Monthly Archives: May 2006

Who cares if you’re pre-diabetic?

Marta is a smart lady. She’s worked in hospital laboratories for the last 23 years and knows many of the ins and outs of lab tests and their implications. After years of being told that her cholesterol was acceptable, she … Continue reading

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Don’t get smug!

It may sound silly, but after someone succeeds in stopping their heart scan score from increasing or reduces their score, I warn them to not get smug. Let me explain. I’ll tell you about Jack. I met Jack a few … Continue reading

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Holidays are dangerous!

If you’re on holiday from work today, make sure you’re not on holiday from your health, too. Too often, people come back to the office telling me that the holidays simply got out of hand–cookouts, picnics, family gatherings, etc.–and they … Continue reading

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More on carotid plaque…

Although not a perfect test, carotid ultrasound is an exceptionally easy and accessible test. Using high-frequency sound, clear images are available for most people. I say it’s not perfect because the way it’s done in 2006 makes it a non-quantitative … Continue reading

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Carotid plaque can be shrunk

Rose, a 64-year old woman, just had a 70% carotid blockage identified by a screening ultrasound. When the result was given to her doctor, he prescribed Lipitor and told Rose that an ultrasound would be required every year. She would … Continue reading

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Vitamin D–A coronary risk factor

Look up “coronary risk factors” in any text and you’ll find high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, and high blood pressure listed. You won’t find deficiency of vitamin D listed. Ask 99% of physicians if a deficiency of vitamin D is a … Continue reading

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Cholesterol is dead!

I saw a patient in the office yesterday. He came to me for an opinion regarding his high heart scan score of 525, putting him in the 90th percentile (5% annual risk of heart attack). His doctor had been puzzled … Continue reading

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How to make a $1 million in cardiology

Want to make a $1,000,000 as a cardiologist in the next year? It’s easy. All you have to do is: 1) Perform heart catheterizations or other procedures on anybody you can, even if it’s not necessary. Perform them even if … Continue reading

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Doctor, do I have lipoprotein (a)?

I met Joyce today for a 2nd opinion. She told me about this conversation she’d had with her cardiologist: “Doctor, do you think I could have lipoprotein (a)? I read about how it can cause heart attacks even when cholesterol … Continue reading

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Is it mainstream or alternative?

A question I get about once a week: “Is your program a kind of alternative medicine?” Our program for control and reversal of coronary plaque using CT heart scans applies an eclectic panel of tools to achieve its goals. We … Continue reading

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