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What Causes High Triglycerides and is it Dangerous?

We were recently asked, “What causes high triglycerides and is there anything I can do about it?” This visitor recently had his blood work done, and his cholesterol was within range, but his triglyceride levels were quite elevated. He hadn’t yet discussed it with his doctor, and we advised him to do so before taking any action. Elevated triglycerides are a risk factor for heart disease, especially when coupled with high cholesterol, high homocysteine levels and elevated CRP levels. Together these four blood indicators give...

Is Shrimp High In Cholesterol or No?

Is shrimp high in cholesterol? As the most popular shellfish in the world today, shrimp is a great source of protein, as well as a host of vitamins and minerals, including B12, selenium, choline, iodine and copper. But in spite of its healthy nutrients, many people are concerned about shrimp cholesterol levels. In fact, it’s right up there with eggs as far as how concerned people are about the amount of cholesterol the food contains. How much cholesterol is in shrimp? According to the USDA, a 100 gram serving of shrimp contains about...

Is Repatha a Viable Option For High LDL Levels?

You may have heard about Repatha, an injectable medication that is used to help lower LDL cholesterol levels for those patients who have not been successful enough with statin drugs. It is marketed by the pharmaceutical company Amgen, and is indicated for people with hypercholesterolemia and those with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (previous heart attack or stroke). Here is everything you need to know about this relatively new medication, including how it works, side effects, costs, etc. What is Repatha and how does it work? Repatha...

What are the CPR Steps For Adults, Children and Infants?

The CPR steps vary depending on who you are performing it on. Although you may have had training or taken classes recently, it’s still a good idea to brush up on your knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation as often as possible so that you are prepared in case of emergency. Learning how to do CPR is a smart idea for anyone, especially new parents, as it could mean the difference between life and death. But getting certification is one thing…having the confidence to act if called upon is something else entirely. That’s...

All About Congestive Heart Failure – Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

What is congestive heart failure? It doesn’t mean the heart is no longer working, as the name implies, but rather that there is a buildup of fluid (congestion) that causes the heart to not be able to work as efficiently as it should. That is to say, it is unable to pump blood to the body at optimal levels, and as a result pressure builds up inside the heart. It is a condition that gets progressively worse, which is why early detection and treatment is crucial. Let’s take a look at the symptoms first and they we will look into...

Cholesterol In Eggs – Are They Really So Bad?

You’ve probably come across many people who are concerned about cholesterol in eggs…they’ll eschew them altogether or maybe they’re always ordering that egg white omelet at the diner. But believe or not, in most cases they are doing themselves a huge disservice. The truth is that eggs, yolk and all, are some of the healthiest things you can eat…one of the most complete foods nutrient-wise on the planet. But aren’t eggs high in cholesterol? Yes, on paper, eggs have a high concentration of cholesterol...

Are All Heart Disease Symptoms The Same?

When it comes to heart disease symptoms, there is no one set of signs or specific feelings that you will experience. Rather, it all depends on what type of cardiovascular issue is present. It also depends on the severity of the condition, whether you are male or female, and other tangible and intangible components. That’s why it’s important to realize that you can’t self diagnose using a list of symptoms that you find online. It can certainly be a starting point, but ultimately if you are feeling any sort of discomfort...

You Need Vitamin D To Avoid Serious Heart Problems

Vitamin D for heart health is a relatively new line of study, but the more researchers look into it, the more they are realizing just how important this vital nutrient is for good cardiovascular health. Though Vitamin D is most closely associated with maintaining healthy bones, we now know that it has much more far reaching effects, which makes it crucial to get the right amount each day. So what exactly is Vitamin D and what makes it so important? Despite its name, it is actually a hormone and not a vitamin, and it helps with the proper...

The Top Six Fruits For Your Heart and Overall Wellness

Good heart health begins with a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating right and exercising regularly. Getting your body moving is important for heart maintenance as, like any engine, it needs to be used frequently in order to stay in top shape. And like all engines, it requires the proper fuel in order to run smoothly and keep your body functioning the way it’s supposed to. In the case of the heart, that fuel is the essential nutrients. One of the best sources of nutrients is fruits and veggies, which are loaded with vitamins, minerals...

The Top Six Vegetables For Your Heart

There’s a reason that doctors recommend a healthy, balanced diet. The body needs a regular supply of all of the essential nutrients in order to maintain good overall health. Eating right can help to keep your brain sharp, keep your natural defenses up by improving immune system function, and keep all of your organs functioning properly, particularly your heart. When it comes to good heart health, nothing is more important than getting enough fruits and vegetables. That’s because these natural wonders contain a plethora of vitamins...