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Heartfelt Lessons from an American Legend

…foot on the moon would not live to see that same foot make another “giant step” back to the pavement outside the hospital where he had coronary bypass graft surgery (CABG or CABS). As I’m sure you’ve heard Neil Armstrong passed away on August 25 at the age of 82 from complications following his…

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Are You a Candidate for EECP Therapy?

…pectoris that has not responded to medication and metabolic cardiology. * If your arteries are so blocked that angioplasty (PTCA) or coronary artery bypass surgery (CABS or CABG) aren’t options. * If your coronary anatomy failed to improve following PTCA or CABS as expected. * If your coronary vessels…

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What To Do Before Opting For Heart Surgery

…difficult one. Consider Fred, a 56-year-old engineer who came to me several years ago for a second opinion. Fred’s doctor recommended that he undergo bypass surgery immediately. His angiogram indicated two coronary vessels were about 70 percent blocked, and his stress test revealed a small area of what…

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When It Comes to Heart Issues, Men Can Feel Emotional

…walking the treadmill to help heal his heart, lowering his heart issues, while we spoke. He was trying to understand why he was SO emotional after his bypass operation. “I cry like a woman now … over movies … tough things I watch people going through on the news … weddings ... Why is that happening?…

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EECP for Cardiovascular Health

…is a therapy for treating angina and congestive heart failure. It offers hope to those with advanced coronary artery disease who can’t undergo bypass surgery. Here's how it works... The physiology of EECP is similar to that of the intra-aortic balloon pump and mast pants, more familiar emergency…

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Dr. Sinatra and Chelation

…potential holds for cardiovascular problems. One patient, “Joe,” stands out. Joe had very extensive heart disease, a history of coronary artery bypass surgeries, and was considered “inoperable.” His angina symptoms were kept in check and his quality of life improved for years while he opted-in…

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Heart Attack and Stroke on the Menu at the Heart Attack Cafe

bypass burger, unfiltered cigarettes, and caffeine-laden sugary drinks. While the restaurant is real, it’s also a real reminder that diet is a major and controllable heart risk factor. At least the name (Heart Attack Grill) and the name of its food items (single, double, triple, and quadruple bypass

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Benefits of Resistance Training

…our hospital-based, medically supervised cardiac rehab program—where we supervised people recovering from heart attack and strokes, as well as bypass surgery—free weight training was slowly introduced into their exercise programs, once an appropriate time in their healing had passed and they had…

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The Pros and Cons of Statin Drugs

…as C-reactive protein (CRP), and that this anti-inflammatory which reduces the risk of stroke. In patients with a history of heart attack, stent, bypass, angioplasty, high CRP levels or high coronary calcium scores, statins may be a reasonable intervention, even if the person has good cholesterol levels…

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What is an Angina Attack?

…catheterization is needed to define the “native anatomy,” or circulatory system, of the heart. If an invasive procedure like a stent or coronary bypass is not recommended (or is deferred for some reason), then medication is usually prescribed to keep the heart below the “anginal threshold” —the…

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Reducing Cholesterol With Statin Drugs

…for producing good cholesterol levels. In clinical studies statins achieved a striking reduction in cardiovascular problems such as heart attack, bypass, and hospitalization. Statins are potent anti-inflammatory drugs that have been shown to be able to do a phenomenal job of reducing cholesterol levels…

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News Alert: High-Dose Statins Can Increase Your Diabetes Risk

…increased rates. Plus, this issue of high-dose statins has even touched much closer to home—in my own practice. One of my employee’s fathers had bypass surgery and I recently went over his lab work. He’s on a high-dose statin and both his blood sugar and A1C was elevated—and he’s never had diabetes…

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Prevent Blood Clots by Reducing Fibrogen

…High fibrinogen levels aren’t the sole province of younger women. At age 57, one woman went to her doc?tor with signs of unstable angina. She had bypass and angioplasty, followed by drugs to help her maintain healthy cholesterol, as well as other conventional treatments. Nine years later, she had a…

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Chelation: Good for Your Heart?

…therapy, or a combination of both. They will be evaluating subjects for all-cause mortality, heart attack and stroke, hospitalization for angina, and bypass surgery. However, no good deed goes unpunished. Turns out, some detractors have demanded the study be halted, citing issues from expense and politics…

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This Year, Try a Resolution You Can Live With

…gentleman got up to the microphone and said he was 86, had aortic dysfunction, arrhythmia, and was somewhat hard of hearing. He had had a quadruple bypass and a knee replacement.“I want to make plans for the next 30 years,” he said. “My cup is half full and I want to make it fuller.” “Wow!”…

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Is Daily Aspirin Right for You?

…advocate aspirin for those who have known heart disease, such as a history of angina, heart attack, angioplasty or stent procedures, or coronary artery bypass surgery. In these cases, I recommend taking one baby aspirin daily. But even if you have all the characteristics I just mentioned that would make you…

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New Statin Medication Guidelines May Double Use

…medications for men younger than 75 with diagnosed coronary artery disease, a history of myocardial infarction, stents, angioplasty or a coronary bypass. In fact, for men in this category statins are often under-prescribed. But for women, this guideline doesn’t hold water. For women, the data fails…

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Make a Resolution of Optimism

…microphone and said he was 86, had aortic dysfunction, shortness of breath, arrhythmia, and was somewhat hard of hearing. He had had a quadruple bypass and a knee replacement. "I want to make plans for the next 30 years," he said. "My cup is half full and I want to make it fuller." "Wow!" I thought…

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Should You Take A Statin Drug?

…agrees that statin therapy has an important place in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. In patients with a history of heart attack, stent, bypass, or angioplasty, or inflammatory markers such as high CRP levels or high coronary calcium scores, statins may be a reasonable intervention, regardless…

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