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5 Surprising Heart Disease Risk Factors

…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. Vascular disease is not limited to the coronary…

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

…mind is Frank who traveled all the way from Florida to New England to visit my cardiology practice. At the time he was quite frail and had severe heart failure, and a parathyroid disorder. His own doctors had told him to get his affairs in order since they believed he didn’t have much time to live. When…

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Avandia and Your Heart

…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 way if there is…

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In a Healthy Heart Diet Beware of Hidden Salt

…ate his fill of canned ham (packed with salt) on Easter Sunday. The next day he was in the emergency room with a hypertensive crisis and acute heart failure. His heart just couldn’t handle the large amount of salt he had consumed. His was an extraordinary situation, but it underscores the need to be…

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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…

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Vascular Dementia Can Happen to Anyone

…In fact, 50% of the time high blood pressure is the cause. But it can also happen in people with arteriosclerosis, valvular disease, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and pacemaker therapy. The classic signs of VaD are slowed thinking, memory problems, confusion that often worsens at night…

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Even Mildly High Blood Pressure Ups Stroke Risk, Significantly

…should limit sodium intake to less than 2,000 mg a day, that's not the case if you have heart failure. Salt does promote water retention, which can lead to high blood pressure. But if you are have congestive heart failure along with your hypertension, I'm a little more relaxed with salt because lower sodium…

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On the Road with Dr. Sinatra: Summer Workshop at Kripalu Yoga Center

…received, generated, and transmitted on a cellular level. Like a battery, the body’s energy charge must be maintained. He came to visualize heart failure as the result of a literally “energy-starved heart.” Then, he started looking at other situations, such as cancer, in terms of cellular energy…

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Undo the Side Effects of Statins

…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 critical to heart health. But that said, many doctors prescribe statins every day…

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Choosing the Best Form of Magnesium

…also the most common nutrient deficiencies we see. The mineral is often “used up” and thus depleted in patients with: * Diabetes * Congestive heart failure * Atherosclerosis * Chest pain * High blood pressure levels * Cardiac arrhythmias * Heart muscle disease * Hheart attack * Sudden cardiac death…

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L-Carnitine Benefits Hold the Key to Good Health

…benefits include whole milk, mushrooms, bread, avocado, raw eggs, and carrots. I’ve seen severe deficiencies among vegetarian patients with heart failure or extreme fatigue. So, for these people, supplementing with 250 to 500 mg of L-carnitine has always made a positive difference in the number of…

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Why Statins Are Dangerous

…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 critical to heart health. Recently, I wrote a blog about statins and memory loss…

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The Truth About the Benefits of Vitamins

…reason I began formulating supplements is because they’re some of the best weapons we have to treat cardiac conditions like angina, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and cardiac arrhythmias. In fact, I’ve seen the lab work for thousands of people documenting their nutrient deficiencies…

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Are You a Candidate for EECP Therapy?

…After two prior coronary artery bypass surgeries, “Ben” wasn’t a candidate for a third, despite his problems with angina and congestive heart failure. At the end of the road in terms of traditional treatments, I suggested he try EECP therapy. Unfortunately, Ben’s premature ventricular ectopic…

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Is Red Meat Safe?

…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 investigation. The connection between…

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The Health Benefits of Saunas

…that temperature and duration. (In fact, my sauna even has a CD player for my “Zen” music.) Those with high blood pressure and congestive heart failure can experience the health benefits of saunas, but should do at lower temperatures and for very short time periods (5-10 minutes). I purchased the…

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The Side Effects of Statin Drugs

…these statin medications could lead to diastolic dysfunction and, subsequently, congestive heart failure. Research appears to verify the connection between statins, depletion of CoQ10 and congestive heart failure. I would never take a statin without the added insurance of supplemental CoQ10. Anyone taking…

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CoQ10 Facts: What You Should Know

…needs to take CoQ10. His answer, “You don’t need it.” Here Are a Few CoQ10 Facts Your Doctor Should Be Telling Patients: * Many cases of heart failure are actually a lack of CoQ10. CoQ10 sparks energy in every cell of your body, including your heart which is your body’s largest energy user. Without…

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Statin Medications Can Cause Diabetes, Memory Loss

…for years that statin medications are powerful mitochondrial toxins that can ultimately lead to heart failure. Although the FDA has not discussed the relationship between statin medications and heart failure and diastolic dysfunction, it may take another five years to get this data out. So, while I do…

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Should You Take Blood-Thinning Drugs?

…more than two episodes of AF a year is to take Coumadin. If you have fewer episodes of AF and no other health problems like diabetes, congestive heart failure, leaking heart valves or an enlarged heart, aspirin is a second choice. Finally, I want to mention that you never want to discontinue any medication…

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