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Heart Disease and Stroke  

family picThe DASH Diet vs. The Nutritarian Diet
The DASH diet is often ranked as one of the healthiest, but how does it compare to a Nutritarian diet?

Severe Heart Attacks Happening Earlier in Life
An analysis of 20 years of patient records found that a severe type of heart attack, ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), is occurring in younger patients.

Nuts and Seeds Enhance Longevity
Many studies have now linked regular nut and seed consumption with a reduced risk of death from all causes. How might nuts and seeds help us live longer?

Improved Cardiovascular Parameter With a Nutrient-Dense, Plant-Rich Diet-Style: A Patient Survey With Illustrative Cases
Dr. Fuhrman’s published data documenting weight loss and cardiovascular benefits of a Nutritarian diet.

Is Testosterone Therapy Safe?
Testosterone levels fall with age. Is testosterone replacement the solution?

Risks Associated with Statin Drugs
A large percentage of Americans take statins, cholesterol-lowering drugs which may be more risky than many people think.

Olive oil is not a health food
Olive oil is perceived as a heart-healthy staple of the Mediterranean diet, but whole foods—such as nuts and seeds—are more healthful than oils.

Were we wrong about saturated fat?
Claims that saturated fat is harmless, and that meat and butter are now health foods are based on misinterpretations of the science.

Red Wine: Heart-Healthy?

Red wine is touted as a heart healthy beverage, but even small amounts of alcohol increase cancer risk.

Walnuts Keep Your Blood Flowing
Walnuts contain beneficial omega-3s and may also help the body to properly regulate blood pressure.

Green Vegetables Protect the Heart
Phytochemicals from green vegetables turn on the body's natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory response to protect us against heart disease. Learn how green vegetables act to keep the cardiovascular system healthy.

Cholesterol-lowering Drugs May Raise Diabetes Risk
The millions of Americans who take statin drugs to lower their cholesterol are increasing their likelihood of being diagnosed with diabetes.

Cholesterol-lowering Drugs Get More Risky: Link to Kidney Injury
Cholesterol-lowering drugs, like all drugs, have side effects. A Canadian study has suggested that the muscle-related side effects of statins could lead to an increased risk
of acute kidney injury.

Drugs Used to Treat Preventable Diseases Carry Serious Risks
High cholesterol and high blood pressure are lifestyle-created conditions. Medications prescribed for these conditions are risky, and the safest and most effective treatment is excellent nutrition and exercise.

It's Just One Meal. How Bad Could it Be?
A SINGLE unhealthful holiday meal inflicts damage on the cardiovascular system, contributes to atherosclerotic plaque development, and in susceptible individuals may even provoke a cardiac event.

Stroke is Increasing in Young People
Stroke no longer occurs only in older adults. With rising rates of obesity, elevated cholesterol and hypertension in younger people, stroke rates have increased as well.

HDL: is Higher Really Better?
HDL is usually called “good cholesterol,” and higher numbers are considered healthier because HDL delivers cholesterol to the liver to be disposed of. But if LDL is already low, is there any benefit to increasing HDL?

Was George W. Bush’s stent necessary?
Having a stent placed in the absence of symptoms is common in the U.S., but is it good medicine or malpractice?

Angioplasty and Stents Offer No Advantage Over Medications Alone
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), a term that refers to angioplasty and stent placement procedures, is already known to have no advantage over optimal medical therapy (OMT). Dr. Fuhrman looks at modern interventional cardiology versus nutritional cardiology treatment.

Stroke Prevention: Hold the Frank, Have the Beans
There have been countless studies on dietary factors and their relationship to stroke risk; within the past few years, new meta-analyses have strengthened these dietary links to stroke. In particular, higher fiber intake is associated with reduced risk, and higher red and processed meat intake is associated with increased risk.

You Say Tomato—We Say Lycopene, a Protective Carotenoid
Lycopene is a carotenoid that is known to benefit prostate health. Less known are the protective effects of lycopene-rich tomatoes against heart disease and stroke.

Women: Keep Your Hearts Healthy!
Women can take control of their cardiovascular health; they can become so healthy that a heart attack is almost impossible.

Salt: More than High Blood Pressure
Excess dietary salt is most notorious for increasing blood pressure; however, salt also has several potentially dangerous effects that are not related to blood pressure.

Berries and their Flavonoids Protect the Heart
Several studies have shown that high flavonoid intake is associated with considerable risk reductions (up to 45%) for coronary heart disease.

Heart Disease is Preventable and Reversible
A significant number of research studies have documented that heart disease is easily and almost completely preventable (and reversible) through a diet rich in plant produce and lower in processed foods and animal products.

Salt Harms the Heart
Sodium is an important mineral that is essential to the body's proper function — however, adding salt (sodium chloride) to food provides us with dangerously high amounts of sodium.

IMT and EndoTherm Accurately Predict Risk Cardiovascular Disease
Intima-media thickness (IMT) scanning uses ultrasound technology and is a simple procedure that is noninvasive, painless, and free of radiation. It can predict heart disease better than angiogram.

Heart Disease Facts
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States. Don't become a statistic, get the facts!

Naturally and Healthyfully Lowering Blood Pressure
Dr. Fuhrman's approach to lowering blood pressure beats out conventional hypertension drug treatment.

Reverse Heart Disease without Meds
The sad thing is surgical interventions and medications are the foundation of modern cardiology and both are relatively ineffective compared to nutritional excellence.

The Number 1 Cause of Death for Women - Heart Disease!
Heart disease is not just a "man's" disease but the #1 cause of death among women too! The warning signs in women seem to be more subtle and the disease evolves more slowly, but it is just as deadly.

Scientific Studies Show Angioplasty and Stent Placement are Essentially Worthless
In the most recent study investigators reviewed 61 trials, involving 25,388 patients, in a meta-analysis comparing angioplasty and stent placement with no treatment or medications alone. A meta-analysis pools numerous studies on the same subject. The findings indicated that there was no evidence that angioplasty and stent placement for coronary artery disease resulted in fewer heart attacks or deaths when compared to patients with the same level of disease who were not treated in this manner.




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