Category Archives: Heart Health

Can this Predict an Upcoming Heart Attack?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

April 7, 2021

When most people think of a heart attack, they imagine a scene on TV where a guy clutches at his chest and stumbles to the ground.

That’s not reality. It’s a television dramatization.

Many people having a heart attack only experience a minor discomfort in their chest, sometimes none at all. You might just have pain in the jaw, neck, shoulder or arm. It might feel like your heart is beating out of your chest. Nausea, shortness of breath and sweating could all be symptoms, even if there is no chest discomfort. And yes, in some cases it might feel like an elephant is sitting on your chest. Continue reading

Drop that Snow Shovel Before it Kills You!

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

February 3, 2021

“Hey, did you hear about Charlie? He was out shuffling snow yesterday and dropped dead from a heart attack… right in his driveway!”

Sadly, each winter, some version of this story will make its way through your community.  That’s because people don’t always respect the very real heart dangers that come with shoveling snow.[1]

Lucky for me, I don’t have to deal with it in my sunny home of Florida.  But, believe me, I’ve shoveled my fair share of driveways growing up farther north.

Honestly, shoveling snow is just as hard as running full speed on a treadmill.  So, many people with a gung-ho attitude end up pushing themselves too hard.  Each year, snow shoveling is responsible for 1,647 cardiac-related deaths.[2] Continue reading

I’m Madder than a Wet Hen over Prescription Omega-3s

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

August 7, 2020

Years ago, I had an elderly southern woman as a patient. One of her favorite expressions was “I’m madder than a wet hen.”

Well lately, I’ve also been feeling “madder than a wet hen!”

Want to know why? Continue reading

Common Heart Drug Zaps Testosterone

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

August 5, 2020

If you read my recent article about testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), you know it’s not a magic fix.

In fact, most problems with bedroom performance can actually be traced back to heart disease rather than testosterone deficiency.  And using TRT actually increases your risk of cardiac disease.

It’s bad news all the way around. Continue reading

An Aspirin a Day Won’t Keep the Doctor Away

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

February 24, 2020

There are very few times when I’m in total agreement with the FDA…

But when it comes to the dangers of low-dose aspirin as a way to prevent heart attacks, we finally see eye-to-eye.

One of the most common questions I hear from patients is, “Is baby aspirin good for my heart? Should I be taking it every day?” Continue reading

Red Meat that’s Good for Your Heart?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

January 24, 2020

Unless you’re a vegan or vegetarian, I’ll bet you enjoy sitting down to eat a nice beef tenderloin, prime rib or rack of lamb every now and then.

While I’ve been limiting my intake of meat to around 10% of the plate every two or three days, I still enjoy it on occasion.

My absolute favorite is grass-fed New Zealand lamb. I pierce the top of the meat with a series of holes and fill each opening with a clove of garlic. Then, I cover the entire thing with organic ketchup to keep it moist and pop it into the oven.

Oh my word! It’s absolutely delicious. The garlic caramelizes, the ketchup keeps it moist and gives it a little shell. When you slice into it, the meat’s soft, rich, delicious and moist. Continue reading

A Simple Heart Attack Test All Women Should Know

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

December 16, 2019

Do you know where the word “hysterical” comes from?

Well, it’s actually from the Greek word hystera — which means uterus. So, anyone who is labeled hysterical is basically being blamed for having a uterus.

I’m sure some of you women are feeling a little angry after reading that.

And I don’t blame you. Continue reading

Real Heart Protection… Without Drugs!

A heart health concept - red heart plate,

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

October 25, 2019

I’m not what you’d call a prescription “pill popper.”

Maybe you are. And, your doctor has ordered a whole cabinet-full of prescription medications to help protect your heart.

In my opinion, people put too much faith in the power of prescription drugs these days. It’s a big mistake actually.

Why? Well, pharmaceutical drugs don’t do anything to boost your heart health. Continue reading

Your #1 Measure of Heart Health

LDL, HDL, cholesterol and saturated fats effects on heart, health risk, heart health

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

October 7, 2019

We used to think saturated fats were heart-stopping killers.

But for years now, we’ve known this isn’t true.

In fact, saturated fats don’t increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, cardiovascular disease, diabetes or death.

Yes, read that sentence again… Continue reading

Coffee: Medicine or Poison?

espresso, coffee, pros and cons of coffee, heart health and coffee

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

August 30, 2019

Have you ever been surprised by a friend who orders a double espresso after an evening meal?

Maybe you remarked, “Wow, isn’t that going to keep you awake?”

But your friend just shrugs his shoulders. “It doesn’t affect me,” he says. “I can go right to sleep.”

As it turns out, some people really aren’t affected strongly by caffeine. These folks are called “fast metabolizers” and — for them — coffee can actually work like a medicine in their bodies.

But for other folks – those slow metabolizers – coffee is like a poison. Continue reading