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Is Taking a Daily Aspirin Right for You?

…aspirin for those who have known heart disease, such as a history of angina, heart attack, angioplasty or stent procedures, or coronary artery bypass surgery. In these cases, I recommend taking one baby aspirin daily. Yet, even if you have all the characteristics I just mentioned that would make you a perfect…

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6 Ways to Protect Yourself from UV Dangers

…November, 2010. You see, my fair Irish mom had skin cancer: basal and squamous cell carcinoma when she was in her sixties that required extensive surgery. Later in life, mom also developed bowel cancer. So, with that family history and my own fair Irish skin, I’ve known that I’m quite vulnerable…

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Pets for Heart Health

…. Over and over again I heard stories about the benefits of pets for health. Some said they couldn't wait to come back to their animals following surgery or hospitalization. Medical research also supports the health benefits of pets. Specifically, pets significantly increase longevity in people with…

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Don't Lug Your Luggage

…patients individualized weight limitations for lifting heavy objects, especially if they have angina, or have had a recent heart attack or heart surgery that’s still healing. Ask your cardiologist. If you are in a cardiac rehab program, you can inquire about your specific guidelines for lifting weights…

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Benefits of Resistance Training

Resistance training is NOT synonymous with term same “strength training,” which encompasses ANY resistance exercise that builds strength. Nor should it be confused with lifting, power lifting, or body-building, all of which are competitive sport endeavors that value achievement and excessive…

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Improved Energy: One of the Top Benefits of CoQ10

…the production of CoQ10, so if you're on a cholesterol-lowering statin drug it's critical to supplement with CoQ10. 3. Have you had a recent heart surgery, heart attack, or congestive heart failure? If so, I recommend taking 200-300 mg of CoQ10 daily. This is my recommended dosage for using CoQ10 as one…

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Plaque Buildup and Peripheral Artery Disease

…is restricted blood flow, discomfort, tiredness, heaviness and, often, cramping. To combat the condition, doctors often use drugs, angioplasty, or surgery in peripheral artery disease treatment. A Different Tack for Peripheral Artery Disease Treatment Instead of drugs or invasive therapies, I focus on…

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Love, Intimacy, and Your Heart

…to resume your love life, here are some tips to do that safely: * Avoid placing any strain upon the chest muscles, particularly if you've just had surgery. Instead, try a side-lying position which puts less strain on the heart and chest. * Avoid intimacy one to two hours after meals (digestion shunts…

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October Pays Tribute to Breast Cancer Victims and Survivors

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, as most of you know, the pink ribbon is the logo. It has been inspiring to see so many people and businesses contribute to raising funds and awareness about this key women’s health issue. The CDC reports that in 2005, 186,467 women (and 1,764…

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Important Warning About Statins and Diabetes

…increased rates. This issue of high-dose statins has even touched much closer to home—in my own practice. One of my employee’s fathers had bypass surgery and I recently went over his lab work. He’s on a high-dose statin and both his blood sugar and A1C was elevated—and he’s never had diabetes before…

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

…diagnosis, please learn as much as you can about it. Breast cancer certainly can be treated in a variety of ways, not just the traditional methods of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. If you choose to undergo conventional therapies, you should consider some form of alternative therapy that will compliment…

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The Most Common Blood Thinners

…stagnate and clot). Blood thinners are also prescribed for atrial fibrillation, mechanical heart valves, and prevention of clot formation after cardiac surgeries or events. Coumadin (warfarin) is a common blood thinner that doctors prescribe. Common Blood Thinners and their Side Effects * Heparin * Lovenox…

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