Foods Associated with an Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Death in Middle-Age Identified
Oxford University discovered two different diets that increase cardiovascular disease risk, one that includes little fresh produce and is high in confectionaries, butter and low-fiber bread and a second diet that is also high in confectionaries as well as fruit juice, sugar-sweetened drinks, and table sugar but low in dairy. Higher disease risk persisted even though those following the second diet maintained an overall healthier lifestyle.
A global study led by Hamilton scientists has found a link between eating processed meat and a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. The same study did not find a similar link with unprocessed red meat or poultry.
The information comes from the diets and health outcomes of 134,297 people from 21 countries spanning five continents, who were tracked by researchers for data on meat consumption and cardiovascular illnesses.
Everybody knows excess alcohol is hard on the liver and that drinking too much adversely affects your brain . . . But what about alcohol and heart health? Isn’t alcohol good for your heart? . . .
I know you can find studies showing that “moderate” alcohol use—up to one drink a day for women and two for men—improves heart health. Yet, the latest research suggests this level of alcohol consumption is linked with an increased risk of accidents, falls, several types of cancer, and numerous cardiovascular problems.
Risk rises with each additional weekly 114 g serving, pooled data analysis shows
Fried-food intake is linked to a heightened risk of major heart disease and stroke . . .
[The researchers’] analysis showed that compared with the lowest category of weekly fried food consumption, the highest was associated with a 28% heightened risk of major cardiovascular events; a 22% heightened risk of coronary heart disease; and a 37% heightened risk of heart failure.
Research shows high consumption of both types of beverages associated with higher risk of heart disease
Sugary drinks and artificially sweetened beverages are associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, which suggests artificially sweetened beverages may not be the healthy alternative they are often claimed to be, according to a research letter in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
A study of nearly 108,000 people has found that people who regularly drink a modest amount of alcohol are at increased risk of atrial fibrillation, a condition where the heart beats in an abnormal rhythm.
The study, published . . . in the European Heart Journal, found that, compared to drinking no alcohol at all, just one alcoholic drink a day was linked to a 16% increased risk of atrial fibrillation over an average (median) follow-up time of nearly 14 years.
Millions of Americans take blood-thinning medications such as warfarin (Coumadin) . . .
[A]ll blood thinners have inherent serious risks such as the potential for excessive bleeding in any organ.
That’s why I want to address the problem of thick blood—which is, after all, a main condition causing the need for all these blood thinners.
What Makes Blood Thick
One of the main ways that your blood becomes thicker than it should be involves a protein called fibrinogen.
Heart disease is the leading killer of women over the age of 50, and heart attacks are twice as deadly for women as they are for men. Statistics (which need not apply to you) show that 1 in 2 women will eventually die of some kind of heart disease—either coronary artery disease causing a heart attack or a stroke (a stroke is just a “heart attack” of the brain)! In contrast, 1 woman in 25 will die of breast cancer.
Disorders that are characterized by arteriosclerosis include . . .
Lipoprotein A, or Lp(a) for short (pronounced “LP little a”), is a unique lipoprotein and an established risk factor for cardiovascular disease. This particular cholesterol particle is coded in your DNA, so it is genetically linked. . . .
It has been established that high levels of Lp(a) can triple one’s risk of stroke and heart attack at an early age. A large Danish study looked at more than 9,000 participants . . .
Never heard of homocysteine before and wondering what causes someone to have elevated homocysteine levels?
Homocysteine is a specific type of amino acid that’s created in the body during metabolic processes, as opposed to consumed in food. It’s produced in the body as a byproduct of methylation, the process of producing an essential protein called methionine. In healthy people . . .
Preventing heart disease in patients is my main goal, but early detection is the next best thing if you cannot totally block its development. Changes in lifestyle and medical therapies can delay or deny the onset of a heart attack, and almost 80 percent of heart disease is preventable with lifestyle changes. My patients are surprised to learn that the following list may give clues to underlying silent heart disease years before a heart attack.
Research proves that stretching is healthy.
Now it appears stretching is great for your heart.
A recent study found that leg stretching exercises were associated with improved vascular function.
Signs of vascular improvement were observed after study participants underwent 12 weeks of training in passive stretching (PS).
Not only was blood pressure reduced . . .
Chest pain is one of the most common reasons people see a cardiologist. There are a variety of causes of chest pain, and of course, some can be life-threatening. . . .
The job of any doctor is to determine if the chest pain or pressure is cardiac or not. If it is not cardiovascular, usually the symptoms are not signs of immediate danger. There is safety in time as well. Symptoms that have been present for months are much less likely life-threatening than . . .
The incidence of cardiometabolic disease is of great concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and the NIDDK, 34.4% of us have metabolic syndrome, 39.8 percent of us are obese, 71.6 percent of us are overweight, 31 percent of us have fatty liver, in all age groups 9.4 percent of us have type 2 diabetes, and in adults, the rate is 12.2 percent, and 25 percent of deaths are from cardiovascular disease. . . . Changes in diet and lifestyle . . .
Atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat, can cause poor blood flow. This condition can put you at risk for blood clots and stroke. In this video, Dr. Jack Wolfson, MD, discusses lifestyle practices as well as ten supplements to help eradicate this condition.
One of my cardinal principles of health is called grounding (also known as Earthing). It’s an amazingly simple concept that involves nothing more than reconnecting the human body with the energy naturally present in the ground we walk on. . . .
