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Beware of Elevated Lp(a) Cholesterol Levels

…Lipoprotein A, or Lp(a). An elevated Lp(a) cholesterol level in the bloodstream increases the “stickiness” of blood, and contributes dramatically to the formation of clots and the chance of a heart attack or stroke. In Europe, the European Atherosclerosis Society now urges doctors to check Lp(a) in patients…

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Is Niacin Effective and Safe? Here’s My Take

…often used to control cholesterol problems. The primary benefits of niacin are reducing LDL cholesterol, raising HDL cholesterol, and reducing harmful Lp(a). But the report, based on the results of two recent studies, showed that high dose niacin failed to reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease, and…

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5 Foods to Eat (or Avoid) for Healthy Aging

…the body, which is one of the two top culprits in aging. Plus they promote LDL cholesterol and oxidation, lower healthy HDL cholesterol, and raise Lp(a)—the most dangerous form of cholesterol. 3. Up Your Intake of Blueberries: Blueberries are extraordinarily rich in “age-defying” flavonoids.…

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Learn the Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack in Women

…traditional risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, a family history of heart disease, elevated inflammatory markers in the blood such as Lp(a), homocysteine, Interleukin-6 or C-reactive protein, her chances of developing heart disease rise exponentially. Pay Attention to the Signs and Symptoms…

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Signs and Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease

…containing elements that either contribute to, or indicate, inflammation or plaque buildup. These include the following: * Elevated homocysteine * Lp(a), the inflammatory subtype of LDL * C-reactive protein (CRP), a key indicator of inflammation and chronic infection in the body * Excess fibrinogen…

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Lipoprotein(a) Cholesterol Guidelines

…question about Lp(a) cholesterol guidelines from a concerned mom, because it is an example of what folks often ask that all of you can benefit from it. Like many of you looking at the results of your cholesterol profiles, she reports that she is not sure what constitutes an alarmingly abnormal Lp(a) value…

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Vascular Dementia Can Happen to Anyone

…3 cups of green tea and 2 ounces of pomegranate juice daily. * Be aware of your high inflammation marker scores: CRP, homocysteine, fibrinogen, and Lp(a). How about you? Do you know someone with VaD or Alzheimer’s Disease? You May Also Be Interested In: * How Apples Help the Brain * The Heart-Brain…

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What is Lp(a) Cholesterol?

…Sinatra has been getting a lot of questions about the very small, dense, and highly inflammatory cholesterol particle known as lipoprotein(a)—or Lp(a) for short. Good questions! Dr. Sinatra is one cardiologist who just doesn’t think that total cholesterol levels are the evil culprits behind cardiovascular…

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Prevent Elevated Lp(a) Cholesterol Levels

To offset the inflammation caused by elevated Lp(a) cholesterol levels, Dr. Sinatra recommends that you try one or more of the following techniques. * Niacin: Take up to a total daily dose of 1 gram (1 gram=1,000 mg) taken in one or two doses. Start at a dose of 125mg, then double it as tolerated, up…

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Inflammation and Heart Disease Risk

…and heart disease may be a concern. * Have your doctor test your Lp(a) levels, which is a cholesterol particle that can cause inflammation and clogging of the blood vessels. High Lp(a) is usually hereditary. If you know elevated Lp(a) has been a problem for your family, you should ask your doctor to…

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The Real Risk Factors for Heart Disease

…: 180-350 mg/dL. * Homocysteine: This amino acid causes free radical damage to blood vessels and promotes inflammation. Health zone: 7-10 umol/L. * Lp(a): This highly inflammatory form of LDL cholesterol also contributes to the formation of blood clots. Healthy zone: * AA/EPA Ratio: This is the ratio…

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The Heart Health Benefits of Vitamin C

…enabling the synthesis of collagen in the connective tissue of the arterial walls. Weakened collagen can permit noxious oxidized LDL, homocysteine, Lp(a), cigarette smoke and heavy metals to cause inflammatory reactions in the vascular lining—which starts the atherosclerotic plaque formation process…

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Stroke 101: Risk Factors for Stroke

…risk factors for stroke) * High blood pressure * Atrial fibrillation * High inflammation marker scores, such as CRP, homocysteine, fibrinogen, and Lp(a) While the symptoms some strokes are easy to recognize—weakness or sudden loss of control over one or more parts of the body, imbalance, dizziness…

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Heart-Healthy Diets: 6 Surprising Foods to Avoid

…polyunsaturated oil, to create a spread that’s similar to butter. Hydrogenation creates toxic trans fats which induce free-radical stress increase harmful Lp(a) cholesterol. My advice: for heart-healthy diets, ditch the margarine and opt for grass-fed organic butter whenever possible. 6. Swordfish: While fish…

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5 Top Heart Health Mistakes

…free radical damage, which in turn causes inflammation, disease, and age-related changes. They also promote LDL oxidation, lower HDL levels, and raise Lp(a), a highly inflammatory and thrombotic cholesterol particle. In short, they ignite heart disease and help set the inflammatory stage for other diseases…

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When and How to Find a Natural Heart Doctor

…You want to discuss your family history and request screenings for the following risk factors that tend to run in families: low HDL cholesterol, high Lp(a) cholesterol, serum ferritin, homocysteine, and fibrinogen. * If you have heart symptoms, such as chest pain, syncope (unexplained passing out) or…

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