Heart Failure

Treating Low Ejection Fraction

…(Phase II is for those just recovering from recent heart attacks and heart surgery, whereas Phase III is for people who are more stable). On the supplement front, Dr. Sinatra encourages people with low ejection fractions (with or without heart failure) to take what he calls his Awesome Foursome to build…

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Is Red Meat Safe?

…cardiovascular prevention. In addition, there are multiple human studies confirming the benefits of L-carnitine in documented heart disease, i.e. heart attack, angina, congestive heart failure, and atherosclerotic vessels. The researchers raise the issue of TMAO concentrations, which does deserve further investigation…

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Vascular Dementia Can Happen to Anyone

…In fact, 50% of the time high blood pressure is the cause. But it can also happen in people with arteriosclerosis, valvular disease, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and pacemaker therapy. The classic signs of VaD are slowed thinking, memory problems, confusion that often worsens at night…

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L-Carnitine Benefits Hold the Key to Good Health

…benefits include whole milk, mushrooms, bread, avocado, raw eggs, and carrots. I’ve seen severe deficiencies among vegetarian patients with heart failure or extreme fatigue. So, for these people, supplementing with 250 to 500 mg of L-carnitine has always made a positive difference in the number of…

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Choosing the Best Form of Magnesium

…see. The mineral is often “used up” and thus depleted in patients with: * Diabetes * Congestive heart failure * Atherosclerosis * Chest pain * High blood pressure levels * Cardiac arrhythmias * Heart muscle disease * Hheart attack * Sudden cardiac death In fact, intravenous magnesium treatment has…

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Should You Take Blood-Thinning Drugs?

…of AF a year is to take Coumadin. If you have fewer episodes of AF and no other health problems like diabetes, congestive heart failure, leaking heart valves or an enlarged heart, aspirin is a second choice. Finally, I want to mention that you never want to discontinue any medication without consulting…

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What are Cardiac Arrhythmias?

…turned into deadly fibrillation, as it often does. These situations are particularly dangerous among patients with congestive heart failure or who have cardiomyopathy, where the heart muscle becomes inflamed, dilated, and doesn’t pump well or where the left ventricle is dilated.

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5 Surprising Heart Disease Risk Factors

…. Their study found that those who had both CVD and ED were 1.6 times more likely to experience cardiovascular death, heart attack, stroke, and hospitalization due to heart failure. Any man who sees a physician with complaints of ED should also get a full cardiovascular workup. Vascular disease is not…

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Menopause and High Blood Pressure

…chances are you do a monthly breast exam. But when is the last time you checked your blood pressure? It used to be thought that hypertension and other heart concerns were “men’s issues”, but the link between menopause and high blood pressure is clear—women, particularly women in menopause, are at…

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Even Mildly High Blood Pressure Ups Stroke Risk, Significantly

…should limit sodium intake to less than 2,000 mg a day, that's not the case if you have heart failure. Salt does promote water retention, which can lead to high blood pressure. But if you are have congestive heart failure along with your hypertension, I'm a little more relaxed with salt because lower sodium…

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The Side Effects of Statin Drugs

…that the heart is made of muscle tissue, it’s not much of a stretch to think these statin medications could lead to diastolic dysfunction and, subsequently, congestive heart failure. Research appears to verify the connection between statins, depletion of CoQ10 and congestive heart failure. I would…

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CoQ10 Facts: What You Should Know

…powerful natural supplements for heart health. I have a colleague who takes a statin drug ask his doctor whether he needs to take CoQ10. His answer, “You don’t need it.” Here Are a Few CoQ10 Facts Your Doctor Should Be Telling Patients: * Many cases of heart failure are actually a lack of CoQ10. CoQ10…

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