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Staying Positive and Upbeat Everyday Using Simple Skills

In a world that bombards us with negative news, it is crucial to learn skills to protect your attitude and outlook and keep it focused on the positive. Here are some tips that work at the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity

Nov 28th, 2021
Ditch Your Fear of "Carbs" and Starch: Keep it Whole

The idea of eating a high "carb" diet has been so demonized that some will avoid and apple or beans for fear of gaining weight or becoming diabetic type 2. Nothing could be further from the truth if you keep it whole.

Nov 14th, 2021
Glowing Skin, Glowing Arteries: Simple and Safe Steps Now

What is collagen? Collagen is the protein that forms connective fibers in tissues such as skin, ligaments, cartilage, bones and teeth. Collagen also acts as a kind of intracellular “glue” that gives support, shape and bulk to blood vessels, bones, and

Nov 6th, 2021
Healthy Skin, Healthy Arteries: Simple Steps to Get Both!

What is collagen? Collagen is the protein that forms connective fibers in tissues such as skin, ligaments, cartilage, bones and teeth. Collagen also acts as a kind of intracellular “glue” that gives support, shape and bulk to blood vessels, and bones.

Nov 6th, 2021
Check Your Earlobes Now To Assess Your Heart Health! Really!

Sadly, heart disease still causes more deaths in the Western world than any other condition. Early detection is key and can involved exercise tests, CT scans, and lab studies. Yet, looking in the mirror is one of the most powerful steps to do.

Oct 30th, 2021
Myths About Vegan Diets: Pitfalls to Avoid for Health

A number of people have identified veganism as one of the biggest trends in health. The reality is that the number of persons identifying their diet as plant-based or vegan is growing larger and larger. Yet, veganism must be done "right".

Oct 23rd, 2021
A Young Heart Requires Aged Garlic: A Science Superfood

The nutrients derived from whole plant foods repeatedly show health benefits. Some have unique science data and garlic is one of those. Research has shown that the concentrated components of aged garlic, even odorless, are a powerhouse for the heart

Oct 16th, 2021
Vitamin C and Lipoprotein(a): The Evidence for Benefit

Lipoprotein(a) is an inherited cholesterol particle effected 20-25% of all persons on the planet and it can harm arteries and heart valves throughout life. Standard therapies currently available are not approved for lowering this particle.

Oct 9th, 2021
The Daniel Fast: 21 Days to Better Metabolic Health

Not everything new is better. An ancient 21 day diet plan from the Bible called the Daniel Fast has been tested at a major university to see if it would improve measures of metabolic health. The results how "there is nothing new under the sun".

Sep 25th, 2021
Cancer Therapy and the Heart: An Interview on Cardiooncology

I was interviewed recently by my friends, Drs. Roy and March, at Associates in Integrative Medicine (https://www.aimnatural.com/). I wanted to share the interview as the overlap of heart and cancer care (cardiooncology) is a growing field of care.

Sep 11th, 2021
Can Infrared Sauna Therapy Heal Your Health?

It may seem a stretch to view a sauna as a path to preserving health or even reversing disease. In reality, there are many impactful research studies showing benefits for heart health, blood pressure, and weight control. Consider sauna as a therapy!

Sep 4th, 2021
Ground Flax Seed is a Health Hero!

You know about greens, beets, watermelon and other heart healthy foods. But ground flax seeds? New data push ground flax seeds to the top and I recommend 2 heaping tablespoons a day as a routine.

Aug 14th, 2021
Men's Health: Eating for Your Prostate

Prostate health is taken for granted but enlarged prostate glands causes men major discomfort and surgery is often needed. Prostate cancer is an even more serious issue. What if you could eat to reduce both of these health risks? You can. Learn More

Aug 8th, 2021
The Top 8 Supplements to a Fully Vegan Diet

I am approaching my 45th years on an all plant diet. I depend on whole foods, as close to nature and unprocessed, as possible. However, even this superior long-term choice may have "holes" in achieving optimal nutrient levels. These are my top 8 choices.

Jul 31st, 2021
Loving Your Endothelium and Glycocalyx

There are 50-60,000 miles of arteries in your body, all lined by a fascinating layer called the endothelium. A healthy endothelium is a healthy body. On top of the endothelium is an even more important structure called the glycocalyx.

Jul 28th, 2021
Mercury, Lead, Arsenic, Cadmium: "Heavy Metals" to Know

With the growth of the industrial world increased concentrations of toxic chemicals have become come. Amongst these, a group of substances called "heavy metals" are more frequent and can play a role in cardiovascular disease. Knowing about them is wise.

