Heart Health Resources
Women’s International Pharmacy is dedicated to the education of our customers and practitioners. This page showcases our resources related to cardiovascular disease and optimizing heart health, focusing on the role of hormone balance. There are many questions about which hormones are beneficial to heart health, and which hormones may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. These articles outline these concerns by investigate specific studies, reviewing books on the topic, and comparing the opinions of various practitioners and researchers.
Connections: Matters of the Heart
Although women tend to perceive cancer as their biggest health threat, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women across most races in the US. Maintaining optimal hormone balance is an integral step in preventing cardiovascular disease and enjoying a healthy heart.
Connections: The Complexities of Cholesterol
Popular belief holds that high cholesterol is a primary cause of atherosclerosis. In fact, for many people, lowering cholesterol may not be the most important factor in reducing heart disease risk. So what do we really know about cholesterol?
Hot Flashes and Heart Disease
Women with hot flashes and night sweats, as compared to women without these symptoms, may have unfavorable risks for heart and blood vessel disease.
Testosterone and Heart Disease
Evidence continues to mount that there is no scientific basis for the assumption that testosterone supplementation causes heart problems.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy and Cardiovascular Disease
There have been few medical debates more contentious than the current controversy surrounding testosterone replacement therapy and cardiovascular disease.
Book Review – Heart Attacks, Heart Failure and Diabetes
Heart Attacks, Heart Failure and Diabetes reminds us of the fundamental nature of thyroid function in diseases that are of epidemic proportions today.
Book Review – The Statin Disaster
In this book, Dr. David Brownstein clearly states that statin medications fail to prevent or treat heart disease for nearly everyone who takes them. Dr. Brownstein is concerned because most busy practitioners do not take the time to fully understand the statistics used in drug studies well enough to critically examine the findings.
Book Review – The Magic of Cholesterol Numbers
Conventional medicine has adopted the misconception that elevated cholesterol levels mean that cholesterol is attacking our arteries. While statin medications reduce cholesterol levels by interfering with its production, this has only met with limited success. Dr. Dzugan contends that this approach is not viable, and asks the question: Why does cholesterol get such a bad rap?
Melatonin and the Heart
Melatonin decreases inflammation and positively affects blood pressure and cholesterol, and has also been identified as a powerful antioxidant. Not only have low melatonin levels been observed at various stages of coronary heart disease, but melatonin plays a role in normal heart function as well.
Testosterone: A Heart-Healthy Hormone?
A weak heartbeat is a symptom of low testosterone, and high estrogen levels have been associated with myocardial infarction. Maintaining optimal testosterone levels remains at the center of heart health for men, recognizing that estrogens and progesterone also play their part.
Homocysteine, Hormones, and Heart Disease
High homocysteine levels have been associated with an increased risk for heart disease and other chronic medical conditions. Read this short article on how