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Should You Take Blood-Thinning Drugs?

I can’t count how many times I’ve been asked, “Doc, do I have to be on this blood thinner medication?” There’s something about Coumadin, and other blood-thinning drugs, that elicits an “anything-but-that” response from about half the folks who are on it. In addition to the side…

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The 10 Most Common Heart Health Fallacies

Whether it's thinking that wine is healthy so you can drink up, or that vitamins can overcome an unhealthy lifestyle, here are the 10 most common heart health pitfalls and how to avoid them. During my 30-plus years in active practice, I repeatedly encountered misguided patients who would twist,…

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5 Common Cardiovascular Myths

In my thirty-plus years of practicing medicine, here are some of the biggest heart health myths I've discovered with my patients—and how to avoid them. * Thinking “vitamins will protect me.” A lot of people think they can eat anything they want as long as they take nutritional supplements. I…

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Check Your Fibrinogen Levels to Reduce Your Heart Risk

Fibrinogen is a coagulation-type protein that determines the stickiness of your blood. You need adequate fibrinogen levels to stop bleeding when you’ve been injured, but higher-than-normal fibrinogen levels have been associated with too much blood clotting, which can lead to poor blood…

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Vitamin K2 & It’s Benefits

The vitamin K you’re probably most familiar with is vitamin K1. Both vitamins K1 and K2 are important in overall bone and cardiovascular health, but the benefits of Vitamin K2 make it the better of the two nutrients. K2 remains in the bloodstream longer, and is better at promoting a healthy…

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To Eat Soy, or Not to Eat Soy: What You Need to Know

If there’s a single food that generates more question, and controversy, than any other food it’s soy. Years ago, I was part of the choir singing the praises of soy as a “miracle food.” At the time, the research looked promising, and it seemed as if we had an authentic vegetable protein…

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