Atherosclerosis

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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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Olive Oil is Heart-Healthy: But Only If It's Not a Fake

…powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols. It’s these polyphenols that help to block the oxidation of harmful LDL cholesterol and prevent atherosclerosis (“hardening” of the arteries). Another plus for using olive oil is that it reduces blood pressure. This was confirmed in one Spanish study…

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New Study Shows Heart Benefits of L-Carnitine

…from the Cleveland Clinic and University of Pennsylvania published a report suggesting a link between L-carnitine and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Nearly every news report featured photos of red meat with headlines proclaiming the saturated fat in red meat is innocent—and the L-carnitine…

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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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Choosing the Best Form of Magnesium

…nutrient deficiencies we see. The mineral is often “used up” and thus depleted in patients with: * Diabetes * Congestive heart failure * Atherosclerosis * Chest pain * High blood pressure levels * Cardiac arrhythmias * Heart muscle disease * Hheart attack * Sudden cardiac death In fact, intravenous…

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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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Foods High in Saturated Fat Aren’t the Enemy

…particles. Plus, a recent study at Harvard University concluded that, “greater saturated fat intake is associated with less progression of atherosclerosis.” In fact, the balance of inflammatory omega-6s versus heart-healthy omega-3s in your diet is far more important than whether a fat is saturated…

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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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4 Secrets for Preventing Diabetes & Controlling It

…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, insulin is known…

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Diabetes and Heart Disease

…than those who don’t have diabetes. Facts About Diabetes and Heart Disease * The most common heart problem that diabetes contributes to is atherosclerosis, which is hardening of the arteries. The trouble is that it usually develops silently, long before full-blown diabetes is diagnosed. That’s why…

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5 Surprising Heart Disease Risk Factors

…also show up in the legs, the brain, and even the penis. ED can result from the same kind of endothelial damage and dysfunction that occurs in atherosclerosis and the plaque build-up that precedes heart attack and stroke. ED is a marker of endothelial dysfunction, the cardinal kingpin of inflammation…

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Women: Get the Benefits of Fish for Your Heart Health

…results demonstrated that eating two or more servings of fish a week was associated with a significant reduction in the progression of coronary atherosclerosis in women with heart disease. The reversal was particularly prominent in one group of postmenopausal women—those with diabetes. This was a great…

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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

…the “stickiness” of blood, and contributes dramatically to the formation of clots and the chance of a heart attack or stroke. 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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Are Teenagers Setting Themselves Up for Heart Disease?

…this concerns me greatly. Smoking is a prime risk factor for heart disease. Smoke damages the heart and blood vessels and increases the risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). It can also cause sludgy, inflamed blood. In fact, even light or occasional smoking or inhaling secondhand smoke can…

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