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Could You Have a Silent Heart Attack and Not Know It?

So-called “silent” or minor heart attacks often go unnoticed because the symptoms can be very vague. If a silent heart attack occurs during waking hours, you may have a slight feeling of discomfort, of being a little bit “off.” They can also occur in your sleep. It’s a fact that about 25 percent…

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If Someone Has a Heart Attack, Do These 2 Things!

A heart attack can strike anyone, anywhere, at any time. Many people think a heart attack will never happen to them and take their heart health for granted. Then, the next thing they know they’re a patient on the critical care unit for cardiovascular issues. I hope you never need this information and…

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“But I’m Too Young to Have a Heart Attack…”

…alone. People often think of heart disease as a part something that happens as you “get old.” But even young to middle-aged adults can have a heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction or MI. Over the years, I’ve seen men as young as 24-years old, and a woman who was just 18, suffer a heart…

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A Stressful Job Can Up Your Heart Attack Risk by 23%!

We’ve long-known that stress can increase heart attack risk. Now, a new study quantifies just how dangerous stress can be on your heart. Researchers at the University College of London analyzed results of previous studies in 13 different European countries from 1985 to 2006. Participants in these…

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A High Antioxidant Diet Lowers Heart Attack Risk

…here’s a study we all need to note. Researchers have found that women who eat a high-antioxidant diet have a significantly lower risk of having a heart attack. For this study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), researchers studied 32,561 Swedish women ages 49…

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Can Shifting Your Sleep Schedule Cause a Heart Attack?

…those working evening, night, and split or rotating shifts have a 40% increased risk of coronary artery disease and are 23% more likely to have a heart attack. Plus, working the night shift ups your chances of suffering from a coronary event to 41%. We also now have data from the largest shift worker study…

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Diet Soda Increases Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

…Association’s International Stroke Conference, drinking diet soda can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. Researchers said that consuming as little as one diet soda a day could increase your risk of heart attack and stroke by 48 percent. How Can Diet Soda Cause a Stroke? The connection appears to…

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Pets Help Heart Attack Survivors

As Valentine’s Day approaches, my wife Jan and I are finally able to talk about how heavy our hearts were this past Christmas season as we realized that it would soon be time to help our beloved 14-year-old dog to cross over. Those of you who have followed my newsletters may remember the March…

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Grief Can Increase Your Heart Attack Risk

…so inclined; consider an art or dance class. The take-home message is that family members and healthcare providers need be aware of the risk of heart attack during the bereavement period, and do all they can to help. Now it’s your turn: Do you have any bereavement tips to share? You May Also Be Interested…

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A Lack of Sleep Can Lead to Heart Attack and Stroke

…heart disease. Chronically sleeping too little also heightens your sympathetic tone, raising your levels of stress hormones that contribute to heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. Here's How to Get a Sound Night's Sleep 1. Go to bed at about the same time each night, preferably by 10:00 p…

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Study Finds Doctors Too Quick to Insert Heart Stents

…If I’m ever having a heart attack, I want someone to get me to the closest hospital to have an angioplasty/stent procedure performed as soon as possible. Heart stents are simply the best way to improve blood flow to the heart and preserve heart muscle during a heart attack. But as with many amazing…

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You Can Think Your Way to Better Heart Health, Quite Literally

…you’re stressed your body produces stress hormones, including cortisol, which can have a negative impact on heart health—even provoking a heart attack. Positive thinkers produce fewer damaging stress hormones, plus they’re more likely to lead a positive lifestyle. A 2015 study by researchers…

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5 Surprising Heart Disease Risk Factors

…negative cardiovascular outcomes. Their study found that those who had both CVD and ED were 1.6 times more likely to experience cardiovascular death, heart attack, stroke, and hospitalization due to heart failure. Any man who sees a physician with complaints of ED should also get a full cardiovascular workup…

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How Too Much Iron Harms Your Heart

…than twice as likely to have a heart attack, and that every one percent increase in ferritin found in iron translated into a four percent increase in heart attack risk. Excessive iron levels are one reason why postmenopausal women are at greater risk for heart attack than women who are still menstruating…

