Monthly Archives: July 2006

Don’t forget how dangerous heart disease can be

Sometimes it’s easy to get smug when coronary plaque is a reversible process. When you see people day in, day out, week in, week out, drop their heart scan scores, reversing what could be a dangerous disease, you can sometimes … Continue reading

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How many ways can you disguise sugar?

I came across this shockingly silly report on AOL, who obtained their info courtesy Health Magazine: The Best New Healthy Foods for Busy Peoplefrom Health The foods on their list: Kettle Brand Bakes Hickory Honey BBQ–the healthy claim is based … Continue reading

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To remind us what ideal body weight is: Watch an old movie!

Jack was skeptical. At 273 lbs, 5 ft 11 inches, he felt that he was “just right”. “I feel fine. I don’t see why you think I should lose weight,” he declared. “In fact, when I lost 25 lbs a … Continue reading

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Diabetes is a choice you make

Tim had heart disease identified as a young man. He had his first heart attack followed by a quadruple bypass surgery at age 38. Recurrent anginal chest pain and another small heart attack led to several stents over three procedures … Continue reading

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I’ll call the doctor when I feel bad!

Max just had his heart scan. He sat down with the x-ray technologist at the work console while she pointed out the white areas in his coronary arteries that represented plaque. “It looks like you’re going to have a fairly … Continue reading

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Coenzyme Q10 and statin drugs

Although drug manufacturers claim that muscle side effects from statin drugs occurs in only around 2% or people or less, my experience is very different. I see muscle weakness and achiness develop in the majority of people taking Lipitor, Crestor, … Continue reading

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Blast your LDL with oat bran and almonds

Nearly all of us can use an extra boost in reducing LDL cholesterol. We have a large number of people, in fact, who have reduced LDL into the Track Your Plaque range of 60 mg/dl or less without the use … Continue reading

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Pre-diabetes with normal blood sugar

We pay special attention to pre-diabetes, in all its varied manifestations, in the Track Your Plaque program. This is because these factors are potent instigators of coronary plaque growth. Early in the Track Your Plaque program we ignored these measures. … Continue reading

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Sometimes small LDL is the only abnormality

Janet is a 58-year old schoolteacher. At 5 ft 3 inches and 104 lbs, she had barely an ounce of fat on her size-2 body. For years, Janet’s primary care physician complimented her on her cholesterol numbers: LDL cholesterol values … Continue reading

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Report from Washington II

Today’s discussions at the Society for Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) focused on atherosclerotic “plaque characterization”. As CT scanners get better and better at imaging the various components of plaque, some fascinating issues emerge: –CT heart scans provide insights into what … Continue reading

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