More and more Americans are turning to herbal remedies to help manage chronic conditions or promote general health and wellness. But many of today's popular herbal supplements, including St. John's wort, gingko biloba, garlic and even grapefruit juice can pose serious risks to people who are taking medications for heart disease, according to a review article published in the February, 9, 2010, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The use of these products is especially concerning among elderly patients who typically have co-morbidities, take multiple medications and are already at greater risk of bleeding, according to authors.
Are there natural cholesterol lowering foods or herbs? The mainstream medical community says that the best solution is a statin drug, while food and supplement manufacturers, as well as alternative practitioners, tell us differently. Who are we supposed to believe? This may surprise you, but actually everyone is being pretty honest. They just aren't telling you the whole story. Statins are naturally occurring substances. The compounds were first found in a penicillin-like fungus and were later found in other fungi. The oyster mushroom, which is used in Japanese, Korean and Chinese cuisine, contains a relatively large amount of one of the statins.
It is an imbalance of the two main cholesterols in our bodies. Our liver manufactures most of the cholesterol found in our system. Only a very small amount is added from the foods we eat. Cholesterol its self is not a bad thing -- in fact it is absolutely necessary for our continued existence. The two main cholesterols -- are characterized by the terms 'Good' (HDL-- High density Lipoprotein ) and 'Bad' (LDL - Low Density Lipoprotein)-- meaning you have both good cholesterol and bad cholesterol in your body. These terms for cholesterol are a simplification. Your body needs both cholesterols, but in the correct balance. The term high cholesterol comes in when this balance is out of whack and we are said to have high cholesterol.
Cordis Corporation Announces Agreement With Boston Scientific To Resolve Certain Coronary Stent Patent Disputes
Cordis Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson company, announced today that it has reached an agreement with Boston Scientific resolving two Delaware litigations related to Cordis's Palmaz and Gray patents and Boston Scientific's Jang patents. Under the terms of the agreement, Cordis will receive $1.725 billion from Boston Scientific and Johnson & Johnson expects to record the majority of this payment as a special item in the first quarter of 2010. Boston Scientific will pay Cordis $1 billion by close of business and $725 million on Jan. 3, 2011. The cases resolved today were pending in Delaware before U.S. District Court Judge Sue Robinson. The disputes involved several coronary stent products including Cordis's Cypher stent and Boston Scientific's Liberte, Taxus Liberte and Taxus Express stents.
Niacin for cholesterol is a common remedy for people with cholesterol problems, but is it really safe? Most physicians will tell you it is safe, but there are some side effects of the cholesterol medication you need to know too. We will explore some of the functions of niacin, and then we will discuss some of the adverse side effects. We will also discuss why I recommend you buy natural cholesterol control supplements instead of niacin. Niacin works in the body to raise your HDL levels and lower your LDL levels. HDL cholesterol is the good cholesterol, and LDL cholesterol is the bad cholesterol. It helps to slow down the onset of heart disease, so there are definitely a few benefits of niacin.
Growing evidence shows that people of South Asian descent-regardless of where they live now-are at significantly higher risk of heart disease. As we approach American Heart Month, the team of physicians and researchers at the South Asian Heart Center at El Camino Hospital are available to discuss this epidemic, and what strategies are being used successfully to combat it. The facts about South Asians and heart disease: - South Asians are four times more likely to suffer a heart attack, and at younger ages, without prior symptoms or warning and without presenting the same risk factors as the general population. - India alone will bear 60% of the heart disease burden in the world by the middle of this decade.