Congestive

Magnesium: An Unsung Hero

…electrolyte abnormalities in 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…

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Beta Blockers 101

…blood pressure, I am comfortable prescribing them because they are among the safest of all cardiac drugs. I also use beta blockers in cases of congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation. This is one medication that you probably shouldn’t ditch for a natural alternative. However, if you experience…

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Calcium Channel Blockers 101

…Unfortunately, there are many side effects of calcium channel blockers. These include: * Ankle swelling * Headaches * Dizziness * Weakness * Fatigue * Lung congestion * Nausea * Heart palpitations * Abdominal cramps * Diarrhea or constipation Talk with your physician if you have any of these complaints. These drugs…

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The Pros and Cons of Statin Drugs

…much of a stretch to think these drugs could lead to diastolic dysfunction and, subsequently, congestive heart failure. Research has verified the connection between statins, depletion of CoQ10, and congestive heart failure. Therefore, it is critical that anyone taking statin drugs should be chasing it…

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The Truth About the Benefits of Vitamins

…Health The reason I began formulating supplements is because they’re some of the best weapons we have to treat cardiac conditions like angina, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and cardiac arrhythmias. In fact, I’ve seen the lab work for thousands of people documenting their nutrient…

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The Side Effects of Statin Drugs

…to think these statin medications could lead to diastolic dysfunction and, subsequently, congestive heart failure. Research appears to verify the connection between statins, depletion of CoQ10 and congestive heart failure. I would never take a statin without the added insurance of supplemental CoQ10…

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Pet Health 101: How to Tell If Your Dog Has a Heart Issue

…humans, they don’t tend to clog their arteries like people can. Instead, canines most often have valvular problems, as well as cardiomyopathy, and congestive heart failure. Plus, they can have cardiac arrhythmias. When it comes to your pet’s health, remember that no one knows your canine better than…

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Vascular Dementia Can Happen to Anyone

…conditions. In fact, 50% of the time high blood pressure is the cause. But it can also happen in people with arteriosclerosis, valvular disease, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and pacemaker therapy. The classic signs of VaD are slowed thinking, memory problems, confusion that often worsens…

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Should You Take Blood-Thinning Drugs?

…anyone with more than two episodes of AF a year is to take Coumadin. If you have fewer episodes of AF and no other health problems like diabetes, congestive heart failure, leaking heart valves or an enlarged heart, aspirin is a second choice. Finally, I want to mention that you never want to discontinue…

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CoQ10 Supplement: Energy on Call

…never realize that the real cause of the problem is a CoQ10 deficiency. One of the most serious heart conditions caused by a CoQ10 deficiency is congestive heart failure. Dietary and Supplemental Sources of CoQ10 Dietary sources of CoQ10 include beef heart, pork, chicken liver and fish (especially salmon…

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What are Cardiac Arrhythmias?

…and died when the tachycardia turned into deadly fibrillation, as it often does. These situations are particularly dangerous among patients with congestive heart failure or who have cardiomyopathy, where the heart muscle becomes inflamed, dilated, and doesn’t pump well or where the left ventricle is…

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Treating Low Ejection Fraction

…primary exercise program. As a former cardiac rehab nurse, I also encourage folks—even my own dear uncle who is just recovering from a bout of congestive heart—to consider joining a Phase III Cardiac Rehab program if there is one in their area. There they can learn how to exercise safely with whatever…

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The Healing Power of Saunas

…time to get to that temperature and duration. (In fact, my sauna even has a CD player for my “Zen” music.) Those with high blood pressure and congestive heart failure can use saunas, but should do at lower temperatures and for very short time periods (5-10 minutes). I purchased the far-infrared kind…

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Prevent Blood Clots

…anyone with more than two episodes of AF a year is to take Coumadin. If you have fewer episodes of AF and no other health problems like diabetes, congestive heart failure, leaking heart valves, or an enlarged heart, aspirin is a second choice. For more information on how to prevent blood clots, visit…

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Is Red Meat Safe?

…prevention. In addition, there are multiple human studies confirming the benefits of L-carnitine in documented heart disease, i.e. heart attack, angina, congestive heart failure, and atherosclerotic vessels. The researchers raise the issue of TMAO concentrations, which does deserve further investigation. The…

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Are You a Candidate for EECP Therapy?

…bypass surgery After two prior coronary artery bypass surgeries, “Ben” wasn’t a candidate for a third, despite his problems with angina and congestive heart failure. At the end of the road in terms of traditional treatments, I suggested he try EECP therapy. Unfortunately, Ben’s premature ventricular…

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