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4 Medical Tests You Should Get

Some of you may remember my blog on four medical tests that could do more harm than good. I want to follow up by giving you four medical procedures you should get—many of which have surprising benefits for your health. 4 Medical Procedures Dr. Sinatra Suggests No. 1 Medical Test: Getting your blood…

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How to Get Off Your Blood Pressure Medication

As you may know, on May 27, 2011 I hosted a live on-line blood pressure chat. As promised, I want to answer some of the questions on the blog, for those who were not able to attend. Plus, these important questions and answers certainly bear repeating. Safely Quitting Blood Pressure Medication Reader…

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Inflammation and Heart Disease Risk

As you may remember, last week I wrote a blog called 5 Things Your Cardiologist Won’t Tell You. In that blog, I invited readers to ask any cardiology questions they had—and I’ll be answering all of them in future blog posts. Today, I wanted to answer a question asked by Melanie. She wrote, “Dr…

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For Weight Loss, Eat More Fat?

For years, fats—including butter and red meat—have been demonized. But what scientists have found is that sugar, not saturated fats, is the enemy when it comes to heart health. In fact, I’ve recently changed my dietary recommendations, encouraging people to up their fat intake and reduce the…

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Learn the Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack in Women

…symptoms of a heart attack and that the technology we have developed in cardiology saves lives. I commend Ms. O’Donnell’s frankness in her own blog where she shared her recent experience with the public in order to raise awareness in other women. As with many young women, she had some level of denial…

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Treating Low Ejection Fraction

Several months ago, I posted a blog defining ejection fraction. I am thrilled that it has been helpful! I recently had a blog reader ask a great question about low ejection fraction and wanted to post the answer: "I had a heart attack five years ago and a stent placed. All of my blood work is normal…

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We Invite You to Share Your Story

As some of you may remember, earlier this week Dr. Sinatra shared a story on his blog from a reader who wrote: "Statins put my dad in a nursing home..." As this reader wrote, "When my doctor suggested that I may need to take a statin, I said NO WAY! He was taken aback by that. Through dietary changes…

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What The Best Multivitamins for Men Include

Some of you will remember my recent blog, Men and Women Aren’t Equal When it Comes to Vitamins. In that blog I talked about the nutrients women need, and today I want to focus on multivitamins for men. One of the biggest areas many multivitamins for men overlook is the need for prostate protection…

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Heart-Healthy Eating: A Little Insurance Against Holiday Excess

…be everywhere. Before you know it, you’ve eaten a lot more refined sugar and other carbohydrates than you normally would. As I wrote in a recent blog, the problem with sugar is that it can lead to inflammation of the arterial walls. Plus, there’s another consequence I’m concerned about as well…

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Eating Healthier By Avoiding These 10 Foods

…sodium, varieties. * High fructose corn syrup (HFCS). This insidious sugar contributes to a whole host of cardiovascular problems—come back to my blog on Monday, and I’ll tell you exactly why. For eating healthier, look at food labels, especially soda, and if it contains HFCS pass it up. * Hot dogs…

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Why Statins Are Dangerous

…raising the incidence of heart failure because they deplete the body of CoQ10—a biochemical that’s critical to heart health. Recently, I wrote a blog about statins and memory loss and I thought that one of the people who commented described the dangers of statin drugs best. So, with her permission…

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Statins and Diabetes Linked in Study

…the fact that in that same study those taking Crestor had a higher incidence of developing diabetes than the placebo group. Plus, you may remember a blog entry I wrote about new findings reported in the Journal of the Medical Association (JAMA) that high-dose statins (80 mg) can increase a patient’s…

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3 Secrets for Taking Nutritional Supplements

I’m forever receiving questions, via email, my web chats, and on my blog about the best way to take nutritional supplements. Following a few guidelines will make taking your vitamins and other supplements easier to swallow and much more effective. My Top Tips for Taking Your Nutritional Supplements…

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New Study Shows Heart Benefits of L-Carnitine

…in red meat. Vegetarians and vegans have much lower levels of TMAO and the carnitine-converting class of bacteria. As you may remember, I wrote a blog about that study urging you not to be swayed by this one piece of research—but to wait for more evidence to either confirm or replicate the findings…

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The Best Holiday Gift of All

"The Best Holiday Gift of All" has been an annual tradition on my blog. The message is timeless, so I wanted to share it with you once again so we can all be reminded to be truly present at our holiday celebrations and in all of the moments that matter throughout the year. Like many of you, while my…

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“But I’m Too Young to Have a Heart Attack…”

…stop making great vitamins for me to take: I don’t like them.” Luckily, her parents allow her protest, but insist on the vitamins. Most of you blog followers are here at drsinatra.com because you are already health conscious, and I commend you! For those of you new to the content you can find here…

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Learn the Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation

Recently, a reader on my blog asked me for the typical and atypical symptoms of atrial fibrillation (AF). That’s a good question because some people have AF and don’t know it. Yet, if left untreated it can cause long-term complications. Atrial Fibrillation and its Symptoms AF is an irregular heartbeat…

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