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5 Top Heart Health Mistakes

…health. Heart Health Mistake #3: Exercising While Angry: You periodically hear about someone who exercised while angry and then dropped dead of a heart attack. Not only can anger drive up your blood pressure, exercising while angry is like driving a car with the brakes on—it drives up your blood pressure…

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The 10 Most Common Heart Health Fallacies

…-metabolized sugar calories as fat. So be sure to scour package labels for the sugar content. 3. Smoking has some virtues. Even after they had a heart attack, some of my patients continued to smoke. They had all kinds of excuses to justify their behavior, such as “it relaxes me,” “it takes the edge…

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Treat Heart Disease With a Heart Healthy Diet Plan

…solutions to the myriad faces of heart disease—high blood pressure levels; chronic hypertension; high triglycerides; elevated L(p)a; angina; and heart attack and stroke—Dr. Sinatra has finally answered his patients’ many requests for a book that they can have as a reference at home. His research and…

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Is Taking a Daily Aspirin Right for You?

…aspirin could prevent these types of calamities. It was the 1980s and there wasn’t a hard-working doctor who didn’t worry about having their own heart attack. Knowing that aspirin had the power to thin the blood, many doctors began adding a daily aspirin to their regimen. Later on, once the efficacy was…

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The Benefits of Fish Oil Supplements for Heart Disease

It’s been all over the news. A study review published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that taking fish oil did not prevent heart attack or stroke survivors from having another cardiac event. One news headline read, “Fish Oil Delivers Few Heart Benefits, Study Finds.” This type of media…

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Pets and Your Heart

…Animals—especially those with which you’ve had a long-term relationship—can be good for your health! The survival rate of people who suffer a heart attack has been found to be five times greater among those who leave the hospital and go home to a loving pet than those who go home to an empty house…

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Why a Vacation Can Improve Your Heart Health

…like cholesterol, smoking habits, and body mass index. What they found is that a lack of vacations was a predictor of the 20-year incidence of heart attack and death. Likewise, in the MRFIT study investigators studied nine-year death rates among 12,000 men to evaluate the relative risk for health conditions…

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When and How to Find a Natural Heart Doctor

…I get is, "Do I need to see a heart doctor?" Sometimes the need to find a heart doctor (cardiologist) is clear. For example, if you have had a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiac event you will definitely need a cardiologist's care. But for many people the decision of whether to find a heart doctor…

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Sugar is a Major Cause of Heart Disease

…becomes damaged, all the well-known causes of heart disease problems swarm to the scene and create the inflammatory mayhem that eventually leads to heart attack and stroke. What’s worse is that excessive sugar consumption can also cause weight gain. Weight gain, combined with sustained high insulin levels…

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Treating Your Feet Can Help Your Heart

…rooo- low). Rouleaux formation indicates clumpy, sticky blood and increased blood viscosity, a risk factor for cardiovascular problems, such as heart attack and stroke. The post-foot bath blood analysis revealed red blood cells that were not sticking together; they were flowing freely in the microscopic…

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The Real Risk Factors for Heart Disease

…cardiovascular problems should ask. First off, I would say that you should address some basic lifestyle issues that have been shown to increase risk of heart attack and stroke. For example, if you smoke, stop. If you're carrying some extra weight, lose 5 or 10 pounds. When you shop for food, choose items that…

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I'm a Hoosier at Heart

…Fortunately, if you can learn to recognize the triggers of your stress and defuse them, you will be less prone to angina, irregular heartbeat, heart attack and stroke, high blood pressure, and other cardiovascular problems. That’s where your favorite movie comes in. Movies allow you to feel fear,…

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Science Shows April Fool's Day Can Benefit Your Heart

…played in healing was well-known. His efforts paid off, and despite his doctors’ ominous predictions, Cousins survived 10 years after his first heart attack, 26 years with his arthritic/collagen disorder, and 36 years after he was first diagnosed with coronary artery disease! Cousins truly walked his…

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Pets for Heart Health

…also supports the health benefits of pets. Specifically, pets 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. The health benefits of pets also allow people to be alone without being…

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Love, Intimacy, and Your Heart

…. It’s also a good time to address a sticky question that many people don’t want to ask, whether you can safely engage in intimacy after a heart attack or stroke. While sudden death from intimacy is rare, many of my cardiac patients have said they felt vulnerable about their heart. In fact, it's…

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Is Your Cell Phone Causing Heart Problems?

