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Saturated Fats: Dietary Angels or Demons?

Saturated Fats: Dietary Angels or Demons?

In order to reduce cardiovascular events, dietary guidelines recommend restricting saturated fatty acids—without taking into account differences among them—to <10% of the daily caloric intake. It should be noted that there are many different saturated fatty acids, each with its own biological effect. Moreover, said biological effect could be modified by the food matrix and

Dietas bajas en carbohidratos y progresión de la calcificación coronaria

Low-Carb Diet and Coronary Artery Calcium Progression

People on low carb diets since a young age present increased risk of coronary artery calcium progression, particularly when carbs are replaced by animal protein and fat.  This study included CARDIA participants (Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults) receiving a CT scan between the years 2000 and 2001 for calcium scoring, who also completed

Dieta proinflamatoria y su potencial para desencadenar eventos cardiovasculares

Pro-Inflammatory Diet and Its Potential to Trigger Cardiovascular Events

As interventional cardiologists, we cannot delegate the responsibility of providing adequate advice on healthy habits. More importantly, we cannot be ignorant about them. Our medical intervention does not end with the final angiography; this is actually the beginning, since cardiovascular disease is chronic.  This paper assessed the important role played by inflammation on cardiovascular disease

Dieta proinflamatoria y su potencial para desencadenar eventos cardiovasculares

What Is the Healthiest Diet?

This review published in JACC focuses on the foods we shood consume rather than the foods we should avoid eating (the latter being the most common focus).  In this regard, the Mediterranean diet, with fish as protein source, should be the gold standard, the ultimate goal being to extend life expectancy. Promoting cardiovascular health based

Aceite de oliva y riesgo cardiovascular ¿A mayor consumo menos enfermedad?

Olive Oil and Cardiovascular Risk: The Higher the Consumption, the Lower the Risk?

High olive oil intake was associated with lower risk of coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease in two large prospective cohorts of men and women. The substitution of margarine, butter, mayonnaise, and dairy fat with olive oil can have a significant impact on cardiovascular health. The benefits of olive oil intake have been well studied

Recomendaciones de la ACC con el nuevo coronavirus

ACC Recommendations against the New Coronavirus

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has launched a document summarizing the potential implications of the new coronavirus identified in Wuhan, China. This new virus has been called COVID-19 by the WHO. According to the WHO reports, there are around 93000 confirmed cases across the world, and around 12600 are outside China. In Latin America,

cardiovascular health

Is There a “Safe” Dose for Meat Consumption?

Meat consumption is associated with a small but significant increase in cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality. The dose-response relationship was clear, and no meat “dose” was safe. Eating red meat, both processed (sausages, cold cuts) and unprocessed, is associated with a small increase in mortality according to this analysis that will be published in JAMA

¿El alcohol es bueno, malo o neutro para la salud cardiovascular?

Alcohol and Atrial Fibrillation: More Reasons for Moderate Consumption

Reducing alcohol consumption should be included in the “package” of secondary prevention recommendations, not only for its impact on arteries, but also because it reduces atrial fibrillation (AF). Alcohol abstinence might improve arrhythmia symptoms and reduce the chances of recurrence in patients who have already had an episode of AF. Regular alcohol consumers who were

Programas de ejercicios en la enfermedad vascular periférica

How Much Should We Exercises to Reduce Mortality?

Physical activity has been shown to reduce mortality in a dose/response manner, just like any drug. But many still wonder: are there any minimal requirements in terms of amount or intensity? Is there such a thing as “toxic exercise”? And finally, is exercising equally beneficial to all? This study, conducted by Dr Sang-Woo Jeong from

cardiovascular health

Vitamin D Supplements for the Prevention of Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease

A supplement (or anything, really) that might reduce simultaneously the risk of cardiovascular disease and of cancer would be truly revolutionary. This work, published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), sought to prove that vitamin D supplements might reduce the risk for both pathologies (the two most frequent diseases in the world). However,

Saltearse el desayuno y riesgo cardiovascular

Skipping Breakfast and Cardiovascular Risk

Several studies have associated skipping breakfast (having little to no breakfast) with increased cardiometabolic risk factors such as obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.&nbsp; This study examined all the available evidence on the association of skipping breakfast and cardiovascular and all-cause mortality. It included 4 studies with close to 200,000 adults (mean age ≥40,