Heart Health, Heart Disease & Cholesterol

Heart disease can be deadly for men and women. It’s also preventable in most people. By adopting healthy lifestyle habits early, you can potentially live longer with a healthier heart.

Heart disease encompasses a wide range of cardiovascular problems. Several diseases and conditions fall under the umbrella of heart disease. Types of heart disease include: Arrhythmia – a heart rhythm abnormality.; Atherosclerosis – a hardening of the arteries; Cardiomyopathy – this condition causes the heart’s muscles to harden or grow weak; Congenital heart defects – heart irregularities that are present at birth; Coronary artery disease – caused by the build-up of plaque in the heart’s arteries; Heart infections – caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites. The term cardiovascular disease may be used to refer to heart conditions that specifically affect the blood vessels.

I want to help you understand how you can minimise your chances of a heart attack or stroke, ways to lower your cholesterol and blood pressure without drugs, how to prevent and reverse arterial disease and damage and the many natural, yet life-saving changes, you need to make to your lifestyle.

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Half of heart/diabetes deaths due to diet

Nearly half of all deaths due to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes are associated with...

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Statins add only three days to life

A major study in the British Medical Journal , which hit the headlines in the...

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Expect more vaccines

There’s big changes at Britain’s biggest drug company, GSK, as Sir Philip Hampton, formerly of...

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Could 3 cups of coffee a day reduce heart attack risk?

Is coffee good or bad for you? A study out today claims 3 - 5...

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Vitamin C keeps your arteries healthy

Last week a meta-analysis of 44 clinical trials confirmed that 500mg of vitamin C a...

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Statins don’t benefit 80% of takers

In case you don't know there’s a war going on about statins coinciding with a...

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How NICE got snookered on statins

8 million people in Britain are on statins and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence...

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3 heart smart tips

This month we're talking heart health, so here are 3 easy steps to protect your...

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Five Foods That Are Better Than Drugs

If you take pain killers, diabetes drugs, cholesterol lowering or blood pressure medication or anti-depressants...

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Heart Disease

More people die prematurely from diseases of the heart and arteries than anything else –...

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Let’s talk about alcohol

As we emerge from lockdown and with so many people looking to have a healthy...

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Three common health myths

Health advice can be really confusing and some dogmas are just wrong.Today I am going...

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Eggs don’t increase heart disease – official!

It has eggsasperated me , and is eggsactly what I have been saying for decades...

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Processed meats increase cancer and heart deaths

A huge study of half a million men and women finds that two hamburgers a...

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High calcium linked to heart disease

A high intake of supplemental calcium appears to be associated with an increased risk of...

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Omega 3s improve reading, behaviour and heart risk

A new study shows that giving children omega 3 supplements improves reading and behaviour. A...

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Should 50 year olds be taking statins?

Today’s meta-analysis apparently presents a good case for giving those over 50, at low risk...

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Aspirin stops B vitamins’ benefit

Homocysteine, an indicator of a lack of B vitamins (B6, B12 or folic acid), is...

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Vitamin C lowers blood pressure and sugar

A meta-analysis of twenty nine trials confirms that a mere 500mg of vitamin C a...

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Quit sugar – look 20 years younger

That's what a new study just out finds, comparing people's looks with their sugar intake.

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Why folic acid may prevent a first, but not second heart attack

Homocysteine predicts heart attacks but trials with homocysteine lowering B vitamins such as folic acid,...

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Cholesterol good for the brain

Having a high level of HDL cholesterol is associated with reducing your risk for Alzheimer’s....

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Vitamin E – good or bad for strokes?

A recent analysis in the British Medical Journal suggests that vitamin E reduces the common...

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Eating chocolate can reduce heart disease risk – but amount is key

I’ve long advocated good-quality dark chocolate in moderation as a health-promoting indulgence, and new research...

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Carbs, not fat, cause heart disease says Scientific American

A report out today in the Scientific American makes it clear that it’s high carb...

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Niacin and low GL diet better than cholesterol drugs

A study comparing the effects of niacin (B3) with the cholesterol lowering drug ezetimibe show...

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New statin dangers and what works better

Neither aspirin, nor statins have any substantial effect on reducing heart disease risk if you...

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B vitamins cut heart deaths by over 80%

A study published by the American Journal of Cardiology finds that cardiovascular patient with high...

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Depression – food is better than drugs

In case you didn’t know anti-depressant drugs work as ‘enhanced placebos’.

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Do statin dangers outweigh benefits?

New fears over an increasing list of side-effects has sparked the need for more research...

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Multivitamin use cuts heart disease risk

A study of over 77,000 people finds that those who take either daily multivitamins or...

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Go (wal)nuts this summer

I want to remind you of the health benefits of nuts, particularly walnuts, at the...

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‘Eco-Atkins’ diet cuts cholesterol and weight

There’s a quandary in the diet world. Evidence shows that a low-carb, high protein diet,...

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What lowers cholesterol?

If you have or have had high cholesterol, what has or hasn’t helped to lower...

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Homocysteine predicts heart disease risk better than cholesterol, blood pressure or smoking

A study published this month in the British Medical Journal (Wouter de Ruijter et al,...