Low Carb and Cholesterol – A Case History

Three months ago I had a visit from a 53 year old gentleman who was worried about his health. His name is Peter. He had been gaining weight for some time, his knees were aching and he was having trouble playing his weekly tennis with his old classmates. He told me he had probably put on approximately … Read more

Heart Attack and Sudden Death. “It’s the particles stupid”.

Actor James Gandolfini’s sudden and tragic passing has cruelly reminded us about the seriousness and unpredictability of cardiovascular disease. Sudden death in middle age is most often caused by underlying coronary heart disease (CHD). One has to wonder, in light of current knowledge and modern technology, why we can not prevent such devastating events. One explanation … Read more

Statins and Heart Disease – Do Women Differ From Men?

Recent studies have shown that the symptoms of heart disease may differ between men and women. For example, women are less likely than men to have chest pain while suffering an acute heart attack (acute myocardial infarction). This may delay diagnosis and may partly explain why women seem to fare worse than men under these … Read more

Lipoprotein(a)

Measurements of lipids in blood/plasma are frequently used to assess the risk of future coronary heart disease or stroke, commonly termed cardiovascular disease (CVD). Plasma levels of total cholesterol, triglycerides and high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) are frequently measured. These numbers are then used to calculate levels of low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) which has been found … Read more

Diet or Drugs to Prevent Heart Disease

The risk of heart disease has been associated with countless different things. Smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, overweight, obesity, sitting and watching TV, eating too much fat, eating too much sugar, not eating certain fats, eating meat, not eating fish, eating too much animal fat, eating cholesterol, eating saturated fat, eating trans fats, high blood … Read more

Exploring “The Great Cholesterol Myth”

I have a strong interest in the prevention of heart disease. I believe healthy nutrition and lifestyle are the keys to our health and well-being. In my early career as a cardiologist, working in the hospital setting, I was fascinated by the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. Don’t misunderstand me, I still am. However, as the … Read more

Statins – Friend or Foe?

Last year I wrote a couple of articles about statin therapy, so maybe you think I should give it a rest. However, I think it is such a hugely important issue, and I have this strong feeling that the truth really has not emerged yet. Firstly, two recent scientific papers touching on the effects of … Read more

Apolipoprotein B (apoB)

Atherosclerosis may be described as a chronic inflammation in the arterial wall. It is caused by a complex interplay between lipoproteins, white blood cells (macrophages), the immune system and the normal elements of the arterial wall. This process leads to formations of atherosclerotic lesions or plaques that may protrude into the lumen of the artery … Read more

PCSK9

These are exciting times for the field of cardiovascular medicine. Despite huge improvements in risk factor modification and progress in medical and surgical therapy, cardiovascular disease remains the most frequent cause of death among most nations. However, increased understanding of the mechanisms behind atherosclerosis, the role of lipoproteins, inflammation and other factors, has opened gates to … Read more

Ten Scientifically Proven Benefits of Low-Carb Diets

10 benefits of a low carb diet

Therefore, public health guidelines generally focus on recommendations that guarantee adequate nutrition, vitamins, and minerals. Furthermore, they emphasize balancing calorie intake with physical activity. Dietary guidelines usually recommend eating healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat dairy products, seafood, and to consume less sodium, saturated fats, trans fats, added sugars, and refined … Read more