Jul 17th, 2021
Important Reasons to Eat a Plant Diet for Health and More

Looking to prevent illness? Reverse disease? Maintain your weight? Help the environment? Be kind to animals? Feel more energy? Think clearly? All of that and more is possible with a plant diet. Here are important reasons why to jump in now.

Jun 25th, 2021
Important Reasons to Eat a Plant Diet

Looking for a health upgrade? A disease prevention diet? A disease reversal diet? Weight loss? Living pain free? All of that comes from a plant diet. Here are strong reasons to choose a plant diet.

Jun 25th, 2021
A Second Opinion is Your First Choice

Have you been told you need a heart catheterization, heart stent, open heart bypass, or valve replacement? Although these may appear to be common procedures, risks and alternatives may exist. A second opinion is often your first choice.

Jun 19th, 2021
Meat Is Causing Inflammation & Making You Age Faster

Meat is a staple in many diets but the science has progressed to explain why many studies relate meat consumption and chronic disease like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Dr. Kahn explains the science of meat and why your should avoid it.

Jun 12th, 2021
Natural Health: Quercetin and Heart Disease

Quercetin and quinoa may be tied for the two toughest words to pronounce in the health world. Unlike quinoa, which is a food, quercetin is found in foods but is not a food itself. It can be pronounced either as “quer-sit-in” or “quer-see-tin”.

May 30th, 2021
HEARTMATH: Using Your Phone to Lower Your Stress

Stress is high in 2021 and strategies to manage and lower stress are key. One of the largest science projects to use technology to lower stress is called Heartmath. Dr Kahn reviews why he uses and recommends it for optimal health.

May 23rd, 2021
Four Tips to Live Long and Well

Lifespan has increased dramatically in the last 100 years but "healthspan", or the number of years free of chronic medical issues, has stalled. Can we both live long and well? Here are 4 tips from the Kahn Center and Joel Kahn, MD, FACC

May 8th, 2021
Saturated Fat and Your Heart: How to Read Science

Conflicting studies on diet and heart health are common. How do you evaluate headlines? What do world class scientists recommend. No single study justifies a change in decades of science. A 35,000 foot view of all the science is recommended.

May 4th, 2021
Lipoprotein(a): What You Must Know

Lipoprotein(a) or Lp(a) is a "sticky cholesterol" particle under genetic control that is different than the lipids measured on a routine clinic visit. It must be ordered specially even though it is widely available and inexpensive. Do you know your level?

Apr 24th, 2021
Understanding and Mastering Inflammation

To be a good student of the human body and health, it is important to understand a process in our bodies called inflammation. Although a mouthful of a word, the root is the word flame like a fire that destroys your tissues.

Apr 18th, 2021
Why Good Sleep is a Major Heart Goal

Sleep quality may seem outside the wheelhouse of a cardiologist but in reality, without consistent and deep sleep of approximately 7-8 hours nightly, heart health and habits deteriorate. At the Kahn Center, sleep is a major topic of care.

Apr 11th, 2021
How To Reverse Atherosclerosis (Heart Disease and More)

At the Kahn Center we routinely see reversal of atherosclerosis in 6-24 months using CIMT (digitized carotid ultrasound) and other imaging modalities. While some argue that reversal is not possible, seeing is believing and we see reversal frequently.

Apr 4th, 2021
Heart Health: And End to Heart Attacks (and ED)

Death from heart attack is an equal risk for both men and women, but on average, occurs earlier in men. A focus on why arteries clog, how to detect the process years before a heart attack, and strategies to prevent heart disease are important goals.

Mar 27th, 2021
The Amazing Path From Your Mouth To Your Heart

How can you use food to improve your heart and overall health? We teach food as medicine at the Kahn Center and eating greens and beats, chewed for maximal benefit, is another habit for optimal health.

Mar 21st, 2021
What You Must Know About Lipoprotein(a)

Lipoprotein(a) or Lp(a) is a complex cholesterol molecule inherited in 25% of people in an elevated blood level. It can cause heart and vascular disease but is rarely measured. The Kahn Center is a referral center in managing this problem.

Mar 4th, 2021
13 Ideas for Optimal Heart Health

Heart Month reminds us that we must have a plan to maintain a healthy heart and avoid the statistic that it is the number 1 risk to our lives. Here outlined from Dr. Kahn's book Dead Execs are 13 Steps to take now!

Feb 26th, 2021
Precision Cardiology: An Example with the MTHFR Gene

Although we share over 99% of our genes, there are differences called SNP's (Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms) that are minor changes to our genes that may make a pathway not function optimally. The MTHFR gene is one we track and treat at the Kahn Center.

