Tag: heart disease risk

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

Unsaturated Fat Best for Heart

Hoping past news headlines hinting it’s OK to load up on butter were right? No such luck. Longstanding advice to eat unsaturated fat in place of saturated fat—also found in high amounts in foods such as fatty meats and mixed dishes like pizza—was recently reinforced by the findings of a

Managing Menopause Gracefully

Managing Menopause Gracefully

The realization that conventional hormone replacement therapy increased cancer and heart disease risk was a devastating blow to millions of women who were desperately seeking relief from hot flashes, brittle bones, and weight gain. Fortunately, today there’s another option that is quite effective and much safer.

Ask the Doctor: Bulging Disk; Sodium Deficiency; Walking

Q: I was told I have a bulging disk in my lower back. Is that the same as a herniated disk?

A: No, but those two terms do get misused frequently. Bulging disks are quite common, especially as we get older. Disks are jelly-like cushions with hard outer layers between the

Is Wine Healthy?

Is Wine Healthy?

It’s a logical question to ask if you’re enjoying a glass after a long day at work: Is wine healthy? Research has shown that drinking wine every day—following some important guidelines, of course—may provide adults with multiple health benefits. First, it’s important to keep in mind that the American Heart

What Is a Normal Cholesterol Level?

What Is a Normal Cholesterol Level?

You already know that keeping your cholesterol in check is important for heart health. High cholesterol is associated with clogged arteries and a greater chance of a heart attack. But you may be wondering: What exactly is a normal cholesterol level, and how do I get there? And you’re probably

Beat Your Heart Disease Genes

Think you’re destined to get cardiovascular disease since it runs in your family? Take heart. A recent New England Journal of Medicine study suggests a healthy lifestyle may cut risk of heart disease events by about half. Events included heart attack, heart bypass surgery (restoring blood flow to heart muscle)

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