Coronary-Artery-Disease

Signs and Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease is by far the most common 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…

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Coronary Artery Disease: More Common Than You Think

…false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Coronary artery disease (CAD) is 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…

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What Causes Coronary Artery Disease?

Many people, including some doctors and holistic health professionals still think cholesterol is the main cause of coronary artery disease, but they’re wrong. So, you ask, if cholesterol is not the main culprit for the development of CAD, what is? Inflammation has been identified as playing a central…

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Benefits of L-Carnitine for Coronary Artery Disease

…transports fatty acids into mitochondrial membranes, where they are converted into ATP. The benefits of L-carnitine are particularly helpful in coronary artery disease treatment, as it helps deliver extra oxygen to blocked arteries. L-carnitine also prevents the production of toxic fatty acids. These malicious…

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Heart Risk Factor: Homocysteine

…false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Historically, maintaining healthy cholesterol has been at center stage of the quest to minimize the risk of coronary artery disease. But there is now evidence that elevated homocysteine levels are also one of the top heart risk factors. Multiple studies have confirmed the…

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Your Pet Can Lengthen Your Life!

…supports the healing benefits of companion animals. Specifically, they have been found to significantly increase longevity in people with coronary artery disease who have a heart attack, reduce blood pressure, and enhance the opportunity to meet other people. Their pets also allow people to be alone…

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Laugh Your Way to A Longer, Healthier Life

…survived 10 years after his first heart attack, 26 years with his arthritic/collagen disorder, and 36 years after he was first diagnosed with coronary artery disease! Cousins truly walked his talk. He admitted that he was unsure if laughter affected endorphins, as some claimed back then, but it was clear…

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Chelation: Good for Your Heart?

…academics performed a series randomized clinical trials on about 300 people. They found no evidence that chelation was a better treatment for coronary artery disease than placebo. Advocates, of course, repudiated their results, and the debate rages on to this day. To date, we still lack conclusive evidence…

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Over-the-Counter Lipitor: A Dangerous Idea

…Making statins an over-the-counter drug would only compound the problem. The only people who should be on statins are men over 50 who have coronary artery disease. For everyone else, statins may actually be raising the incidence of heart failure because they deplete the body of CoQ10—a biochemical that’s…

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The Benefits of Fish Oil Supplements for Heart Disease

…Research has shown that while both the EPA and DHA omega-3s found in fish oil are important, it’s the DHA omega-3s that reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. So you want to make sure you’re getting at least 550 mg of DHA per day. This is one reason I prefer Calamarine to general fish oil—it’s…

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Diabetes and Heart Disease

…statin drug makers to put a diabetes warning on their labels. So, while I do continue to recommend statins for middle-aged men with known coronary artery disease, for most people I feel they're unnecessary and potentially harmful. For more on my cholesterol recommendations, I encourage you to visit my…

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Bring Down High Triglyceride Levels

…sources, primarily fats and carbohydrates. I consider a healthy triglyceride level to be 50–150 mg/dL. Levels above that have been linked to coronary artery disease and metabolic syndrome. Given that the typical American diet is laden with processed and fast foods, it’s no surprise that high triglyceride…

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Must-Have Tests for Heart Risk Factors

…symptoms at all. High cholesterol doesn’t make you feel ill, and high blood pressure seldom does. And for about half the people who have coronary artery disease, their first symptom is death. If you have a personal or family heart disease, you must know your risk factors for heart disease—and that…

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FDA Issues Zocor Warning, But Only Tells Half the Story!

…with the FDA that no one should be put on high-dose statin drugs. Yet, I am in favor of lesser dose statin drugs for middle-aged males with coronary artery disease, because this group has the most to gain from these medications—so the benefits outweigh the risks. But there’s something I need to clarify…

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Pets Strengthen Your Heart

As Valentine’s Day approaches, my wife Jan and I are finally able to talk about how heavy our hearts were this past Christmas season as we realized that it would soon be time to help our beloved 14-year-old dog to cross over. Those of you who have followed my newsletters may remember the March…

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Study Finds Doctors Too Quick To Insert Stents

…artery doesn’t mean a stent is necessary if you are asymptomatic. It’s just bad medicine to perform angioplasty on patients with stable coronary artery disease who otherwise enjoy a satisfactory quality of life with drug therapy and lifestyle changes. It’s been my experience—and research has proven—that…

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The Side Effects & Symptoms of Statin Medications

…lowering statin medications are over prescribed. In my opinion, the only people who should be on a statin drug are middle-aged males with coronary artery disease. That group has the most to gain. But for most people, the long list of side effects of statin drugs isn’t worth the risk. Regardless of…

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Helping Your Pet to Live a Long, Healthy Life

…healing benefits of our animal companions. Specifically, research has shown that pets can significantly increase longevity for people with coronary artery disease and those who have actually had a heart attack. Pet connections also reduce blood pressure, and enhance your opportunities to meet others while…

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Can Shifting Your Sleep Schedule Cause a Heart Attack?

…your body out of balance. Research has shown that those working evening, night, and split or rotating shifts have a 40% increased risk of coronary artery disease and are 23% more likely to have a heart attack. Plus, working the night shift ups your chances of suffering from a coronary event to 41%. We…

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Learn the Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack in Women

…risk factors by the time she is age 50, just makes great "heart sense," even if she has no symptoms. Once risk factors, or even underlying coronary artery disease are identified, then a woman can take measures to lower her risk. A woman’s intuition is her strongest asset, if only she stops to heed it…

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