Heart and Cardiovascular

  1. Heart failure linked to low D

    This one simple nutrient can STOP heart failure

    Every day's a little shorter now, and that can mean only one thing: It's harder than ever to get your vitamin D!

    Most folks don't get what they need even at high noon in summer, simply because they don't go outside or (wisely) cover up when they do.

    But it's an even bigger struggle to generate D in autumn. If you go outside, the shorter days and changing angle of the Earth combined make it tougher for your body to generate the vitamin, even in ideal circumstances.

    It's time to fix that -- and fast -- as new research shows just what's on the line.

    The stakes are a whole lot bigger than you might think, as the study finds that low D can lead directly to heart failure.

    That's a condition so deadly every day can feel like borrowed time. Half of all the folks who develop the condition are dead within five years, and the sad reality is that many die a whole lot sooner.

    One way to avoid it? Boost your D, because the new study finds low intake will dramatically increase your risk of heart failure.

    When I say"dramatically," I'm not exaggerating.

    Normally, we talk about factors that can increase your risk of something by 20 percent, 30 percent, or 50 percent. Maybe some really bad risk factors will double or triple your odds.

    Those are big numbers, but they're not even close to what we're talking about here.

    The new study of older folks finds low D will increase your risk of heart failure by more than 1,200 percent!

    The study was an analysis of medical records, not a clinical trial, so it doesn't show why D can play such a big role in heart failure.

    But there's a basic biological reason for it.

    Earlier studies have found that vitamin D can increase what's known as ejection fraction, or the amount of blood pumped out of the heart with every beat.

    The lower the ejection fraction, the more risk you face. And if it sinks too low, you've got heart failure.

    Get the D you need as part of a healthy lifestyle, and you just might be able to prevent your ejection fraction from dipping into that danger zone.

    D is also essential to bone health, immune function, cancer protection, and more -- so, make sure you're getting plenty of it all year long.

    The best and most consistent way is with a D3 supplement. Most folks should take between 2,000 and 5,000 IU per day, but your needs will depend on your own risk factors, so speak to your doctor.

  2. HDL cholesterol boosted with almonds

    Go nuts over this cholesterol cure

    It's a natural treatment for cholesterol so simple that it's NUTS more doctors don't recommend it.

    But that could be about to change in a big way.

    New research shows how almonds can succeed where billions of dollars in research has failed -- and that's by improving your HDL cholesterol safely and effectively.

    HDL is the important "good" cholesterol that sweeps through and cleans up the bad stuff.

    Just a handful of almonds a day can raise those levels -- and that's, of course, good news.

    But let's talk more about cholesterol for a moment before I give you some even better news about nuts.

    All most doctors care about is the number: how much of it you have. And often, it's the only thing researchers even bother to look at.

    But cholesterol is more complicated, and the number alone isn't the only important measure.

    HOW it's used is every bit as important as HOW MUCH you have.

    And once again, it's almonds for the win, because the new study looks at this bigger picture and finds that these nuts not only increase HDL cholesterol, but also improve how it's used.

    Eating almonds each day can raise your levels of what's known as alpha-1 HDL cholesterol particles -- by a stunning 19 percent.

    If your "good" cholesterol is a sweeper of the "bad," then normal HDL particles are like a good broom... while the alpha-1 particles are more like a street cleaner. They're bigger, more powerful, and more effective.

    Because they're bigger, they can haul out more of the excess LDL cholesterol that you don't want building up inside your arteries. And bigger particles pulling out more cholesterol means an improvement in how well your HDL is working, which is measured with something called HDL function.

    And once again, it's almonds for the win: The study finds eating them daily will boost HDL function by 6.4 percent.

    You don't have to limit yourself to almonds. Studies show nuts overall pack big-time health benefits, not only helping to control cholesterol but also fighting off major diseases including cancer.

    Eating nuts has two other benefits as well.

    First, nuts are filling, which makes you less likely to snack on other junk. And second, when you're eating nuts, you're NOT eating chips and candy.

    It's addition by subtraction.

    I should add a note of caution here: It's easy to overdo it when it comes to nuts. Not only are they easy to overeat, but there are plenty of nut options out there that are more sugar than nut.

    If you want the benefits, avoid flavored and coated nuts and stick to the real deal instead... and in reasonable portions.

