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For stroke, pre-diabetes and coronary heart disease, physical activity seems to be as good as popping a pill

Posted February 9, 2014

Doctors should consider prescribing exercise as well as medication for some common conditions, a new study suggests. It found that exercise affects outcomes about equally as well as prescription drugs for coronary heart disease, pre-diabetes and stroke. The research did not specify which types of exercise work best for the different conditions.

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Here’s The Easiest Way to Lower Heart Disease Risk by 25%

Posted January 9, 2014

The report explains that men who reported that they skipped breakfast had a higher risk of heart attack or death from coronary artery disease. The scientists determined that timing of meals, ranging from missing a meal in the morning to eating a meal very late at night, may cause adverse metabolic effects that lead to heart disease.

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Acupuncture For Coronary Heart Disease – New Discovery

Posted December 6, 2013

An important new acupuncture study from the Department of Nuclear Medicine at Peking University Shenzhen Hospital successfully measured improvements in blood flow to the heart for patients with coronary heart disease (CHD). Using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), researchers discovered that needling two specific acupuncture points caused significant improvements in patients with CHD. Acupuncture successfully increased “blood perfusion of ischemic myocardium.”

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Effects of coenzyme Q10 supplementation (300 mg/day) on antioxidation and anti-inflammation in coronary artery disease patients during statins therapy: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial

Posted November 6, 2013

High oxidative stress and chronic inflammation can contribute to the pathogenesis of coronary artery disease (CAD). Coenzyme Q10 is an endogenous lipid-soluble antioxidant. Statins therapy can reduce the biosynthesis of coenzyme Q10. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of a coenzyme Q10 supplement (300 mg/d; 150 mg/b.i.d) on antioxidation and anti-inflammation in patients who have CAD during statins therapy.

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Features of complementary and alternative medicine use by patients with coronary artery disease in Beijing: a cross-sectional study

Posted October 28, 2013

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is commonly used in China for the management of coronary artery disease (CAD). However, few studies have been conducted to investigate the prevalence, perceived effectiveness, types, and reasons of CAM use in patients diagnosed with CAD.

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Skipping Breakfast May Increase Coronary Heart Disease Risk

Posted July 23, 2013

Here’s more evidence why breakfast may be the most important meal of the day: Men who reported that they regularly skipped breakfast had a higher risk of a heart attack or fatal coronary heart disease in a study reported in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

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Vitamin D Levels for Preventing Acute Coronary Syndrome and Mortality: Evidence of a Nonlinear Association

Posted May 7, 2013

Low serum calcidiol has been associated with multiple comorbidities and mortality but no “safe” range has been found for the upper concentration. Objective: We aim to establish the upper threshold of serum calcidiol, beyond which there is an increased risk for acute coronary syndrome and/or mortality.

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Vitamin D Level Predicts Death in CABG

Posted January 23, 2013

Low vitamin D levels before coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery predicted worse outcomes after 3 months, results of a retrospective study showed. Patients with vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency, defined by levels of 25(OH)D, had significantly higher 90-day mortality after CABG than those who had sufficient levels of the vitamin (OR 5.24 and OR 4.61, respectively), Takuhiro Moromizato, MD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and colleagues reported during an oral session at the Society of Critical Care Medicine meeting.

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No Link Found Between Calcium Intake And Coronary Artery Calcification

Posted November 9, 2012

Researchers at the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) at Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School (HMS), have published a study that shows no evidence of a link between calcium intake and coronary artery calcification, reassuring adults who take calcium supplements for bone health that the supplements do not appear to result in the development of calcification of blood vessels.

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High Fatty Acid Intake Lessens Risk for CHD

Posted July 9, 2012

Higher levels of omega-6 fatty acid in the blood were associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), results of a nested case-control study found.

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