Forget about “good cholesterol” (HDL), “bad cholesterol” (LDL) and even total cholesterol. They are history, according to Dr. Mark Houston’s brand new book, “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Heart Disease.” Dr. Houston is a highly respected associate clinical professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
Dr. Houston’s new book echoes the same cutting edge preventative and treatment approach for cardiovascular health that I have come to respect from Dr. Stephen Sinatra who was my father’s cardiologist. Dr. Sinatra is the co-author of the upcoming “The Great Cholesterol Myth”, which I had the privilege of reviewing recently.
Books like Houston’s and Sinatra’s are just in time because at the current pace, by 2030, nearly 25 million people will die from cardiovascular disease. Heart attack and stroke are projected to maintain their lead as the main causes of death.
So, what can we do about this, right now, today?
For the most effective detection, prevention, and treatment of heart disease, it now appears that your cholesterol numbers in and of themselves are relatively meaningless. But, measuring the LDL cholesterol particle size is not. In fact, this single test is probably the most important health assessment your doctor can order.
Advanced testing is now available throughout the country for the VAP (Vertical Auto Profile) assessment in which a high speed centrifuge isolates the lipoprotein particles and identifies specific patterns of cholesterol health. If you have the pattern known as the type A cholesterol profile, congratulations! This means that your cholesterol is the large fluffy kind which is not related to the oxidative stress and inflammation associated with full blown heart disease.
On the other hand, if you have the type B pattern profile, your LDL cholesterol is composed of small, sticky compact articles that are especially atherogenic and inflammatory resulting in arterial plaque.
If you are a type B, then you will want to supplement with Sinatra’s awesome foursome: CoQ10 (100 – 300 mg) to fuel the heart ; L-Carnitine (500 – 4, 000 mg) to transport critical fatty acids into the muscle cells of the heart; D-Ribose (5 grams) to increase cellular function and energy recovery; and magnesium (400 – 800 mg) to relax arterial walls and reduce blood pressure .
Eat more natural anti-inflammatories like wild salmon, berries, cherries, grass-fed meat, vegetables, nuts, beans, dark chocolate, garlic, turmeric, and extra-virgin olive oil.
The next generation lipid tests and genetic testing for cardiovascular disease are now also available to complete your total heart evaluation.
Remember that size—not type—doesn’t just matter, it may be life-saving!
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