  3. Blood pressure problem linked to dementia

    What your doctor keeps missing about blood pressure You know you're supposed to keep your blood pressure down. But that's only PART of the picture. Today, I'm going to let you in on the rest of the story... the chapter missing from your doctor's book. If he checks every few months or once a year, and he only worries about...
  4. Calcium in circulation could boost heart risk

    The heart attack risk factor your doc won't mention It could be the single biggest risk factor for a heart attack. No, it's not your cholesterol, despite all the hype. And it's not your blood pressure, either. It's not even your weight! It's NOT ANY of the conditions your doctor is probably hounding you over. In fact, it's just the...
  5. Depression linked to heart risk

    EVERY heart patient needs to watch for this warning sign When you've got heart disease, you know what's on the line. One American dies of this condition every 49 seconds -- so, every single minute matters, and every single day is like a bonus. Now, the latest research reveals one MAJOR risk factor that could add years to your life...
  6. Stroke survivors face hidden risks

    Survived a stroke? Here's what you need to know It's the scare of a lifetime. And if you've survived a stroke and come out the other side -- miraculously, with no real damage -- consider yourself lucky. But I also want you to consider something else: You're not out of the woods yet! It might SEEM like you got off...
  7. CT scan radiation linked to heart risk

    What your last heart screening REALLY did to you Back when I was a kid, comic books would use radiation exposure to transform regular people into one of two things: either superheroes or supervillains. Today, those same characters have moved from the comics to the big screen, where they earn billions at the box office. And that radiation? It's also...
  8. Bone drug could boost heart risk

    Dangerous drug reject is coming back to haunt you It's the frightening tale of a deadly threat... and just when you think it's been killed, it rises from the grave to strike again! This isn't a spooky film from the late-summer box office. It's a real-life horror story unfolding right now in the halls of the FDA, where a drug...
  9. Weight loss protects against heart failure

    Spot your heart risk with this one easy step You can't get a heart scan any old time you feel like it. But you CAN get a glimpse of the health of your heart easily enough -- and it's with something that's probably sitting in the bathroom right now. It's your scale. Some folks step on it every morning. Others...
  10. Heart disease linked to low iron

    Could IRON protect you from heart disease? When it comes to iron levels, think of Johnny Cash... and keep a close watch on that heart of yours. Because a just-out study finds a direct link between iron levels and heart risk. If you're falling short in this mineral, then your risk of coronary artery disease jumps. But if you get...
  11. Blood pressure meds boost fall risk

    Cutting your blood pressure can HURT you It's supposed to be your blood pressure that drops. Instead, it could be YOU that takes the plunge! New research exposes the ugly toll of trying to meet the aggressive blood pressure targets being pushed on older patients by mainstream researchers. And it finds that, sure, you CAN hit the ultra-low goal of...
  12. Nutrient defeats heart disease inflammation

    Beat the damage of heart disease... naturally! If you want to fight aging -- and who doesn't? -- forget the years on the calendar. You're obviously not going to change those. But you CAN take action against one of the other signs of aging, and it's the one responsible for just about all of the chronic diseases you face as...
  13. Heart attack can follow a broken heart

    How a "broken heart" can actually break your heart It's not just a figure of speech. We've all heard of folks who "died of a broken heart." You might even know of someone who died shortly after the loss of a spouse, family member, or close friend. Now, the latest research shows how it happens -- how the genuine emotional...
  14. Wallpaper fungus can release toxins in your home

    The poison hiding in your home Are you secretly being POISONED? I know that sounds paranoid... possibly even insane. But it could be happening to you, right now -- and you won't even know it! This isn't the kind of poison you see in the movies, where one sip of a spiked drink can make you sick. But odds are...
  15. Heart disease deadlier with depression

    Survive heart disease by dodging this secret risk factor Heart disease doesn't need any help as it tries to kill you. It's already plenty deadly all by its lonesome. But odds are, it's getting some assistance -- and that extra help is coming from where you least expect it. If you're ignoring stress, anxiety, depression, and other mood problems... if...
  16. Heart disease risks hidden in women

    The 'hidden' heart risk in women Is heart disease a man's disease? Not on your life, ladies -- and if you ignore the risk, as MILLIONS do, that's exactly what'll be on the line. Your life. It's not your fault. It's your own doctor that's to blame here, because a new survey finds that he has absolutely NO CLUE how...
  17. Curcumin wipes out liver fat

    Melt away the most DANGEROUS type of fat... effortlessly A little extra belly fat is easy enough to cover up. Loose clothes and a tighter belt might not be comfortable, but no one will know you've gained a couple of pounds. Except you. You'll be painfully aware of it -- literally, if the belt is so tight you can hardly...
  18. Vitamin D 'dangers' are a dumb exaggeration

    Is your vitamin D hurting you? Vitamin D... dangerous???? C'mon. You know it isn't. I know it isn't. But mainstream doctors want you to think it's practically poison. They're making big headlines with their latest attack on the sunshine vitamin, claiming the supplements that millions rely on daily to boost their health can actually hurt them instead. The study finds...
  19. Inflammation levels slashed with magnesium

    The best $1 you’ll ever spend on your health It's the disease-beating miracle the world has been looking for -- and it's been hiding in plain sight all along! You'll find it in just about every pharmacy... every vitamin shop... every supermarket... and online. And you can pick up your own supply of this medical marvel for about $1 a...
  20. Traditional Chinese medicine helps heart disease

    MAJOR VICTORY: Study backs natural medicine for heart patients A major new study from the mainstream backs traditional Chinese medicine for both patients with heart disease AND folks at risk for the condition. Yet the doctors behind it couldn't resist taking a few cheap potshots at the entire field anyway! The study reviewed some 50 clinical trials and found big-time...

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