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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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Is Niacin Effective and Safe? Here’s My Take

As you may have seen, a new report published in The New England Journal of Medicine has brought into question the effectiveness and safety of niacin—vitamin B3 that’s often used to control cholesterol problems. The primary benefits of niacin are reducing LDL cholesterol, raising HDL cholesterol,…

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New Life-Saving Cholesterol Testing

If a recent doctor's visit determined that you don’t have good cholesterol levels, don’t panic. But do ask for additional cholesterol testing. Only then will you know what’s really going on and whether or not cholesterol is, for you, a serious heart risk factor. Two New Cholesterol Blood…

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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 changed my dietary recommendations, encouraging people to up their fat intake and reduce the carbs.…

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Should You Get Screened for an Aneurysm?

Recently, the daughter of a dear friend contacted me with a quick text, “Can aneurysms run in families?” She explained that her father just lost three uncles and two cousins—all men between the ages of 55-65—to sudden death from aortic aneurysms. Another male cousin is about to undergo…

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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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Happiness Can Extend Your Life

I’ve long talked about the healing power of optimism. I have even seen how positive thinking can help to fight cancer. Now, a new study shows that maintaining a positive attitude can extend your life. Researchers at the University College of London just released the findings of their English…

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Why a Raw Food Diet is Better Than an Antacid

Skip the antacids. Raw foods are a far safer, and more effective, solution for chronic indigestion. If you're one of the many people who suffers from chronic indigestion, you're not alone. Just one look at the shelves in your pharmacy at all of the antacids is enough to show you that Americans are…

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Announcing the Best Heart Health Diet Recipe Challenge

…super-foods. • What will you receive for taking the Best Heart Health Diet Recipe Challenge? I will feature a variety of the recipes I receive on my blog and website at drsinatra.com—giving you credit for the recipes by giving your first name and the first initial of your last name. Then, if I receive…

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Pets for Heart Health

During a medical conference lecture I gave years ago, one of the doctors in the audience asked whether I had any experience with the healing benefits of pets. Although I couldn't quantify the degree of benefit, I said that, over the years, many patients have told me how comforting their pets have…

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A Healthy Heart Diet Should Not Include High Fructose Corn Syrup

The other day, I was talking to a friend who was sipping a regular soda loaded with high fructose corn syrup. He said he knew high fructose corn syrup is bad and shouldn't be part of a healthy heart diet. But he didn’t know exactly why. Many people are in that same boat. They hear high fructose…

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Reducing Inflammation is the Secret to Weight Loss

You may remember a blog I wrote about how sugar is the primary contributor to inflammation of the heart. But there’s actually more to the inflammation equation. There’s also an important connection between inflammation, weight gain, and a hormone called leptin. Leptin regulates your body’s level…

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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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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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