Heart Health Articles

There are so many things you can do to to maintain a healthy heart. These articles include everything from advice on how to manage your cholesterol to the latest research on heart-healthy compounds like omega-3s and PQQ.

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Menopause: Signs, Symptoms, Solutions

What comes to mind when you hear the word “menopause”? If you immediately think of hot flashes, sleepless nights, emotional upheavals, and other miseries, it’s time to set the record straight. Once again, conventional medicine and Big Pharma have taken | Read More…

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PQQ Solved Jennifer’s Memory and Energy Problems

“I’m really worried about getting older, doctor. Every year it seems like I have less energy and less ability to learn and remember things. I know it’s impossible to stop aging, but I’m just hoping there’s something you can give | Read More…

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Inflammation, Memory, and Hormone Balance: Three Supplements

Every month, thousands of new clinical trials are published in scientific journals. Unfortunately, due to the sheer volume of studies, few physicians have the time to explore new research. But years ago, I discovered that combing through these publications is | Read More…

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Omega 3s: Essential Fats You’re Missing

When Sonia first came to my office two years ago, she clearly needed help. Her symptoms were the all-too-familiar assortment of problems, ranging from aching joints and low-grade depression to memory issues and a stubborn 20 pounds that just would | Read More…

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Cardiac Technology Lifesavers: EECP, CIMT, Chelation, Heart Quest

Chances are, nearly every adult who is reading this has some level of plaque in their arteries and at a minimum, early stage cardiovascular disease – thanks to our American diet and sedentary life style.  It’s no secret that heart | Read More…

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Vegetable Barley Stew

A winter favorite at my house, this savory stew is loaded with heart-friendly nutrients. If you have some leftover chicken or lean beef, add it to the pot for extra flavor. Ingredients 2 tablespoons grape seed oil 1 medium onion, | Read More…

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EECP Helped Ryan Post-Heart Attack

When a middle-aged individual with a family history of heart disease wakes up at 5:00 a.m. with “the worst heart burn ever,” it’s time to call 911. Fortunately, that’s what my patient, Ryan, did. At the hospital, he learned that the | Read More…

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Curcumin: Can it Really Prevent Cancer?

Centuries ago, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, observed that we should “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Today, those words are truer than ever, especially when it comes to curcumin, an extract derived from the spice | Read More…

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Best Money-Saving Supplements You Should Take Now

With all of the discussions about health care costs in the news these days, I often wonder why we don’t pay more attention to disease prevention, especially chronic conditions, like heart disease, cancer, stroke, osteoporosis, and diabetes. These all-too-common disorders | Read More…

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My Healthy Heart Guide in 5 Easy Steps

How healthy is your heart? If your first thought is something along lines of, “My cholesterol is pretty good, so my heart must be okay,” then pull up a chair, because we need to talk. Cholesterol is just one factor | Read More…

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My Patient’s Fight with Statin Side Effects

There was only one word to describe Abel’s life: chaotic. With a job as a geologist for an oil company, Abel traveled constantly. His work was physically demanding and exceedingly stressful, with multi-million-dollar decisions riding on Abel’s reports. Not surprisingly, | Read More…

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Blood Pressure Medication Side Effects

If you are one of the millions of Americans who are currently taking medication for high blood pressure, I have some good news. You might be able to reduce the amount of drugs you’re taking or gradually do away with | Read More…

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Why Am I Tired? How to Keep Up Your Energy

Do you drag throughout the day, nod off in the afternoon, or struggle to get out of bed in the morning, even though you slept eight hours? Or have you been diagnosed with a heart condition or high blood pressure | Read More…

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CoQ10 Can Increase Your Energy Level

David came to my clinic at the urging of his son, Bill. When I first met him, David was 78 and not doing well at all. The first thing I noticed about David was how frail he was. By the | Read More…

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Lower Cholesterol Without Statin Side Effects

If you’re taking statin drugs to control cholesterol, you need to read this. From talking to patients, I’ve discovered that many people consider statins to be “miracle” drugs that allow them to eat anything they please without worrying about consequences. | Read More…

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Apple Walnut Oatmeal

Serves 3 Time to prepare: 15 minutes Breakfast is so important that I’m always searching for tasty, nutritious recipes to make sure my family starts the day right. This oatmeal is loaded with ingredients known for their cholesterol-fighting abilities, including | Read More…

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What are Probiotics? Bacteria with Benefits

Probiotics are defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “Living microorganisms that provide a health benefit to the host when ingested in adequate amounts.” That fairly boring description hardly does justice to these tiny organisms, though. In fact, the | Read More…

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Good Fat vs. Bad Fat: A Simple Healthy Guide

