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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4 Medical Tests That Could Do More Harm than Good

…into an artery, all the way to the heart. A radio-opaque dye is then injected, which lights up the heart and illuminates any blockages 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.…

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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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Learn the Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack in Women

…coronary artery (a major tributary that comes around the front of the left ventricle to supply blood to the left side of the heart) was critically blocked, and while an EKG can show us a lot, it is a noninvasive test. Only an angiogram is the gold standard that can estimate how much blockage there is…

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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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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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How To Beat Poor Blood Circulation

…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.” Poor Blood Circulation…

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4 Secrets for Preventing Diabetes & Controlling It

…most common problem is atherosclerosis—the hardening of the arteries that usually starts before full-blown diabetes is diagnosed. The accumulated plaque typical of atherosclerosis can rupture or break apart, causing blood clots and blockages that can lead to either a heart attack or a stroke. Additionally…

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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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