When it comes to cardiovascular disease risk, what someone drinks can be as important as what he or she eats. But too often, clinicians overlook the beverage factor when making nutritional recommendations, says Steven Masley, MD, director of the Masley Optimal Health Center in St. Petersburg, FL, and author of the new book, "The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up (Hachette)."
The Cleveland Clinic is beginning a series of clinical trials to assess the potential cardiovascular effects of Omega-7 fatty acids, a category of unsaturated fatty acids scientists are just beginning to understand.
New data from the NIH-funded Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT), has vindicated this controversial treatment as a method for preventing cardiovascular events in people with diabetes. The data show a clear 15% reduction in index events among treated patients.
Twenty years ago, Dr. Stephen Sinatra was like most American cardiologists: firmly convinced that elevated cholesterol was the key driver of heart disease, and that thanks to statin drugs, he and his colleagues would soon be cutting the nation’s number one killer down to size.
Despite our nation’s best effort to treat all forms of cardiovascular disease aggressively, we seem to be losing the struggle.
Pantethine, a derivative of vitamin B5, offers a safe option for improving lipid profiles and reducing cardiovascular risk beyond what can be obtained with a low-fat diet and lifestyle modification alone.
Drug therapies to reduce cardiovascular risk and prevent the onset of diabetes may be effective in the short term, but as people age, the efficacy of drugs like statins and metformin tends to diminish, while the risk of adverse effects increases. The benefit of nutritional and lifestyle interventions, on the other hand, remains robust even as people enter their final decades.