Inflammation and Heart Disease

Two decades ago, many experts predicted that the modification of risk factors, in particular, the treatment of high blood pressure and lipid disorders, would eliminate coronary artery disease in 10 – 20 years. Unfortunately, this prediction was wrong. Although mortality from cardiovascular disease has decreased in many countries, coronary heart disease remains a significant cause … Read more

Stress and Heart Disease

Today, most specialists acknowledge that emotional or psychologic stress may increase the risk of heart disease. In fact, the negative effects of acute and chronic stress on the cardiovascular system may be much more serious than often thought. Recent research and experience show that emotional stress may increase blood pressure and cholesterol. It may constrict … Read more


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

Low Carb Diets and Heart Disease – What Are We Afraid of?

I find it extraordinary how carbohydrate restriction is repeatedly rejected by the medical community as an alternative approach for obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in many countries around the world. Diabetes and other obesity related disorders have become increasingly common. Public health organizations and medical societies usually advocate … Read more