Does lack of sleep make you stupid?

Poor sleep is bad for your heart AND your brain! An article about poor sleep and the build-up of plaque in the body caught my eye. The study is remarkable in that it is the first study: “to show that objectively measured sleep is independently associated with atherosclerosis throughout the body,” according to José Ordovás,…

What Aren’t You Telling Your Doctor?

“A Stethoscope Is Not A Mind Reading Device!” Most patients withhold vital information from their doctors according to a study recently released in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Even when people understand how important it is to share critical information about medications, lifestyle, and symptoms, most people in the study survey didn’t tell…

Are menopause and high cholesterol related?

This post was sponsored by Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. Personal opinions and thoughts are my own. Is menopause a time women should pay special attention to cholesterol levels? As a heart attack survivor, I’m dedicated to keeping my risk of another heart attack as low as possible. I recently visited with a brilliant and well-respected…

Should Pregnant Women Worry About Heart Attacks?

A new study shows heart attacks in pregnant women are on the rise. The good news in a new study by the New York University School of Medicine showing more pregnant women are having heart attacks is that data is being collected about heart disease in women.  If we can clearly define the problem, a…

High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease

Why Treat High Cholesterol? To Prevent a Dangerous Problem

This post was sponsored by Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. Personal opinions and thoughts are my own. When Take Cholesterol to Heart spokesperson Howie Mandel was diagnosed with high cholesterol in his 30s, he was prescribed a statin medication and eventually stopped taking it without speaking to his doctor due to the fear of potential side…

How to choose a diet: Should you eat more pasta?

Did you read that eating more pasta helps you lose weight? Before you start loading up on alfredo sauce, let’s take a look at what the study actually said. Can pasta be a part of a healthy diet? Yes!  Carbs are not the enemy.  In fact, one of the reasons I love Michele Payn’s award-winning…

No, wine isn’t better than exercise

Did you see the news today reporting wine is better for you than exercise? Me too. Here is the thing: That’s not what the study says. The truth is that older people who drink moderately statistically live longer than non-drinkers. They are 18% less likely to die prematurely. People who exercise 15 to 45 minutes…

What Diet Works Best, Part 1: Put Down The Grapefruit

Why is choosing a diet so hard? The information we receive about diets, food, and nutrition is confusing.  Millions of dollars are spent on weight loss schemes that never last.  So, how do you choose a diet that will work?  This post is the first in a series of articles exploring questions to ask when…

How does cholesterol affect the heart?

Conn TV Interviews Heart Health Expert Eliz Greene Eliz shares lessons on why it is important to talk with your doctor about the options for controlling cholesterol as part of the Take Cholesterol To Heart campaign. Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. and should not be construed to constitute medical advice.…