Category Archives: Heart Health

Statin Drugs Side Effects Outweigh Benefits

Statin medications have side effects and risks.

Each person should assess the benefits versus the risks of taking these medications.

At best, statins delay heart disease, not prevent it.

Medical literature does not support the concept that the benefits outweigh the risks of statin medications.

Could Nattokinase Lowers Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke?

Fibrinogen is a compound, produced by your body, that promotes clotting.

Normal Fibrinogen levels are healthy as they prevent you from bleeding to death when you’re cut. Elevated levels, however, can increase risk of heart attack, stroke, or deep vein thrombosis.

Nattokinase is an enzyme found in certain fermented foods that may help to lower elevated fibrinogen levels and normalize risk associated with high fibrinogen.

Researchers found that 2,000 fu of nattokinase twice daily dropped fibrinogen levels in healthy subjects by 7-10%.

Future studies may determine if this drop in fibrinogen is associated with decreases in risk of heart attack or stroke

Recommended dose is 2,000 fu two to three times daily in people at high risk of heart attack or stroke

Fish Oil Outperforms Statins and Other Medications

Scientists compared the efficacy of various treatments for decreasing death rates from heart disease and all causes. The treatments tested were: fish oil, statins, fibrates, niacin, and diet

Fish oil resulted in a 23% decrease in death from all causes and a 32% decrease in death from heart disease.

Statins resulted in a 13% decrease in death from all causes and a 22% decrease in death from heart disease

Fish oil out performed statins in death from heart disease and all causes

Fish oil has no side effects while statins can result in muscle pain, weakness, memory loss, and liver damage

If You Have a Heart Catheterization Take This…It Could Save Your Kidneys

Heart catheterization, also called cardiac catheterization, is a procedure where the doctor sends a small tube into the vessels of the heart to search for blockages

During the procedure, a certain type of contrast dye is used that has been linked with kidney damage, especially in people with diabetes and kidney dysfunction

A recent study evaluated the effects of supplementing with an amino acid compound called N-acetylcysteine prior to and after the catheterization

NAC significantly decreased the likelihood of suffering kidney dysfunction after the use of the contrast dye

The recommended dose is 1,000-1200 mg twice daily in the days leading up to the procedure and at least a few days after

What is So Special About the Ashkenazi Jews?

Ashkenazi Jews are known for exceptional longevity

Ashkenazi Jews are known to have much larger cholesterol particles than the general population

Your doctor can order a VAP Test to assess your cholesterol particle size

Cholesterol particle size is partially genetic and partially environmental

To increase particle size, decrease carb intake and increase the intake of fish oil and monounsaturated fats

Nattokinase – A Fibrin Dissolving Protector of the Heart

Cholesterol is not the only factor to assess in heart disease

People who have high cholesterol but low fibrinogen have one-sixth the heart attack risk

Fibrin can lead to blocked vessels, Nattokinase can dissolve unneeded fibrin

It’s a good idea to ask your doctor to test fibrinogen levels, along with cholesterol particle size, and lipoprotein (a)