Items Tagged ‘heart attacks’

Ask the Doctors - Does niacin help lower cholesterol?

June 20, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Does niacin help lower cholesterol?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: I’ve been taking niacin for years to lower my cholesterol.  Do you think it really helps? First, let’s look at niacin and its role in the body. Niacin is a B vitamin that the body needs to create the compounds NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) and NADP (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate), both of which are […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, C-reactive protein, cholesterol, Dr. Robert Ashley, heart attacks, niacin, research, simvastatin, statins, strokes, vitamin B3


Ask the Doctors - If I get enough Vitamin D, do I need the supplements?

April 24, 2018

Ask the Doctors – If I get enough Vitamin D, do I need the supplements?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: Should I take large doses of Vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis? This is an excellent question.  Vitamin D appears to be a wonder vitamin in regard to health.  For whatever ails you, it seems, vitamin D is the cure. Vitamin D is so crucial for healthy bones that deficiencies in children lead to […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, bone health, calcium, cancer, Dr. Robert Ashley, fracture risk, heart attacks, osteoporosis, vitamin D, vitamin D deficiency


Ask the Doctors - Should I worry about a possible link  between statins and cancer?

April 21, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Should I worry about a possible link between statins and cancer?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: Does my cholesterol medication increase my risk of cancer? I assume you’re asking about statins, the most commonly prescribed type of cholesterol-lowering medication. These drugs, which work by lowering cholesterol levels in the bloodstream, are generally regarded as both safe and effective.  They’re so effective that widespread statin use, along with a decline […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, cancer risk, cholesterol, Dr. Robert Ashley, HDL, heart attacks, LDL, statins


Ask the Doctors - Do nuts reduce the risk of heart disease and other illnesses?

March 30, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Do nuts reduce the risk of heart disease and other illnesses?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: Will eating nuts really reduce my risk of heart disease, cancer and other diseases, which a new study has suggested? If so, how many should I be eating? Dear Reader: Nuts are fruits. They consist of a hard shell and an edible seed. To answer your question, I’ll use the definition of nuts […]

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Tags: almonds, antioxidants, Brazil nuts, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cashews, diet, Dr. Robert Ashley, eating nuts, fiber, fruits, hazelnuts


Ask the Doctors - My wife's uncle seems to sleep all day. Is this normal?

March 10, 2018

Ask the Doctors – My wife’s uncle seems to sleep all day. Is this normal?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: My wife’s uncle, who lives with us, is 76 and obese. I have noticed he sleeps an awful lot — to me, anyway. He sleeps approximately five or six hours a night and then later while sitting on the couch. He frequently takes afternoon naps or will fall asleep while reading and will […]

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Tags: abnormal heart rhythms, afternoon naps, breathing sounds, continuous positive airway pressure, CPAP, deep sleep, diet, Dr. Robert Ashley, geriatrics, heart, heart attacks, male


Ask the Doctors - Are PPIs safe over the long-term?

March 7, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Are PPIs safe over the long-term?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: Because I had an ulcer, three years ago a doctor wrote me a prescription for Prilosec and told me I had to take it for the rest of my life. But lately, articles in the newspaper have seemed to contradict his thinking, suggesting that Prilosec and similar medicines can cause heart problems. What’s […]

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Tags: acid-reducing histamine-2 blockers, angina, anti-inflammatory medications, aspirin, bleeding ulcer, blood thinner, cardio, cigarettes, Clostridium difficile, Dr. Robert Ashley, gastroesophageal reflux, heart


Ask the Doctors - Should I take CoQ10 with my statin?

March 5, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Should I take CoQ10 with my statin?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: Many doctors in my area recommend CoQ10 in conjunction with statin drugs to reduce or eliminate muscle pain. It has worked for my wife, and we have heard lots of anecdotal evidence from friends who use it. What’s the evidence behind the use of CoQ10 with statins? Dear Reader: First, let’s take a […]

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Tags: acute kidney failure, atherosclerosis, coenzyme, CoQ10, Dr. Robert Ashley, heart attacks, lower cholesterol levels, muscle, pain, pain management, statin, strokes


Celebrating Heart Month – Tip #9

February 21, 2017

Celebrating Heart Month – Tip #9

By uclahealth uclahealth

Eating a Mediterranean diet pattern reduces heart attacks, strokes and death! Learn more about Heart Services at UCLA.

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Tags: heart attacks, heart disease, heart facts, heart health, heart health tips, Heart Month, Mediterranean diet, strokes, UCLA Women's Cardiovascular Center, women's health



Celebrating Heart Month – Fact #9

February 11, 2017

Celebrating Heart Month – Fact #9

By uclahealth uclahealth

Heart attacks peak during the holidays! The highest risk days are December 26, followed by December 25, followed by New Year’s Day. Learn more about Heart Services at UCLA.

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Tags: heart attacks, heart disease, heart facts, heart health, Heart Month, holidays, New Year’s Day, UCLA Women's Cardiovascular Center, women's health