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Dr. Bennett Werner
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Heart Diseases (Definition)

Heart disease is a condition in which a person has problems within his or her vascular system and heart, which includes both congenital birth defects and problems acquired later. Examples of heart disease include clogging (atherosclerosis) of the coronary (heart) arteries, heart attacks (obstructions of the arteries), damaged heart valves, heart muscle failure, and viral infections of the heart. Some major causes of heart disease include genetics, smoking, hypertension, high ...Read more


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How are levels of HDL and LDL linked to heart disease?

How are levels of HDL and LDL linked to heart disease?

Lipids: In general HDL helps keep fatty deposits from forming in blood vessels and LDL helps form fatty deposits in blood vessels. Blocked heart blood vessels by fatty deposits and their evolution cause heart disease. ...Read more

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Family history Atherosclerosis would a diet high in olive oils saturated fat meats eggs be good for HDL less Carbs and less sugar be more healthy?

Family history Atherosclerosis would a diet high in olive oils saturated fat meats eggs be good for HDL less Carbs
and less sugar be more healthy?

Leaner diet.: From a traditional point of view, we would not generally recommend such a diet for an individual potentially prone to coronary artery disease. Low fat diet is recommended, with a leaning towards pony- and mono-unsaturated fats (like fish oil). Less sugar, yes, but less carbohydrates, no - just pick the right carbohydrates - complex, with fiber. ...Read more

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Lipid panel: ttl cholesterol- 159, hdl- 45, ldl- 102, triglycerides- 61, cholesterol/hdlc ratio- 3.5, non hdl- 114. Is this good with heart disease?

Lipid panel: ttl cholesterol- 159, hdl- 45, ldl- 102, triglycerides- 61, cholesterol/hdlc ratio- 3.5, non hdl- 114. Is this good with heart disease?

Depends on the natur: If it is coronary artery disease, then this lipid profile needs to be improved further. The goal is to get LDL down to <70mg/dl. This can be achieved with daily exercise for 30-45 minutes, avoid any saturated fats in diet or cooking and increase the dose of statin being used. Your cardiologist should help to titerate the statin dose further. ...Read more

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What causes 'clogged' arteries to the heart, saturated fat or cholesterol?

What causes 'clogged' arteries to the heart, saturated fat or cholesterol?

LDL: Low density lipoprotein, the so called bad cholesterol, causes artherosclerosis which can make artery narrow, medical term is stenosis. ...Read more

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What is worse cholesterol or saturated fat for the heart and arteries?

What is worse cholesterol or saturated fat for the heart and arteries?

Saturated fat: Saturated (and trans) fats increase bad LDL cholesterol the most. Dietary cholesterol has a minor effect on LDL cholesterol, and actually increases good HDL cholesterol. So the focus should be on cutting saturated fat from meat and dairy fats. Critical point is to replace fats not cut them. So eat more unsaturated vegetable fats rather than more carbs. This a feature of the mediterranean diet. ...Read more

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How can saturated fats increase LDL (bad) cholesterol levels?

See below: Please consult this site for information on the topic. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/fats-full-story/ ...Read more

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How could HDL and LDL lead to coronary heart disease?

How could HDL and LDL lead to coronary heart disease?

Atherogenic: High LDL and low HDL both promote the development and progression of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) which is the cause of blocked arteries in chd. ...Read more

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How does saturated fat raise HDL cholesterol levels and polyunsaturated fat raise ldl?

How does saturated fat raise HDL cholesterol levels and polyunsaturated fat raise ldl?

Other way 'round!: If you want to lower your "bad" ldl, less saturated and more polyunsaturated fat is important. To raise your "good" hdl, lose weight, exercise and drink modestly (eg, one glass of red wine daily). If you are a smoker, stop. ...Read more

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Is it true that trans fat is linked with raising your blood's HDL cholesterol levels and and increase in risk of heart disease?

Is it true that trans fat is linked with raising your blood's HDL cholesterol levels and and increase in risk of heart disease?

Raise LDL, Heart dz.: Meats have some transfats, but most are manmade. Transfats are made by hydrogenating oils, which turns them into solids (shortening). Transfats are used in processed foods b/c they last longer on shelf that way -- cookies/pie crusts/chips/popcorn/donuts/creamer/margarine. They raise LDL (bad) and lower HDL (good) cholesterol, which leads to heart disease. Saturated fats are just as bad! ...Read more

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Fat in nuts lowers hdl-cholesterol, or the fat in nuts lowers ldl- cholesterol?

Fat in nuts lowers hdl-cholesterol, or the fat in nuts lowers ldl- cholesterol?

