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Heart Conditions

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

Understanding Your Blood Tests: Cholesterol

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If we’re serious about taking charge of our own health, we need to know the tools that help us understand it. Chief among them are blood tests. Each one gives us an invaluable look into the amazing inner workings of our bodies. There are far too many to cover in this space, so today, we’ll […]

Understanding Your Blood Tests: Kidney Health

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Imagine for a minute what life would be like without garbage collectors. Trash piled up on your curb. The smell of rotting food wafting down your street. Flies feasting and spreading germs on whatever else they land on. I’m getting sick thinking about it! You’re so reliant on regular garbage pick up that it’s hard […]

Updated Aspirin Heart Guidelines: What do they mean for you?

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The invention of aspirin was a watershed moment for the medical community. It was developed in the late 19th century as a pain reliever and fever reducer, but has evolved into a popular supplement for heart health. Researchers discovered that aspirin has the ability to prevent the formation of blood clots. Soon after, doctors began […]

Risks and Benefits of Coronary Calcium Test

As you know, calcium is essential for healthy teeth, bones, and other body parts. But, what few people realize is that calcium can be extremely dangerous when we’re talking heart health? Under normal circumstances, your body makes good use of calcium fortifying your bones and keeping them strong. What you may not know is that […]

Men’s and women’s symptoms differ for the same disease

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News flash: Men and women are different. Before you roll your eyes and laugh, this really is a bit of a novel idea—at least in the medical field. You see, for centuries, men and women were treated the same when it came to disease prevention, diagnosis, and management. But today, we know this approach is […]

Omega-3 Stroke Prevention and Healing

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Every year, an estimated 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke, and about 160,000 of them die from it. In fact, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the US. Strokes are devastating, not only to the patient but also to the patient’s family and caregivers. They rob individuals of their independence and are a […]

Low Blood Pressure is potentially dangerous

Considering the headlines, the health advice, the supplements and medications all designed to help lower blood pressure, you’d think low blood pressure is a sign of good health. But low blood pressure can also be bad thing. For most people, low BP is nothing to worry about. But, for some people, chronically lower than normal […]

Are these cholesterol drugs worth the cost?

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Two new cholesterol drugs, FDA-approved in 2015, promised big—to just maybe put an end to LDL “bad” cholesterol-related heart disease and heart attack fatalities. As always, I compared Big Pharma’s “solutions” to nature’s home-grown gifts. Two years of testing and study recently gave us scorecards. Mission accomplished? Not at all…but sort of. It gets complicated […]

5 Best Blood Pressure Supplements

About 75 million American adults have high blood pressure—that’s one in every three people. High blood pressure (also called hypertension) is known as a silent killer because you can have it for years and never know it. And all that time, the condition is slowly destroying your health. If your doctor discovers that you have […]

Oral Health is Natural Heart Disease Prevention

Recent research has found that people with gum disease face nearly double the risk of developing heart disease.  So keeping your teeth and gums in good shape is about a lot more than a bright smile and clean breath.  Good, preventive oral hygiene can truly be a lifesaver. This is a big deal.  More than […]

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