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Abnormal Heart Rhythms

submitted by: admin on 02/18/2015
Abnormal heart rhythms may arise because peri-infarction tissues are very irritable and electrically unstable. These rhythms can compromise cardiac output and be lethal. It is very important to take your medicines if you have a problem with abnormal heart rhythms because they can result in a reduction in cardiac output that can be critical. Dr. Saputo recommends...

Acid Indigestion and its Treatment

submitted by: admin on 05/07/2015
  Heartburn caused by acid indigestion and hiatal hernias is reviewed. The pros and cons of using antacids and drugs that block acid production are discussed.            

Actos and Bladder Cancer

submitted by: admin on 05/07/2015
Both Germany and France have taken Actos off the market because of an increased risk of getting bladder cancer. The US is taking no action. Global sales of Actos are in the vicinity of $5 billion annually. All three "glitazone" drugs for type 2 diabetes have a poor track record. Rezulin was taken off the market more than a decade ago because it caused...

Adding Proton Pump Inhibitors to NSAIDs

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
NSAIDs cause ulcers and proton pump inhibitors help prevent them. Why not combine them? Novel thought, but how wise is this? A clinical trial was done over a 30 day period that showed that GI bleeding was substantially reduced by this combination. There are many problems with this kind of reasoning. First, most people aren't on NSAIDs for only 30 days...

Aging and Energy Production with Frank Shallenberger, MD

submitted by: admin on 04/20/2016
  As we age, energy production declines. Our ability is directly correlated with how well we use oxygen. Using fat as a fuel is ideal and is a sign of conditioning. Even younger people decrease energy production because of poor lifestyle. It is possible to reverse this process. Exercise and diet are a very important solutions.        

Air Pollution Causes Heart Attacks

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
Longterm exposure to polluted air, even within accepted federal levels, leads to heart attacks. Particles less than 2.5 microns from power plants and car exhaust, are the culprits.            

All About Cholesterol

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
Dr. Len and Nurse Vicki present everything you need to know about cholesterol. What it is, what the fractions mean, what they predict, and what we can do to deal with elevated levels. Statins, how they work, what they do, and their side effects are reviewed. The role of inflammation, oxidized cholesterol, and why it should not be lowered too much are explained....

Americans are Sicker and Die Sooner than all Other Industrialized Countries

submitted by: admin on 05/12/2015
  Overall, Americans die sooner and have higher rates of disease and injury from birth to age 75 than all other industrialized countries! Included are infant mortality, birth weight, injuries and homicides, teen pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, drug deaths, obesity and diabetes, chronic lung disease and generalized disability. Over...

Anger and Heart Disease

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
Anger affects heart rate variability in a way that increases sympathetic tone and the risk from lethal rhythm disturbances. Type D personality has been described that reflects anger. De-stressing can reverse this situation. Challenging situations challenge our faith in universal power and offer the opportunity of learning lessons of life that aren't easy....

Anger and the Heart

submitted by: admin on 05/12/2015
Our emotions can have serious effects, both good and bad, on our heart rhythm and function. Anger can cause fatal events and this is presented. Sympathetic and parasympathetic balance is discussed and distressing is suggested.              

Anger Management with David McArthur, JD

submitted by: admin on 05/12/2015
Anger is a protective mechanism to a sense of powerlessness. It can be well intentioned but is always toxic and costly. Science from the Institute of HeartMath documents how our memory is linked to our entire physiology. Immuniity is suppressed after just 5 minutes of anger. The feeling of care does the opposite and is a powerful tool.              

Angina

submitted by: admin on 02/18/2015
Angina is the pain caused by insufficient blood flow to an area of the heart. While this is not lethal in itself, it can be very painful and disabling, and is also a warning that there is at least one blood vessel that is severely blocked and in danger of closing off entirely. A myocardial infarction may be impending. Dr. Saputo recommends the following...

Angioplasties and Stents are Overdone in Acute MIs

submitted by: admin on 02/18/2015
The Occluded Artery Trial published in the NEJM in 2006 concluded that opening a totally blocked artery during an acute MI has no benefit. Yet this information is being ignored because cardiologists are still doing revascularization procedures more than 24 hours after an acute MI. Part of the problem is that insurance companies continue to reimburse for these...

Anti-Psychotic Drugs and Clotting

submitted by: admin on 05/12/2015
Modern anti-psychotic drugs increase the risk of serious blood clots. The incidence is low, but its effects can be serious and possibly affect arterial clotting also; this could cause heart attacks and strokes. These drugs block dopamine receptors. They make many billions of dollars every year for Big Pharma. They also increase the risk for type 2 diabetes and...

Antidepressants Increase Mortality in ICU Patients

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
  A Harvard study in May of 2012 reviewed the records of more than 10,000 patients admitted to the ICU and found that if they were on antidepressants that their risk of dying was 73% higher. They also found that 17% of these patients were on SSRI or SNRI antidepressants! This risk remained elevated for one year after discharge. People with acute coronary...

Antidepressants Linked to Thicker Arteries

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
Antidepressants have now been linked to arteriosclerosis. Studies on the thickness of the carotid artery show that there is a progression of arteriosclerosis that is four times more than normal if someone is on an SSRI antidepressant in identical twins when one is on an SSRI antidepressant the other is not. This adds to the welln known dangers of using these...

Are Smokers Informed About the Dangers of Smoking?

submitted by: admin on 05/19/2015
Surveys show that 94% of smokers don't realize the risks for smoking. Many smokers don't realize there's an increased risk of lung cancer, emphesema, or even heart attacks. Breaking the addiction is very difficult.              

Artificial Sweeteners Increase Heart Attacks and Strokes

submitted by: admin on 10/26/2015
  People who consume at least one diet soda a day are at a 43% increased risk of developing a heart attack, stroke, or serious vascular event according to an article in the January issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. A study of 2500 people over 10 years was completed. However, drinking less than 7 diet sodas a week or drinking regular...

Aspirin Cuts Heart Attacks But Not Deaths or Strokes

submitted by: admin on 10/26/2015
Low dose aspirin can lower the risk of heart attacks in people without a history of heart disease by about 20%, but it does not lower the death rate or the risk of stroke. Also, there is the added risk of GI bleeding secondary to aspirin use. The risk for getting a heart attack in primary prevention is lowered from 2.3% to 1.8%, which comes to a 20% lower risk...

Aspirin for MI: Is it the Best Choice?

submitted by: admin on 10/26/2015
Side effects of aspirin outweigh the benefits for preventing heart attacks and strokes. GI bleeds are the major serious complications, but hemorrhagic stroke and retinal bleeds are also associated problems. It also causes leaky gut syndrome. There are natural alternatives for aspirin that include fish oil, nattokinase, lumbrokinase, digestive enzymes that...