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Doctor insights on: Supplements For Heart Disease

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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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What are the dietary requirments for reversing coronary heart disease?

What are the dietary requirments for reversing coronary heart disease?

Heart disease and di: It is not possible to comletely reverse heart disease by diet alone. Low fat high fibre diet helps. ...Read more

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What are the recommended vitamins and herbs to take for ischemic heart disease?

What are the recommended vitamins and herbs to take for ischemic heart disease?

Magnesium: Magnesium has over 300 functions in humans. One function is muscle relaxation through its opposing effect on calcium (like a calcium channel blocker). The blood vessels feeding the heart are lined by muscle. With magnesium the blood vessels dilate and thus can bring more oxygen to the heart, which relieves ischemia. ...Read more

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Is dietary fat advice for cancer prevention similar to heart disease prevention?

Is dietary fat advice for cancer prevention similar to heart disease prevention?

Pretty much: The link isn't direct in either case, so "eat healthy" is the general advice. Shoot for the "mediterranean diet" or an asian menu and you'll be fine. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between coronary heart disease, heart disease and cardiovascular disease ?

A bit..: Coronary heart disease is a subset of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease can involve disease of other blood vessels, including the carotid arteries, aorta, and the peripheral blood vessels particularly of the legs. ...Read more

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Any nutritional supplements or treatment for Parkinson's disease?

Any nutritional supplements or treatment for Parkinson's disease?

Yes, Absolutely!!: Dopamine meds are mainstay of treatment. Modern therapy recommends longer lasting, milder potency meds first: Azilect (mao-b selective inhibitor) & Dopamine agonists (requip xl/mirapex er/neupro). After they've been maximized & stronger meds ate needed to adequately manage symptoms, then sinemet +/- Comtan (stalevo (carbidopa and levodopa and entacapone) is both together) are begun. Good supplements: coq10, mvi, b-complex, folate, asa. ...Read more

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What is chelation therapy for coronary heart disease?

Binding heavy metals: Chelation is a hypothesis that there are heavy metals present that initiate and perpetuate certain disease states. By the use of certain compounds that bind up these heavy metals and allow the body to excrete them, the conditions can be stopped or even reversed. A large nih trial some years back concluded that chelation therapy was not effecacious in the treatment of coronary disease. ...Read more

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What patients are at risk for heart valve disease?

What patients are at risk for heart valve disease?

Depends: Depends on the part of the world. In the US, the most commonly affected valves are the mitral and the aortic valve, with the mitral valve developing leakage (incompetence) and the aortic either leakage or stenosis (tightening) or both. Hypertension, and other risk factors for coronary disease can also affect the aortic valve; mitral valve degeneration however is less well understood. ...Read more

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Which nutritional supplements have been recommended for people with huntington's disease?

Which nutritional supplements have been recommended for people with huntington's disease?

High calorie diet: Several supplements have been tested in huntington's patients, but no significant advantages have been found. A high calorie diet improves well-being because huntington patients consume much energy with their increased movements. The best non-pharmacologic care remains a safe, padded environment and support for depression and suicidal tendencies. ...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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Are there any supplements to take for congestive heart failure?

Are there any supplements to take for congestive heart failure?

Maybe: Co enzyme Q and Omega 3 have been the most studied supplements in many conditions including cardiovascular disease and the common condition where the 2 supplements have a possible positive benefit is heart failure. The effect in survival is minimal at best and likely due to a reduction in sudden cardiac death specially Omega 3 ...Read more

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Are cardiovascular disease and ischemic heart disease the same disease?

Are cardiovascular disease and ischemic heart disease the same disease?

Close: The way i define it is that cardiovascular disease refers to the present of plaque (arterial disease) in the arteries of the heart. Ischemic heart disease means that the disease in the arteries has now decreased the blood flow to the heart and is affecting how it functions. Ischemic heart disease is a subset of cardiovascular disease. ...Read more

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Safest schizophrenia medication for patients with heart disease and arrhythmia?

Safest schizophrenia medication for patients with heart disease and arrhythmia?

Aripiprazole: And other atypical antipsychotics can be considered amongst the safest for a case like this. Haloperidol (and other typical agents) is used sometimes, with caution. Ask your dr for a recommendation in this particular case. Good luck. ...Read more

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How frequently are chronic kidney disease patients screened for heart disease? Are they screened for heart disease on a routine basis, or just once?

How frequently are chronic kidney disease patients screened for heart disease? Are they screened for heart disease on a routine basis, or just once?

Heart disease: This depends in large part on their doctor and their symptoms and can be highly variable. A thorough clinician will be assessing this with some regularity, but that does not always necessarily happen. ...Read more

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Can males take calcium supplements if they have hypertensive heart disease?

Can males take calcium supplements if they have hypertensive heart disease?

Controversial: There is not a consistent response to decrease BP in all hypertensive patients with increase dietary calcium. Supplement are not recommended. ...Read more

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Can taking herbs and minerals prevent heart disease?

Can taking herbs and minerals prevent heart disease?

Herbal treatment CAD: While there are anecdotal reports of protective benefits of holistic therapies, little exists in terms of definitive evidence by randomized controlled trials to show their value. Holistic strategies with herbs/vitamins are regarded by the fda as a form of food. As such they can be sold merely after demonstrating safety with ingestion. They do not have to prove that they do what they claim. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more