Heart Health Twitter Quiz – Hot Tubs

True or False: Hot tubs and saunas pose a risk to heart patients. True False Answer: False In their book, Heart 411, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen say: A ten-minute session in a hot tub or sauna is not dangerous. While a prolonged period may cause dehydration and electrolyte abnormalities, a ten-minute session will not hurt … Read More

Heart Health Twitter Quiz – Family History

True or False: If a close family member has coronary artery disease, the age at which your relative developed heart disease is important for your health. True False Answer: True. In their book, Heart 411, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen say: If a parent or sibling developed coronary artery disease before the age of fifty-five, your … Read More

Heart Health Twitter Quiz – Smoking

True or False: If you quit smoking right now, the risk of developing coronary artery disease begins to decline immediately. After ten years of tobacco abstinence, the ex-smoker has a risk virtually identical to that of the person who never smoked. True False Answer: True In their book, Heart 411, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen say: … Read More

Heart Health Twitter Quiz – High Fructose Corn Syrup

True or False: High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is worse for you than other types of sugar. True False Answer:  True In their book, Heart 411, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen say: While excess calories are the primary driver of obesity, high fructose corn syrup has a few particularly unfavorable features. The fructose in high fructose … Read More

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New Studies Shake Salt Theories

Everybody knows about salt. In excess, it’s bad for you. Too much salt leads to high blood pressure, which causes cardiovascular disease, which ends in heart attacks and strokes. But new studies are shaking the conventional wisdom. Some of these studies find little impact of dietary salt on blood pressure. Others associate lower salt intake … Read More

Heart Health Twitter Quiz – Obesity

 True or False: You don’t have to worry if you are obese if your blood tests and blood pressure are normal. True False Answer: False In their book, Heart 411, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen say: This is controversial. We have studies suggesting that some obese people have “healthy” metabolic and cardiovascular profiles, meaning that their lipid … Read More

Alcohol and the Heart 411

We often hear that wine is good for the heart.  Is that true?  TBE asked A. Marc Gillinov, Cleveland Clinic cardiac surgeon and co-author with Steven Nissen, MD, chair of Cardiovascular Medicine, of the new book Heart 411. Dr. Gillinov writes: “Large observational studies show that people who drink alcohol in moderation tend to live … Read More

Heart Health Twitter Quiz – High Cholesterol

True or False: With a combination of diet and medicines, we can almost always treat a high cholesterol. A. True B. False   Answer: A (True). In their book, Heart 411, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen say: These days, we have a wide variety of tremendously effective strategies for combating a high LDL cholesterol. These include … Read More

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Heart Health Twitter Quiz – LDL

True or False: Most of the LDL cholesterol in your blood comes from your diet. A. True B. False   Answer: B (False). In their book, Heart 411, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen say: Your liver is responsible for 80 percent of the circulating cholesterol in your blood. Diet only contributes 20 percent to your cholesterol … Read More