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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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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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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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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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Vitamin K2 Benefits and Coumadin

My campaign to make heart disease a thing of the past is rooted in an ongoing quest to stabilize and root out the calcified plaque that chokes our arteries. For decades, conventional medicine has relied on invasive procedures to unclog our arterial highways but, as most people with cardiovascular problems…

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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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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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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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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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What Your Feet Say About Your Heart: Peripheral Artery Disease 101

…circulation problems are typically due to the buildup of plaque in the arterial walls. It's similar to the kind of buildup we see in the coronary arteries that feed the heart or the carotid arteries leading to the brain. The result of this plaque buildup is restricted blood flow, discomfort, tiredness…

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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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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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