Coronary-Artery-Disease

Undo the Side Effects of Statins

…only people who should be taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs—such as Zocor, Lipitor or the many others—are middle aged men with coronary artery disease. For everyone else, statins may actually be raising the incidence of heart failure because they deplete the body of CoQ10, a biochemical that’s…

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Pets Help Heart Attack Survivors

As Valentine’s Day approaches, my wife Jan and I are finally able to talk about how heavy our hearts were this past Christmas season as we realized that it would soon be time to help our beloved 14-year-old dog to cross over. Those of you who have followed my newsletters may remember the March…

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Low Testosterone Side Effects Include Heart Disease

…on testosterone and causes of coronary artery disease from 1970-2013. In their analysis, they weren’t able to conclude that low testosterone side effects would lead to a heart attack—but there was a definite link between low testosterone and coronary artery disease. These low testosterone side effect…

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Preventing Stroke With Vitamin C

…people think heart health, they rarely think about the health benefits of vitamin C. But vitamin C is critical to heart health—preventing coronary artery disease and strengthening the blood vessel walls. Plus, now a new study suggests that having a vitamin C level that’s too low may increase your risk…

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Why Statins Are Dangerous

…a while, you know how I feel about statin drugs. Statins are dangerous. The only people who should be on statins are men over 50 who have coronary artery disease. For everyone else, statins may actually be raising the incidence of heart failure because they deplete the body of CoQ10—a biochemical that’s…

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4 Medical Tests That Could Do More Harm than Good

…around it. Angiography is expensive ($5,000 to $10,000) and I don’t recommend it unless preliminary tests strongly suggest the presence of coronary artery disease. If your doctor recommends a coronary angiogram, I would ask if a CT angiogram could be performed instead. It involves a lot less radiation…

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Important Warning About Statins and Diabetes

…The same advice I’ve been giving for years still holds. The only group of people who should be on statin drugs is middle-aged males with coronary artery disease. This group has the most to gain from these medications, so the medications far outweigh the risks. Plus, low doses are better than high doses…

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The Truth About the Benefits of Vitamins

…of us are deficient in, is essential for heart and bone health, and protecting against cancer and diabetes. * Vitamin C helps to prevent coronary artery disease, strengthens the blood vessel walls and improves vasodilation. So, what should you take to enjoy the benefits of vitamins? I recommend taking…

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Are You a Candidate for EECP Therapy?

…more than 150 research articles have documented that EECP therapy does indeed work, and is particularly effective if you have far-advanced coronary artery disease and limited treatment options. I continue to be impressed that my EECP therapy patients report their angina symptoms to be lessened and their…

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5 Surprising Heart Disease Risk Factors

…cardiac researchers in Montreal performed three-dimensional ultrasound scans of arteries in 19 overweight patients with sleep apnea and stable coronary artery disease. They found a significant relationship between the frequency of apnea episodes and the volume of atherosclerotic plaque. The higher the number…

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Is Taking a MacStatin a "Holistic" Approach?

…Really? Secondary prevention—doing something after an event like a heart attack has happened—is a different matter. For a male with known coronary artery disease, taking a prescribed statin on a regular basis will help—a statin will assuage the inflammation we know provokes heart disease. But taking…

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The 10 Most Common Heart Health Fallacies

…every new patient I saw thought they should be taking an aspirin a day to protect their cardiovascular health. It is true that if you have coronary artery disease, an aspirin is beneficial in order to keep the blood thin. I don’t like or believe in aspirin for primary prevention. There are other natural…

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The Heart Health Benefits of Vitamin C

…immune, bone and joint health. But perhaps most importantly, vitamin C supports your heart. Heart Health Benefits of Vitamin C * Prevents coronary artery disease by enhancing the body’s level of natural glutathione, a potent free radical scavenger that protects the arteries. * Strengthens the blood…

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Baby Aspirin and Statin Therapy

…not apparent, I endorse statin therapy in situations where direct measures need to be taken to limit inflammation in anyone with documented coronary artery disease and to treat lipid disorders. Researchers comment that we still lack the evidence to start pulling out the prescription pad and routinely ordering…

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5 Common Cardiovascular Myths

…game. Keep it to one glass of wine, three or four times a week. * An aspirin a day keeps the cardiologist away. It is true that if you have coronary artery disease, an aspirin may be worth considering in order to keep the blood thin. There are, however, other natural blood thinners, such as omega-3 fatty…

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New Statin Medication Guidelines May Double Use

…This guideline makes partial sense. As many of you know, I’ve long recommended statin medications for men younger than 75 with diagnosed coronary artery disease, a history of myocardial infarction, stents, angioplasty or a coronary bypass. In fact, for men in this category statins are often under-prescribed…

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Pets for Heart Health

…hospitalization. Medical research also supports the health benefits of pets. Specifically, pets significantly increase longevity in people with coronary artery disease who have a heart attack, reduce blood pressure, and enhance the opportunity to meet other people. The health benefits of pets also allow people…

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Science Shows April Fool's Day Can Benefit Your Heart

…survived 10 years after his first heart attack, 26 years with his arthritic/collagen disorder, and 36 years after he was first diagnosed with coronary artery disease! Cousins truly walked his talk. He admitted that he was unsure if laughter affected endorphins, as some claimed back then, but it was clear…

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