Heart Health

The NorthStar blog on heart and cardiovascular health covers the latest news on these important topics, including the best natural options for keeping your ticker strong and healthy for a lifetime.

  1. When NSAIDs could be the WRONG CHOICE for you

    The advice is confusing and frustrating – and right at a time when Americans need it straight.

    Instead, they’re left bewildered and even frightened.

    Can you take an NSAID like ibuprofen for a fever?

    Or is there ever a time when you might avoid it and try something… ANYTHING… else???

    Well, friend, you’ve come to the right place today -- because MY advice on ibuprofen hasn’t changed a whit.

    I’ve NEVER recommended the stuff!

    Even when you absolutely need a mainstream med… as a fever reducer or pain reliever… I wouldn’t put ibuprofen anywhere near the top of the list.

    So, let’s take a closer look at WHY this drug… and even the entire NSAID class… is bad news.

    And more importantly, let’s go over your other… BETTER… and far safer choices for everyday use.

    Ibuprofen is bad news

    Millions of people around the world turn to ibuprofen daily for everything from aches to fevers

    And almost none of them realize it’s NOT the “safe and effective” med it’s been made out to be.

    A report a few years back in the BMJ… about as mainstream a journal as you could possibly name… found that taking NSAIDs can increase the risk of a heart attack by between 20 and 50%.

    That’s not a long-term risk. That’s after taking these drugs for just ONE WEEK.

    Another study found prescription-strength forms of the drugs can increase the risk of a dangerous irregular heartbeat condition called atrial fibrillation.

    And if you have heart failure, NSAIDs are high on the list of meds you should never, ever take – because they can make the condition WORSE!

    They can also:

    • INCREASE the risk of stroke
    • RAISE blood pressure
    • DAMAGE the lining of your gut
    • and more.

    For those folks ALWAYS taking the meds… for chronic pain conditions like knee osteoarthritis… they could see a spike in ALL of the above risks.

    This is why I’d recommend just about ANYTHING else instead of an NSAID -- unless you’re in the rare group of patients sensitive to all other medications and HAVE to take it as a last resort for a short-term problem.

    For a chronic battle with arthritis, UC-II collagen can help rebuild and repair your joints – so well in fact, that one study found it’s 240% more effective than glucosamine and chondroitin.

    And for fever, first things first: Call your doc. There’s a lot going around out there right now -- and if you have a fever, he needs to tell you what to do.

    But sometimes you can’t wait for your doc, and you’ve got to do something NOW.

    I’m not going to say acetaminophen (a.k.a. Tylenol) is much better. That’s a drug that cause plenty of problems of its own, especially if you take too much (which is incredibly easy to do without even knowing it).

    But if you’re facing a high fever… and need a med to bring it down in a hurry… then acetaminophen's another option right now.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  2. Heart failure? Don’t let your doc prescribe you one of these ‘NEVER drugs’

    There are some things we ALL know we should NEVER do.

    You NEVER stick your hand in the lion cage at the zoo…

    You NEVER step out into a busy highway…

    Ad you NEVER stand between a politician and a microphone.

    If you’re a doctor, you’re SUPPOSED to know to NEVER give certain drugs to heart failure patients

    Because some common meds can WORSEN the condition.

    Given that within five years, 50% of people diagnosed with heart failure are pushing up daisies… these aren’t little oopsies.

    These errors could be DEADLY.

    But a staggering new study reveals how it happens anyway -- and all the time.

    Here’s the URGENT warning you and your loved ones need to be aware of… ASAP!

    Your doc’s BIGGEST mistake?

    It’s right in the basic guidelines – a list of medications KNOWN to make heart failure worse.

    I’m talking about…

    • NSAID pain relievers, such as ibuprofen
    • metformin, a blood sugar-lowering drug for diabetes
    • diltiazem, a calcium channel blocker for hypertension
    • albuterol, a bronchodilator used for COPD
    • and more.

    Patients already ON the meds should be taken off them as soon they’re diagnosed with heart failure.

    And patients who already HAVE heart failure should NEVER be given the drugs in the first place!

    Yet the new study finds that 49% of patients hospitalized with heart failure are either already on the drugs when they’re admitted…

    Or, worse yet, they’re given the drugs while inside.

    In some cases, sharp-eyed docs spot the mistake.

    Whether they were on the drugs before they came in… or given the drugs after admission to the hospital… 17% were taken OFF them or had them reduced during their stays.

    But hold your applause.

