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Cheese Consumption and Heart Disease

Overall, people who consumed high levels of cheese had a 14% lower risk of developing coronary heart disease and were 10% less likely to have a stroke than those who rarely or never ate cheese. Time Magazine Amanda McMillan December 5, 2017 Cheese is typically considered more of an indulgence than a health food, but a new review of research suggests that it may not be as bad for you as once thought. In fact, people in the analysis who… Keep Reading

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Using Azithromycin (Z-Pak) Increases Risk of Heart Problems

  People taking azithromycin have a 2.5-fold increased chance of heart-related death within five days of starting a Z-Pak, compared to people taking the antibiotic amoxicillin. Harvard Health Blog Heidi Godman May 24, 1012 Z-Pak users: be on the alert for heart-rhythm problems If you’ve battled bronchitis or endured an ear infection, chances are good you were prescribed the antibiotic azithromycin (Zithromax), which is commonly available in a five-day dose known as the Z-Pak. But a recent study suggests that… Keep Reading

Triglyceride Levels and Cardiovascular Risk

Triglyceride levels above 150 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) are associated with a higher cardiovascular risk. Harvard Men’s Heath Watch –June, 2015 Know your triglycerides: The level of triglycerides in the blood, like measurements of “bad” cholesterol, helps to gauge your risk for heart disease. High levels of these fatty particles in the blood means you may need to step up healthy lifestyle changes. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, invades the artery walls and causes atherosclerosis, the buildup of fatty… Keep Reading

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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… Keep Reading

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Cholesterol and Heart Disease

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,… Keep Reading

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Pain Killers and Heart Attack Risk

Compared with people who didn’t take NSAIDs, those who did had 20% to 50% higher odds of having a heart attack while taking the drugs. Harvard Heart Letter August, 2017 Heart attack risk may rise within a week of taking daily high doses of certain over-the-counter pain relievers, according to a new study. Previous research has linked the use of pain relievers known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to a heightened risk of heart attack. The new report, published in… Keep Reading

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