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Preface

Chapter 1 The Heart of the Matter is the Matter of the Heart

A Brief Guide to Cardiovascular Disorders, Understanding Atherosclerosis, Clinical Evaluation for Cardiovascular Disease, Determining Your Risk, A Quick Look at Risk Factors, Other Risk Factors, Final Comments.

Chapter 2 Basic Dietary and Supplemental Strategies for Heart Health

Olive Oil and Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Nuts and Seeds, Vegetables, Fruit, and Red Wine, Eat a “Rainbow” Diet, Keep Salt Intake Low, Potassium Intake High, Magnesium, Antioxidant Nutrients, Vitamin E and Selenium, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Final Comments, Dietary Recommendations, Nutritional Supplements

Chapter 3 The Truth About Statins, Cholesterol, and Natural Alternatives

What is Cholesterol?, Recommended Blood Cholesterol Levels, Elevations of Triglycerides, Inherited Elevations of Cholesterol and Triglycerides, Lowering Cholesterol, The Statin Drug Empire, A Closer Look at How Statins Work, An Honest Appraisal of the Benefits of Statins in Primary Prevention, Why Statins Fail, Diet vs. Statins, The Uphill Battle, Calculate the Impact of Lowering Cholesterol with a Statin Yourself, Effect of Dietary Cholesterol on CVD Risk, Importance of Soluble Dietary Fiber in Lowering Cholesterol, Fish Oils to Lower Triglyceride Levels, Natural Products to Lower Cholesterol Levels, Final Comments.

Chapter 4 Beyond Cholesterol: The Role of Insulin Resistance

What Causes Insulin Resistance?, How Big is the Problem?, How Do You Know if You Have Insulin Resistance?, Improving Insulin Sensitivity, The Importance of Dietary Fiber in Improving Insulin Sensitivity, PGX® is a Key Tool for Improving Insulin Sensitivity, Final Comments, Diet, Nutritional Supplements for Pre-diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes

Chapter 5 The Heart Healthy Lifestyle

From Grizzly Bear to Teddy Bear, Learning to Calm the Mind, Learning to Breathe, The Importance of Sleep, Elimination of Inhibitors of Sleep, Blood Sugar Control and Sleep Quality, Special Dietary Supplements to Promote a Good Night’s Sleep, The Importance of Regular Exercise, Physical Fitness and Longevity, Creating an Effective Exercise Routine, Final Comments.

Chapter 6 High Blood Pressure

Advantages of Natural Approaches to Lowering Blood Pressure, Antihypertensive Drugs, Diuretics, Beta Blockers, Calcium Channel Blockers, Angiotensin-Converting, Enzyme Inhibitors, Current Drug Treatment of High Blood Pressure, High Blood Pressure – A Rational Approach, Key Dietary Recommendations, Botanical Medicines that Lower Hypertension, Final Comments, Borderline (130–139/85–89) or Mild (140–159/90–99) Hypertension, Moderate Hypertension (160–179/100–109), Severe Hypertension (180/110 or higher)

Chapter 7 Improving Heart Function, Plus Some Special Considerations

(Angiograms, Bypass, Chelation, and Stroke Recovery), Improving Heart Function, Magnesium, Thiamin, Carnitine, Coenzyme Q10, Hawthorn,  Coronary Angiogram, Angioplasty, and Artery Bypass Surgery, When an Angiogram is Unavoidable, Intravenous Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid Chelation Therapy, Stroke Recovery, Medical Care of the Stroke Patient, Natural Products in Stroke Recovery, Final Comments, Nutritional, Supplements, Botanical Medicines.

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Appendix A – Dietary Fiber Content of Selected Foods

Appendix B – Glycemic Index, Carbohydrate Content, and Glycemic Load of Selected Foods

Appendix C – Frequently Asked Questions on PGX®

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