Cardiovascular Health

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.

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.