Atherosclerosis

Check Your Fibrinogen Level

…the tendency toward a high fibrinogen level can be a genetic trait, be sure to assess your fibrinogen level if any close relative has coronary atherosclerosis. Additionally, women who smoke, take oral contraceptives, or are post-menopausal usually have higher fibrinogen levels and should also get this…

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Signs and Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease

…cardiovascular problem, but do you really know what it is? You 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…

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The Importance of Emotion Well-Being

…and close to shunt blood to areas of special need. When there is significant loss of blood flow through the coronary arteries, as there is with atherosclerosis or heart disease, the heart suffers from lack of oxygen. When everything is “open,” the heart is pretty healthy. But, when these arteries close…

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What is Lp(a) Cholesterol?

…here is what we’ve got on it to date: * Because of its small dense properties, high Lp(a) cholesterol levels have been shown to contribute to atherosclerosis; * Your Lp(a) cholesterol level is often hereditary, with DNA determinants; * Lp(a) is thought to have something to do with coagulation and clot…

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Grapefruit Health Benefits and Side Effects

…the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that eating red grapefruit can help to lower triglyceride levels in patients with coronary atherosclerosis. Plus, it can help to boost HDL cholesterol, making eating grapefruit an excellent way to help promote a healthy triglyceride to HDL ratio. But…

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Is Red Meat Safe?

…ingested L-carnitine may under some conditions foster growth of gut microbiota with an enhanced capacity to produce TMAO and potentially advance atherosclerosis.” While this is a bold statement, obviously more research needs to be done when one considers the fact that there have been so many well-designed…

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Beware of Elevated Lp(a) Cholesterol Levels

…“stickiness” of blood, and contributes dramatically to the formation of clots and the chance of a heart attack or stroke. In Europe, the European Atherosclerosis Society now urges doctors to check Lp(a) in patients at moderate to high risk of cardiovascular disease. This important cholesterol guideline will…

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