Coronary-Artery-Disease

Signs and Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease is by far the most common cardiovascular problem, but do you really know what it is? You may have heard of the term atherosclerosis, which refers to the buildup of plaque in the blood vessels. Essentially, coronary artery disease is a form of atherosclerosis that affects the arteries…

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What Causes Coronary Artery Disease?

…still think cholesterol is the main cause of coronary artery disease, but they’re wrong. So, you ask, if cholesterol is not the main culprit for the development of coronary artery disease, what is? Inflammation Plays a Central Role In Coronary Artery Disease Inflammation is your body’s first line of…

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Should You Get Screened for an Aneurysm?

…back. If my dad had those symptoms before I’d entered the house, I’ll never know. No one could have saved him that day. His undiagnosed coronary artery disease had put him at risk. So, I hope to warn anyone who might be at risk in hopes I could save them. Are You At Risk for an Aneurism? It’s estimated…

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Statin Drugs and Memory Loss

…total cholesterol. What’s the bottom line for you? In my opinion, the only people who should be on statin drugs are middle-aged males with coronary artery disease. That’s the only part of the population that truly benefits from statin medications. I’m also adamantly against the use of statin medications…

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The Benefits of Fish Oil Supplements for Heart Disease

…Research has shown that while both the EPA and DHA omega-3s found in fish oil are important, it’s the DHA omega-3s that reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. So you want to make sure you’re getting at least 550 mg of DHA per day. This is one reason I prefer Calamarine to general fish oil—it’s…

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Diabetes and Heart Disease

…statin drug makers to put a diabetes warning on their labels. So, while I do continue to recommend statins for middle-aged men with known coronary artery disease, for most people I feel they're unnecessary and potentially harmful. For more on my cholesterol recommendations, I encourage you to visit my…

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Study Finds Doctors Too Quick to Insert Heart Stents

…doesn’t mean a heart stent is necessary if you are asymptomatic. It’s just bad medicine to perform angioplasty on patients with stable coronary artery disease who otherwise enjoy a satisfactory quality of life with drug therapy and lifestyle changes. It’s been my experience—and research has proven—that…

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Helping Your Pet to Live a Long, Healthy Life

…healing benefits of our animal companions. 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…

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Can Shifting Your Sleep Schedule Cause a Heart Attack?

…your body out of balance. Research has shown that 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…

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The Great Cholesterol Myth

…from the real cause of heart disease—inflammation. Chronic Inflammation and Heart Disease Chronic inflammation is a major predictor of coronary artery disease. Studies show elevated levels of CRP (inflammation) puts you at twice the risk of dying from cardiovascular-related problems as those with…

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EECP for Cardiovascular Health

Enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) is a therapy for treating angina and congestive heart failure. It offers hope to those with advanced coronary artery disease who can’t undergo bypass surgery. Here's how it works... The physiology of EECP is similar to that of the intra-aortic balloon pump and mast…

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Undo the Side Effects of Statins

…only people who should be taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs—such as Zocor, Lipitor or the many others—are middle aged men with coronary artery disease. For everyone else, statins may actually be raising the incidence of heart failure because they deplete the body of CoQ10, a biochemical that’s…

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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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Low Testosterone Side Effects Include Heart Disease

…on testosterone and causes of coronary artery disease from 1970-2013. In their analysis, they weren’t able to conclude that low testosterone side effects would lead to a heart attack—but there was a definite link between low testosterone and coronary artery disease. These low testosterone side effect…

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Preventing Stroke With Vitamin C

…people think heart health, they rarely think about the health benefits of vitamin C. But vitamin C is critical to heart health—preventing coronary artery disease and strengthening the blood vessel walls. Plus, now a new study suggests that having a vitamin C level that’s too low may increase your risk…

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Why Statins Are Dangerous

…a while, you know how I feel about statin drugs. Statins are dangerous. The only people who should be on statins are men over 50 who have coronary artery disease. For everyone else, statins may actually be raising the incidence of heart failure because they deplete the body of CoQ10—a biochemical that’s…

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Important Warning About Statins and Diabetes

…The same advice I’ve been giving for years still holds. The only group of people who should be on statin drugs is middle-aged males with coronary artery disease. This group has the most to gain from these medications, so the medications far outweigh the risks. Plus, low doses are better than high doses…

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The Truth About the Benefits of Vitamins

…of us are deficient in, is essential for heart and bone health, and protecting against cancer and diabetes. * Vitamin C helps to prevent coronary artery disease, strengthens the blood vessel walls and improves vasodilation. So, what should you take to enjoy the benefits of vitamins? I recommend taking…

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Are You a Candidate for EECP Therapy?

…more than 150 research articles have documented that EECP therapy does indeed work, and is particularly effective if you have far-advanced coronary artery disease and limited treatment options. I continue to be impressed that my EECP therapy patients report their angina symptoms to be lessened and their…

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Is Taking a MacStatin a "Holistic" Approach?

…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 statin will assuage the inflammation we know provokes heart disease. But taking…

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The 10 Most Common Heart Health Fallacies

…every new patient I saw thought they should be taking an aspirin a day to protect their cardiovascular health. It is true that if you have coronary artery disease, an aspirin is beneficial in order to keep the blood thin. I don’t like or believe in aspirin for primary prevention. There are other natural…

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The Heart Health Benefits of Vitamin C

…immune, bone and joint health. But perhaps most importantly, vitamin C supports your heart. Heart Health Benefits of Vitamin C * Prevents coronary artery disease by enhancing the body’s level of natural glutathione, a potent free radical scavenger that protects the arteries. * Strengthens the blood…

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Statin Medications Can Cause Diabetes, Memory Loss

…statin drug recommendations remain unchanged. In my opinion, the only people who should be on a statin medications are middle-aged males with coronary artery disease. For these patients, the benefits outweigh the potential risks—and the chief benefits are not statins’ ability to lower cholesterol. They…

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Baby Aspirin and Statin Therapy

…not apparent, I endorse statin therapy in situations where direct measures need to be taken to limit inflammation in anyone with documented coronary artery disease and to treat lipid disorders. Researchers comment that we still lack the evidence to start pulling out the prescription pad and routinely ordering…

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5 Common Cardiovascular Myths

…game. Keep it to one glass of wine, three or four times a week. * An aspirin a day keeps the cardiologist away. It is true that if you have coronary artery disease, an aspirin may be worth considering in order to keep the blood thin. There are, however, other natural blood thinners, such as omega-3 fatty…

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Pets for Heart Health

…hospitalization. Medical research 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…

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Science Shows April Fool's Day Can Benefit Your Heart

…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 talk. He admitted that he was unsure if laughter affected endorphins, as some claimed back then, but it was clear…

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