Feb 21st, 2021
Eggs and Death? Nutrition Science Explained

While it is obvious that food choices and food quality are a major determinant of health, which foods? What about conflicting reports? There is a method to evaluate new headlines like eggs raise the risk of death.

Feb 13th, 2021
Men's Health: The Heart Bone is Connected to The Other Bone!

The wellness movement and its message of health, fcusing on unprocessed food, clean water, upgraded personal care products, regular fitness, meaningful relationships and stress management is as important to men as to women. But men don't just get it.

Feb 5th, 2021
5 Steps To Live Longer: With Recipes

At the Kahn Center we teach steps to feel better and to improve health metrics for a longer and healthier life. The steps to take do not need to be difficult or expensive. Her are 5 simple steps to take starting today.

Jan 30th, 2021
CIMT Ultrasound: A Window to Your Arterial Age

CIMT testing, or ‘carotid intimal medial thickness’ testing, is a new and powerful approach that is simple to administer, involves non-ionizing radiation, and is 88-92% correlated with cardiovascular disease – much more accurate than most commonly used bas

Jan 23rd, 2021
10 SMALL CHANGES FOR A HEALTHIER HEART

Every year roughly 610,000 Americans die of heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States for both sexes.  Yet research shows little shifts in diet and lifestyle can significantly boost your heart health.  Here are 10 to do now.

Jan 16th, 2021
Measuring Artery Age to Reverse Atherosclerosis

"If you can't measure it, you can't improve it" is an often used business philosophy that may apply to optimal health too. Aging of arteries can be measured but rarely is assessed annually to guide therapy. Here is how we do it at the Kahn Center.

Jan 9th, 2021
Congestive Heart Failure: A Natural (Integrative) Approach

Congestive heart failure is a common and serious cardiac disorder. Once fully characterized as to the root cause, heart failure is treated with lifestyle and Rx medications. The role for natural and integrative therapies of heart failure are discussed

Jan 1st, 2021
Treating Atrial Fibrillation Naturally

One of the most common of heart conditions is an irregular heart beat called atrial fibrillation. It can be present some or all of the time. It usually requires many medications and procedurs to control. Is their a natural option?

Dec 19th, 2020
High Heart Calcium CT Scan Score: What to Do Now? Part 2

A heart calcium CT scan is the most available, cost-effective, and accurate test to screen for silent heart disease of the 3 major arteries. What do you do when you the results come back and the score is high? This is what we do at the Kahn Center

Dec 14th, 2020
High Heart Calcium CT Scan Score: What to Do? Part 1

Many people are having a heart calcium CT score (also known as a coronary artery calcium score or CACS). This is an important test that is simple, safe and inexpensive. The results may be concerning and high. What to do? Part 2 will follow.

Dec 6th, 2020
10 Holiday Gifts I Love for Natural Health and Prevention

Holidays or any day, healthy gifts are a joy to give and receive. I have tried many healthy items, foods and treatments. I wanted to share my top 10 that you may not be aware of. Health. Happiness. Natural Health and Prevention

Nov 21st, 2020
HOW TO HAVE A NORMAL BLOOD PRESSURE: 11 NATURAL THERAPIES

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is the number one killer worldwide. Step one is to measure blood pressure at home and work. Step two is to find therapies and lifestyle changes (exercise, diet, sleep, weight loss) that return it to normal.

Nov 12th, 2020
Heart Stent in a 34 Year-Old! The Role of Lipoprotein(a)

Lipoprotein(a) is a common inherited cholesterol particle that can cause blocked arteries and valves leading to heart attacks and other serious issues. This case study demonstrates the importance of Lp(a) in a young patient.

Oct 19th, 2020
A Whole Food Plant Meal Plan to Consider

Some have said that changing diet habits from unhealthy to whole foods and healthy is harder than changing one's religion! I disagree and this eating plan may give you some ideas to feel better, look better, and prevent disease.

Jul 11th, 2021
A Fast Start for Your Plant Based Diet (Vegan)

Is there evidence for a plant-based diet? How do you learn more? Can a plant-based diet benefit your heart, brain, kidneys, skin and even your sexual health? Joel Kahn, MD of the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity suggests simple steps to get started.

Oct 31st, 2020
5 Health Benefits of Sex and the Heart

Eat your vegetables and fruits, get seven to nine hours of sleep, don’t smoke, walk 30 minutes a day, stand more, stress less, be more mindful. If you add in a healthy sexual life you are also protecting your wellness!

Jul 29th, 2019
6 Ways to Kick Off a Plant-Based Diet

You’ve decided to avoid animal products and jump into the world of plant-based eating but you’re wondering what your three meals a day and snacks are going to look like. How will you order at restaurants? What do you need to stock up on at home?

Sep 6th, 2017