CW: Omega-3 Fatty Acids–Part 2

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The Biology of Omega-3 fatty acids: (Just a little science:) When fish, flax-seeds or Brussels sprouts pass through the intestine, pancreatic enzymes transform the fat to free fatty acids. These acids are quickly taken up by the cells. Once in the cell, these fatty acids enter the mitochondria, endoplasmic reticulum and cytosol–places that you might […]

Have a heart America…

As an American, I was proud when I heard the news.  I grinned to myself. It was on my way to work, through a beautiful city park, with the sun rising over the hillside.  The morning radio program reported the news that a California judge overturned their state’s ban on gay marriage. I know what you […]

Alcohol and atrial fibrillation: questions, conflicts and choices…

Have you ever had a cold beer after a mountain bike ride? Oh my! But does such indulgence put one at risk for an arrhythmia? Does alcohol exacerbate an existing arrhythmia? How much, if any, alcohol is acceptable? These are questions I am asked frequently.  And for those asking, they are very important questions. I […]

Success in heart health stems from the simple…

The solution is so easy.  It sits right before our eyes.  The methodology is known. Small Steps to Heart Health was big headlines in today’s WSJ.  As if the secret was revealed. The report succinctly argues that simple lifestyle choices, like daily exercise and better nutrition are surprisingly successful. Shocking! As an illustration of a […]