Heart Disease Tests

When and How to Find a Natural Heart Doctor

…cardiologist for a stress test to rule out any undetected heart issues. The next question I get is how to find a heart doctor that doesn't just write prescriptions, but practices natural medicine and really understands the power of nutritional supplements. How to Find a Heart Doctor That Practices Natural…

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Is It Your Heart, Or Is It Lyme Disease?

…fact, Lyme disease can manifest itself as over 300 diseases. Patients can walk into a doctor’s office with symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), or worse amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and have Lyme disease. Others could have headache, joint or muscle pain, thyroid issues, heart problems, or…

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The Real Risk Factors for Heart Disease

…them tested before you have your blood drawn, because he or she may need to order additional tests. Not all of them are part of traditional lipid panels. Now it's your turn: Have you had your heart risk factors tested? You May Also Be Interested In * Heart Function Tests to Assess Heart Disease Risk…

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Inflammation and Heart Disease Risk

…important question since the inflammation and heart disease connection is well documented, and more significant than cholesterol levels, and a factor underlying most other diseases, as well. Inflammation and Heart Disease * Have your doctor request a blood test to measure your level of C-reactive protein…

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Low Testosterone Side Effects Include Heart Disease

…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 findings…

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Signs and Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease

…symptoms of coronary artery disease can also threaten good cholesterol levels and limit your ability to prevent blood clots. Acute stress, such as anger, can cause heart attack and stroke. Oxidative stress. Unchecked free-radical activity accelerates age-related degenerative diseases. Free radicals are generated…

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Diabetes and Heart Disease

Heart Disease * The most common heart problem that diabetes contributes to is atherosclerosis, which is hardening of the arteries. The trouble is that it usually develops silently, long before full-blown diabetes is diagnosed. That’s why I encourage everyone to make regular blood sugar testing a…

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Learn the Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack in Women

…symptom of heart disease. As I stressed in my book HeartSense for Women, women need to be proactive about addressing their risk and getting preliminary screening. A baseline EKG, and perhaps even an exercise stress test for a woman with risk factors by the time she is age 50, just makes great "heart sense…

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Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack in Young Women

…history of early heart disease (occurring in immediate family members under age 50) have up to three times greater risk of developing arterial disease than someone without this genetic baggage. Make sure your doctor knows your family’s medical history and orders appropriate screening tests. Now it’s your…

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Study Finds Doctors Too Quick to Insert Heart Stents

…should receive heart stents on the basis of anatomy alone. In other words, just because tests may reveal a narrowing in an artery 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…

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4 Medical Tests That Could Do More Harm than Good

…all the way to the heart. A radio-opaque dye is then injected, which lights up the heart and illuminates any blockages around it. Angiography is expensive ($5,000 to $10,000) and I don’t recommend it unless preliminary tests strongly suggest the presence of coronary artery disease. If your doctor recommends…

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Cholesterol Testing and Children: Should Children Take Statin Drugs?

…recommended cholesterol testing for children. Specifically, they stated that all children in the U.S. get screened for high cholesterol by age nine, and younger if they have a family history of heart disease. A debate erupted with critics who felt that this cholesterol testing movement was pushed by drug…

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For Heart-Healthy Eating, Up Fats & Reduce Carbs

…real demon in heart disease. But putting that advice into action for heart-healthy eating can be challenging, which is why my co-author Dr. Jonny Bowden and I created The Great Cholesterol Myth Cookbook. This is Your "How-To Guide" for Heart-Healthy Eating To develop the recipes for heart-healthy eating…

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Eating Healthy Foods: Test Your Food IQ

As I’ve long said, sugar--not cholesterol--is the real villain when it comes to heart disease. Naturally, that begs the question about foods you can eat and which foods you should avoid. Test your “food IQ” and get the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions I receive on eating healthy…

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The Great Cholesterol Myth

heart research out to more people than I could ever reach in my clinical practice, including other doctors and healthcare professionals. One of my top missions has been is to educate people on the true cause of heart disease, and it’s not cholesterol. Most doctors and cardiologists are still testing

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Is Your Heart Getting Too Little (Or Too Much) Vitamin D?

…Vitamin D intake of 400+ IU/day has been associated with decreased risk of developing multiple sclerosis. Vitamin D is Also Critical for Heart Health Vitamin D testing should be part of every cardiology workup. That’s because a number of studies have linked low blood levels of vitamin D with increased…

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