Nuts good for HDL: Eating nuts tends to increase HDL (good) cholesterol and decrease LDL (bad) cholesterol. The effect is larger if triglycerides are also elevated. See this excellent review paper for more information: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc3257681 also remember that weight loss and exercise improve cardiovascular risk substantially. ...Read more

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Which foods have HDL cholesterol?

Diet & exercise: Moderate exercise (about 30 minutes 5 times a week) reduces LDL cholesterol and raises HDL cholesterol. Smoking can lower HDL levels, so stop smoking if you do. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein. Include monounsaturated fats in your diet- olive oil/canola oil. Moderate consumption of alcohol may also positively impact HDL levels. 1 glass of wine a day. ...Read more

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Does eating saturated fat decrease your chance of developing heart disease?

Does eating saturated fat decrease your chance of developing heart disease?

NO: Saturated fats may actually be a factor in increasing LDL (bad) cholesterol. Changing to mono or poly UN saturated fats may improve it. Weight loss, exercising, not smoking and not being sedentary, (as well as controlling Hypertension, Diabetes and Hyperlipidemia) are the best ticket to good health, independently of age ...Read more

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Are monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats good for everybody?

Are monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats good for everybody?

Yes: Both these types of fat have been shown to reduce bad LDL cholesterol and increase good HDL cholesterol. Like any fat, they contain calories, so any extra fat should replace existing calories from saturated fat or carbohydrates. ...Read more

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What foods have high polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats in them?

What foods have high polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats in them?

Various plant based: Not healthy, despite marketing, high in omega 6 ; 9, not 3 fatty acids. Study videos: big fat lies, mcgovern's report, how the government makes you fat, stossel debunking food myths, science for smart people, fatchance.Html. Dietdoctor.Com/about ; many other references. Cholesterol is made by every one of our cells; wrong issue! correct issue lipoproteins. Hflc, not lchf, foods improve ldl. ...Read more

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Losing weight through exercise and healthier eating and taking meds, but total cholesterol, non-hdl cholesterol, bilirubin, and creatinine levels high?

How high?: Slight elevation in creatinine may be due to increased muscle mass, dehydration, increased protein intake, but should be evaluated by your doctor. Slightly elevated bilirubin may be a "normal" variant or the effect of vigorous excercise. High cholesterol and non-hdl cholesterol may need additional intervention by your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the effects of cholesterol, saturated fat and lack of fitness on someone with heart disease?

What are the effects of cholesterol, saturated fat and lack of fitness on someone with heart disease?

All bad.: A diet high in cholesterol and saturated fat and a lack of overall fitness or efforts at exercise is presumed to help progression or development of heart disease and the risk factors for such. ...Read more

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Does eating saturated fat decrease your chance of developing heart disease?

NO: Saturated fats may actually be a factor in increasing LDL (bad) cholesterol. Changing to mono or poly UN saturated fats may improve it. Weight loss, exercising, not smoking and not being sedentary, (as well as controlling Hypertension, Diabetes and Hyperlipidemia) are the best ticket to good health, independently of age ...Read more

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What does the current literature say about saturated fats? Is there evidence that consumption of saturated fats causes heart disease/atherosclerosis?

What does the current literature say about saturated fats? Is there evidence that consumption of saturated fats causes heart disease/atherosclerosis?

Dietary fat, & heart: One succinct summary (UpToDate) of the current literature (as of Oct 2014): 1. Saturated (animal) and monounsaturated fats have unknown effects on heart disease. 2. trans fats (particularly high in hydrogenated vegetable oils/solid margarine) contribute to heart disease. 3. Omega-3 and possibly omega-6 polyunsaturated fats protect against heart disease. (canola&olive oil, nuts/seeds) ...Read more

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Is there data showing saturated fat increases congenital heart disease mortality?

Is there data showing saturated fat increases congenital heart disease mortality?

Not really.: Increased consumption of saturated fat by the pregnant woman can deplete Folic Acid stores in her body and increase the risk of having a fetus with cardiac defect, especially if the mother is obese. Take 1-5 mg of Folic Acid daily if you want to prevent up to 75% of fetal cardiac defects - before conception and for your whole reproductive life. ...Read more

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If i eat organic extra virgin unrefined coconut oil, and my cholesterol stays perfect, even though im eating sat fats, is my risk of heart disease big?

If i eat organic extra virgin unrefined coconut oil, and my cholesterol stays perfect, even though im eating sat fats, is my risk of heart disease big?

Insufficient info: Risk of heart disease depends on heredity, weight, smoking, diabetes, exercise, lipid levels and more. It would be prudent to consult your doctor for an evaluation of all these issues. It would be good to avoid saturated fats. ...Read more

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Is it true that trans fat is linked with raising your blood's HDL cholesterol levels and and increase in risk of heart disease?

