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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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Is Red Meat Safe?

…and compared them to vegan eaters. Then, based on the results, they implicated L-carnitine for contributing to cardiovascular disease—including plaque buildup in the blood vessels of the mice. What happens in the gut is that your body metabolizes L-carnitine into a compound called Trimethylamine N…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can Lowering LDL Cholesterol Really Reduce Cardiac Events?

…First off, this is almost a repeat performance of the ENHANCE study, which looked at plaque regression in people on a straight statin versus Vytorin. What they found is that Vytorin actually increased heart plaque, more than a statin taken alone! In fact, results on that study were withheld from 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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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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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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