Acclaimed Book on Cardiovascular Disease

Authored by nationally-recognized leader in cardiovascular medicine, Dr. Mark Houston, of Nashville, TN. Picture of the book Mark C. Houston, MD, MS, ABAARM, FACP, FAHA, FASH

  • Graduate of Vanderbilt Medical School
  • Associate Clinical Professor at Vanderbilt Medical School
  • Director, Hypertension Institute, Nashville, TN
  • Staff physician at Saint Thomas Medical Group
  • Saint Thomas Hospital, Nashville, TN
  • Has presented over 10,000 lectures on hypertension
  • More than 150 articles and scientific abstracts in peer-reviewed journals, textbooks, handbooks and films

‘OLD TRUTHS’ rebutted:

  1. Abnormal cholesterol levels are not primary causes or indicators of coronary heart disease
  2. Consuming a high-cholesterol diet does not significantly raise blood cholesterol levels for most people
  3. All LDL “bad cholesterol” is not harmful and does not necessarily cause coronary heart disease
  4. All HDL “good” cholesterol is not protective –  some types may promote coronary heart disease
  5. Blood pressure readings taken in office may not be an accurate measurement of true blood pressure
  6. A fasting morning blood sugar reading of 99 mgl/dL, is not safe or normal
  7. A normal body weight..does not ensure heart health as it doesn’t reflect the amount of risky visceral fat

‘NEW TRUTHS’ revealed: P. 6 Coronary heart disease doesn’t come from cholesterol; it is the result of inflammation, oxidative stress (free radical damage) and autoimmune damage to coronary arteries and other arteries throughout the body. These are the elements you should be attempting to control. P. 18 For years we believed that heart disease began with atherosclerosis…That idea is now obsolete.  Today we understand that heart disease begins with an injury to the endothelium. (Italics added) P. 22-23        Tests to detect endothelial dysfunction: Carotid Duplex Scans                   Carotid Intima-Media Thickness Lower Extremity Arterial Duplex Scans                  EndoPAT (measuring blood flow via Peripheral Arterial  Tonometry) 

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