Judging by the questions I’m getting from my patients and readers, there’s some confusion about fat, particularly the saturated variety. I’m not surprised. There are so many myths when it comes to fat, even doctors sometimes have a hard time | Read More…

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Coconut Smoothie with Banana and Berry

Serves 1 Start your day with a hearty, good-fat filled smoothie made with coconut and flax seeds. It’s tasty, simple to make, and the combination of healthy fats and protein help to keep you feeling full longer than most breakfasts. | Read More…

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How Much Salt and Sodium is Too Much

If you’re confused about salt and the role it plays in health, you are not alone. I’ve gotten a number of e-mails recently asking for some clarification on salt, which is not surprising. Anyone with high blood pressure has probably | Read More…

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Crispy Oven-Baked Low-Sodium French Fries

Serves 4 Just because you’re going low-sodium doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy foods like French fries. Instead of super-salty frozen fries or restaurant versions, just make your own in the oven. The bonus here is that since these fries are | Read More…

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Curcumin vs. Turmeric: The Health Benefits

Nearly every day, a patient or two asks me which supplements I consider most important. The answer really depends on the individual’s overall health and lifestyle, things such as diet, exercise, medications, sleep habits, and similar considerations. But as a | Read More…

Special Issue: My Professional Reaction to New Obesity Study

You might have seen the headlines about a new study showing people who are overweight live longer.  Now you may be wondering if you should bother with dieting or eating carefully. If extra weight extends life, why not whatever you | Read More…

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Easy Ways to Boost Your Brain Power

If you’re like many of my patients, you’re concerned about your memory. It’s easy to understand why. Our memories are an essential part of who we are. Plus, it’s awfully frustrating – not to mention embarrassing – when memory fails | Read More…

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Medical Emergency Preparedness 101

During the past few years, we’ve seen how circumstances beyond anyone’s control can change everything in the blink of an eye. Just ask residents of New York or New Jersey, for example, many of whom are still reeling from the | Read More…

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Salmon Dip with Crunchy Romaine Leaves

Salmon is an excellent source of good fats known as omega-3 fatty acids. Canned salmon (I prefer the small 5- or 6-ounce cans that do not contain bones or skin) is less expensive than fillets. It’s already cooked, so it’s | Read More…

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Heart Attack Symptoms: Know these Signs

With the holidays at hand, many people are focusing on the joys of the season. But as I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, the pressures of shopping and party-going need to be balanced with plenty of self-care and stress relief. | Read More…

Stephen’s Heart Attack Close Call

Like so many of my patients, Stephen was doing everything he could to stay healthy. He exercised nearly every day, quit smoking, cleaned up his diet, and devoted time for meditation every day to reduce stress. In the eight years | Read More…

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Dr. Connealy Talks Omega-3s and Vitamin D

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How to Win the Blood Sugar Battle

The holiday season may be weeks away, but now is a good time to plan a way around the typical overindulgence, bad choices, and weight gain. The holidays are a great excuse for going overboard, especially when it comes to | Read More…

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Oven-Baked Sweet-Potato Fries

These fries are so delicious, my family prefers them to the regular version. More importantly, sweet potatoes are a good source of magnesium, a nutrient most Americans are lacking. This essential mineral fights stress and benefits the heart, bones, skin, | Read More…

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Roasted Winter Squash Seeds or Pumpkin Seeds

Save those seeds! Every time you prepare a squash or pumpkin, set aside the seeds for snacking. They’re easy to roast, plus squash and pumpkin seeds are full of nutritional goodness, including protein, good fats, and minerals like magnesium, potassium, | Read More…

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Teriyaki Salmon Kebabs with Vegetables

Serves 4 Here’s a dilemma: Eating certain types of fish, such as salmon, trout, and herring, provides the good fats we need for better brain functions, among other things. But fish is also polluted with mercury, something none of us | Read More…

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How to Buy Dietary Supplements

As a practicing physician, my patients frequently ask about dietary supplements, including vitamins and related substances. Here are the top two questions: Do I need to take vitamins? Which vitamins should I take? Since these topics come up so often, | Read More…

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A Guide to Understanding Blood Test Results

If you’re like most of my patients, you’ve probably looked over the alphabet soup of acronyms and abbreviations in your blood test results and wondered what it all means. So to empower my readers, here is a simplified guide to | Read More…

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How to Identify a Stroke: 3 Easy Tests

Here are two important statistics I’d like to share with you. First, every 45 seconds, someone in this country has a stroke. Second, as many as 80 percent of those strokes could have been prevented. Eighty percent! That is not | Read More…

Gerald’s Surprising Cholesterol Discovery

“I was talking to my wife one evening when my left arm started feeling strangely wooden, like it was numb. Then my wife mentioned her sister, Debra, and I thought to myself, ‘Who the heck is she talking about?’ “As | Read More…

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Despite a healthy lifestyle, I still have high blood pressure. What should I do?

