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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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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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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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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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Vitamin K2 Benefits and Coumadin

My campaign to make heart disease a thing of the past is rooted in an ongoing quest to stabilize and root out the calcified plaque that chokes our arteries. For decades, conventional medicine has relied on invasive procedures to unclog our arterial highways but, as most people with cardiovascular problems…

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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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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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Vitamin B3 Benefits Cardiologists Won’t Tell You About

…from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, revealed that niacin increased HDL levels by 10 percent to 30 percent. Higher HDL levels leads to plaque regression. In fact, the higher your HDL levels, the greater the protection in your blood vessels. * It also does an excellent job of lowering the…

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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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4 Secrets for Preventing Diabetes & Controlling It

…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 or break apart, causing blood clots and blockages that can lead to either a heart attack or a stroke. Additionally…

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Treat Heart Disease With a Heart Healthy Diet Plan

…acids—especially those found in squid and fish oils—assuage cardiac arrhythmia, lower blood 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…

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New Research: Saturated Fats CAN Be Part of Heart-Healthy Diet

…huge number of studies on the benefits of omega-3s. Omega-3s help to reduce arterial inflammation and thin the blood. Plus, they help to counter plaque buildup and rupture. Omega-3s also have other benefits for your health. For example, is a long-term population study from Finland that demonstrated…

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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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