Monthly Archives: December 2007

Risks for coronary disease 2008

According to conventional thinking, there are identifiable risks for coronary disease and heart attack. These risk factors are: * smoking * high blood pressure * high blood cholesterol and excessive saturated fat intake * diabetes * being overweight or obese … Continue reading

Posted in Heart disease prevention | 27 Comments

Food sources of vitamin K2

Vitamin K2 is emerging as an exciting player in the control and possible regression of coronary atherosclerotic plaque. Only about 10% of dietary vitamin K intake is in the K2 form, the other 90% being the more common K1. The … Continue reading

Posted in Vitamin K2 | 46 Comments

Track Your Plaque: Naughty or nice?

Among the many wonderful surprises we’ve had at Track Your Plaque this holiday season was a letter from Santa Claus himself! It seems that Santa, like the rest of us, has been busy surfing the web for useful health information … Continue reading

Posted in Wheat | 6 Comments

Vitamin D: Treatment for metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is that increasingly common collection of low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood sugar, and high pressure that now afflicts nearly 1 in 4 adults, rapidly gaining ground to 1 in 3. Beyond these surface factors, metabolic syndrome … Continue reading

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Appetite stimulants

Ever have days when you just can’t seem to get enough to eat, your stomach gnawing just a hour after a meal? We all get them, some more than others. Other days, you can be content with a few simple … Continue reading

Posted in Nutrition | 17 Comments

“Heart scans are experimental”

Let me warn you: This is a rant. It is prompted by a 44-year old woman. She has a very serious lipoprotein disorder. Her family experiences heart attacks in their 40s and 50s. I asked for a heart scan. Her … Continue reading

Posted in Heart scans | 25 Comments

When meat is not just meat

The edgy nutrition advocate, Mike Adams, over at came up with this scary photo tour of a processed meat product from Oscar Mayer: Mystery Meat Macrophotography: A NewsTarget PhotoTour by Mike Adams Along with increasingly close-up photographs of this … Continue reading

Posted in Saturated fat | 7 Comments

Don’t lament no OTC mevacor

After Merck’s third go at FDA approval for over-the-counter (OTC) status for its statin cholesterol drug, Mevacor (lovastatin), the FDA advisory board suggested that its request be denied. They expressed concern that too many people would not understand how the … Continue reading

Posted in Statins | 4 Comments

Damage control

Medical device manufacturer, Cordis, is launching a new marketing program to promote its Cypher drug-coated stent. You can view the details at , including the slick TV commercial that HeartHawk posted a blog about. The campaign opens with: When … Continue reading

Posted in Stents | 5 Comments

Low expectations

The Framingham Risk Calculator is a standard method used by many physicians to predict risk for heart attack or death from heart disease over a 10-year period. Low-risk is defined as

Posted in Heart disease prevention | 6 Comments