Don’t give up! High blood pressure medication is not the only answer. Try adding some meditation to your ordinary routine. Meditation is a wonderful activity that you can use anywhere to achieve a calming effect. You should also never underestimate | Read More…

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8 Easy Ways to Improve Memory and Brain Function

Do you want some solutions to help you improve memory and brain function? If so, you’re far from alone. The majority of my middle-aged and older patients are concerned about staying mentally sharp. A client I’ll call Wayne summed it | Read More…

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Whole-Grain Penne with Kale, Garlic, and Tomatoes

Kale, one of the underrated jewels of the produce department, is loaded with brain-beneficial substances, including compounds that fight inflammation, assist the liver with detoxification, and boost the immune system. Kale is also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, | Read More…

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Rumor has it that once you start taking Lisinpril, you can never stop taking it. Is this true?

Fortunately, that’s not true. You can stop taking Lisinpril, but you would need to do it under the direction and guidance of a medical doctor. When I work with patients with high blood pressure, I always ask them, “When did | Read More…

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Is one type of salt healthier than another when cooking?

While we need about 500 milligrams of sodium a day to stay healthy, excess sodium intake can cause you to retain fluid and may increase blood pressure. So it’s best to monitor how much sodium you eat. If you do | Read More…

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Is it true that apple cider vinegar helps circulation?

Absolutely. Apple cider vinegar has a lot of different benefits. One of which is to remove calcium deposits in blood vessel walls. In fact, there was a study conducted on dairy cows that showed a positive change in the blood | Read More…

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How to Age Well and Add 10 Years to Your Life

If you’ve ever dreamed of stopping Father Time, I have good news. The old guy may not be stoppable quite yet, but we do know how to slow him down — a lot! The average American already has a very | Read More…

Vanessa’s Weight-Loss Wake Up Call

Vanessa had been a patient for about ten years. At first, her only problem was maintaining a healthy weight. After a great deal of fad dieting and the birth of two children, Vanessa told me she had given up on | Read More…

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The Real Skinny on Omega-3s

As a practicing physician, my patients keep me on my toes with a steady stream of questions. One of the most common involves supplement recommendations, especially when it comes to which nutrients are most important. When I reply that fish | Read More…

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Garlic-Butter Baked Halibut

When it comes to fish, halibut is a good alternative to salmon. This dish is quick and easy. Serve it with a mixed green salad and brown rice pilaf or oven-roasted potatoes. Ingredients 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 | Read More…

The Surprising Solution to Patty’s Joint and Cholesterol Problems

“I hope you know how to fix my knee without knee replacement surgery, because I really don’t want to do that, since I’m only 42.” Patty was a new patient who had come in for a physical. Like so many | Read More…

Gary’s Fatty Liver Problem

Gary had been my patient for about six years, and during that time, he steadily gained weight. Every time I mentioned it, Gary shrugged it off or made vague promises to “do something” about it. Finally, when his blood work | Read More…

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Better Circulation: Supplements & Tips that Work

Are you feeling weary? Are your hands or feet chilly, numb, or tingly even though the weather is warm? Does it seem like you’re not thinking clearly? The problem could be poor circulation, as my patient Doris discovered. The circulatory | Read More…

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The Keys to Healthy Blood Pressure

Millions of Americans are living with a deadly killer. The name of the villain: high blood pressure or hypertension. Many people who have high blood pressure don’t know it, because this disease is frequently asymptomatic. Even worse, others are aware | Read More…

Doris’ Circulation Success Story

“I’ve had cold hands and feet all my life, but this is something new,” said Doris, a retired accountant, who had come to my clinic because she was experiencing numbness in her hands. Although the feeling always returned, she was | Read More…

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B Vitamins for Circulation & Other Solutions

The family of nutrients known as vitamin B complex is a good example of how even the best diet can’t supply us with all the nutrients we need. Beans, molasses, meat, potatoes, lentils, and chili peppers are good sources of | Read More…

Jeff’s Blood Pressure Close-Call

Jeff became a patient a few years ago after his twin brother, Jerry, had a stroke at age 67. Jeff and his brother both had high blood pressure and both had made only token efforts to control it. Now Jeff | Read More…

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Simple Salmon Wraps

If the price of salmon steaks is preventing you from enjoying this healthy fish, don’t forget about canned salmon. While the bones in larger-size cans are edible, many people don’t like them. But check out the smaller (7 oz.) cans | Read More…

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Foods & Vitamins that Reduce Body Inflammation

Imagine discovering that one of your best friends is a traitor. This person, who you’ve trusted for years, is suddenly doing terrible things behind your back — things that could make you very, very sick. That scenario describes inflammation. At | Read More…