Cook Yourself Towards a Healthy Heart!

A healthy diet and exercise is the best way to fight off ailments like heart disease. Doctors and health care professional agree that eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruit, lean protein, and whole grains are essential in maintaining a healthy body weight. Most Americans already know the importance of staying healthy, but people don’t realize that eating certain foods …

Risk Factors For Coronary Artery Disease (Part 2)

Novel Risk Factors By: Samuel J. Stagg III, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.P. Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death in the United States. We have already discussed the factors that are well known as causatives in vascular disease, but now we will look at what we call “the novel risk factors.” These are the ones that have come …

Risk Factors for Coronary Artery Disease (Part 1)

By:  Samuel J. Stagg III, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.P. Approximately one out of two of us will die of heart disease or stroke. Finding out which factors cause these diseases is crucial to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of our most serious health risk.1 In the early 1960s, the initial results from the Framingham Heart Study2gave us an initial glimpse into the …

OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS (OMEGA-3 FA) AND HEALTH (1 of 2)

Part 1 by: Samuel “Jody” Stagg, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.P.   What are Omega-3 FA?1 What’s the big deal about Omega-3 FA, in particular fish oil? Omega-3 FA are carboxyl acids derived from outside food sources important in human metabolism and physiology. They are essential for normal growth in children and are crucial in multiple metabolic pathways. They are important to …

OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS (OMEGA-3 FA) AND HEALTH (2 of 2)

Part 2 By: Samuel (Jody) Stagg, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.P. In Part 1 of my discussion on Omega-3 FA, I discussed the essential nature of Omega-3 FA and that they require an outside food source because they can’t be synthesized by the human body. They are critical in human metabolism and physiology. They are key for normal growth in children and …

High Blood Pressure And Sleep: Is Chronic Stress The Link?

A study published in July 2014 reported that after a stressful event (marital separation, in this case), difficulties sleeping didn’t quite correlate with current blood pressure but did predict future elevations of blood pressure.  The authors of the study speculated that the stress of the separation caused poor sleeping which ultimately led to elevated blood pressure- which may in turn …

How to Stay Heart-Healthy While Dining Out

Eating out has become a way of life in America. Whether it’s a family out for a night on the town or busy professionals taking a quick lunch break, burgers and fries and plenty of other dishes are on the daily menu. However, what many people fail to recognize is that many of today’s so-called “healthy” meals such as salads …

How Heart Attack and Stroke Savvy Are You?

You discover your neighbor lying on his porch and rush over to check him out. He’s conscious but short of breath, so you grab your cellphone and call 911. You wonder if he’s had a stroke or heart attack. When the paramedics arrive and examine your neighbor, you overhear the words “myocardial infarction.” As they load the patient into the …

How Is Air Pollution Linked to Heart Disease or Heart Attack?

Air pollution is a mixture of gases, liquids and particulate (dust) matter. Clinical research has shown a possible correlation between victims who suffer strokes and their exposure to air pollutants. For example, individuals who live near industries are 52% more likely to experience cardiac problems. These harmful substances may cause the following heart related diseases: atherosclerosis (artery thickening), arterial vasoconstriction …