Artery Blockage

Study Finds Doctors Too Quick to Insert Heart Stents

…strictly on test results showing some narrowing of arteries, you should definitely explore less-invasive options. The decision to get a heart stent should be based on your personal symptoms and not solely on narrowing or blockage of your arteries. Now it's your turn? Do you feel doctors are too quick…

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Signs and Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease

…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 and nutrients provided to the heart decreases, limiting the heart’s effectiveness. Should an artery become blocked…

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Plaque Buildup and Peripheral Artery Disease

…cardiologists treat has nothing directly to do with the heart itself, but rather with blockages of blood vessels going to and from the kidneys, stomach, arms, legs and feet. We call this condition peripheral vascular or arterial disease. You may know it as “poor circulation.” An estimated 12 million Americans…

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Peripheral Artery Disease 101

…cardiologists treat has nothing directly to do with the heart itself, but rather with blockages of blood vessels going to and from the kidneys, stomach, arms, legs, and feet. We call this condition peripheral vascular or arterial disease. You may know it as “poor blood circulation,” a phrase often used in…

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EECP for Cardiovascular Health

…EECP, the arteries are gently stretched, just like squeezing a long balloon, and this process promotes the development of collateral circulation. (It was noted during angiography that some people develop collateral circulation—their own new blood vessels that grew around an area of blockage to get the…

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Did the AARP Article Have It Right When It Comes to Heart Supplements?

…you compare conventional and integrative cardiologists. For example, many conventional doctors will, in a heartbeat, stent any patient who has arterial blockage, regardless of their symptoms (or lack thereof). But as an integrative cardiologist I believe the best outcomes are achieved by taking a different…

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Don’t Let Shoveling Snow Cause You To Have a Heart Attack

…provocative for the coronary arteries. For instance, my wife Jan once worked with a 45-year-old cardiac rehab patient who had suffered a heart attack while working in a freezer. His coronary arteries had no blockages, so the damage had been done by prolonged arterial spasm provoked by extremely cold…

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Women: Get the Benefits of Fish for Your Heart Health

…researchers used the "gold standard" of quantitative coronary angiography before and after the study and evaluated any changes in the blockages of the coronary arteries. After performing more than 3,000 of these in my career, I can personally attest to the accuracy of such a study. The results demonstrated…

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Why Statins Are Dangerous

…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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Nitric Oxide Benefits Cardiovascular Health

…the veins and arteries so blood can move throughout your body. Plus, it prevents red blood cells from sticking together to create dangerous clots and blockages. Your body naturally generates NO in the endothelium that line the blood vessel walls. But, in the early stages of arterial disease, this lining…

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