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Archive for the 'Angina Pectoris' Category

Berberine to treat acute coronary syndrome

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Acute coronary syndrome refers to any condition brought on by sudden, reduced blood flow to the heart causing chest pain during a heart attack or chest pain at rest or doing light physical activity (unstable angina).

Researchers at Shanghai Jiaotong University, School of Medicine, in China, tested berberine’s effects on ACS patients following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) (aka angioplasty or stent placement). (more…)

Should L-carnitine be taken to treat angina pectoris?

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Dr. Gayle Nicholas Scott at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia, reviewed the evidence on Medscape . (more…)

Traditional Chinese herbals to treat stable angina

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Here’s a summary of a Cochrane review of herbals to treat stable angina — aka chronic angina.

In stable angina, chest pain occurs with activity or stress. The pain begins slowly and gets worse over several minutes before going away. (more…)

The effect of selenium on cholesterol levels

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

seleniumResearchers at the University of Warwick Medical School, in Coventry, UK examined the association. (more…)

Let’s chronicle the health benefits of walking

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Dr. James Levine from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota has reviewed the evidence. Here are the benefits. (more…)

Omega-3 in patients with coronary heart disease

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

 Researchers from Peking University People’s Hospital in Beijing reviewed studies concerning the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on the risk of dying in patients with coronary heart disease. (more…)

Should men take calcium supplements?

Friday, January 9th, 2009

 Researchers from the University of Auckland in New Zealand tell us, “There is no consistent evidence… that calcium supplementation affects bone mineral density (BMD) in men, despite male osteoporosis being a common clinical problem.

Their study looks at the effect of 2 dosing regimens of calcium on BMD. (more…)

Tongxinluo: Chinese medicine for unstable angina

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

Here’s a summary of the Cochrane review of tongxinluo. (more…)

A review of suxiao jiuxin wan as treatment for angina pectoris

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Suxiao jiuxin wan is a mixture of herbs that is used in China along with western medicine to treat angina.

This Cochrane review concluded that the evidence does not support its use. (more…)

The JELIS study: Fish oil, statins, and heart disease

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) from fish oil lowers triglyceride levels.

Now, a study in Japan reports that adding EPA to low-dose statin therapy lowers the risk for certain major coronary events, including nonfatal heart attacks, unstable angina and the need for revascularization procedures). (more…)

Might yohimbine reduce the risk of heart disease?

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

Yohimbine (sold by the names Yocon, Yohimar, and others) is used to treat impotence (aka erectile dysfunction).

This study suggests yohimbine’s ability to change baroreflex control of the heart might yield additional benefits in certain circumstances. (more…)

Probing the value of isoflavones in patients at risk for cardiovascular complications

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Isoflavones are one of the phytoestrogens found mainly in soybeans. Here’s a somewhat technical study from researchers at the Queen Mary Hospital in Hong Kong where isoflavones had beneficial effects on blood flow in people at risk for cardiovascular complications. (more…)

The health risks of panic attacks in postmenopausal women and CAM options

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

The Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study reports “Panic attacks are relatively common among postmenopausal women and appear to be an independent risk factor for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in older women.”

Let’s review the study and then the CAM connection. (more…)

Some benefit from antioxidant vitamins on the risk of cardiovascular disease

Monday, August 13th, 2007

About 23% or 62 million Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease (CVD; eg, heart disease, stroke, atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, angina, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, or heart failure).

The Women’s Antioxidant Cardiovascular Study concluded, “There were no overall effects of ascorbic acid [vitamin C], vitamin E, or beta carotene on cardiovascular events among women at high risk for CVD.”

But read on to see those who did benefit. (more…)

Quyu Xiaoban in patients with unstable angina pectoris

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

The standard of care for unstable angina (the intermediate state between stable angina and having a heart attack) starts with prompt treatment using aspirin, beta-blockers, and statins.

Here’s what happened when Quyu Xiaoban (QYXB) was given with the aspirin. (more…)

Consumer alert: FDA recalls Long Weekend

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

It’s is the third time this year the FDA has identified a “natural” product sold via the Internet for the treatment of impotence (erectile dysfunction) that was adulterated with the prescription drug tadalafil (Cialis). (more…)

The value of phytoestrogens during menopause

Friday, May 11th, 2007

Researchers from the Medical University of Vienna reviewed and reanalyzed the results from 25 studies of the treatment of the climacteric syndrome (menopause).

Their findings are not always clear-cut. (more…)

Coenzyme Q10: Two points of view

Sunday, January 14th, 2007

It’s always a good idea to get a second opinion when it comes to your healthcare. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) has been used, recommended, or studied for many conditions, but its use is controversial. Here are two websites that reviewed the literature and are ready to advise on the status of CoQ10 — (MN) and (MC).

Here are comparative evaluations and ratings for three sample diseases.


ConsumerLab reviews CoQ10

Monday, October 16th, 2006

The good news is that all 36 products tested had the claimed ingredients. But the doses varied from 15 mg to 400 mg!

This isn’t surprising and has been discussed here before. Perspective on the value of CoQ10 to treat high blood pressure, angina, and Alzheimer’s disease is provided in this earlier post.

10/16/06 22:35 JR