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Plaque Buildup and Peripheral Artery Disease

…-fifth of people age 70 and older 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…

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Baby Aspirin and Statin Therapy

…considering prescribing something to help a patient maintain healthy cholesterol or good blood 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…

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Is Taking a Daily Aspirin Right for You?

…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 building up in the first place. That means back to basics: a healthy diet…

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Omega-3 Fish Oil Benefits and Aging

…benefit of omega-3 fish oil, and other marine-based sources of omega-3s, is that they penetrate the structure of arterial plaque within three days of ingestion, making plaque less prone to rupture. They also reduce inflammation, improve heart rate variability and make blood less sticky. The Dangers…

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Signs and Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease

…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 arteries leading to the heart. As plaque in the coronary arteries builds up and blockages grow, the level of oxygen…

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The Cholesterol Numbers Doctors Should Measure

…and highly inflammatory type of cholesterol that can damage blood vessels. It can also make your blood “sticky” and cause a buildup of arterial plaque. Which Cholesterol Numbers Should Your Doctor Test? You want to ask your doctor for a cholesterol particle size test, which will measure your LDL and…

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Preventing Stroke With Vitamin C

…awareness and intervention. What Is a Hemorrhagic Stroke? There are two types of strokes. Most are ischemic in nature which are caused by a clot or plaque which blocks an artery to, or within, the brain. The remainder are hemorrhagic strokes, resulting from a blood vessel that bursts somewhere inside…

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Women: Get the Benefits of Fish for Your Heart Health

…protein (CRP) in the blood; * Preventing sudden death and all causes of mortality, including cancer; * Easing depression; * Stabilizing coronary artery plaque to prevent rupture; and * Improving a whole host of medical conditions, including asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, and more. Now, I'd Like to Focus…

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5 Surprising Heart Disease Risk Factors

…legs, the brain, 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…

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Peripheral Artery Disease 101

…people who have smoked at some point in their lives. Doctors agree that peripheral blood circulation problems are typically due to the buildup of plaque in the affected blood vessels—similar to the kind of buildup we see in the coronary arteries that feed the heart or the carotid arteries leading…

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The Heart Health Benefits of Vitamin C

…, homocysteine, Lp(a), cigarette smoke and heavy metals to cause inflammatory 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…

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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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