Monthly Archives: January 2008

Triglyceride traps

Triglycerides are a potent trigger for coronary plaque growth. Triglycerides in and of themselves probably do not cause plaque growth. Instead, triglycerides contribute to the formation of abnormal lipoproteins in the blood that, in turn, trigger coronary plaque, like VLDL, … Continue reading

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High-dose fish oil for Lp(a)

Lipoprotein(a), or Lp(a), is a problem area in coronary plaque reversal. While our current Track Your Plaque record holder for largest percentage reduction in heart scan score has Lp(a), it remains among the more troublesome lipoprotein patterns. One unique treatment … Continue reading

Posted in Fish oil, Omega-3 fatty acids | 16 Comments

The many faces of LDL

Pam has an LDL cholesterol of 144 mg/dl. To most people, this means that she has a mildly elevated LDL value. Many people would respond by cutting the saturated fat in their diet. Most physicians would concur and talk about … Continue reading

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Drive-by angioplasty

Don had an angioplasty 6 months ago. When asked about the symptoms that prompted him to go to the hospital, he explained: “I remember feeling really tired for about a week before I went. I’d read that fatigue can sometimes … Continue reading

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“Heart Healthy” and other lies

“Bankers believe liquidation has run its course and advise purchases.” New York Times headline, Oct 30, 1929, at the start of the Great Depression. “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms Lewinsky.” Former President Bill Clinton at … Continue reading

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Calcium chaos

Imagine that I’m planning to build a wall of bricks. I start by throwing cement at a pile of bricks, hoping that it forms a nice, orderly brick wall. Fat chance, you say. I believe that is what appears to … Continue reading

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Another big Track Your Plaque success story

Lorenzo is an 81-year old retired manufacturing engineer whose intial heart scan score in late 2006 was an alarming 1102. Recall that, despite feeling well and having a normal stress test, Lorenzo was facing a heart attack and death risk … Continue reading

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The myth of mild coronary disease

I hear this comment from patients all the time: “They told me that I had only mild blockages and so I had nothing to worry about.” That’s one big lie. I guess I shouldn’t call it a lie. Is it … Continue reading

Posted in Coronary disease | 27 Comments

Red flags for lipoprotein(a)

Lipoprotein(a), Lp(a), is an important cause for heart disease, heart attack, and coronary atherosclerotic plaque. How do you know you have it? Of course, it could be as simple as checking a blood level. But there are also a number … Continue reading

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Vytorin study explodes–But what’s the real story?

The makers of Vytorin, Merck/Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals, issued a press release about the the Enhance Study yesterday. The news has triggered a media frenzy. The NY Times reporting of the story: Drug Has No Benefit in Trial, Makers Say The 700 … Continue reading

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