying For?

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

The relationship between the mind and body is grossly overlooked in conventional medicine. Here's why it's so important to your heart health...

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Filed Under: Heart Health