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Triglycerides in Heart Disease

Recent studies suggest that among patients with coronary artery disease who are on intensive statin treatment and have optimal levels of LDL cholesterol, triglyceride levels remain a significant predictor of residual risk. from Doc’s Opinion: Axel F. Sigurdsson MD. December 27, 2017 Triglycerides – An Overview of the Role of Triglycerides in Heart Disease As we grow older, we become more and more likely to develop heart disease. Obviously, we don’t think about it much in our twenties and thirties…

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Cholesterol and Heart Disease

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For every 1 percent you reduce your cholesterol level, you reduce your risk of heart disease by 2 percent. Source: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Nearly 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease daily, with an average of one death occurring every 40 seconds. An estimated 7.1 million Americans have experienced a heart attack during their lifetimes. Those who survive a heart attack often go on to have another. More than 7 percent of Americans have some type of cardiovascular disease,…

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Pomegranates and Heart Health

Preliminary evidence suggests that drinking pomegranate juice every day may help lower systolic blood pressure. University of Maryland Medical Center Introduction Pomegranates have been used as medicine for thousands of years. More recently, they have been called a “superfood” that can protect against disease. In laboratory tests, pomegranate shows antiviral, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. But more research is needed to determine whether it can help prevent or treat illness in humans. In addition, there is some concern that pomegranate juice…

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Lutein and the Reduction of Chronic Inflammation

Our study confirms that one particular carotenoid, lutein, can suppress long-term inflammation in patients with coronary artery disease. Medical News Today –July 7, 2017 A new study finds that lutein, a compound that gives egg yolk and some plants their color, can reduce chronic inflammation in patients with coronary artery disease, the most common type of heart disease. Researchers have recently found that lutein, a compound found in egg yolk, can reduce inflammation levels among patients with heart disease. In…

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Canakinumab, an Anti-Inflammatory Medication, Reduces Risk of Second Heart Attack

For the first time, we’ve been able to definitively show that lowering inflammation independent of cholesterol reduces cardiovascular risk   Harvard Gazette –August 27, 2017 –Haley Bridger Inflammation reduction cuts risk of heart attack, stroke   Trial study finds need for expensive interventions, such as bypass surgery, cut by more than 30 percent A significant reduction in risk of recurrent heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular death was found among people who received a targeted anti-inflammatory drug that lowered inflammation but…

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Does Intermittent Fasting Reduce Heart Disease?

Regularly fasting — severely restricting food and drink for a 24-hour period on one to two days a week — can potentially improve your risk factors related to heart health. Mayo Clinic September 28, 2017 Is it true that occasionally following a fasting diet can reduce my risk of heart disease? Answers from Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D.: Maybe. Researchers aren’t sure why, but it seems that regularly fasting — severely restricting food and drink for a 24-hour period on one to…

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