Cardiovascular Health

Omega-3 Blood Testing Will Help Guide Supplementation Strategy

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 4, No. 4. Winter, 2003

Low blood omega-3 fatty acid levels are a strong risk factor for cardiovascular disease, with the same predictive value as elevated cholesterol or homocysteine levels. Blood omega-3 levels are easily measured by assessing the fatty acid content of red blood cell membranes. New methods for making this assessment are now available.

White House Pushes for Fish Oil Recommendation

By Staff Writer - Vol. 4, No. 4. Winter, 2003

The White House Office of Management and Budget called on the Department of Health and Human Services to issue a recommendation promoting greater consumption of omega-3 fatty acids. The request is part of a broader Federal effort to address the massive public health crisis of heart disease and obesity.

Making Change: Mindfulness, Relationship-Building Are Keys to Lifestyle Modification

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 4, No. 4. Winter, 2003

A recent study showed that dietary changes can have as profound an effect on cardiovascular risk as statin drug therapy. But making diet and lifestyle changes can be very difficult for many at-risk people. Holistic Primary Care's physician readers share their experiences and recommendations for helping people shift to healthier lifestyles.

Simple Exercises for Shifting HRV

By Staff Writer - Vol. 5, No. 4. Winter, 2004

There are many different techniques and exercises for reducing stress and shifting heart rate variability from jagged, low amplitude, high-risk patterns to coherent, healthful, high-amplitude forms. Here are two specific techniques from the HeartMath program.

Heart Rate Variability and Emotional Shifting: Powerful Tools for Reducing Cardiovascular Risk

By Lee Lipsenthal, MD - Vol. 5, No. 4. Winter, 2004

Heart rate variability (HRV), the beat-to-beat change in heart rate, can tell you a lot about your cardiovascular health. People with smooth, coherent, high-amplitude HRV patterns have much lower risk than those with jagged, incoherent, low amplitude patterns. HRV monitoring is inexpensive, and best of all, people can learn how to shift HRV from unhealthy to healthy patterns with a few simple meditation exercises.

Vascular Inflammation: The Other Half of the Heart Disease Equation

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 5, No. 4. Winter, 2004

Conventional medicine is nearly obsessive about cholesterol and other lipids, but chronic inflammation plays just as big a role in the development of heart disease. A number of natural products and non-pharmacologic interventions can help reduce chronic inflammation and improve heart health.

Interleukin-6, C-Reactive Protein Link Depression and Heart Disease

By August West | Contributing Writer - Vol. 5, No. 4. Winter, 2004

There is strong evidence that depressed people have greater risk of heart disease and worse outcomes from heart attacks. Ever wonder how a "psychological" disorder like depression can have such direct physical effects? Interleukin-6, an inflammatory signaling molecule, is pointing to some interesting answers.

To Lower CRP, Look to Multivitamins and Lifestyle Change

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 6, No. 1. Spring, 2005

A good multivitamin and some modest lifestyle changes can markedly reduce C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation that correlates strongly with risk of heart attacks, according to a study by physicians at Dallas

Elevated ADMA Predicts Cardiovascular Risk

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 6, No. 3. Fall, 2005

Elevated levels of asymmetric dimethyl arginine (ADMA) is emerging as a serious risk factor for cardiovascular disease, one for which physicians should routinely test. Fortunately, the problem can be reversed by supplementation with L-arginine.

Managing Blood Pressure with C12-Peptide

By Wendeline Wouters, PhD & Stacey J. Bell, DSc, RD - Vol. 7, No. 1. Spring, 2006

A bioactive peptide found in cow's milk has ACE-inhibitory effects, and holds promise as a natural therapy for lowering blood pressure in people with early-stage hypertension.