Blue Light Decreases Systolic Blood Pressure, Arterial Stiffness & Improves Endothelial Function

This study shows a novel method to decrease systolic blood pressure. During this study, published in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology, participants were exposed to 30 minutes of whole-body blue light at approximately 450 nanometres, a dose comparable to daily sunlight – followed by exposure to a control lightRead …

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Podcast – Who Is Right, the U.S. or European Hypertension Guidelines?

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Within the last 2 years, major guidelines have been issued from U.S.-based and European organizations that differ in their recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of hypertension. In 2017, the American College of Cardiology in United States issued new guidelines for hypertension. They are as follows: In Europe, The TaskRead …

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Nitrate-Rich Fruit and Vegetable Supplement Reduces Blood Pressure in Healthy Individuals

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In the past decade nearly 30 studies have shown that beet root juice is highly effective in reducing cardiovascular risk factors, such as blood pressure. The primary reason dates back to a 2008 study showing that the bioactives in nitrate-rich foods are primarily responsible for their ability lower blood pressure.

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Is Aspirin Beneficial? That Depends on Dosage and Body Weight, says Lancet study

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  It is well known that aspirin can inhibit the aggregation of platelets and reduce the risk of certain cancers such as colorectal cancer, thus the commonly prescribed recommendation of 81mg baby aspirin (one quarter the dose of 325 mg adult aspirin). This Lancet study explored the one-dose-fits all approachRead …

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A Retrospective Look at Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Coronary Disease

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The commentary published on Today’s Practitioner from Jeffrey Bland PhD and Alex Vasquez, DO was met with widespread interest. In light of the response and the scientific flip flopping regarding Omega-3 fatty acids and coronary disease, it’s important to take retrospective look at a significant 2016 study, Polyunsaturated Fatty AcidRead …

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JAMA: Folic Acid Reduces Risk of Stroke in Hypertensive Adults

Folic acid may reduce the risk of stroke in hypertensive people by as much as 21% when taken with enapril, according to a study released this week in JAMA. Study commentators from Harvard surmise that there is no reason to doubt the same results with non-hypertensive people. The study authorsRead …

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Dark Chocolate Improves Walking in Patients With Peripheral Artery Disease

Dark chocolate may hold promise for patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD). In a small study, people with artery problems in their legs walked a little longer and farther when they ate dark chocolate – a food rich in polyphenols, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart

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Diabetes is Five Different Diseases, Concludes a Lancet Study

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Diabetes is five diseases, concludes a new study. By separating adult-onset diabetes cases into five different types, rather than just type 1 or type 2, physicians can better tailor early treatment for patients, and could represent a first step towards precision medicine in the disease, according to an analysis ofRead …

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