Questions And Answers

How to Get Off Your Blood Pressure Medication

…blood pressure chat. As promised, I want to answer some of the questions on the blog, for those who were not able to attend. Plus, these important questions and answers certainly bear repeating. Safely Quitting Blood Pressure Medication Reader Question: I am on 5 mg of Nadolol and 1.25 mg of Amlodipine…

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Inflammation and Heart Disease Risk

…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, “Dr. Sinatra, How does one know if they have inflammation of the heart?” That’s an important question since the inflammation and…

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Eating Healthy Foods: Test Your Food IQ

…the question about foods you can eat and which foods you should avoid. Test your “food IQ” and get the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions I receive on eating healthy foods. Are You Eating Healthy Foods? To ensure that you’re eating healthy foods, Dr. Sinatra answers some of…

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When and How to Find a Natural Heart Doctor

…money. * Before you go, prepare a list of things you want to talk about with the doctor, including all of the questions you have. You should never feel rushed or dissatisfied with the answers you get. If you do, start your search over and continue to look for a practitioner who you feel is willing and…

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On the Road With Dr. Sinatra

…time—usually a current healthcare issue. The rest of the session is an open question and answer format—an opportunity for folks to have access to Dr. Sinatra and get to know him better in the bargain. Subscribers can put their questions in writing should they prefer anonymity, or step up to the microphone…

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When “Managed Care” Means Managing Your Own Care

…true risks and benefits. Have an honest discussion with your doctor about those recommendations and your alternatives. Ask questions, and make sure you understand the answers. * Start slow. If a patient came to me with blood pressure higher than 180/100, or a blood sugar level in the 300s, you can bet…

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The Health Perks of Yoga & An Invite to Kripalu 2013

…for a question and answer session for attendees before we do our closing. While I won’t be able to give complex answers to individual medical concerns, I love to field general health-related questions. They usually apply to many in the audience in addition to the person asking the question. Now it’s…

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Is Red Meat Safe?

…often has been quoted: “Death and pathology begin in the colon.” In conclusion, this study on red meat and L-carnitine raises a lot more questions than answers, but does not suggest more research into the role of our gut microflora and optimum health. For now, I’m going to continue taking my L-carnitine…

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Selenium Supplements and Prostate Cancer

…issues, I would not take a high-dose selenium supplement—meaning 200 mcg of selenium or more daily. But again, this study raises many more questions than answers. Certainly more research needs to be done. Now it’s your turn: What are your thoughts on this study and selenium supplements? You May Also…

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The Side Effects & Symptoms of Statin Medications

…with little or no information about what these drugs can do to their patients’ health. So, today I wanted to answer some of the most commonly asked questions I receive about statins. Questions About Statin Medications Q: Are memory issues a statin drug side effect? A: The insanity about treating total…

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To Get the Right CoQ10 Dosage You Can't Always Trust the Label

…advantage of the latest sale. So, I asked them to bring me the CoQ10 they were taking and I sent it out for independent lab analysis, and got my answer. Many of the CoQ10 products didn't have anywhere near the CoQ10 dosage that was written on the label. No wonder these patients weren’t experiencing…

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Lipoprotein(a) Cholesterol Guidelines

…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 of you can benefit from…

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Debunking the Gluten-Free Myth

…years—with people touting it as the “secret to better health and weight loss.” But is it in your best interest to go gluten free? To answer that question, let’s take a closer look at gluten. What is gluten? Simply put, gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, oats, and other grains.…

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Avandia and Your Heart

…specific MDs will be allowed to prescribe it; or it will be taken off the market. When folks ask me what I think, my answer is that as long as there is any whiff of danger—and there is question about an increased risk for both heart attack and heart failure in those taking Avandia—then the potential risks…

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Treating Low Ejection Fraction

…a blog defining ejection fraction. I am thrilled that it has been helpful! I recently had a blog reader ask a great question about low ejection fraction and wanted to post the answer: "I had a heart attack five years ago and a stent placed. All of my blood work is normal with good cholesterol measurements…

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