Raise LDL, Heart dz.: Meats have some transfats, but most are manmade. Transfats are made by hydrogenating oils, which turns them into solids (shortening). Transfats are used in processed foods b/c they last longer on shelf that way -- cookies/pie crusts/chips/popcorn/donuts/creamer/margarine. They raise LDL (bad) and lower HDL (good) cholesterol, which leads to heart disease. Saturated fats are just as bad! ...Read more

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Can high cholesterol cause heart disease?

Yes: High cholesterol (mainly the ldl) is a risk factor for development of coronary artery disease. It is most important in patients with other "risk factors" like diabetes, smoking, hypertension, family history & obesity. ...Read more

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What percentage of people with high cholesterol get heart disease?

What percentage of people with high cholesterol get heart disease?

Depends: Dear jaguar, this is a great question. It all comes down to how many other risk factors someone has for heart disease, including smoking, diabetes, hypertension, obesity (the modifiable risk factors), and age and male gender (unmodifiable risk factors). The more risk factors someone has, the higher their risk of heart disease; high cholesterol is one component of comprehensive risk assessment. ...Read more

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Is mega doses vit c really helpful for heart disease or cholesterol?

Is mega doses vit c really helpful for heart disease or cholesterol?

No: Large doses of anti oxidants vitamin a c and e have all failed to show cardivascular benefits. Consuming large doses of vitamins can be harmful as well . Most of the time the body excretes excess vitamins and doesnt utilize it. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how are ldl, hdl, and cholesterol related to heart disease?

Can you tell me how are ldl, hdl, and cholesterol related to heart disease?

HDL good, LDL bad: High density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) is protective and low density lipoprotein cholesterol (ldl) is a risk factor for heart disease. Total cholesterol is more or less a sum of these two values plus a contribution from triglycerides. See this site for more info. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/diagnostics-testing/laboratory-tests/lipid-blood-tests.aspx. ...Read more

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I eat many cholesterol-filled foods and am afraid of heart disease due to family history. How to prevent this?

I eat many cholesterol-filled foods and am afraid of heart disease due to family history. How to prevent this?

Check: First check your cholesterol levels. Depending on levels you may or may not need treatment with medications. With a family history of heart disease, it would be best to maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, avoid smoking, and be on a heart healthy diet. ...Read more

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Has it been scientifically proven that high cholesterol is dangerous? Is there a proven link between high cholesterol and heart disease?

Has it been scientifically proven that high cholesterol is dangerous? Is there a proven link between high cholesterol and heart disease?

Depends on how high: The Framingham Study, the seminal research study on heart disease, done in the late 80's called into question the focus on cholesterol. A recent British journal of Medicine review did the same and indicated limited value of statins. It appears that cholesterol over 250 along with diabetes and elevated triglycerides is extremely dangerous. Other than that, not confirmed scientifically. ...Read more

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I have a strong family history of premature heart disease, BP is 135/90, LDL 130, non smoker. Should i be treated for cholesterol lowering pill?

I have a strong family history of premature heart disease, BP is 135/90, LDL 130, non smoker. Should i be treated for cholesterol lowering pill?

Not yet: There is not enough evidence to recommend that people like you take a statin for primary prevention at this time. Follow a heart healthy diet which is low in saturated fats and avoid concentrated sweets and reduce starches like pasta,potatoes,bread and rice. Keep your weight ideal and your blood pressure around 120/80. Regular exercise is advisable. Periodic treadmill stress test is advisable. ...Read more

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I exercise, eat well, and am at a healthy weight. I have high lp(a) cholesterol and some genetic risks for heart disease. How can I reduce my risk?

I exercise, eat well, and am at a healthy weight. I have high lp(a) cholesterol and some genetic risks for heart disease. How can I reduce my risk?

Risk: Heightened risk is operational each day,give serious consideration to empirical consumption of a statin ,antiplatelet,an ACEI and a beta blocker.Look up discussions of "polypill" http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/expert-answers/polypill/faq-20058083 ...Read more

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How does HDL cholesterol affect your chance of developing heart disease?

High HDL lowers risk: You want your HDL to be as high as possible. A high HDL lowers the risk for coronary artery disease and other forms of vascular disease. The best way to raise your HDL is regular aerobic exercise, ideally 150 minutes /week, spread over 4-5 days. ...Read more

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Is it true that high cholesterol is the cause of heart disease and stroke?

Is it true that high cholesterol is the cause of heart disease and stroke?

Yes: High cholesterol (especially LDL - "bad cholesterol") is one of the risk factors for both stroke and heart disease. Others include high blood pressure, sedentary lifestyle, diabetes. High cholesterol can be corrected by healthy diet or medication. ...Read more

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Saturated Fat (Definition)

Saturated fat is a kind of fat found in certain foods. Eating high amounts of saturated fats over time may make a person more prone to developing heart disease and plaques ...Read more