Monthly Archives: July 2016

Fibrinogen and Heart Disease

Fibrinogen, a protein produced by the liver, plays a role in the development of atherosclerotic plaque. Fibrinogen can also cause acute blood clot formation that may block a coronary artery (causing a heart attack) or a cerebral artery (causing an ischemic stroke). I must admit I had not paid too much attention to this measure as when I last had it tested it came in at 309 mgdl which was well inside the OK range on the blood report I got back. This reference range tends to be 150 to 400 but some authorities are stating that there is evidence to support keeping it below 300. It is one of those factors that is not easily manipulated, the biggest effect coming from quiting smoking which in my case does not apply. Exposure to cold increases fibrinogen levels by 23 percent according to one study, perhaps adding weight to the fact that the further away from the equator you are the more likely to suffer from HD. Another study however has shown that Turmeric can have a significant effect on lowering Fibrinogen. I have already mentioned that a simple and easy way to up your Turmeric consumption is to add a little to your daily porridge. here is the link to the study that suggested Turmeric can help.

Turmeric Reverses Fibrinogen

Cholesterol Sense

cholesterol levels infographic

Learn the better indicator of heart disease risk than just your total cholesterol – plus the dangers of statins and the need to supplement with CoQ10 if you’re taking these cholesterol-lowering drugs – through our infographic “How to Make Sense of Your Cholesterol Levels.” Use the embed code to share it on your website or visit our infographic page for the high-res version.

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What We Are Up Against

Every month HeartUk have a heart support meeting for people who have fallen victim to the modern western diet. Anyone can go along and I attended one this morning for the 5th and quite possibly the last time if the organisers have anything to do with it. My problem with this group is that perhaps they should not preach but they should at least lead by example. Arriving each time to find biscuits on all the tables and high sugar prizes such as Thorntons chocolates for the raffle prizes is paramount to endorsing these products to a group of people who really need to get off them. You would not expect to be greeted by cigarettes at a lung cancer support group would you ?.

I decided to have a word with the chair on this matter but had to wait whilst he chatted to a new member who was quite worried about his recent event and recovery. Turns out he had a heart attack and a stent fitted. The chair assured him that his arteries are rather like domestic pipes that get furred up with age and his treatment has now opened them and he can get back to his normal life. That by the way would be the ‘normal’ life that put him in the room in the first place. When he had finished I decided to ask the new guy about his diet. He assured me it was good as he never ate burgers. Realising that not eating burgers is no guarantee against HD I asked him to give me an example of his daily diet. he replied porridge for breakfast with orange juice. I stopped him and suggested that fruit would be better consumed whole so that you get the fibre and just as important, the skin or pithe of the fruit.  The chair jumped in immediately and stopped me ‘You cannot offer advice to members, he has dietary advice and you cannot interfere with that’.  I suggested that I stick to merely stating what I prefer to do. ‘No you cannot do that either’. I pointed out that telling the guy that his arteries are like domestic plumbing was not only inaccurate but far more dangerous than anything I was likely to say. I also pointed to the dietary advice sitting on the tables at every meeting we have.

Maybe I am too much of an optimist when I suggested that he take anything from the inaccurate dietary guidelines in their magazine and replace the biscuits with it and at least that would be an improvement even if not as good as my suggested walnuts and almonds.  If he had at least held up his hands and said ‘on that one point I agree’ I could have settled that what we have here is not a complete stitch up but he still would not have it.