Framingham Heart Study

The year was 1944.  President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was planning for the Allied landing at Normandy.  Around the same time, out of concern from his daughter, the President admitted himself to Bethesda Naval Hospital in March of 1945 for a second opinion.

A Heart With Wings

A strong, regular, and reliable heartbeat is what makes humans hum. Literally, it makes us (and most of the other animals we know) tick. We have numerous sayings and idioms about the heart showing its vital function. For example, as humans, we can have an abrupt changes of heart. So, we like to “keep our fingers on the pulse” of situations. I

PBNM Founder Resuscitates Two Fellow Runners During Half Marathon

What are the odds?
During a road race, not one, but two runners collapse with cardiac arrest. It gets better. In an incredible stroke of good luck, in each case a cardiologist happens to be running right behind to administer life-saving care. The SAME cardiologist

Global Diet and Lifestyles

This week we brought on Deepa Deshmukh to talk about her experience as a plant-based nutritionist. Deepa has a unique background that includes training in food science and nutrition. She is one of only a handful of dietitians nationwide, who are Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM). She is also a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDCES) and holds a certificate in Adult Weight Management.

Heart Disease Month

Have you been diagnosed with heart disease? If so, you are not alone. According to the American Heart Association, 116.4 million, or 46% of adults, are estimated to have hypertension and someone dies of cardiovascular disease every 38 seconds. February is American Heart Month, and each year we are reminded to focus on our heart health. This year, instead of just managing heart disease, let us focus on how to prevent, treat and reverse heart disease.

According to Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., director of the cardiovascular disease prevention and reversal program at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute in Ohio, coronary heart disease is a “benign, foodborne illness” that can be stopped or even reversed by avoiding a typical Western diet. So, let’s look at the arteries supplying the heart with blood and what actually happens to the blood vessels with heart disease. Coronary artery disease (CAD) begins with progressive endothelial injury, inflammatory oxidative stress, reduced nitric oxide production, foam cell formation, and development of plaques that may rupture to cause a myocardial infarction (MI) or stroke.

Here’s to You!

I would like to dedicate the January article to my niece, Sylvia, who at 50 years old decided to do a lifestyle make over. She is pushing back against a lifetime and a family heritage full of SAD life choices. I support and encourage her glorious success.

We have our New Year’s resolutions, right? What are they this year? Read a book a month? Travel to a long imagined destination? Get more rest? Start a new hobby? How about get healthy, join a gym, and lose some weight?

According to a quick internet search, eating healthier and losing weight are among the top 3 most common New Year’s resolutions in the U.S. Sadly, that same search shows that even with the best of intentions, only an estimated 9% of people actually keep and succeed with their New Year’s Eve promises to do better. That means for 90% of us, the juicy and joyous plans we committed to in January are fizzled and forgotten by the end of February.

“But wait,” you say. “I really want to eat healthier, totally give up animal products, eliminate added oils, decrease my blood pressure, back down that A1c, and/or lose weight! What can I do to improve my odds of succeeding ?”