Tag Archives: American Heart Association

Surgeon General’s Prescription for Health: Walk More

Surgeon General’s Prescription for Health: Walk More

Published on Wednesday, September 09, 2015 – by Common Dreams -by Jay Walljasper

Photo: ‘To get Americans back on their feet—to enjoy better health and other rewards—we need to make strolling and striding a natural part of daily life again.’ (Photo: Alex Proimos/flickr/cc)

Cholesterol drugs: Do you need them, or not? – commentary

Cholesterol drugs: Do you need them, or not? – by Elizabeth O’Brien

New heart-disease guidelines leave doctors and patients confused about statins.

Elizabeth O’Brien

Many doctors and patients were surprised last November when two major medical groups upended one central element of the traditional approach to warding off heart disease. With the release of new guidelines, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology shifted away from the prior focus on “bad cholesterol”—and proposed changes to the way doctors prescribe statins, the highly successful cholesterol-fighting medications.

The guidelines recommend a more holistic approach, but some critics said they could greatly increase the number of patients taking statin medication. Now that the dust from the ensuing brouhaha has begun to settle, what should patients expect when they visit the doctor?   Continue reading

Heart Surgeon Admits Huge Mistake! – By Dwight Lundell, MD

Heart Surgeon Admits Huge Mistake!

By Dwight Lundell, MD

Watch: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xewn5f_watch-dr-dwight-lundell-answer-stat_lifestyle

ITS NOT HIGH CHOLESTEROL BUT INFLAMMATION IN BLOOD VESSELS THAT CAUSE HEART ATTACK!  Without inflammation, cholesterol won’t accumulate in blood vessel walls and cause heart disease.

We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is.  I freely admit to being wrong..  As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.

I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled “opinion makers.”  Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.

The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake.  The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease.  Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice. It Is Not Working! Continue reading