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Are Blood Pressure Variations Risky?
My blood pressure never seems to be in the same ballpark whenever I have it checked. I’ve heard this can be dangerous. Can you tell me what variations in blood pressure mean?Read more
Are Short People at Higher Risk of Heart Disease?
Is it true that short people have a higher risk of heart disease? What would account for the difference? If this increased risk exists, how does it compare with other heart health risks like smoking and obesity?Read more
Blood Pressure: How Low Should It Go?
I understand that a large government-funded study was shut down early after results showed that blood pressure should be even lower than previously believed. How can there be results before a study ends? And how low should blood pressure be?Read more
Broken Heart Syndrome?
A friend of mine was rushed to the hospital with chest pain and shortness of breath. She thought she was having a heart attack but was diagnosed with “broken heart syndrome.” Is this for real?Read more
Can Lack Of Sleep Cause Heart Disease?
Does Endometriosis Cause Heart Disease?
I have endometriosis and was alarmed to hear that women with this condition are at higher risk of heart disease than other women. I don’t understand the connection. Can you explain and tell me how to lower my risk?Read more
Is Climate Change Causing More Strokes?
Is it true that climate change is responsible for an increasing number of strokes? I’ve also heard that air pollution can shrink the brain. Could that be true?Read more
Paying for Drugs You Don’t Take?
I understand that there’s a new drug for high cholesterol that costs so much that insurance premiums will go up even for people who don’t have to take it. Can you tell me anything about this?Read more
Learn safe ways to prevent or lessen pulmonary hypertension (higher than normal blood pressure), which can lead to heart failure if left unchecked.Read more
Silent Heart Attack?
Statins: Genetic Test For Side Effects?
I have high cholesterol, and my doctor prescribed a statin drug to lower it. I haven’t filled the prescription because friends insist I first have a genetic test to see if I will develop side effects to the drug. Can you tell me anything about the test?Read more
Sugar As A Heart Threat?
I’ve been hearing a lot about how bad sugar is for you, but I’m wondering about a study showing that consuming sweetened beverages increases the risk of cardiovascular disease in only two weeks. Can this be true?Read more
A few years ago there was a lot of publicity about a drug that would combine cholesterol-lowering action and treatment of high blood pressure in a single pill. What became of this concept?
Policosanol seems to be well-regarded as a cholesterol fighter. What's your opinion?
I've just been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. My doctor wants to put me on medication, but I would rather try natural treatments. Are there any that you would recommend?
I've read that antioxidants combined with the anti-cholesterol drug Lipitor can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Is this true? I take 400-1,000 mg of vitamin C and 400 IU of vitamin E daily plus 10 mg of Lipitor.
My blood pressure never seems to be in the same ballpark whenever I have it checked. I’ve heard this can be dangerous. Can you tell me what variations in blood pressure mean?
How accurate are the free blood pressure monitors in drugstores? I get wildly different readings on the same machine if I repeat the test a few times.
Is it true that short people have a higher risk of heart disease? What would account for the difference? If this increased risk exists, how does it compare with other heart health risks like smoking and obesity?
I've been reading about studies that show statins are not only good for the heart (to reduce cholesterol, cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes) but that they also reduce the risks of Alzheimer's, depression, breast cancer and osteoporosis. I hate taking drugs, but statins are starting to sound convincing as a preventive technique. What is your opinion?
If some fats are "good" fats, are all triglycerides "bad" and, if so, why? Shouldn't there be some "good" triglycerides as well?
How do inflammatory arthritic conditions affect CRP results?
What is your opinion of the "heart attack proof diet"? How do you think it stacks up against other diets when it comes to heart-health benefits?
Can tocotrienol and/or isoflavone supplements help reverse plaque buildup in the carotid artery? Can anything else? I have a 60- to 70-percent buildup.