Heart Disease

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illustration of the heart

Illustration by Eric Pierce / CC BY-SA 3.0

How the heart works: Blood enters the heart from the body through the inferior and superior vena cavas, and collects in the right atrium (left side of illustration). It travels through the tricuspid valve into the right ventricle, which pumps blood to the lungs through the pulmonary arteries. In the lungs, the blood drops off carbon dioxide and picks up oxygen and then returns to the left atrium. It enters the left ventricle through the mitral valve, and gets pumped back out to the body via the aorta.

Heart disease is at an all time high due to the American diet, smoking, stress and other factors. FAIM attends conferences to further the education of the public on beneficial life styles for prevention.

What Is a Healthy Cholesterol Level?

A healthy cholesterol level is more than your total cholesterol number, says Dr. Stephen Sinatra, who stresses that it must also take into account your cholesterol fractions.

What Causes Heart Attacks

What if the conventional view that the cause of heart disease occurs in the arteries is wrong? This article describes the precise and well- documented events that actually lead to heart attacks.

A New Way of Looking at Heart Disease and Novel Treatment Options

We have an epidemic of heart disease in this country and the conventional treatments, such as the use of statin drugs and surgeries involving artery bypasses and stents, typically do not work well. So, what does?

Natural health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola interviews book author Dr. Thomas Cowan, on his book Human Heart, Cosmic Heart: A Doctor’s Quest to Understand, Treat, and Prevent Cardiovascular Disease.

Why You Should Take Your Apple Cider Vinegar at Night

While some of the amazing abilities of apple cider vinegar (ACV) are anecdotal others are corroborated by clinical studies. But how would taking “ACV” before bed help you? It has the potential to drastically improve the health and wellness of half the population.

Do You Really Need That Surgery?

With many diagnoses, pressure to do something comes from a belief that action is preferable to inaction. But the reality is that the human body can heal and that all of our actions have unintended consequences. Thus, inaction can often be the preferred course.

Put Your Heart in Your Mouth

Heart disease and other manifestations of atherosclerosis show no signs of declining. All the efforts of our medicine, our governments, our pharmaceutical industry and our food industry are not making any difference whatsoever. The “War on Heart Disease” that they declared decades ago is being lost. Read this book to find out what we are doing wrong and how you can prevent heart disease.

Ouabain, Nature's Perfect but Forgotten Remedy for Heart Disease

Could it be, that the best treatment for heart disease was already discovered over 150 years ago, but nowadays even alternative medicine has forgotten about it?

A New Fighting Chance: Silver Solution

Dr. Gordon Pedersen has put together a chronicle on the cutting edge ability of structured silver solution's ability to safely destroy bacteria, viruses and yeast. Learn the application of silver for many chronic and acute illnesses.

Hydrogen Water: Drink to Better Health

Is the effect of drinking hydrogen water too good to be true? Dr. Whitaker thought so at first. But the deeper he delved into the hundreds of scientific papers examining the effects of hydrogen therapy, also called molecular hydrogen or H2 therapy, on scores of health challenges, the more he became convinced this is a true scientific breakthrough.

Don't Believe the Hype About Statin Drugs

Many doctors believe statin drugs are helpful for “secondary prevention” for patients with serious cardiovascular disease who have already suffered a heart attack or stroke. In this high-risk group, the “number needed to treat” (NNT) for statin drugs to save one life over five years is 83. Considering the toxicity of these drugs, clearly more people will be harmed than helped.

The Forbidden Fat You Should Be Eating

Dietary fats are greatly misunderstood. Most people don’t know which are healthful and which are harmful. Of all the fats, saturated fats may be among the most misunderstood of all. They’re found in red and processed meats, dairy, and eggs. Find out why they are essential and actually good for you.

Do Fats and Cholesterol Really Cause Heart Disease, or Have We Got It Wrong?

The truth is that we humans cannot live without cholesterol and animal fats! Our bodies are made out of cholesterol and fats to quite a large degree! Every cell in our bodies produces cholesterol and fats all the time during all of our lives.

