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Major dietary protein sources and risk of coronary heart disease
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If you are having a heart attack, angioplasty will open a blocked
artery and hopefully limit muscle damage, but the procedure does
nothing to stop the spread of atherosclerosis or reduce the risk
of a future heart attack.
Evidence from ongoing health studies suggests that the source of
protein in a low-carb diet influences the risk of heart disease,
and that getting more protein from plant sources is better.
More than one million American men and women have a fragile bulge
in the aorta, blood's main pipeline out of the heart. Most of
them don't know it. In some people, this condition, called
abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), never poses a problem. In
others, the bulge bursts, with catastrophic consequences. The
best way to spot an abdominal aneurysm while it is still small,
and to follow its progression, is with a painless, radiation-free
ultrasound exam. But checking every adult for an AAA would cost
billions of dollars. A task force from the Society for Vascular
Surgery (SVS) may have identified a better way to identify good
candidates to be checked for an AAA through a scoring system.
We write a lot about factors you can control to protect your
heart and blood vessels — things like exercising more, not
smoking, reducing stress, and controlling blood pressure.
Cardiologists call these modifiable risk factors. But they aren't
the only factors that affect your heart. A number of things you
can't easily change, or can't change at all, also influence your
cardiovascular health. These nonmodifiable risk factors include
Binge drinkers are more likely to have heart ailments, which may
be of particular concern for those who also have high blood
Snow shoveling is a known trigger for heart attacks, and people
with stents are at additional risk.
The Pritikin and Ornish diets are now included in Medicare
coverage for intensive cardiac rehabilitation, though only in
Boosting daily potassium intake by eating more fruits,
vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods is likely to reduce the risk
of a heart attack or stroke.
Further information from studies on an aortic valve repair
procedure, the benefits of eating whole-grain foods, the heart
risks of testosterone therapy, and underactive thyroid.
Now that the fuss over H1N1 swine flu has died down, do I need to
get vaccinated this year?
I read that angiotensin-receptor blockers cause cancer. I take
one (Diovan) for my blood pressure. Should I stop?