…vascular crisis: headache, tremor, syncope, brief loss of consciousness (LOC) and had tachycardia (abrupt, rapid heartbeat). * Two people had a heart attack. * One person developed atrial fibrillation. That was 1970. Then, in 2010 Canadian Magda Havas confirmed that 20% of healthy subjects developed…

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Fight Heart Risk Factors With Nutraceutical Support

…. Additionally, there are some key nutritional allies that reduce your risk for many of the cardiovascular problems out there today, including heart attack and stroke. For example, taking the right supplements is one of the best natural ways to lower blood pressure levels, improve poor blood circulation…

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Avandia and Your Heart

…folks ask me what I think, my answer is that as long as there is any whiff of danger—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…

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Check Your Fibrinogen Levels to Reduce Your Heart Risk

…itself, a high fibrinogen level can cause the abrupt formation of a coronary thrombosis—the old-fashioned diagnosis we used to write down for a heart attack. If you have a family history of cardiovascular problems, you must check your serum fibrinogen level to predict your individual risk. And because…

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Which Sports Are Heart Safe?

…Now it’s your turn: What’s your favorite type of exercise? You May Also Be Interested In: * 5 Things Your Cardiologist Won’t Tell You * Heart Attack Risk Factors Rise on Mondays

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Season Your Way to Better Heart Health

…Ginger tea was used in the coronary care units of Manchester Memorial Hospital several years ago to help alleviate stomach upset and nausea from a heart attack. It also has terrific calming capabilities and is the treatment of choice for sea sickness as well. 10. Cinnamon — It helps regulate blood sugar…

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Blood Iron Levels and Heart Disease

…his theories have been accepted only recently. Women and Blood Iron Levels Half of American women will die of cardiovascular problems, including heart attack and stroke, yet risk levels among women vary tremendously. Menstruating women produce estrogen, which is heart protective, and most lose a significant…

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Signs and Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease

…effectiveness. Should an artery become blocked completely—due to plaque buildup or the inability of a clot to pass through the narrowed opening—a heart attack results. There are signs and symptoms of coronary artery disease to let you know when you might be in danger. Here are 12 of those signs or, as…

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Improved Energy: One of the Top Benefits of CoQ10

…production of CoQ10, so if you're on a cholesterol-lowering statin drug it's critical to supplement with CoQ10. 3. Have you had a recent heart surgery, heart attack, or congestive heart failure? If so, I recommend taking 200-300 mg of CoQ10 daily. This is my recommended dosage for using CoQ10 as one of the natural…

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What are Cardiac Arrhythmias?

…more common in women * Altitude * Exposure to EMF/ WiFi frequencies * Ischemia, or lack of blood flow to the heart as happens during angina or a heart attack. Are there different kinds of cardiac arrhythmias? Yes, there are several. The most common, called premature ventricular contractions (PVCs), occur…

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Don't Lug Your Luggage

…also give our cardiac patients individualized weight limitations for lifting heavy objects, especially if they have angina, or have had a recent heart attack or heart surgery that’s still healing. Ask your cardiologist. If you are in a cardiac rehab program, you can inquire about your specific guidelines…

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The Great Cholesterol Myth

…drug companies who want to sell cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. * Cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart attacks. Only about 50% of heart attack victims have high cholesterol levels, and 50% of people who have high cholesterol do not have heart disease. * Recent studies suggest statin drugs…

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The Importance of Emotion Well-Being

…the heart suffers from lack of oxygen. When everything is “open,” the heart is pretty healthy. But, when these arteries close physically, a heart attack will happen and tissue will die from lack of oxygen supply. Emotional Well-Being Depends on Being Open In a similar “vein,” closing your heart…

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Surprising Health Benefits of Donating Blood

…iron were more than twice as likely to have heart attacks. Plus, every one percent increase in iron translated into a four percent increase in heart attack risk, making the health benefits of donating blood even clearer. Another related issue is that about 10 percent of American adults carry the gene…

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Measuring Your HDL Cholesterol Level

