Category Archives: Heart Health

Finnish Secret Slashes Risk of Dementia

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

February 24, 2017

  • Saunas slash risk of dementia by up to 66%
  • They’re good for your heart, too
  • Here’s how to get the most out of your sauna experience

If you live in the northern states the idea of a nice, steamy sauna probably sounds pretty good right around now.

But no matter where you live, enjoying a sauna on a regular basis may be just what you need for a healthy heart, lively brain and longer life.

The people over in Finland know all about the healing power of saunas. They enjoy them with striking regularity. As a matter of fact, the large majority of Finns take at least one sauna every week. Many take them even more frequently.

And the pay-off is huge. Continue reading

An Aspirin a Day Won’t Keep the Doctor Away

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

October 26, 2016

  • The low-down on low-dose aspirin
  • Aspirin doesn’t prevent or cure heart disease
  • 4 natural ways to improve blood flow

“Is baby aspirin good for my heart? Should I be taking it every day?”

These are some of the most common questions I hear from my patients. Everyone wants to protect their heart health, and taking low-dose aspirin sounds like an inexpensive way to do it.

After all, what harm could come from taking an over-the-counter pill intended for children?

Well, let’s talk about that. Continue reading

The Saturated Fat Myth

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

October 10, 2016

  • Debunking the saturated fat myth
  • It’s not the fat, it’s the sugar
  • Beat the health toll the American diet is taking on you

Eating saturated fats will kill you. They’ll clog your arteries, give you a heart attack and send you to an early death.

This is what you’ve been told for years. But is it true?

Well, this is a myth that’s been sold to the American public for more than 50 years. And a huge number of folks (including the medical professionals who we look to for advice) bought into it… hook, line and sinker.

However, it’s been anything but good for us. Continue reading

Coffee: Medicine or Poison?

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

September 26, 2016

  • Is coffee really good for your heart?
  • Why some people should drink more coffee… and others shouldn’t
  • What to do if you’re a java-junkie

These days, most of the news about coffee is great. Some of the touted health benefits may even make coffee teetotalers want to turn into coffee connoisseurs.

One day you’ll read an article proclaiming coffee’s ability to cut your risk of diabetes, protect your heart or slash your chances of getting cancer. The next you’ll hear that it helps ward off dementia, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.

If you’re a coffee drinker, this news makes you feel great… until one of those negative headlines come out saying that coffee consumption is linked to heart attacks, reduces insulin sensitivity and makes your bones weak.

These inconsistencies can leave your head spinning. Continue reading

5 Warning Signs Your Arteries are Clogging

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

September 23, 2016

  • How do you know if your arteries are clogged?
  • Bad backs, creased earlobes and heart attacks
  • Time to get serious about taking care of your arteries

The only way you’ll ever know for sure if you have blocked arteries is if you undergo an angiogram. But the only time you’ll ever get one of these tests is if you fail a stress test or suffer a cardiovascular event.

So what if there were other ways to find out how clogged up your blood vessels are?

Over the years, I’ve found there are several advance warning signs that can occur when plaque builds up in your arteries.

For example, how is your back feeling? Is it stiff, tender and achy? Have you been told your discs are degenerating? Do you have a touch of spinal arthritis? Continue reading

3 Must-Have Heart Health Tests

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

August 26, 2016

  • High cholesterol doesn’t necessarily mean heart disease
  • 3 heart tests more important than cholesterol
  • Slash inflammation and protect your heart

For years, the words heart disease and cholesterol have become synonymous. You seldom heard someone use one term without immediately following it with the other.

This misconception – and the way the link is repeated over and over again – makes me extremely concerned about the health of your heart.

You see, high cholesterol is NOT heart disease. In fact, about 75% of all heart attack patients fall well within the recommended targets for LDL cholesterol. Continue reading

Link Between Blood Sugar and Heart Disease

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

August 1, 2016

  • Heart problems could mean you have diabetes
  • Do you know your numbers?
  • Beat blood sugar problems to avoid heart attack

Did you know that if you suffer a stroke or heart attack, there’s a chance you might have undiagnosed diabetes or hyperglycemia that may have been a factor?The math is pretty simple when you think about it.

You see, diabetics have a two to four time higher chance of experiencing a major cardiovascular event than someone who doesn’t have the disease. Thus, it stands to reason that if you have a stroke or heart attack, there’s also a greater chance you’re diabetic or have blood glucose problems.

But does this “reverse-connection” theory hold water? Continue reading

Why Everyone Over 40 Needs CoQ10

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

July 18, 2016

  • What is CoQ10 and why do you need it?
  • Why everyone over 40 should be taking this enzyme
  • The secret to choosing the best CoQ10 for you

Everyone “gets” the idea of taking a multi-vitamin to help offset nutritional deficits. They quickly grasp the importance of supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids to boost their intake of these heart- and brain-healthy fish oils.

But what about CoQ10?

CoQ10 is one of those supplements everyone over the age of 40 should take, every single day. It’s also one that’s least understood by most folks.

It’s not a vitamin. It’s not a mineral. So what is it and why do you need it? Continue reading

Blood Pressure and Dementia Connection Found

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

June 20, 2016

  • The difference between Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia
  • What does blood pressure have to do with it?
  • How to beat dementia before it strikes

These days, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s is a big concern for Baby-Boomers. But did you know that there’s another common form of dementia called “vascular dementia”?

Now, this type of dementia is different from Alzheimer’s disease.

In Alzheimer’s we tend to see a large number of alterations in the brain. Amyloid plaques and tangles of tau are the hallmarks of this disease. Nerve damage and brain shrinkage often accompany these changes. Continue reading

Super Juice for Your Heart, Brain and Joints

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

May 27, 2016

  • The super juice that slashes your chance of a heart attack or stroke
  • It powers up your stamina and endurance
  • … And gets rid of those aching joints

If you could drink a glass of juice every morning that would protect your heart and brain, boost your stamina and ease your aching joints all day long, would you do it?

Sure you would. And you can!

You can get all of these amazing benefits from a single glass of red beetroot juice each day.

Now, I’ve been an advocate for beetroot juice for a long time. It’s what I would call a “super juice” – particularly when it comes to safeguarding your cardiovascular system. Continue reading