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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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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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 Exactly is Coronary Artery Disease?

…American Heart Association, an estimated 16,800,000 people in the United States have coronary artery disease. It’s the leading killer among both men and women and about 82 percent of those who die from coronary artery disease are over age 65. How do you know if you have coronary artery disease? Shortness…

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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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Pets for Heart Health

…hospitalization. Medical research also supports the health benefits of pets. Specifically, pets 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. The health benefits of pets also allow people…

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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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Side Effects of Statins Make Over-the-Counter Lipitor a Dangerous Idea

…problem, exposing even more people to the side effects of statins. The only people who should be on statin medications are men over 50 who have coronary artery disease. For everyone else, statin medications may actually be raising the incidence of heart failure because they deplete the body of CoQ10—a biochemical…

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Statin Drugs and Memory Loss

…total cholesterol. What’s the bottom line for you? In my opinion, the only people who should be on statin drugs are middle-aged males with coronary artery disease. That’s the only part of the population that truly benefits from statin medications. I’m also adamantly against the use of statin medications…

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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 Statin Drugs 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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Study Finds Doctors Too Quick to Insert Heart Stents

…doesn’t mean a heart 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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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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The Great Cholesterol Myth

…from the real cause of heart disease—inflammation. Chronic Inflammation and Heart Disease Chronic inflammation is a major predictor of coronary artery disease. Studies show elevated levels of CRP (inflammation) puts you at twice the risk of dying from cardiovascular-related problems as those with…

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