Without a regular connection to the Earth, people can develop what I call an electron deficiency. In turn, this can lead to imbalances in the body and potentially to significant health problems.
Does your heart race, skip, or do flip-flops? As a cardiologist, I have consulted to thousands with this complaint, often labeled as palpitations.
You can feel these heart palpitations in your throat, chest and neck too. Sometimes, they are dangerous. Most of the time they are not.
Palpitations can be a sign of heart disease. So, if you have palpitations, it’s best to see your doctor immediately.
The job of the cardiologist is to find . . .
Cardiovascular disease (which includes coronary heart disease, hypertensive heart disease, and stroke) is our number-one global killer. Approximately 84 million Americans suffer from cardiovascular disease with approximately 610,000 deaths annually from heart disease alone.
. . . Those are some scary numbers—especially considering heart disease is rooted in many diet and lifestyle factors we have control over.
The good news is . . .
Each year, millions of people experience irregular heartbeats or arrhythmias. In fact, a recent study found that one in four adult Americans over the age of 40 could develop an irregular heartbeat. This is especially true for people with coronary heart disease or for those under constant stress.
. . . It’s important to be aware of the risk factors for an irregular heartbeat and the natural, non-invasive ways . . .
Millions of people carry the diagnosis of congestive heart failure (CHF). This condition is also known as cardiomyopathy. Let’s discuss what it is, why you may have it, pharma, and natural treatments.
What is CHF?
The definition of CHF is the inability of the heart to meet the circulatory needs of the body OR the progressive buildup of water in the lungs, abdomen, legs, and other tissues.
Heart attacks happen when you are the most vulnerable. By vulnerable I mean that your emotional, mental and physical health status is at its worst.
Case in point, during the holidays. Heart attacks and strokes are most common when your diet is bad, your lifestyle is lousy (poor sleep, little sunshine, rarely exercise), and your stress is thru the roof.
This stress is a killer. Literally.
It’s hard to overstate the impact that cardiovascular disease (CVD) has in the U.S.. Consider the following:
- In the U.S., one person dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease.
- 1 of 3 deaths that occurs in the U.S. is caused by cardiovascular disease.
. . . [A] recent study which looked at the relationship between heart disease and lifestyle suggested that 90% of CVD is caused by modifiable diet and lifestyle factors.
Giant strides have been made in the prevention and treatment of heart disease over the past 50 years. Although it is still America’s leading cause of death, the mortality rate from cardiovascular disease has declined by 60 percent from its peak in the mid-1960s. But progress has plateaued, and deaths from stroke are creeping up.
Besides housing the day of celebration of your sweetheart, February is American Heart Month as well.
Did you know that the average adult heart beats 72 times a minute, 100,000 times a day, 3,600,000 times a year, and 2.5 billion times during a lifetime? Everyday, the heart creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles.
I am sure you do know that heart disease is the number one killer in the United States . . . The vast majority of these deaths are completely preventable!
Despite the fact that I am a functional and integrative cardiologist, I often look first at a patient’s gut health to shed light on the underlying cause of heart disease. What could the gut possibly have to do with the heart? It’s all about inflammation. We now know that inflammation is as or possibly more important than cholesterol as a risk factor for heart disease.
Are chicken eggs good or bad? Are they healthy? You may have heard recently that they aren’t very good for you after all. That’s in the wake of a study that was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in March. Now that the dust has settled a bit, let’s talk about that research, and whether eggs (and how many!) might be right for you.
For more than five decades we’ve been brainwashed to believe that saturated fat causes heart disease. It’s such a deeply ingrained belief that few people even question it. It’s just part of our culture now.
Almost every day I read or hear about someone proudly [saying] that they have a “healthy” diet because they don’t eat butter, cheese . . .
At Parsley Health we focus not just on the state of your body but on the state of your brain because the two are deeply linked.
I was reminded of this last weekend during a few hours of listening to lectures on cardiac health by the Institute for Functional Medicine.
[W]hat struck me deeply were these stats on anger, depression and heart health:
- Anger increases your risk of having a heart attack 230% . . .
What is homocysteine?
Homocysteine is an amino acid similar to cysteine with only one carbon . . . It is broken down into a benign molecule at normal levels in healthy individuals. Yet, when it is not properly metabolized, it builds up in the body and acts like a toxin.
Homocysteine is an atherogenic amino acid. This means that it plays a major role in the development of atherosclerotic plaques . . .
When it comes to heart disease, genetics contribute to some degree. But the truth is that many other factors are completely within your control. As the saying goes: Genetics load the gun, but environment pulls the trigger. Things like food, exercise, and even environmental toxins can contribute to conditions like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and, of course, heart disease.
While thyroid disease and heart disease may not seem closely related, there is actually a significant connection between them! This is because the thyroid affects almost every cell and organ you have, including your heart. Therefore, thyroid dysfunctions can change things like your blood pressure and heart rhythm. There is increasing evidence that even small changes in levels of thyroid hormone . . .
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is currently the leading cause of death among adults in the U.S. — and according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it has maintained this ranking as the No. 1 killer since 1921.
Coronary heart disease is a condition caused by the buildup of waxy plaque in the arteries that flow to and from the heart.
For the last five or so decades, telling patients to cut way back on salt passed for medical wisdom. The message, most often delivered to the 40+ set or anyone with less than ideal blood pressure numbers, was simple: salt was the devil. But is that really true? Not necessarily. Although salt has gotten a bad rap and most doctors over-correct by red-lining the stuff altogether, strict control is only required . . .