Cardiovascular Health

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.

The Shopping Challenge

By Staff Writer - Vol. 4, No. 2. April, 2003

Nothing helps patients understand the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices like a trip to a health food store.

Omega-3 Blood Testing Will Help Guide Supplementation Strategy

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 4, No. 4. Winter, 2003

Low blood omega-3 fatty acid levels are a strong risk factor for cardiovascular disease, with the same predictive value as elevated cholesterol or homocysteine levels. Blood omega-3 levels are easily measured by assessing the fatty acid content of red blood cell membranes. New methods for making this assessment are now available.

White House Pushes for Fish Oil Recommendation

By Staff Writer - Vol. 4, No. 4. Winter, 2003

The White House Office of Management and Budget called on the Department of Health and Human Services to issue a recommendation promoting greater consumption of omega-3 fatty acids. The request is part of a broader Federal effort to address the massive public health crisis of heart disease and obesity.

Making Change: Mindfulness, Relationship-Building Are Keys to Lifestyle Modification

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 4, No. 4. Winter, 2003

A recent study showed that dietary changes can have as profound an effect on cardiovascular risk as statin drug therapy. But making diet and lifestyle changes can be very difficult for many at-risk people. Holistic Primary Care's physician readers share their experiences and recommendations for helping people shift to healthier lifestyles.

Simple Exercises for Shifting HRV

By Staff Writer - Vol. 5, No. 4. Winter, 2004

There are many different techniques and exercises for reducing stress and shifting heart rate variability from jagged, low amplitude, high-risk patterns to coherent, healthful, high-amplitude forms. Here are two specific techniques from the HeartMath program.

Heart Rate Variability and Emotional Shifting: Powerful Tools for Reducing Cardiovascular Risk

By Lee Lipsenthal, MD - Vol. 5, No. 4. Winter, 2004

Heart rate variability (HRV), the beat-to-beat change in heart rate, can tell you a lot about your cardiovascular health. People with smooth, coherent, high-amplitude HRV patterns have much lower risk than those with jagged, incoherent, low amplitude patterns. HRV monitoring is inexpensive, and best of all, people can learn how to shift HRV from unhealthy to healthy patterns with a few simple meditation exercises.

Vascular Inflammation: The Other Half of the Heart Disease Equation

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 5, No. 4. Winter, 2004

Conventional medicine is nearly obsessive about cholesterol and other lipids, but chronic inflammation plays just as big a role in the development of heart disease. A number of natural products and non-pharmacologic interventions can help reduce chronic inflammation and improve heart health.

Interleukin-6, C-Reactive Protein Link Depression and Heart Disease

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 5, No. 4. Winter, 2004

There is strong evidence that depressed people have greater risk of heart disease and worse outcomes from heart attacks. Ever wonder how a "psychological" disorder like depression can have such direct physical effects? Interleukin-6, an inflammatory signaling molecule, is pointing to some interesting answers.