Tag: coronary artery disease

Editor’s Note: Calcium Supplements and Heart Disease

Calcium supplementation for women has become a controversial topic in practice lately. Most of my pa-tients, having heeded previous advice, are taking supplements, especially in their postmenopausal years.

Based on a study in 2010, which suggested that calcium supplements increased the risk of coronary artery disease and heart attacks, many physicians

Newsbriefs: Herbal Supplements; Medication Reviews

Herbals and Heart Patients
Herbal supplements are popular among heart disease patients, despite questions over their safety and efficacy. A review published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology looked at 42 herbal medications that have a possible indication for treating one or more cardiovascular conditions,

Newsbriefs: Statins; Thyroid Cancer; Heart Attack Test

Should You Take A Statin To Prevent Heart Disease?
In late 2016, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force updated its 2008 recommendations on statins for the prevention of heart disease (JAMA, Nov. 15, 2016). After weighing benefits and harms, they now suggest adults age 40-75 with no history of coronary artery

New Heart Drug Proves Superior to Aspirin

Patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) or peripheral artery disease (PAD) usually take a daily aspirin to help prevent their platelets from clumping together and forming clots (thrombi). This keeps their blood flowing smoothly through arteries that have been narrowed by atherosclerosis.
In 2013 Bayer, the makers of the new antithrombotic

What Women Need to Know About Their Heart Health

The statistics about women and heart health are staggering: Approximately 60,000 more women than men will die from cardiovascular disease, and females account for more than three of every five deaths from stroke.

During the past two decades, myocardial infarction (MI) prevalence has increased among midlife women, while declining among similarly

Lose Weight to Help Ward Off Chronic Pain

You probably already know that carrying extra weight can cause a variety of health problems. “Obesity can result in hypertension, diabetes, enlargement of the liver with fat, and,” says Michelle Eslami, MD, a geriatrician at UCLA Health System. “Obesity can be responsible for coronary artery disease too. It can also

What Is High Blood Pressure—and Why Do Your Numbers Matter?

What Is High Blood Pressure—and Why Do Your Numbers Matter?

You’ve probably had a blood pressure reading dozens or maybe hundreds of times in your life. Unless you get a result that gives a nurse or doctor pause, you may not think much about those numbers. Or maybe you’ve wondered, “What is high blood pressure?”—and wondered what it really means

How to Lower Triglycerides with 3 Proven Nutrients

How to Lower Triglycerides with 3 Proven Nutrients

High cholesterol has received most of the attention from heart health experts for years. Recently, however, scientists have discovered that having high triglycerides is a much more significant indicator of cardiovascular disease than is total cholesterol. In fact, having high triglycerides can triple your risk of heart disease and stroke even if you

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