Tag Archives: preventing heart attack

Statins benefit women as much as men

For the first time a study proves statins are as effective in preventing heart attacks in women as well as men.

Posted in Heart Health, Woman's Health | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Statins benefit women as much as men

CV risk factors in midlife linked to risk of premature death from heart disease

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “They’re called ‘risk factors’ for a reason – people with high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and/or a smoking habit are much more likely to have heart attacks, strokes and other manifestations … Continue reading

Posted in General Health, Heart Health | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on CV risk factors in midlife linked to risk of premature death from heart disease

Death, diabetes, and heart disease risk increase with only two hours of TV a day

In the past I’ve told you that children younger than two years of age should have NO screen time, while children over two should have less than two hours per day. Now we may have to extend this advice to … Continue reading

Posted in Heart Health, Men's Health, Mental Health | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Death, diabetes, and heart disease risk increase with only two hours of TV a day

The top-ranked diet may be one you’ve never heard of — but one I recommend often

US News & World Report ranks the DASH Diet Plan as BEST overall diet plan. If you’ve never heard of the DASH diet, you’re not alone.

Posted in Nutritional Health, Obesity | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The top-ranked diet may be one you’ve never heard of — but one I recommend often

Group says cholesterol screenings should begin during childhood

All children should be screened for high cholesterol when they’re 9 to 11 years old according to new guidelines from the National Lipid Association (NLA).

Posted in Children's Health, Heart Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Group says cholesterol screenings should begin during childhood

Some NSAIDs potentially dangerous for heart attack survivors

When heart attack survivors or those with heart disease take certain pain relievers it puts them at higher risk for heart attack or death according to a new study in Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association.

Posted in General Health, Heart Health | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Some NSAIDs potentially dangerous for heart attack survivors

Long work hours linked to increased heart risks

While writing this blog, I was listening to Simon and Garfunkel singing, “Slow down, you move too fast. You need to make the morning last.” At the same time, I found a Bloomberg News report claiming that “working overtime may be … Continue reading

Posted in Heart Health, Marriage and Family Health, Mental Health | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Long work hours linked to increased heart risks

Mediterranean diet reduces risk of metabolic syndrome and prediabetes

Researchers have found more proof that the Mediterranean diet is associated with improved blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol. In short, it’s one highly healthy choice for family nutrition.

Posted in General Health, Heart Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Cardiovascular safety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

I’m surprised how many of my patients are NOT aware of the potential cardiovascular risks of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or naproxen (Aleve). If you’re in their camp, don’t miss this report:

Posted in Heart Health | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Diet soda consumption may be linked to increased heart attacks and strokes

I often have patients ask if I think diet sodas are a healthy substitute for regular soft drinks. I tell them, “NO!” The primary reason, that I’ve discussed with you in a past blog, is that diet soda consumption may … Continue reading

Posted in Nutritional Health | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Taking low-dose aspirin and NSAIDs can be a challenge (Part 2)

In a previous blog, “Taking low-dose aspirin and NSAIDs can be a challenge – (Part 1),” I wrote: I have many patients who are taking low-dose (81 mg) aspirin (ASA) daily and who wonder if they can take a Non-Steroidal … Continue reading

Posted in General Health, Heart Health | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

My Take on the new Vitamin D and Calcium Recommendations

You’re likely hearing a fair bit of controversy over the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) new recommendations (RDA) for vitamin D and calcium. I first reported on this in my blog, “Institute of Medicine says megadoses of vitamin D, calcium unnecessary.” … Continue reading

Posted in General Health, Nutritional Health | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

The Formula for Good Health = 0, 5, 10, 30, 150

An easy-to-remember formula for good health (0, 5, 10, 30, 150) is proposed in a wonderful editorial in American Family Physician titled “Preventive Health: Time for Change.” The author suggests this formula to physicians to “help patients achieve healthy lifestyle … Continue reading

Posted in Cancer, Children's Health, General Health, Heart Health, Medical Economics, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Formula for Good Health = 0, 5, 10, 30, 150

Can Calcium Supplements Cause Heart Attacks?

Calcium supplements are coming under scrutiny due to concerns that they might increase heart attacks. A new study shows that patients over 40 who take 500 mg/day or more of calcium have an increased risk of heart attack. And, the … Continue reading

Posted in Heart Health, Nutritional Health | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Is Krill Oil Better Than Fish Oil?

Krill oil is now being promoted as a better alternative to fish oil supplements. Krill are tiny shrimp-like crustaceans. Promoters say that krill oil provides similar cardiac benefits as fish oil, but with fewer capsules and no fishy taste. However, … Continue reading

Posted in General Health | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

How Much Sunlight Is Equivalent to Vitamin D Supplementation?

Readers of this blog are well aware than many (if not most) Americans have insufficient to deficient levels of vitamin D. Other than prescribing oral vitamin D or vitamin D-containing foods, we doctors were left with prescribing a little sunshine. … Continue reading

Posted in Cancer, Mental Health | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on How Much Sunlight Is Equivalent to Vitamin D Supplementation?

Is milk from grass-fed cows more heart-healthy?

Reuters Health has a report I thought you might find interesting. It’s based upon a new study answering the question, “If milk does the heart good, does it do the heart better if it comes from dairy cows grazed on … Continue reading

Posted in Heart Health, Nutritional Health | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Is milk from grass-fed cows more heart-healthy?

Study: Working overtime increases heart risk

People who regularly put in overtime and work 10 or 11-hour days increase their heart disease risk by nearly two-thirds, research suggests. The findings come from a study of 6,000 British civil servants, published online in the European Heart Journal. The … Continue reading

Posted in Heart Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Woman's Health | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Study: Working overtime increases heart risk

If You Are Going to take Fish Oil — here’s how to take the right amount

The amount of fish oil one has to take each day depends upon why one is taking it. Here are some diseases and the amount of the effective daily doses of total fish oil or EPA and DHA (the most … Continue reading

Posted in Heart Health, Nutritional Health | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Increasing vitamin D levels may cut heart disease risk

I may have blogged more on vitamin D this year than any other topic. And, now, the Los Angeles Times is reporting, “Raising the amount of vitamin D in the blood appears to help some people — at least those deficient … Continue reading

Posted in Heart Health, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments