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Beware of Elevated Lp(a) Cholesterol Levels

For years, I have been advising you to monitor a dangerous, small, dense, highly inflammatory cholesterol particle known as 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…

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What is Lp(a) Cholesterol?

Lately, Dr. 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…

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Lp(a) and Risk Factors of Heart Disease

Lipoprotein A, or Lp(a), is a component of LDL or “bad” cholesterol and high levels of it in your blood can be a serious risk factor of heart disease. According to an article in the 1997 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Lp(a) cholesterol appears to regulate clot formation…

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Lipoprotein(a) Cholesterol Guidelines

Lipoprotein(a) cholesterol has been of great interest to many of you, and we’ve had many comments posted on the topic. I’d like to take the opportunity to answer a sound question about Lp(a) cholesterol guidelines from a concerned mom, because it is an example of what folks often ask that all…

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Health Benefits of Niacin: HDL & Lp(a) Cholesterol

You’ve heard me say time and again that reducing cholesterol is not the magic bullet that will prevent heart attack and stroke. I stand by this statement wholeheartedly—but I don’t want you to interpret it to mean that cholesterol is unimportant. Optimum cardiovascular health requires…

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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,…

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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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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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The Cholesterol Numbers Doctors Should Measure

Many doctors, including cardiologists, look at all the wrong cholesterol numbers. If your cholesterol is over 220 mg/dl, they get worried—if it’s over 300 mg/dl they panic. Then, they put you on statin drugs to bring down the “bad” LDL cholesterol numbers and to help raise the “good”…

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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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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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Stroke 101

On this, the last day of Heart Awareness Month, I thought I'd talk a bit about strokes. The thought of you or a loved one suffering a stroke is very scary. I have firsthand experience with this. I was 13 when my paternal grandmother died from a massive stroke. In addition to causing death, stroke…

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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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"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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Vascular Dementia Can Happen to Anyone

September is World Alzheimer’s Month. It’s also the month it became time for my mother-in-law Peg to move into an extended care facility (ECF) due to her vascular dementia (VaD). So, what is VaD? While it’s often mistaken for Alzheimer’s disease because mental functioning slowly…

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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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Eight Stroke Prevention Tips

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE The following eight tips can help you improve blood circulation and even reduce your risk of stroke: * Address any lifestyle-related or heart risk factors you have with your doctor. * Follow a good cardiovascular nutrition eating program, such as the…

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