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Tip 56: Know the real top 20 risk predictors of heart disease

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 8:53 AM
The media focuses on five risk predictors of cardiovascular disease: elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, obesity and smoking. It’s not that simple.
 
Here is Dr. Mark Houston’s top 20 list:

1. Endothelial dysfunction
2. Increased oxidative stress and/or lack of oxidative defenses
3. Dyslipidemia
4. Increased HS-CRP and inflammation
5. Elevated homocysteine
6. Hypertension
7. Age
8. Genetics
9. Calcification seen on heart scans
10. Hormonal deficiencies in men and women
11.  Diabetes mellitus, hyperglycemia and increased insulin levels
12. Hypothyroidism
13. Heavy-metal toxicity
14. Lack of exercise
15. Lack of sleep
16. Low levels of vitamins K and D
17. Left ventricular hypertrophy
18. Microalbuminuria and/or kidney disease
19. Obesity
20. Smoking

Copyright ©2011 Charles Poliquin

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