Heart Health

February Heart Health Tip: Don’t Overload This Mineral

February is officially Heart Health Month marked by one of my favorite days, which just passed, Valentine’s Day.  Even better, the Valentine’s chocolate we all have been consuming and love so much is actually good for our heart.  Well, not all the sugar and fat, but its cocoa content.  Cocoa is full of nutrients that […]

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This Mediterranean Staple Food Boosts Heart Health

If you’re over 50, you likely grew up eating beef, a staple of most American diets for the last 50 plus years. I know I did.  Steaks on a summer grill and beef hamburgers are as much American tradition as apple pie.  It’s the reason we have so many (beef) burger businesses across the United […]

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What Your Doctor Didn’t Tell You About Your Heart Attack

As a cardiologist, I deal with taking care of the physical heart of my patients all the time.  But, I also want to make sure their emotional heart stays healthy too as it helps the physical heart stay healthy.  That’s why after a patient has had a heart attack, I want to make sure they […]

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Hearing Loss May Reveal Early Heart Disease

You’ve heard me say many times that your heart health is often reflected in other parts of your body.  In fact, signs and symptoms of underlying heart disease can show up as symptoms in a seemingly unrelated part of your body first. That’s why I’d like to tell you why symptoms of hearing problems may […]

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This 15 Minute Test Reveals Your Heart Attack Risk

I ask my patients to see me at least once a year for a physical exam and certain tests.  It helps determine how healthy your heart currently is. That’s a start.  But, unlike me, your doctor may not offer one of the newest, best heart attack risk predictor test out there as it’s not yet […]

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The #1 Health Risk of a Career That’s Run Its Course

In today’s economy, I’d usually be the last one to tell any of my patients to leave their job.  That is unless it was a choice between their heart health and staying at a job that made them miserable.  Let me tell you why… Protect Your Heart:  Why It’s Better to Leave A Bad Job […]

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Warning: Gut Bacteria Can Cause Dangerous Heart Disease

For a long time, it was believed that too-high cholesterol was the cause of dangerous, artery-narrowing plaques.  So, giving cholesterol-lowering statin-drugs were thought key in reducing these plaques. It was soon realized that people with low cholesterol levels were also having heart attacks.  Clearly, something else was contributing to heart disease besides cholesterol. That’s when […]

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4 Uncommon Ways To Protect Your Heart

Like many of my patients, you’re thinking more about ways you can prevent, or improve, heart disease. And, you’ve been pretty good about using the most common ways:  Diet, exercise, controlling weight and better managing stress. But, there are also 4 off-the-radar things you can do to protect your heart. Some of these you may […]

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Broken Heart Syndrome: The High Health Risk of Sudden Loss

I treat patients with heart problems – most of them are people over 50 with conditions like plaque-blocked arteries, high blood pressure or structural problems.  But on a regular basis, I also see patients who’ve had heart attacks – minor and major – with no prior history of heart problems. In some cases these sudden […]

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Save Your Heart: The Key Methods to Keep Your Heart Going Strong

One of the things I frequently hear from patients is, “Dr. Blankstein, what can I do to prevent a heart attack?” They often have the wrong idea that  protecting their heart involves having to learn a lot of complicated nutritional information, follow a low-fat, tasteless, boring diet, perform exhausting exercise and make impractical lifestyle changes.  […]

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Ugly Cholesterol is created by high sugar diets

Cholesterol: The Good, The Bad And The “Ugly”

I know it’s also the title of a 60’s “spaghetti Western” movie, but when it comes to your cholesterol, heart researchers have actually classified cholesterol as these 3 types.  Unlike the movie though, where the “Ugly” Tuco Ramirez (Eli Wallach) was only a fictitious character, ugly cholesterol is a real-life killer.  It not only causes […]

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A woman's heart attack can be different - Know the Symptoms

A Woman’s Heart Attack Can Be Different – Know The Symptoms

What most people don’t know is that a woman’s symptoms for a heart attack may be much different than a man’s and can go unaddressed with fatal outcomes. That’s why I’m taking this opportunity to talk to my female readers today – and perhaps their husbands, sons, brothers – to explain the 5 top warning […]

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