Magnesium: Important in so Many Ways

Magnesium is almost as basic as air and water for healthy living. For those who are ill and magnesium deficient taking magnesium is almost like taking a breath, when one is out of air. When one combines transdermal magnesium therapy with magnesium bicarbonate water one can expect dramatic results as one would expect in an emergency room or intensive care unit when taking these medicines intravenously.

Vitamin E: A New Perspective in Nutrition and Health

The emerging research on Vitamin E suggests there is a synergistic effects when all of the aspects of Vitamin E, tocopherols and tocotrienols, are combined. Cancer, heart disease, inflammatory conditions and neurological diseases have shown benefit using a complete form of Vitamin E.

Inflammation-Aging Link Confirmed

Inflammation is vital to healing. The heat, tenderness, swelling and redness surrounding a wound show us that the body is marshaling its healing response. However, in many people, inflammation has escaped its local, temporary boundaries and is happening throughout the body, all the time.

Avoid the Metformin Bandwagon

What are the preferred natural alternatives to metformin? The botanical berberine stands out as the obvious number one alternative. Berberine is safer and equal to or superior to metformin. For example, for treatment of type-2 diabetes, insulin resistance and the high lipid levels resulting from insulin resistance, berberine is equal (in blood sugar and insulin resistance regulating effect) or superior (in lowering high lipids) to metformin. For heart disease Berberine has not been reported to cause low blood sugar, vitamin B12 or folate deficiency, raise homocysteine levels, or increase the risk of heart attacks.

Innovations in Nitric Oxide Diagnostics and Therapeutics

It is well-documented that the most prevalent cardiovascular, metabolic and cognitive disorders impacting healthcare are largely the result of the loss of available nitric oxide (NO) in the body. NO deficiency is the basis for endothelial dysfunction which underlies the development of these disorders that plague the population. Consequently, NO is considered the molecule that now offers the means for profoundly altering the disturbing trends in public health.

The Great Cholesterol Myth Cookbook

The Great Cholesterol Myth Cookbook provides a detailed, yet easy-to-understand explanation of what it really means to eat for heart health. Authors Stephen Sinatra, MD, Jonny Bowden, PhD, and Deirdre Rawlings, ND, PhD provide a robust, detailed meal plan and roadmap to prevent and reverse heart disease.

Folate vs. Folic Acid

Discover the stunning truth behind this essential "vitamin" – and the simple switch that's much, much better for you.

Dispelling the Big Fat Myths: Part 2

There are many misconceptions about dietary fats and oils. This is unfortunate because fats are absolutely essential to maintain optimal health. Learn which fats are good for you.

Dispelling the Big Fat Myths: Part 1

There are many misconceptions about dietary fats and oils. This is unfortunate because fats are absolutely essential to maintain optimal health. Learn the importance of fats and which ones to avoid.

Lifestyle for Longevity

What is a good lifestyle to insure great heart health and long life? Should you eat saturated fats or not? Does your cholesterol really matter? How much exercise is necessary? Read what Dr. Sinatra, cardiologist, has to share and take the Heart Health Questionnaire to see how you fare.

Meaningful Blood Tests for Cardiovascular Risk Assessment

Could an array of blood tests other than cholesterol tell you the most about your heart health? Learn the latest about tests that will help you monitor your heart health before you are stricken with a heart attack or stroke.

Beware of NSAIDs, Especially After a Heart Attack

NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) have the potential to affect the kidneys and liver, contribute to high blood pressure in women, and cause intestinal bleeding. Some research suggests that NSAIDs are cardio-toxic. Dr. Stephen Sinatra warns patients not to take them on a regular basis for any length of time.

Sidestepping Stroke: The Sinatra Prevention Plan

More than three quarters of a million Americans are affected by stroke each year and the deficits encountered by survivors make stroke a leading cause of functional disability. Dr. Stephen Sinatra offers a comprehensive stroke prevention plan.

