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Tracey G. Ingram, AuD

The hidden side effects of air pollution on your heart

When you think of environmental issues, your mind most likely focuses on the planet. But have you stopped to consider how these factors harm you? Air pollution is now the most significant environmental risk for early death, linked to long-term health effects like heart disease. Here’s what you should know — and what you can do to protect yourself…

Carolyn Gretton

How much are those french fries hurting your heart?

A diet loaded with foods high in unhealthy fats can really hurt your heart health. And fried foods are one of the biggest culprits. Researchers are studying just how fried food affects heart disease risk, and so far what they’ve found is disturbing, including the damage a one-cup serving can do…

Carolyn Gretton

PQQ: The ‘longevity’ nutrient with big heart benefits

We’re familiar with how the antioxidant pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) can benefit the mitochondria, the “power plants” of our cells. But it’s been less clear what specific disorders this longevity nutrient can impact. Researchers are beginning to identify those conditions — including a life-threatening heart disorder…

Dr. Elizabeth Klodas MD, FACC

What I tell my patients about statins

Many patients come to see me because they want to avoid medications or get off of statins. There’s a lot to consider, including guidelines, but that’s not all considering the risk calculator is, in many ways, flawed. Here’s what I tell them…

Carolyn Gretton

New early warning could save your heart years before signs of trouble

Given how deadly a heart attack or stroke can be, it helps to get as much advance warning as possible. But too often that’s not the case by the time the heart signals a problem. But there’s another part of the body where researchers have discovered a tell-tale sign that may save lives years in advance.

Joyce Hollman

The diet that undoes damage to keep a 2nd heart attack away

That feeling of an elephant on your chest is something a heart attack survivor never wants to feel again. But every year, 200,000 Americans suffer a second heart attack. If you don’t want to be one of them, researchers say one diet does everything right for your arteries to make it less likely.


Joyce Hollman

6 proven ways to quit smoking this year

Smoking is bad for you. No news there. But now we know that smoking also makes your lungs a target for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Here are six proven stop-smoking methods you can use to make 2021 the year you quit.

William Davis

Extra cardioprotective effects of omega-3s discovered

It’s no surprise omega-3s are your heart’s best friend. Studies have shown not only do they reduce risk of a heart attack — but if you do have one, higher blood levels of the essential fatty acid also point to better survival odds. Now, their protective effects have been found to lower risk of sudden […]

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How a nutritional deficiency can starve your heart following surgery

Heart surgery is a dangerous procedure. And the recovery is certainly no walk in the park. Even though your doctor may keep a close check on you, there’s one area that recent researchers have found a big gaping hole. Some people are developing malnutrition related to their surgery and that leads not only to complications but poor recovery.

Dr. Elizabeth Klodas MD, FACC

What I tell my patients at their first cardiology visit

When I see a patient for the first time, I point out that my role is not to make a cholesterol or blood pressure number perfect. My role is to help them achieve a greater health goal: longevity. And the truth is, what I can do pales in comparison to what you can do yourself.

William Davis

What a flight of steps can tell you about your heart

A checkup on your heart may look something like this: an echocardiogram to check your valves, an MRI to look for scar tissue, and an EKG to predict incoming heart attack development.  As great as these methods are, they do have drawbacks. But this simple at-home method can check your heart status in between checkups… In […]

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The vitamin that can help save your heart

Heart afflictions are my family’s legacy. Even though it’s not exactly the legacy I want… Since so many people in my family have suffered from heart problems and have had cardiac complications, I’ve learned to be aware of my risk factors at all times, and I do everything I can to avoid participating in my […]