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Lower C-Reactive Protein With Ecklonia Cava

Since the release of the JUPITER study a couple months ago, I've been answering a lot of questions about whether you should take a statin drug to lower C-reactive protein (CRP). CRP, as you know, is an indicator of inflammation in the body, and lowering it can help prevent heart attacks. The…

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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…

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Inflammation and Heart Disease Risk

As you may remember, last week I wrote a blog called 5 Things Your Cardiologist Won’t Tell You. In that blog, I invited readers to ask any cardiology questions they had—and I’ll be answering all of them in future blog posts. Today, I wanted to answer a question asked by Melanie. She wrote,…

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"New" Heart Risk Factors

The last years of the twentieth century gave rise to a new set of heart risk factors that I call toxic blood indicators: * C-reactive protein, * interleukin-6, * homocysteine, * fibrinogen, * lipoprotein (a) or Lp(a), and * ferritin (iron). These blood elements are helping to explain why people…

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Watch Out For These Heart Risk Factors

While there’s a lot of talk these days about cholesterol guidelines, I contend that good cholesterol levels don’t necessarily lead to good cardiovascular health. While maintaining good cholesterol levels is important, I believe the following heart risk factors that ignite and feed the body’s…

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C-Reactive Protein (CRP): A Heart Risk Factor

C-reactive protein (CRP) is a marker for inflammation that is directly associated with atherosclerotic plaque. It’s a blood protein that, when found in elevated levels, may indicate you could be at risk of heart attack and stroke. Multiple studies have identified CRP as a potent predictor of…

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Heart Risk Factors and C-Reactive Protein

C-reactive protein (CRP) is a marker for inflammation that is directly associated with atherosclerotic plaque. It’s a blood protein that, when found in elevated levels, may indicate risk of heart attack and stroke. Multiple studies have identified CRP as a potent predictor of future…

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Could Losing Weight Work as Well as a Statin?

As you know, I’ve found that inflammation—not cholesterol—is the real smoking gun in heart disease. Recently, a team of researchers, including the doctor who first linked heart disease to inflammation, has shown that weight loss in overweight or obese individuals reduces inflammation.…

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C-Reative Protein (CRP) and Your Heart

C-reactive protein is a heart risk factor that the medical world has started to take note of. It’s a blood protein that, when found in elevated levels, may indicate a risk for heart attack and stroke. CRP can be detected when there is inflammation resulting from trauma or infection. Let’s look…

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The Pros and Cons of Statin Drugs

Benefits of Statin Drugs Statin drugs are a complex medication. In addition to their ability to help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels, statin drugs have been known to help stabilize plaque in acute coronary syndromes. Therefore, it makes sense that they have a probable impact on the…

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A New Weapon To Fight Heart Disease

If you have cardiovascular problems or you’ve recently experienced a virus or urinary infection that could cause inflammation, have your doctor check your C-reactive protein (CRP) levels. CRP can be detected when there is inflammation resulting from trauma or infection (including pneumonia,…

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Women Are More Likely to Die from Heart Disease than Cancer

You may remember that last month, I wrote about breast cancer awareness and the importance of raising awareness about this dreaded disease. Today I want to share another message of urgent importance to women: As bad as breast cancer may be, you are far more likely to die of heart disease. Women are…

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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…

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Sugar Equals Poor Cardiovascular Nutrition

Just this year, Dr. Sinatra wrote in his newsletter Heart, Health & Nutrition about a study from the Journal of the American Medical Association showing that diets high in added sugars raise the levels of blood fats and increase cardiovascular disease risk. Specifically, people who ate about 20…

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When It Comes to Cholesterol, Ignore the Fear

It's been a week since those New Year's resolutions kicked in, and I hope you still feel enthusiastic about the changes you want to make. I also hope that one of your goals is to live a healthier lifestyle, whether through regular exercise, a more nutritious diet, or a new outlook that helps reduce…

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Is This Worth Dying For?

Earlier this week, research came out saying that anger and other strong emotions can trigger potentially deadly heart rhythms and cardiac arrest. It was another piece of health "news" that's hardly new--I've been seeing this very thing in patients for 30 years--but I'm still glad that this…

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Women: Get the Benefits of Fish for Your Heart Health

For years, I've been informing people about the benefits of fish and fish oils such as: * reducing silent inflammation; * lowering C-reactive protein in the blood; * preventing sudden death; * prevention of all causes of mortality, including cancer; * easing depression; * stabilizing coronary…

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