Monthly Archives: February 2007

Metabolic syndrome–cured

Peter started out at age 59 at 248 lbs, standing 6 ft tall (BMI = 33.6!). Along with his weight, Peter had the entire panel of phenemena of the so-called “metabolic syndrome”, or pre-diabetes: –Triglycerides 238 mg/dl and associated with … Continue reading

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Heart Scan Curiosities #6

This is a “slice” from a normal heart scan in a 58 year old woman. Heart scan score zero. Look at the lungs, the dark areas left and right of the heart in the center. The lungs are also normal. … Continue reading

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Should you become a vegetarian?

Do you need to become a vegetarian in order to reduce your heart scan score? No. Plain and simple. We’ve had many non-vegetarians drop their scores. That said, are there still advantages to following a vegetarian diet, or some variation … Continue reading

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Let’s make it a lot easier

The American Heart Association just released a new set of consensus guidelines on heart disease prevention in women: Evidence-Based Guidelines for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Women: 2007 Update For those of you following the Heart Scan Blog and the Track … Continue reading

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No wonder nobody talks about real prevention

Take a look at this eye-opening statement taken from a well-written NY Times article about Dr. Arthur Agatston, the South Beach Diet and now South Beach Heart Program books: ‘We have made major improvements in prevention,” Dr. Gregg W. Stone, … Continue reading

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HDL and vitamin D

I know of no published reports on this question, but I’ve now seen numerous people experience significant jumps in HDL with raising blood vitamin D to 25-OH-vitamin D3. Last week, for example, I had a man who had struggled with … Continue reading

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Even more Michael Pollan

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. That, more or less, is the short answer to the supposedly incredibly complicated and confusing question of what we humans should eat in order to be maximally healthy. I hate to give away … Continue reading

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My life is easy

In the old days (the 1980s and 1990s), practicing cardiology was very physically and emotionally demanding. Since procedures dominated the practice and preventive strategies were limited, heart attacks were painfully common. It wasn’t unusual to have to go to the … Continue reading

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My bread contains 900 mg omega-3

Phyllis is the survivor of a large heart attack (an “anterior” myocardial infarction involving the crucial front of the heart) several years ago. Excessive fatigue prompted a stress test, which showed poor blood flow in areas outside the heart attack … Continue reading

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More Omnivore’s Dilemma

Another irresistible quote from Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: “In many ways breakfast cereal is the prototypical processed food: four cents’ worth of commodity corn (or some other equally cheap grain) transformed into four dollars’ worth of processed food. … Continue reading

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