The Great Cholesterol Myth

Learn how to look at cholesterol and heart disease differently. This book is vital for anyone with heart disease, high cholesterol, taking statins, or if you simply want to protect yourself from heart disease in the future.

Reversing Heart Disease

Learn about the world's very best treatments for arteriosclerosis known as hardening of the arteries via plaque deposits.

What's Cooking? Nutritional Series

Heart MD Institute has launched a cooking video series with Dr. Sinatra and his son, Step, preparing heart-healthy organic meals.

Why Women Should Stop Their Cholesterol Lowering Medication

Dr. Mark Hyman discusses a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine that found statins increase the risk of getting diabetes by 71 percent in post-menopausal women. Since diabetes is a major cause of heart disease, this study calls into question current recommendations and guidelines for women to take statins to prevent heart attacks (called primary prevention) and suggests they may do more harm than good.

Hormonal Heart Help

Dr. David Williams introduces Strodival (ouabain) as a way to stop angina and help prevent the situation from progressing to a full-blown, possibly fatal, heart attack.

G-Strophanthin: A "New" Approach for Heart Disease

An African plant called "strophanthin gratus" has proven to be very effective for angina pectoris and myocardial infarction. This is backed by much research and actual results in clinics. But the benefits of strophanthin relate to more than just heart disease.

EECP for Angina and Heart Failure

Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) is a non-invasive procedure for patients with angina or known coronary artery disease.

Cardiovascular Health and CRP: Statins Are Not the Answer

Dr. Julian Whitaker stresses the therapeutic powers of diet, nutrition, exercise, and all-natural hormonal and dietary supplements in a balanced approach to health and wellness. He addresses heart disease, cholesterol and the common blood test for inflammation, C-Reactive Protein and the use of statin drugs. Are they friend or foe?

Heart Failure Roundup: The CoQ10, Fish Oil, Statin Connection

Dr. Sinatra shares information on the role that CoQ10, fish oil and other supplements play in heart health. He takes a close look at statin drugs and cholesterol. FAIM's goal is to help broaden prospectives through education and thanks Dr. Sinatra for sharing this vital information with our readers.

Heart MD Institute

Heart MD Institute is a free online educational resource about integrative medicine. Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a board certified cardiologist, certified nutrition specialist, certified bioenergetic psychotherapist and anti-aging specialist, founded Heart MD Institute to promote a medicinal model based on integrative strategies and inspire the "inner healers" within everyone.

Devil in the Milk Research Update

In this article Keith Woodford, author of the Devil in the Milk, provides updates on recent research on BCM7, what he calls "the milk devil."

Devil in the Milk

FAIM is always on the lookout for interesting concepts in health. It has come to our attention that there is a possible issue with milk. Since the public consumes so much dairy we felt it was important to share Keith Woodford's research.

Dr. Stephen Sinatra on Food and Earthing

Dr. Sinatra studies heart disease from a nontraditional perspective, immersing himself in the study of bioenergetic analysis, nutrition and healthy lifestyle to achieve speedier recoveries and improved health for his patients.

ISSSEEM Conference on Sacred Synthesis: Science with Heart

The theme for 2009 ISSSEEM conference was "Sacred Synthesis: Science with Heart." ISSSEEM is an interdisciplinary society with interest in the energetic component within many disciplines including quantum physics, therapeutic modalities, healing, psychology, consciousness, and the understanding of our multidimensional existence.

American College for Advancement in Medicine Conference on Cardiovascular Disease

Titled, "Cardiovascular Disease and Inflammation: an Integrative Approach," the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) event drew nationally and internationally known physicians and research experts to teach practicing clinicians about the latest breakthroughs and scientific advances relevant to the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Fourfold Path to Healing, Raleigh, North Carolina

At a time in history when strongly held nutritional beliefs are beginning to be questioned, information shared at the Fourfold Path to Healing Conference shed new light on healthy living, eating and movement.