The ability to increase your HDL cholesterol level—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. Both reduce heart risk factors, but HDL2 is far superior and provides…

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Benefits of Resistance Training

…endurance for physical activity. Even in our hospital-based, medically supervised cardiac rehab program—where we supervised people recovering from heart attack and strokes, as well as bypass surgery—free weight training was slowly introduced into their exercise programs, once an appropriate time in their…

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Stroke Symptoms for Women

We often hear that women have different heart attack symptoms than men, but did you know that stroke symptoms for women can be different, too? Unfortunately, I have first-hand experience with this. I was 13 years old when my paternal grandmother died from a massive stroke. I can’t help but think that…

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9 Ways to Reduce Blood Pressure Naturally

…Animals—especially those with which you’ve had a long-term relationship—can be good for your health! The survival rate of people who suffer a heart attack has been found to be five times greater among those who leave the hospital and go home to a loving pet than those who go home to an empty house…

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A Hidden Cause of Sudden Cardiac Death

…football history, died of a massive heart attack shortly after his retirement. His abrupt demise was termed a “sudden death.” A sudden cardiac death occurs once every minute. It’s the leading cause of death in the 20-to-64 age group and usually involves a heart attack that kills within an hour of the…

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Improper Grilling Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

…-health benefits of omega-3s, including increased HDL cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, improved blood circulation, and reduced risk for heart attack and stroke. So eat up and enjoy how delicious healthy heart nutrition can taste! A Taste of the Orient This taste delight combines the protection…

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Eat Garlic to Reduce Blood Pressure

…also reduces fibrinogen (a blood clotting component), preventing the formation of blood clots. Clumped platelets can render you vulnerable to heart attack and cerebrovascular strokes, and garlic's ability to reduce blood pressure helps lower the risk of these heart issues. Garlic in a High Blood Pressure…

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Best Multivitamins for Women: What the Media Didn't Report

…to taking magnesium—only enormous benefits. Magnesium helps your blood pressure, bones, immune system, blood sugar, improves recovery from a heart attack, and more. You should be taking 500 mg daily. • There are also no downsides to taking vitamins B6 and folic acid. You need these vital nutrients…

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Causes for High Blood Pressure in the Morning

Discover why morning stress can be a cause for high blood pressure — and raise your risk of a heart attack. Recently, a reader wrote to say, “I’ve had high blood pressure for two years, but mostly in the morning when it is around 160/80, while at night it goes down to 100/50 sometimes. I am not…

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The Healing Power of Ginger

…attacks—usually those involving the inferior wall of the left ventricle (the part of the heart that is fed by the right coronary artery). During a heart attack, the weakened heart struggles to maintain blood pressure. Stress hormones spike, and patients experience dread, anxiety, and fear—all of which…

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Beware of Elevated Lp(a) Cholesterol Levels

…cholesterol level in the bloodstream increases the “stickiness” of blood, and contributes dramatically to the formation of clots and the chance of a heart attack or stroke. In Europe, the European Atherosclerosis Society now urges doctors to check Lp(a) in patients at moderate to high risk of cardiovascular…

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Helping Your Pet to Live a Long, Healthy Life

…Specifically, research has shown that pets can significantly increase longevity for people with coronary artery disease and those who have actually had a heart attack. Pet connections also reduce blood pressure, and enhance your opportunities to meet others while you are out with them. Pets also allow people to…

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A Healthy Lifestyle (Almost) Eliminates Sudden Cardiac Death

…disease: inflammation. Another point I want to emphasize is that if you think you're having a heart attack, get to the hospital immediately! People who get to the hospital within 30 minutes of having a heart attack fare far better than those who seek treatment hours later. Now it’s your turn: Which of…

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Eating Organic: Don’t be Fooled by the Media Frenzy

…reporting negligible difference between organic and conventionally-produced foods. Just like the hyperbolic headlines trying to debunk fish oil for heart attack prevention, minimizing the value of organic products and the nearly three billion dollar enterprise is just twisting the evidence. * First off,…

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Baby Aspirin and Statin Therapy

…research shows that patients who were admitted to a hospital on statin therapy, and had these medications discontinued while treatment focused on heart attack or unstable angina, actu?ally did not fare as well as those who continued to take their statins. Something about statin therapy obviously assists…

