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 …

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 …

Niacin – the B Vitamin – Can Too Much Hurt?

By: Dr. John Wigneswaran MD What is Niacin? Niacin (also known as vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid) is an organic compound and one of the 20 to 80 essential human nutrients that your body needs. The current recommended daily allowance (RDA) is 20mg. Doses higher than that can be harmful (read below), with some supplements and prescription products containing 250mg …