Plaque

Is Taking a Daily Aspirin Right for You?

…formation, the final step that triggers a heart attack, it doesn’t change atherosclerotic plaque which is the underlying cause of heart disease. A far better way to prevent a heart attack is by keeping plaque from forming and building up in the first place. That means back to basics: a healthy diet…

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4 Secrets for Preventing Diabetes & Controlling It

…most common problem is atherosclerosis—the hardening of the arteries that usually starts before full-blown diabetes is 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…

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The Heart Health Benefits of Vitamin C

…, homocysteine, Lp(a), cigarette smoke and heavy metals to cause inflammatory reactions in the vascular lining—which starts the atherosclerotic plaque formation process. * Improves vasodilation, which is the ability of the heart’s arteries to widen when more blood is needed—a key factor in preventing…

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Baby Aspirin and Statin Therapy

…considering prescribing something to help a patient maintain healthy cholesterol or good blood pressure levels, I often select drugs that can treat plaque instability at the same time—baby aspirin and statin therapy. And, as much as I strongly disagree with the use of statin therapy for treating isolated…

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Plaque Buildup and Peripheral Artery Disease

…-fifth of people age 70 and older have it. Doctors agree that peripheral circulation problems are typically due to plaque buildup in the affected blood vessels—similar to the kind of plaque buildup we see in the coronary arteries that feed the heart or the carotid arteries leading to the brain. The result…

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Budget Tips for Healthy Living

…Healthy Living Budget Tip #3: Drink plenty of clean water and, as an alternative, drink green tea and pomegranate juice, both of which protect against plaque. For variety, ginger tea is a good choice. It acts like a poor man’s aspirin, and helps thin the blood. Healthy Living Budget Tip #4: Regular physical…

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Signs and Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease

…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 leading to the heart. As plaque in the coronary arteries builds up and blockages grow, the level of oxygen…

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The Cholesterol Numbers Doctors Should Measure

…and highly inflammatory type of cholesterol that can damage blood vessels. It can also make your blood “sticky” and cause a buildup of arterial plaque. Which Cholesterol Numbers Should Your Doctor Test? You want to ask your doctor for a cholesterol particle size test, which will measure your LDL and…

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Preventing Stroke With Vitamin C

…awareness and intervention. What Is a Hemorrhagic Stroke? There are two types of strokes. Most are ischemic in nature which are caused by a clot or plaque which blocks an artery to, or within, the brain. The remainder are hemorrhagic strokes, resulting from a blood vessel that bursts somewhere inside…

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Is Red Meat Safe?

…and compared them to vegan eaters. Then, based on the results, they implicated L-carnitine for contributing to cardiovascular disease—including plaque buildup in the blood vessels of the mice. What happens in the gut is that your body metabolizes L-carnitine into a compound called Trimethylamine N…

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Warming Up When Your Hands and Feet Are Always Cold

…with fish or squid oil. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce arterial wall inflammation, improve endothelial function, make blood less sticky and help keep plaque under control. Daily dosage: Take 1 g with food. * Take L-arginine. This amino acid is the primary raw material for producing nitric oxide, which promotes…

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10 Foods To Include in a Heart Healthy Diet Plan

…Avocado—Contains lots of vitamin E, glutathione and healthy monounsaturated fat. * Pomegranates/pomegranate juice—Has powerful antioxidants shown to assist in plaque regression. * Blueberries—Contain flavonoids that improve the macula and retina of the eye, and also help brain function. * Asparagus—Loaded with…

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5 Surprising Heart Disease Risk Factors

…legs, the brain, and even the penis. ED can result from the same kind of endothelial damage and dysfunction that occurs in atherosclerosis and the plaque build-up that precedes heart attack and stroke. ED is a marker of endothelial dysfunction, the cardinal kingpin of inflammation and cardiovascular…

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When a Healthy Cholesterol Level Can Go Wrong

…arteries because it contributes to—and accelerates—the inflammatory process. Over time, increased inflammation leads to the formation of arterial plaque. When you get down to it, though, the real problem is not cholesterol—it’s whether your body’s antioxidant system can effectively neutralize…

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Healthy Heart Nutrition with Dark Chocolate

…radical stress occurring in blood vessels]. Lipid peroxidation is the first step in the accelerated aging of your blood vessels and increased risk of plaque formation. Although red wine in moderation (about one 6-oz. glass every other day) is reasonable, the daily intake of red wine can injure liver cells…

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Which Sports Are Heart Safe?

…tight quarters so you have little space to slow down. The start-stop action of racquetball can disrupt your cardiac rhythms or may predispose you to plaque rupture. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if more people have a cardiac event that’s not caused by a pre-existing condition on a racquetball court…

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Boost Your Health with Cauliflower

…of inflammatory substances called prostaglandins. Plus, cauliflower contains omega-3 fats, which are able to penetrate layers of cholesterol-laden plaque, reducing blood vessel inflammation and preventing blood-clotting deposits from clogging arteries. * Supports healthy digestion by supplying a full…

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Alzheimer's Disease Touches All of Us

…conference, Alzheimer presented a case history of a woman who was only 51 years old, but suffered from a rare brain disorder. At her autopsy, the plaques and tangles that we now know characterize Alzheimer's disease were first identified. My mother-in-law's assessment confirms her, and our, concern that…

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