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Nitric Oxide Benefits Cardiovascular Health

…material that converts to NO in the body (3 grams of this nitric oxide supplement twice a day with food). But do not take arginine if you have had a heart attack within a year, and always work closely with your doctor. * Vitamin C and E, two basic antioxidants that help protect your blood vessels from the…

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Treating Low Ejection Fraction

…that it has been helpful! I recently had a blog reader ask a great question about low ejection fraction and wanted to post the answer: "I had a heart attack five years ago and a stent placed. All of my blood work is normal with good cholesterol measurements and C-RP of 1.13. I take Lipitor (20mg), Metropolis…

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Belly Fat Increases Cardiac Risk Factors

We’re used to thinking of obesity as a cardiac risk factor, and it is. But now, a new study shows that being slim with belly fat ups your heart attack risk factors more than obesity. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic looked at the BMI (body mass index) and waist-to-hip ratio of 12,785 adults, with a…

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On the Road with Dr. Sinatra

…Nutrition, American women are five times more likely to develop heart disease than breast cancer. And, sadly, cardiovascular problems such as heart attack and stroke kill more women annually than any other illness—including all the cancers combined. Clearly, we all need to support any cause that…

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Is Taking a MacStatin a "Holistic" Approach?

…speculate that the practice would actually reduce cardiovascular events. Really? Secondary prevention—doing something after an event like a heart attack has happened—is a different matter. For a male with known coronary artery disease, taking a prescribed statin on a regular basis will help—a…

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What are ACE Inhibitor Drugs?

…also help protect the membranes of heart muscle cells from oxidation. ACE inhibitor drugs are typically prescribed if you’ve had a heart attack. After a heart attack, your left ventricle may have wall motion abnormalities, meaning that the scarred areas are not contracting with the rest of the muscle…

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Stress is a Killer

…stressors effectively. But if you can recognize your emotional issues and deal with them, you’ll become less prone to angina, irregular heartbeat, heart attack, and stroke.

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Just Hands CPR Technique Is Saving Lives

…your turn: Have you learned traditional CPR or the "just hands" CPR technique? You May Also Be Interested In * Could Aspirin Help a Heart Attack Victim? * Why Heart Attack Risk Factors Rise on Mondays

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For Weight Loss, Eat More Fat?

…fact, the law-carb group significantly reduced their “risk scores” on the Framingham Heart Study index, which calculates the risk of having a heart attack within 10 years. What’s the Weight Loss Takeaway for You? I’ve been saying this for years, that the low-fat craze in the 1990’s really hurt…

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How to Lower High Triglyceride Levels: 5 Easy Steps

What are triglycerides, and why should we worry about them? Triglycerides are fatty components that form when we eat more food than our bodies need. The liver converts the extra calories into a form of fat called triglycerides (think of “love handles”). Dietary sources of triglycerides include…

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Is Red Meat Safe?

…cardiovascular prevention. In addition, there are multiple human studies confirming the benefits of L-carnitine in documented heart disease, i.e. heart attack, angina, congestive heart failure, and atherosclerotic vessels. The researchers raise the issue of TMAO concentrations, which does deserve further…

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7 Ways to Get Natural Headache Relief

…requiring labels on NSAIDS to warn users that "the risk of heart attack or stroke can occur as early as the first weeks of using an NSAID. Plus, the risk appears greater at higher doses." The FDA also cautioned consumers that while a heart attack or stroke can occur in patients with or without heart disease…

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The Most Common Blood Thinners

…common blood thinners like Coumadin can protect you from a stroke if you have mechanical heart valves, atrial fibrillation or had an extensive heart attack (scar tissue weakens contraction of the left ventricle, which may allow blood to stagnate and clot). Blood thinners are also prescribed for atrial…

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Ease Stress with Gifts that Give Back

Stress can be devastating to your heart. It causes your blood pressure levels to rise and increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. And, if you are like me, the mad dash around the holidays can be very stressful. Why not take some time to remember what the holiday season is supposed to be about?…

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Walking Club Check-In: Don't Forget to Warm Up

