Cardiology Education 2018-08-31T12:21:42+00:00


As a practicing cardiologist, I have found that many patients have similar questions regarding their cardiovascular health. Whether it’s what their ideal blood pressure or cholesterol should be, or what might be causing a particular symptom, in this section I will work to clarify many of these common issues.


The Fat Truth About Diabetes

The Fat Truth About Diabetes There is a common misconception that eating too many carbohydrates is responsible for causing diabetes. While eating foods with refined flours and sugars may play a contributory role, it is [...]

Animal Protein: Adverse Effects Beyond Fat and Cholesterol

There is a misconception in Western society that in order to obtain adequate amounts of protein, one must consume animal-based foods. Proteins are composed of building blocks called amino acids, and just like animal protein, [...]

The Cardiovascular Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Introduction Intermittent fasting has become increasingly popular over the past couple of years, as a means not only of helping weight loss, but also for touted benefits of favorably influencing our genes to reduce aging, [...]

Hypertension: Home Blood Pressure Monitoring and Non-pharmacologic Treatment Measures

The current guidelines from the American College of Cardiology recommend close home monitoring of blood pressure by patients. Why is this? We are reluctant to diagnose a patient with hypertension based on only one or [...]

Coronary Artery Calcium Score

In my cardiology practice, I encounter a fair number of young to middle-age patients who are interested in screening for cardiovascular disease. For some, it's just curiosity, while others are eager to explore their own [...]

Plant-Based Diets: A Physician’s Guide

A Physician's Guide To Plant-Based Diets

Food Revolution Summit 2018

Brain Health: Keep Your Mind Healthy at Every Stage of Life Dale Bredesen, MD: The End Of Alzheimer's Daniel Amen, MD: Foods Your Brain Will Love Dean and Ayesha Sherzai, MD: Preventing Dementia With Nutrition

Below are selected handouts provided by the Institute for Functional Medicine. These can be printed and used for your individualized food and exercise plans.   General Dietary Information Functional Nutrition Fundamentals - Eating Your Way [...]

Side Effects of Statins

Despite the proven benefits of the cholesterol-lowering statin medications in reducing future cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes, particularly in those with known cardiovascular disease, many patients remain reluctant to take these medications [...]

The Best Diet to Lower Bad Cholesterol

High cholesterol is a major contributing factor for heart attacks and stroke, the first and fifth leading causes of death in our country. While the traditionally recommended goal for total cholesterol is to achieve a [...]

Can We Use Diet to Treat High Blood Pressure? A Review of the DASH Diet

How much sodium should we be consuming? The American Heart Association recommends limiting sodium consumption to no more than 2300mg daily, but ideally trying to keep this under 1500mg. Most Americans consume roughly 3400mg. Almost universally, [...]