Plaque

Is 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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Fish Oil: The Cardiovascular Superstar

…arterial wall inflammation. * Improves endothelial function. * Makes blood less sticky and less likely to form clots. * Stabilizes plaque, and may help prevent plaque rupture. * Contributes to the bioenergy of the heart muscle. It’s important to choose a quality fish oil supplement. Because our ocean…

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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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The Magic of Garlic

…coronary artery (hard) plaque. The 19 subjects who completed the protocol were well-matched for important variables like statin use and heart risk factors. Researchers measured plaque at the study’s start and after twelve months. In the placebo group of ten people, the annual plaque progression rate was…

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Fish Oil: The Perfect Nutraceutical

…There are mounds and mounds of evidence to support the value of fish oil, especially as it pertains to its ability to help rid the body of excess plaque and inflammation (which can lead to serious cardiovascular problems.) Consider The Gruppo Italiano per lo Studio della Sopravvivenza nell‘Infarto…

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Should You Take A Statin Drug?

…lower LDL cholesterol levels, statin drugs have been known to help stabilize plaque in acute coronary syndromes, so it’s logical to me that they have a probable impact on the calcification process and may also prevent plaque ruptures. Studies have found that patients on statins are less likely to suffer…

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Heart Risk Factors and C-Reactive Protein

C-reactive protein (CRP) is a marker for inflammation that is directly associated with atherosclerotic plaque. It’s a blood protein that, when found in elevated levels, may indicate risk of heart attack and stroke. Multiple studies have identified CRP as a potent predictor of future cardiovascular…

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The Truth About Green Tea

…tea drinker ever since. Animal and human studies suggest that the antioxidants in green tea reduce your heart risk factors by helping to prevent plaque rupture and by helping to maintain healthy blood pressure. In a 25-year study, tea drinkers consuming more than 8.5 ounces a day had a much lower risk…

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Green Tea is So Good For You

…why? Here's the scoop... Animal and human studies suggest that the antioxidants in green tea reduce your heart health risks by helping to prevent plaque rupture and by helping to maintain healthy blood pressure. In a 25-year study, tea drinkers consuming more than 8.5 ounces a day had a much lower risk…

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Is This Worth Dying For?

…is flooded with stress hormones. The electrical currents to your heart become unstable. And if you have arterial plaque, anger is like throwing a match into a can of gasoline. The plaque can rupture, and the resulting clots can kill you. With all of my patients, I talk about the standard heart risk factors…

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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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How To Beat Poor Blood Circulation

…at some point in their lives. Most doctors and holistic health practitioners agree that poor blood circulation is 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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Lower Your Blood Pressure Week 2: Get Moving

…high insulin levels signal the body to produce inflammatory chemicals that constrict blood vessels, promote clotting, and stoke the development of plaque. Independently, each of those responses can raise your blood pressure—not to mention your risk of heart attack and stroke. The following types of…

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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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Coronary Artery Disease: More Common Than You Think

…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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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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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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The Pros and Cons of Statin Drugs

…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 calcification process and may also prevent plaque ruptures. Additionally, research has shown that statin drugs are effective…

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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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10 Foods To Include in a Heart Healthy Diet Plan

…Avocado—Contains lots of vitamin E, glutathione and healthy monounsaturated fat. * Pomegranates/pomegranate juice—Has powerful antioxidants shown to assist in plaque regression. * Blueberries—Contain flavonoids that improve the macula and retina of the eye, and also help brain function. * Asparagus—Loaded with…

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