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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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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Signs & Symptoms That You Could Have a Heart Attack Next Month

…next step would be a 64- or 128-slice ultrafast CT to clarify the presence of a blockage. * Even with strong evidence of severe obstructive coronary artery disease, a surgeon will not operate without the gold standard of diagnostics—the angiogram (catheterization). This invasive procedure requires making…

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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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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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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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Metabolic Syndrome Tests: How to Determine If You’re At Risk

…single urine test is a common marker of metabolic syndrome. Plus, the test result is also believed to forecast the development of kidney and coronary artery disease. You Can Also Test for It Right at Home Wrap a cloth tape measure around your abdomen, just above the hip bone. Keep the tape snug and measure…

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EECP for Cardiovascular Health

Enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) 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…

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Pets Help Heart Attack Survivors

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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Low Testosterone Side Effects Include Heart Disease

…on testosterone and causes of coronary artery disease from 1970-2013. In their analysis, they weren’t able to conclude that low testosterone side effects would lead to a heart attack—but there was a definite link between low testosterone and coronary artery disease. These low testosterone side effect…

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