HEART DISEASE

High Blood Pressure and What to Do about It

Blood pressure is represented by a pair of numbers that most people can quote. It may come as a surprise that the reason the blood pressure is what it is is largely unknown. That, however, hardly deters the medical profession from applying a panoply of procedures to lower it.

Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Statins, and Peanuts

Ibuprofen and other NSAIDS, aspirin excepted, are associated with a significant increase in heart attacks. Aspirin, on the other hand, reduces heart attacks, but carries a bleeding risk that cancels the effect. Statins also reduce heart attacks somewhat, but have side effects and further have no overall benefit for most groups. The winner, therefore, is peanuts, which reduce heart attacks 30%, have no side effects, and are delicious.

Cholesterolphobia

Maybe, Maybe Not.

Low LDL – “bad” – cholesterol may be causing Alzheimer’s, may actually increase heart risk, and may increase cancer. For years the lipid hypothesis: “fat causes heart disease” has been a medical mantra. Time for a revision?