    Not only is that number FAR too small…

    The study found the opposite also happens -- in 12% of patients, the use of these dangerous drugs actually INCREASED.

    Yet these clowns have the nerve to call those of us in natural medicine quacks???

    I know you’ve got PLENTY on your mind already. The last thing in the world you need is one more thing to worry about, especially when you’re in a hospital.

    But given the reality… given the number of mainstream docs clearly asleep at the switch

    You’re going to need to double check your meds.

    If you already have heart failure and know it, check your medicine chest NOW for anything that matches the list.

    And if you’ve NEVER been diagnosed with heart failure… but get that news in a hospital after a big scare… you’ve got to check your meds in two different ways.

    First check the meds you’re ON… and then check the meds you’re GIVEN while there.

    Use Google for a complete list…

    Or have a one-on-one with a pharmacist who can go over each drug with you and sort out what’s what.

    As always, don’t quit on your own… but speak to your doctor as soon as possible.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  3. [Exposed!] How a CHEAP compound became an EXPENSIVE heart drug

    Here’s my new plan to make a million bucks… I’m gonna sell a HOT new drug that everyone will want. It’s gonna be a top seller because it’ll promise to SLASH the risk of death from two of the scariest bogeymen for heart patients: heart attack by 40% stroke by 60% When I say this drug will be HOT, I...
  4. [EXPOSED] The shocking TRUTH about America’s most popular heart drug

    They made a promise… and they LIED about it. What a shocker!  Statins were supposed to “change everything” by CUTTING cholesterol… and therefore BEATING BACK heart disease. Well, here we are… all these years later… and someone’s finally crunched all the numbers. New research reveals the truth about the drugs given to tens of millions of Americans for more than...
  5. Sick of your low-salt diet? It’s probably not working anyway!

    You’ve heard the advice so often… you’re probably sick of it. And maybe you’re even TRYING it now… If only to shut your doctor up about it. After all, every time he checks your blood pressure, he nags you about it. He probably sounds like a broken record… Cut your salt. Cut your salt. Cut your salt. Cut your salt...
  6. EVERY senior facing heart risk needs these 2 nutrients ASAP

    Here it is: absolute proof that following mainstream medical guidelines will DOOM you to pain, misery and an early death. We have new research that now PROVES two critical nutrients work in the most desperate of all patients. Not just in folks hoping to avoid heart disease… But in people who already have it… they can CUT the risk of...
  7. [BUSTED!] Deadly risks of new blood thinners exposed

    Looking for a reason to escape Big Pharma’s DEADLIEST new blood thinners? I don’t just have ONE for you today… I’ve got 775 million reasons! Because that’s how many dollars two drug companies are shelling out to settle thousands of lawsuits that accused them of HIDING the deadly risks of a blood thinner med. Rather than face the music over those allegations…...
  8. [Scary] Your BP meds are LITERALLY poisoning you!

    When a germ in lettuce makes a dozen people sick, they sound the alarm… call the press… and launch a nationwide effort to hunt down every last leaf. But when it’s a common drug taken by seniors? Shhhhhhh! Don’t want to upset the patients (…or the profits)! That’s SERIOUSLY what’s going on right now. You’ve no doubt seen the headlines...
  9. Don't Ignore These 9 High Blood Pressure Warnings

    warnings high blood pressureToo many people are unaware that high blood pressure comes with warnings.

    They think that high blood pressure is something you can’t identify until you’re in the doctor’s office waiting for the cuff to release.

    But that is a false and quite frankly dangerous misunderstanding of how high blood pressure works.

    High blood pressure warnings do exist, and you can identify them. You just have to know what they are. Continue reading

  10. The Shocking Link Between Sleep and Blood Pressure

    Blood pressure and sleepWhen you were younger, you probably didn’t even think about maintaining healthy blood pressure numbers.

    They were just where you needed them to be. Now that you’re older, it’s a little different.

    These days, your doctor is more likely to look closer at those numbers.

    And you’re more likely to look closely. Because you both realize maintaining healthy blood pressure is more important than ever.

    But what happens if, in spite of your best efforts, you just haven’t quite figured out the proper equation for keeping those numbers exactly where you want them?

    Maybe that’s when it’s time to look at how much sleep you’re getting.

    That’s right – sleep. Because sleep and blood pressure are linked in ways you may not realize. Continue reading

  11. Is My Heart Healthy Enough for Sex [Take this heart-sex quiz now]

    sex-heartYour heart should be healthy enough for sex – but you’re still a little concerned.

