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Cardiovascular Disease

One of the scariest things about heart disease is that it is often a silent killer, with few to no outward symptoms. As one of my medical school professors liked to point out, the most common “presentation” of the disease is a sudden, fatal heart attack. You know the patient has heart disease because he has just died from it.

And while mortality rates from those first, surprise heart attacks have dropped significantly thanks to improvements in basic cardiac life support and time-sensitive interventions, such attacks are still fatal roughly 1/3 of the time.

Below is a collection of past articles and podcasts related to heart disease prevention, atherosclerosis, coronary disease, cholesterol, apoB, and more.

#50 – AMA #5: calcium scores, centenarian olympics, exercise, muscle glycogen, keto, and more

“We’re really talking a completely new model, which is actually forcing your way to become a centenarian rather than just sort of gliding your way into it and therefore, I think it’s going to require much more deliberate attention around what your mind and body are doing at that point and time.” — Peter Attia

#48 – Matthew Walker, Ph.D., on sleep – Part II of III: Heart disease, cancer, sexual function, and the causes of sleep disruption (and tips to correct it)

“If there is one central, common pathway through which we can understand almost all aspects of the deleterious impact of insufficient sleep, it is…an excessive leaning on the fight or flight branch of the nervous system.” — Matthew Walker

Red meat, cancer, push-ups, and CVD

Groundhog Day (GD) came and went last month — and sure enough — 2019 has already brought a bounty of emails and Tweets from concerned folks wondering if red meat is going to kill them (again).

#19 – Dave Feldman: stress testing the lipid energy model

“I am on a journey of science, not of advocacy: I’m going to be quite a skeptic.”  —Dave Feldman

Statins, Lp(a), and upcoming podcast guests

In other words, statins are not addressing the associated risk in patients with an elevated Lp(a), and this population represents about 25% of those with previous CVD or an indication for statins.

#03 – Ron Krauss, M.D.: a deep dive into heart disease

“Anybody interested in this field should probably understand the origins.” —Ron Krauss

Does it help to know your coronary artery calcium score?

I read an interesting paper on fitness, cardiovascular disease (CVD), and coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores from the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study. This paper looked at “generally healthy middle-aged men” and associations between their level of aerobic fitness, CAC scores, and risk for CVD. So why was this interesting to me (and by extension, should you care)?

A big predictor of heart disease risk that most doctors don’t screen for

The most interesting article I read this week was this paper on the NHLBI’s recommendations to reduce Lp(a)-mediated risk of cardiovascular disease.

When does heart disease begin (and what this tells us about prevention)?

Before I get into this post I want to lay a few things out.

Is a Mediterranean diet best for preventing heart disease?

This week an article titled Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet was featured in the New England…

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