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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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Must-Have Tests for Heart Risk Factors

As part of my Heart Health Awareness Campaign in celebration of American Heart Month, I’d like to focus for a moment on those critical tests you need to evaluate your personal risk for heart disease. Roughly 90 percent of all cardiovascular disease has no symptoms at all. High cholesterol…

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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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The Real Risk Factors for Heart Disease

If you've read my recent posts about cholesterol, you probably have some questions. And the biggest one may be, "Doc, if cholesterol isn't dangerous, then what heart risk factors should I keep an eye on?" It's a good question--and one that anyone who wants to minimize their odds of developing…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Learn the Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack in Women

I’m sure that many people were dismayed to hear that popular comedienne and talk show host Rosie O’Donnell just suffered a heart attack that required an emergency medical intervention. But what happened to Ms. O’Donnell is just a reminder that heart disease is something that every woman needs…

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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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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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