Congestive

The Truth About the Benefits of Vitamins

…Health The 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…

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The Side Effects of Statin Drugs

…to think 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…

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Should You Take Blood-Thinning Drugs?

…anyone with 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…

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Vascular Dementia Can Happen to Anyone

…conditions. 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…

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Even Mildly High Blood Pressure Ups Stroke Risk, Significantly

…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 levels may have the potential to cause harm…

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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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What are Cardiac Arrhythmias?

…and died when the tachycardia turned into deadly fibrillation, as it often does. These situations are particularly dangerous among patients with congestive heart failure or who have cardiomyopathy, where the heart muscle becomes inflamed, dilated, and doesn’t pump well or where the left ventricle is…

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Treating Low Ejection Fraction

…primary exercise program. As a former cardiac rehab nurse, I also encourage folks—even my own dear uncle who is just recovering from a bout of congestive heart—to consider joining a Phase III Cardiac Rehab program if there is one in their area. There they can learn how to exercise safely with whatever…

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The Health Benefits of Saunas

…time to get to 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…

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