Stents

“But I’m Too Young to Have a Heart Attack…”

…don’t dismiss them because you’re young. Just last month comedienne Rosie O’Donnell had a close call with her heart, and was saved by an emergency stent procedure. Rosie’s “lesson” was a wake-up call to all of us to recognize the symptoms of heart disease. * Don’t wait until the fourth or fifth…

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The Side Effects & Symptoms of Statin Medications

…is that if you go off the statin medication, blood sugar elevations will come down. Q: Is it safe for someone who has had a heart attack and four stents to stop taking a statin medicaiton? My husband is gluten free and has completely changed his diet, and he has lost a lot weight and has reduced his…

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Heartfelt Lessons from an American Legend

…struggling with the decision about whether or not to have CABS, weigh your options carefully. Ask your doctor if you’re a candidate for angioplasty or a stent to buy you more time to reverse non-critical arterial lesions. * If you’re facing any type of heart surgery, pre-dose with CoQ10. Those of you who…

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Learn the Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack in Women

…Ms. O’Donnell got herself to a cardiologist. (Still, a 911 call would have been better.) Stents Save Lives Kudos to the doctors who acted quickly and decisively to get Ms. O’Donnell the emergency stent procedure that restored circulation and prevented further damage to her heart muscle. From what…

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Is Daily Aspirin Right for You?

…plain good medicine. I regularly advocate aspirin for those who have known heart disease, such as a history of angina, heart attack, angioplasty or stent procedures, or coronary artery bypass surgery. In these cases, I recommend taking one baby aspirin daily. But even if you have all the characteristics…

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Treating Low Ejection Fraction

…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 and C-RP of 1.13. I take Lipitor (20mg), Metropolis, Ramipril, and Plavix…

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Heart Surgery: Is it Really Necessary & Secrets for the Best Outcome

…disagree when more than one or two stents are required. Surgical patients fare better than stented patients in both the short and long term, especially those who are diabetic. Even multiple bypasses are better than multiple stents. However, I do endorse the use of a stent or two if it means you can avoid…

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3 Times Conventional Treatments Trump Alternative Medicine

…stopping, or starting, any medications or supplements. 3. If you have a drug-eluting stent you need to take the blood-thinning drug Plavix—and stay on it for the long-term. Many people who have drug-eluting stents will ask me if it’s okay to substitute nattokinase for Plavix, thinking that alternative…

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5 Heart-Health Facts Your Cardiologist Won’t Tell You

…inflammation—which as I mentioned earlier is the real culprit in heart disease. That's why with men who have a history of a heart attack, a bypass or stent, an angioplasty, or low HDL cholesterol, a statin can be lifesaving. But for many others, the harmful statin side effects far outweigh the benefits…

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