    After all, it’s your heart. And you’re not a kid any longer. It’s easy to still have lingering doubts. How does your doctor know for certain? How do you?

    Well, it helps to know some basic information about your heart and sex, as well as to answer some very specific – but not too personal, don’t worry – questions about how your heart health may contribute to your sex life.

    So, we’re here for you. Take these tests. Between them and your doctor’s advice, you should be able to put aside any last, low-level concerns.

    Continue reading

  12. 9 Shocking Health Benefits of Eating Beets

    Eating beets benefitsYou know the superfoods: Kale…chia seeds…pomegranates…beets?

    I know, that last one may be shocking but there really are incredible health benefits to eating beets!

    So before you pass them by in the grocery produce section, read on. It’s time to start reaping the benefits of eating beets. Continue reading

  13. Can I Have Sex After a Heart Attack?

    heart attack afterAfter a heart attack, it can feel like everything is different.

    Your diet, your activity level…your sex life…

    Heart attacks tend to have emotional consequences, not just physical ones.

    Even once your doctor has cleared you for physical activity after a heart attack, you may still be nervous about having sex.

    That’s okay. In fact, it’s understandable. The bedroom is the last place you want to have another heart attack!

    The good news is that less than 1% of all heart attacks take place during sex, so once you’ve been cleared by your doctor, you’re no more likely to have a heart attack in that moment than anyone else. Continue reading

  14. Fruit can prevent stroke and heart disease

    Power your body with fruit

    They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away -- and since apples come loaded with a bushel of disease-fighting nutrients, there's plenty of truth to that old adage.

    And if you have a daily fruit habit yourself, you might be able to do more than keep the doctor away.

    You just might keep the ambulance away, too. Continue reading

  15. Help lower your blood pressure - Are BUGS the key?

    Want to lower your blood pressure a few points? Or maybe just keep your already healthy BP in check?

    Look to your belly.

    Yes, I did say your BELLY. The bacteria in our guts could be the hidden key to help lower your blood pressure, according to a new 9-study-strong review. Continue reading

  16. RegeneCell Ingredients: Feel Better & Look Younger within Days

    Benefits of AntioxidantsPeople, especially health professionals, talk a lot about how important the benefits of antioxidants are. You hear things like “take this supplement because it’s packed with antioxidants” and “get your fruits and veggies” and even “eat every color in the rainbow.” It’s great advice. Too often, though, doctors and nutritionists stop at the advice, without ever explaining themselves. But since we don’t expect you to follow blindly, we wanted to make sure you know why antioxidants are so important… Continue reading

  17. Another Big Pharma giant hops on the fish oil bandwagon

    Big Pharma’s back in the fish oil game

    Not so long ago mainstream medicine dismissed the value of fish oil supplements. Oh sure, they admitted that the omega-3s in fatty fish are good for you. But that’s where they drew the line. Fish oil supplements were purely unnecessary hokum… a waste of your money.

    But when they figured out a way to take natural “un-patentable” fish oil and slap a Big Pharma price tag on it, their tune changed really fast. Suddenly Big Pharma giant’s GlaxoSmithKline and Amarin were climbing up on the alternative medicine bandwagon to join us in singing the praises of fish oil. Continue reading

  18. Testosterone won't hurt your heart

    Testosterone proven safe, can protect the heart

    For a middle-aged man or older, it's practically a miracle: a simple safe and effective way to reverse some of most negative signs of aging.

    It can restore energy, increase muscle, help you to lose the spare tire around your middle and lift your mood.

    And perhaps most importantly of all, it can work wonders in the bedroom. Continue reading

  19. Shocking sleeping pill side effects force changes

    In case you’re keeping score, the FDA has been caught asleep at the wheel yet again. After ten years of being on the market, they’ve finally admitted that for more than 11 hours after taking Lunesta, the sleeping pill's side effects may severely impair a user’s memory, coordination and ability to perform everyday tasks. You know… tasks like driving a two-ton car down the same highway your child’s school bus takes.
  20. Statins and memory loss – Beware of the Statin Stupor

    If you’re on a statin… or are close to someone who is… I’m willing to bet that the results of a new study—published in the journal PLOS ONE—on statins and memory loss won’t surprise you all that much. That’s because memory problems are a common complaint from statin users. The good old Statin Stupor, as I like to call it. In fact, last year even the sleepy and slow FDA finally got around to forcing Big Pharma to add a side-effect warning to their statin drug labels alerting users that they could affect their cognitive function.

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