Heart/Cardio

Lower Your Cholestrol

Q: Can you combine Beta Glucan with red yeast to lower cholestrol?
A:

Yes,

Both Beta Glucan and Red Yeast Rice are generally very safe supplements and would not pose a problem if combined together.  Beta glucan is thought to lower cholesterol levels by... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 5/21/2008
Category: Heart/Cardio

Does The Yeast In Red Yeast Rice Have The Same Negative Properties As The Yeast In Wheat??

Q: I want to take the R.Y.R.E. but want to know if it will bother me like when I eat wheat products. Dont want to start the extract if I can expect to get Candidia. Thank you for your time in...
A:

Although the name implies that it is yeast, the extracts used in Red Yeast Rice products do not affect Candida issues. 

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Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 5/8/2008
Category: Heart/Cardio

Red Yeast Capsules

Q: I wanted to know can a person with no known health problems take red yeast rice capsules safely. I want to kind of prevent my chances of having a heart attack when I get older. Thanks
A:

Red yeast rice is a specific intervention for the lowering of cholesterol.  The compounds that naturally occur in this product are similar to those found in the... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 5/2/2008
Category: Heart/Cardio

Celery Seed

Q:

Good day doc, Thank you for all you do to help the public.... Q: 51 year old healthy male,  on Benicar for blood pressure...I feel yuck on this...

A:

Celery seed has long history of medicinal use for a variety of health complaints including gout, arthritis and high blood pressure.  It contains a... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 12/13/2007
Category: Heart/Cardio

Plavix

Q: I am taking Plavix after triple bypass surgery, I notice that turmeric porportedly does the same thing Plavix does. Is it safe to take both?
A:

Many herbs are thought to affect blood clotting.  Most are suspected to decrease the effectiveness of the clotting process through many different mechanisms.  This... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 11/14/2007
Category: Heart/Cardio

Edta

Q: Is it safe to take EDTA with other prescrition heart pills?
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EDTA and chelation therapy should only be administered under the care of a supervising physician.  Drug interactions with EDTA are not well documented, however it is... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 10/11/2007
Category: Heart/Cardio

Chest Pain/Hand/Feet Pain

Q: Every morning when I wake up my feet hurt to stand and walk on them, as well as my hands hurting. Now, for about a month I have had chest pains, where my chest tightens up. When I do cardio, and I...
A:

Any chest pain or tightness needs to be evaluated by your doctor to rule out any heart problems.  The other thing you need to consider is that you might be consuming... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 10/11/2007
Category: Heart/Cardio

Leg Pain And Peripheral Artery Disease

Q:   I am having pain from my toe to my knee daily, could this possibly by P.A.D.?
A: Many things can cause leg pain ranging from injury, cramps and nerve irritation to impaired circulation and infection.  Peripheral artery disease can be a very dangerous condition as it... Read_More »

Answered by: Dr. Kevin Passero
Date: 10/9/2007
Category: Heart/Cardio