Vascular Disease

Plaque Buildup and Peripheral Artery Disease

…from the kidneys, stomach, arms, legs and feet. We call this condition peripheral vascular or arterial disease. You may know it as “poor circulation.” An estimated 12 million Americans are affected by the disease, and its incidence increases with age—about one-fifth of people age 70 and older…

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Vascular Dementia Can Happen to Anyone

…due to her vascular dementia (VaD). So, what is VaD? While it’s often mistaken for Alzheimer’s disease because mental functioning slowly deteriorates over time, with VaD the central nervous system damage results from waxing and waning circulation to the brain, small vessel disease, TIAS’s (transient…

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Alzheimer's Disease Touches All of Us

Alzheimer’s disease affects all of us, whether it happens to a beloved family member, a dear friend, or a valued co-worker. My family is no exception. In the summer of 2010, my wife Jan took her mom to a geropsychiatry specialist to assess her memory (“Gero” for aging). Mom, then 90 years of age…

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5 Surprising Heart Disease Risk Factors

…, and hospitalization due to heart failure. Any man who sees a physician with complaints of ED should also get a full cardiovascular workup. Vascular disease is not limited to the coronary arteries; it can also show up in the legs, the brain, and even the penis. ED can result from the same kind of endothelial…

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Alzheimer's Disease Prevention: Know Your Risk Factors

…to prevent dementia. Like any health condition of aging, including cardiovascular problems, being educated about the risk factors for developing vascular dementia is important. Only then can you individualize your own approach to address as many modifiable risk factors as possible. What Are the Alzheimer's…

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The Heart Health Benefits of Vitamin C

…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 heart disease. The reason vitamin C helps is by increasing…

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The Health Benefits of Eating Garlic

…chemical compounds, including a substance called allicin, give garlic its unmistakable odor as well as its pharmacological edge in cardiovascular disease prevention. Think of this herb as a multivitamin—not only is it full of nutrients, it's useful for a host of ailments, including enhancing blood…

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Diet Soda Increases Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

…senior vice president for science policy (they have one of these?) said there’s no evidence “that diet soda uniquely causes increased risk of vascular events or stroke.” What surprises me is the response of some highly visible physicians. Dr. Richard Besser, a health and medical editor for ABC…

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Vitamin B3 Benefits Cardiologists Won’t Tell You About

…cholesterol by 10 percent to 25 percent. * Niacin was also shown to reduce triglycerides, which is the fat in the bloodstream linked to arterial disease, by 20 percent to 50 percent. * Niacin is the only nutrient that decreases dangerous Lp(a) cholesterol particles. Fish oil can help neutralize the…

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When You’re the Caregiver, Don’t Forget to Care for Yourself

…of my wife Jan. She and her siblings had to make the difficult decision to transfer their beloved mom Peg to an assisted care facility due to her vascular dementia. It was a decision that didn’t come easy—and in fact, snuck up on the family over time. Like many people with dementia, at times Peg…

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Integrative Therapy in Cardiology

…both worlds: mainstream and "alternative" medical approaches. Cardiology is an ideal specialty for an integrative therapy approach because heart disease is so preventable. And now there is a textbook that embraces all that Dr. Sinatra believes in. Book Focuses on Integrative Therapies in Cardiology…

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