Heart Plaque

5 Surprising Heart Disease Risk Factors

…, and even the penis. ED can result from the same kind of endothelial damage and dysfunction that occurs in atherosclerosis and the plaque build-up that precedes heart attack and stroke. ED is a marker of endothelial dysfunction, the cardinal kingpin of inflammation and cardiovascular disease. 2. Sleep…

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Treat Heart Disease With a Heart Healthy Diet Plan

…pressure levels, reduce LDL cholesterol levels and even prevent plaque rupture. Garlic is a potent blood thinner and, like onions that are rich in quercetin, helps you prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Garlic and onions are both superb heart healthy foods for lowering blood pressure levels. And, speaking…

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Plaque Buildup and Peripheral Artery Disease

…have it. Doctors agree that peripheral circulation problems are typically due to plaque buildup in the affected blood vessels—similar to the kind of plaque buildup we see in the coronary arteries that feed the heart or the carotid arteries leading to the brain. The result is restricted blood flow…

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Healthy Heart Nutrition with Dark Chocolate

…wonder we give chocolate hearts to those we love for Valentine's Day. All kidding aside, there is something in dark chocolate that promotes the formation of nitric oxide and improves blood circulation in your blood vessels. What Is it In Dark Chocolate that Gives it Its Healthy Heart Nutrition? Dark chocolate…

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The Heart Health Benefits of Vitamin C

…reactions in the vascular lining—which starts the atherosclerotic plaque formation process. * Improves vasodilation, which is the ability of the heart’s arteries to widen when more blood is needed—a key factor in preventing heart disease. The reason vitamin C helps is by increasing the availability…

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Which Sports Are Heart Safe?

…belief, marathons aren’t deadly. What the researchers found is that most people who have a cardiac event while running a marathon had an undiagnosed heart problem. To me, that doesn’t mean running a marathon is “safe” per say. Instead, I feel that it’s a good reminder that anyone who is going to…

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Signs and Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease

…to the buildup of plaque in the blood vessels. Essentially, coronary artery disease is a form of atherosclerosis that affects the arteries leading to the heart. As plaque in the coronary arteries builds up and blockages grow, the level of oxygen and nutrients provided to the heart decreases, limiting…

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Is Taking a Daily Aspirin Right for You?

…aspirin for primary heart attack prevention. While a daily aspirin prevents clot formation, the final step that triggers a heart attack, it doesn’t change atherosclerotic plaque which is the underlying cause of heart disease. A far better way to prevent a heart attack is by keeping plaque from forming and…

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Baby Aspirin and Statin Therapy

…pressure levels, I often select drugs that can treat plaque instability at the same time—baby aspirin and statin therapy. And, as much as I strongly disagree with the use of statin therapy for treating isolated high LDL cholesterol levels when heart disease is not apparent, I endorse statin therapy in…

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4 Secrets for Preventing Diabetes & Controlling It

Many people think of diabetes and heart disease as two separate conditions, but they're closely related. The most common problem is atherosclerosis—the hardening of the arteries that usually starts before full-blown diabetes is diagnosed. The accumulated plaque typical of atherosclerosis can rupture…

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Is Red Meat Safe?

…on the Red Meat Study First off, I’ve been saying the same thing for years—that the cholesterol and fat in red meat aren’t the real cause of heart disease. But implicating the L-carnitine nutrient based on this type of research needs enormous future investigation and replication. First off, this…

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The Cholesterol Numbers Doctors Should Measure

heart. The reason is that it’s not enough to know your cholesterol numbers, you also need to dig down and test the cholesterol subtypes. Here’s why… * Not all HDL cholesterol is “good.” There are two subtypes of HDL cholesterol. HDL-2 is large, buoyant and helps to protect against heart disease…

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Boost Your Health with Cauliflower

…of inflammatory substances called prostaglandins. Plus, cauliflower contains omega-3 fats, which are able to penetrate layers of cholesterol-laden plaque, reducing blood vessel inflammation and preventing blood-clotting deposits from clogging arteries. * Supports healthy digestion by supplying a full…

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Budget Tips for Healthy Living

…Healthy Living Budget Tip #3: Drink plenty of clean water and, as an alternative, drink green tea and pomegranate juice, both of which protect against plaque. For variety, ginger tea is a good choice. It acts like a poor man’s aspirin, and helps thin the blood. Healthy Living Budget Tip #4: Regular physical…

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