Atherosclerosis

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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Heart Risk Factor: Homocysteine

…factors. Multiple studies have confirmed the connection between high-plasma homocysteine levels and occlusive artery disease, including coronary atherosclerosis, peripheral vascular disease, and carotid artery disease. In fact, some research shows that 42 percent of strokes, 28 percent of peripheral vascular…

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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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Heart Risk Factors and C-Reactive Protein

…blood (sticky blood). Any one of these situations literally feeds pro-inflammatory mediators, ratcheting up the chances that you’ll develop atherosclerosis. If you currently have cardiovascular problems or you’ve had trauma or an infection that could cause inflammation, you should have your CRP levels…

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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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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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Magnesium: An Unsung Hero

…clinical practice today. Magnesium is often depleted in patients with cardiovascular problems, specifically those with congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmias, heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy), and heart attack. Like CoQ10, magnesium is crucial to produce…

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What Exactly is Coronary Artery Disease?

You may have heard of the term atherosclerosis, which refers to the buildup of plaque in the blood vessels. Well, essentially, coronary artery isease 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…

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Coronary Artery Disease: More Common Than You Think

…by far the most common cardiovascular problem. 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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Watch Out For These Heart Risk Factors

…Hormones. A woman’s own estrogen has cardioprotective benefits. As we age, and our hormone levels decline, it makes sense that our risk of atherosclerosis and the need for us to take steps to prevent blood clots rises. Moreover, synthetic hormone replacement therapy can put women at higher risk of…

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A New Reason Toast to 2012 With a Glass of Red Wine

…few of the important findings about resveratrol: * It protects against free radical damage to the sensitive endothelial lining of arteries in atherosclerosis. * It improves mitochondrial function (cellular energy production) and aerobic capacity in animal studies. * It speeds the death of various human…

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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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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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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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Lower Your Blood Pressure to Prevent a Heart Attack

…terror passengers experienced when this happened. Many understandably feared for their lives. For someone with chronic hypertension and underlying atherosclerosis, this would have been a dangerous situation. Psychological stress can cause sudden spikes in blood pressure. As blood pressure rises, the amount…

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Are You In Sugar Shock?

…sugar, then insulin and so on (i.e. the blood sugar rollercoaster), your cells to become inflamed and the first stage is set for inflammatory atherosclerosis. The key is to avoid refined sugars and, to swear off high fructose corn syrup for good. And, if you want to read more about the dangers of sugar…

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Is This Worth Dying For?

…clergyman, or therapist. This may be a sign of long-term repressed anger, which can also lead to cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and increased risk of heart attakc and stroke. For more information on heart risk factors and how to prevent them, visit www.drsinatra.com.

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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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