Cardiovascular Health

"Top Ten" Natural Approaches for Managing Coronary Artery Disease

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief

PHILADELPHIA—Holistic medicine is often considered more preventive than therapeutic, especially when it comes to cardiovascular disease. But even patients with advanced heart disease can benefit greatly from multimodal natural therapeutics.

Extended-Release Niacin Boosts Lipid-Lowering Power of Statin

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 3, No. 2. June, 2002

Niacin is every effective in reducing LDL and elevating HDL or "good" cholesterol. But it is under-used in part because many people taking standard forms of niacin experience intense flushing. Extended release forms of niacin are now available that eliminate this problem. A statin-niacin combination called Advicor is "the ideal drug combination" for reducing heart disease risk, says cardiologist William Insull, MD.

CV Risk Reduction Requires Much More than Statins

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief

ANAHEIM, CA—Statins will only go so far in reducing the incidence of cardiovascular events, said H. Robert Superko, MD, at Nutracon, an annual conference on advances in nutraceutical product development.

Helping Patients Take the Path Out of Cardiovascular Pathology

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 4, No. 2. April, 2003

SALT LAKE CITY—When talking to your patients about heart disease, offer them the choice between a Path or a Pathology, and help them identify their own obstacles to a healthier lifestyle, said S. A. Decker Weiss, NMD, at the annual meeting of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

How High Is Too High? Elevated Homocysteine Raises Stroke Specter

By Peggy Peck | Contributing Writer - Vol. 2, No. 2. April, 2001

Epidemiologically, elevated homocysteine levels are correlated with increased risk of stroke. But on an individual basis, it is difficult to know when someone's homocysteine measurement is signaling an increased likelihood of stroke.

 

CoQ10 and CHF: Start Early to Optimize Myocardial Function

By Dana Trevas | Contributing Writer

LAS VEGAS—Co-enzyme Q10 supplementation can improve heart function and survival in patients with congestive heart failure, provided it is given early on in the course of disease, said Stephen Sinatra, MD, at the American College of Nutrition's annual meeting.

DHA, Not EPA, Is Big Fish of Omega-3s

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 1, No. 1. October, 2000

Many commonly used pharmaceuticals deplete key nutrients, leading to a progressive decline in nutrition and health status. This chart, the first of a series, identifies nutritional depletions associated with diuretics, cholesterol lowering drugs and other cardiovascular medicines, and outlines simple nutritional interventions to correct the problems.

Making Waves: Tuning Biorhythms Through Cyclic Exercise

By Roger Lewin, PhD | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 1. Spring, 2006

Everyone knows exercise is good medicine. Far fewer people understand how to optimize the health benefits of regular exercise. As with many other things, it is not a matter of blindly doing more, but of bringing physiological intelligence to the process.

Seafood Safety Reports Make Big Splash

By Michael Traub, ND - Vol. 7, No. 4. Winter, 2006

The issue of whether or not to eat fish has had a lot of people floundering in recent years. Many are concerned about mercury and other environmental toxins found in some fish. Two major reports, one from the Institute of Medicine, and another from researchers at Harvard insist that the health benefits of a fish-rich diet far outweigh the minimal risks. Enviro-groups contend that the reports are downplaying the pollution problem.

Dark Chocolate: A Good Treat-ment for Hypertension; Soy Staves Off Bone Loss

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 9, No. 1. Spring, 2008

A daily 6 gram dose of polyphenol-rich dark chocolate can induce small but clinically meaningful blood pressure reductions, and it's a lot more patient friendly than low-salt diets or antihypertensive drugs. Genistein, one of the key isoflavones from soy, actually increases bone mineral density in women at risk for osteoporosis.