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I’m diagnosed having Congestive Heart Failure. I’m taking 40mg lasix. I’m told to take potassium once a day. How much potassium should I take and are there any other natural...

The minimum dose of potassium is usually 99mg but I would check with your prescribing doctor for specific recommendations about potassium supplementation.  Most people taking a loop diuretic like Lasix should take some type of potassium supplement or increase potassium rich foods in their diet.  Tomato and vegetable... Read Full Answer

Category: Heart/Cardio
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
I have read that one should be certain of the quality of lecithin granules before purchasing. How can that be done?

You want to make sure the lecithin granules are produced from pure, whole, non-GMO soybeans. Some companies use soy flour, which is not a good source of lecithin. Make sure it does not contain any additives or fillers...no sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, milk, egg, colorings, flavorings or preservatives. Enjoy! Read Full Answer
Category: Heart/Cardio
Answered by: Dr. Kristin Cox
As a result of an angiogram, I was told that I have 60% blockage but no medication is suggested. Diet and Exercise. Are there any herbs I can take and what kind of a diet?

This is the perfect time to start focusing on diet and lifestyle changes as well as starting a few key supplements. Inflammation is the main cause of plaque formation. You need to focus on lowering overall inflammation. You can do this by eating a whole foods, plant based diet, and supplementing with antioxidants. Essential fatty acids, like cod liver oil and fish oil, decrease... Read Full Answer

Category: Heart/Cardio
Answered by: Dr. Sherri Jacobs
My blood pressure seems to be getting worse today: 180/110

Your elevated blood pressure readings are of great concern.  Having a diastolic reading above 100 is very dangerous and puts you at risk for a variety of serious health problems some of which can come on very suddenly.

At this point, I highly recommend you see a health care provider immediately to have your situation assessed due to the uncontrolled nature of the your... Read Full Answer

Category: Heart/Cardio
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
I would like to stop taking High Blood Pressure drugs and Allegra for allergies. Could you suggest something that is more of a natural product for these two things? I don't like the side effects of...

There are several different natural strategies for lowering blood pressure.  One strategy is to use herbs and nutrients that promote vasodilation (the process by which the artery relaxes and widens).  A relaxed arterial wall has more give and is wider, therefore decreasing overall pressure throughout the system.

Coleus Forskohlii is an herb that has been shown to promote... Read Full Answer

Category: Heart/Cardio
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
I either have an missing gene or the gene that carries cholesterol problems and was wondering what natural way I could reduce it because my medication give me horrible side effects. Thank you!

Some people do have genetic variations that lead to very elevated levels of cholesterol.  Unfortunately this can create some problems when trying to ensure that a persons most valuable asset, their heart, is well protected. 

First, it is very important to look at your family history and find any other relatives that have the same genetic predisposition and assess their... Read Full Answer

Category: Heart/Cardio
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
DOES CARDIO SUPPORT HELP WITH PATIENTS THAT HAVE A CHOLESTEROL READING OF 360?

The short answer is yes.  Many of the ingredients in the Cardio Support formula would be helpful for someone with elevated cholesterol.  Coenzyme Q10, Hawthorne extract, Green Tea extract, Grape seed extract and Citrus bioflavonoids all have potent antioxidant properties that can potentially reduce the chances of the cholesterol oxidizing in your blood vessels.  Oxidation of... Read Full Answer

Category: Heart/Cardio
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero

Good day doc, Thank you for all you do to help the public.... Q: 51 year old healthy male,  on Benicar for blood pressure...I feel yuck on this...

Celery seed has long history of medicinal use for a variety of health complaints including gout, arthritis and high blood pressure.  It contains a multitude of compounds that affect inflammatory processes in the body as well as other regulatory functions.

 

Apigenin... Read Full Answer

Category: Heart/Cardio
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
I am taking Plavix after triple bypass surgery, I notice that turmeric purportedly does the same thing Plavix does. Is it safe to take both?

Many herbs are thought to affect blood clotting.  Most are suspected to decrease the effectiveness of the clotting process through many different mechanisms.  This is an important issue to consider when combining certain herbs with medications. 

Coumadin is the most well known blood thinner and has a very narrow therapeutic window.  It is... Read Full Answer

Category: Heart/Cardio
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Is it safe to take EDTA with other prescription heart pills?

EDTA and chelation therapy should only be administered under the care of a supervising physician.  Drug interactions with EDTA are not well documented, however it is used in some cases related to toxicity of certain heart medications indicating it has cardiovascular actions. 

EDTA is also known to cause drops in blood pressure and problems with... Read Full Answer

Category: Heart/Cardio
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Every morning when I wake up my feet hurt to stand and walk on them, as well as my hands hurting. Now, for about a month I have had chest pains, where my chest tightens up. When I do cardio, and I...

Any chest pain or tightness needs to be evaluated by your doctor to rule out any heart problems.  The other thing you need to consider is that you might be consuming too much caffeine from your energy drinks which can cause symptoms of anxiety and chest tightness.  You may want to try discontinuing this habit for a few weeks to see if your symptoms get... Read Full Answer

Category: Heart/Cardio
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
  I am having pain from my toe to my knee daily, could this possibly by P.A.D.?


Many things can cause leg pain ranging from injury, cramps and nerve irritation to impaired circulation and infection.  Peripheral artery disease can be a very dangerous condition as it reflects a significant amount plaque buildup in your arteries.  If you have a history of heart disease in your family or have other significant risk factors for heart disease this may very well be... Read Full Answer
Category: Heart/Cardio
Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero