Vascular Disease

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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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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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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Are You a Candidate for EECP Therapy?

…blood pressure levels * Coumadin or other anticoagulation therapy * Aortic valve regurgitation * Thrombophlebitis or bloods clots * Peripheral vascular disease in the legs or previous leg amputations * Pregnancy or immediately following cardiac catheterization or bypass surgery After two prior coronary…

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The Best Homocysteine Level for Cardiac Health

…too low—creates biochemical imbalances that can impact many aspects of healthy body functions. Too much homocysteine can cause vascular inflammation, arterial disease, rheumatoid arthritis and neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s. Meanwhile, too little homocysteine can promote oxidative…

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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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Eat Garlic to Reduce Blood Pressure

…substance called allicin, give garlic its unmistakable odor as well as its pharmacological edge in reducing blood pressure and preventing cardiovascular disease. 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 thinning (to…

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Warming Up When Your Hands and Feet Are Always Cold

…pulse points in the extremities, I generally found that what causes cold hands and feet could often be a number of things, from peripheral artery disease, to diabetes and Raynaud’s syndrome. How to Keep Your Hands and Feet Warm * Take the “awesome foursome” which can make a real difference in your…

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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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7 Ways to Get Natural Headache Relief

…appears greater at higher doses." The FDA also cautioned consumers that while a heart attack or stroke can occur in patients with or without heart disease or other risk factors, NSAID use within the first year after a heart attack is most risky. As I've long said, one of the problems with NSAIDS is that…

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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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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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