…These excess fatty acids can end up lining blood vessel walls. Also, sudden intense exertion can shock your heart, greatly increasing the risk of heart attack. That's all I had to hear to motivate me to warm up before I walk. As Dr. Sinatra explains it, warming up raises your heart rate gradually and facilitates…

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Your Smartphone Is a Portable ECG Machine

…if your heart is going in and out of a normal rhythm. * A single ECG will not show an evolving heart attack, angina or other cardiac problems: even a 12-lead ECG can fail to reveal signs of a heart attack, so know the signs. * Transmitting on your smart phone can actually delay the timely treatment you…

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The Benefits of Multivitamins

…For this editorial, the researchers cited results from two recent studies—one showing multivitamins don’t prevent a cardiac event after a heart attack, and the other showing they don’t prevent cognitive decline in men. This is like looking at a study of whether salmon alone can prevent a heart…

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Choosing the Best Form of Magnesium

This past week, Dr. Sinatra and I were in California, where Dr. Sinatra addressed an audience of enthusiastic naturopathic doctors at a cardiology-focused conference sponsored by the California Naturopathic Doctors Association. There, the N.D.s posed a common magnesium question: What is the best…

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Four Things You May Not Know About Salt Consumption

If you’re working hard to prevent heart attack and stroke, as well as the occurrence of other cardiovascular problems, you need to beware of the dangers associated with salt. As any decent doctor or holistic practitioner will tell you, having too much salt in your system can make it difficult for…

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On the Road With Dr. Sinatra

…Health, & Nutrition newsletter every month keeps us abreast of the latest in cardiology. When Dr. Sinatra hears of a cutting edge way to prevent heart attack, cardiac arrhythmia, diabetes, auto-immune disorders, or what have you, he tracks down the story. He sleuths it out and gets the details so he can…

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We Invite You to Share Your Story

…weight or started a new exercise program, * Used dietary supplements and lifestyle changes to lower your blood pressure, * Bounced back from a heart attack or stroke, * Or achieved another important health milestone, big or small! To be featured on Dr. Sinatra's blog, just leave a comment below--with…

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Intrinsic Cardiac Pacemakers

…rate fall below 40 bpm. This can happen for several reasons: * Ischemia (lack of blood flow) to the SA and/or the AV node as in during an acute heart attack; * As the result of disease/aging of the conduction system; * Toxic drug levels; and * Several other possible reasons. The Purkinge fibers will—at…

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Should You Take Blood-Thinning Drugs?

…strokes. This is especially true if you have mechanical heart valves, suffered an embolic stroke, have atrial fibrillation (AF) or had an extensive heart attack. But, like any drug, Coumadin does have side effects. The major one is excessive bleeding (bleeding gums, eye hemorrhages, blood in the urine and…

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What Causes Coronary Artery Disease?

…that subjects with the highest levels of CRP had five times the risk of developing coronary artery disease and four times the risk of having a heart attack or stroke compared with subjects with the lowest levels. C-reactive protein predicted risk of these events in women who appeared to have no other…

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Debunking the Gluten-Free Myth

…becomes damaged, all the well-known causes of heart disease problems swarm to the scene and create the inflammatory mayhem that eventually leads to heart attack and stroke. What’s worse is that excessive sugar consumption can cause weight gain. Weight gain, combined with sustained high insulin levels,…

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4 Secrets for Preventing Diabetes & Controlling It

…diagnosed. The accumulated plaque typical of atherosclerosis can rupture or break apart, causing blood clots and blockages that can lead to either a heart attack or a stroke. Additionally, insulin is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. However, when the body becomes resistant to insulin, there is…

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Common Side Effects of Beta Blockers

…pressure levels. They also help prevent damage to the heart when oxygen flow is reduced. Research shows that taking beta blockers following a heart attack protects against arrhythmias that can develop as a result of scar tissue in the heart muscle, and thus reduces risk of subsequent cardiac events…

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Vitamin K2 & It’s Benefits

…a fibrinolytic enzyme called nattokinase, which is reported to reduce/prevent blood clots. The nattokinase is why some people eat it for both heart attack and stroke prevention. Specifically, nattokinase has natural anticoagulant properties, as well as the ability to lower blood pressure levels. It…

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