Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dr. Kang's Posts

What is LDL Apheresis?

In my last blog concerning the genetic disorder called familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), I mentioned an invasive treatment called LDL apheresis as a potential therapy when medications do not reach target goals.  Apheresis is a procedure in which whole blood is withdrawn from a person, run through various filters to remove the desired... Read moreChevron

Familial Hypercholesterolemia: It’s Not All Your Fault

In our country we are quick to blame our Western diet and lack of exercise as the main cause of high cholesterol.  I suppose that by doing so, it gives us some hope that we can change our cholesterol levels by sheer will power and thus reduce our risk of heart disease. We have the sense then that high cholesterol is something that we can... Read moreChevron

Cranberries and Cholesterol

The cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) comes from a low growing vine plant that predominantly is found on the eastern seaboard of the US from New England down as far south as the Carolinas.  The US is the largest producer of commercial cranberries providing some 500 million pounds of the red berry on the world market.  Cranberries are... Read moreChevron

Can Tomato Ketchup Prevent a Heart Attack?

Americans love to eat tomatoes.  In fact, an average American consumes about 17lbs of fresh tomatoes annually and over 60lbs of processed tomatoes such as in tomato sauce and ketchup.  Tomatoes are a rich source of essential nutrients such as vitamins A, C, E, and folate.  In addition to these vitamins, tomatoes are also rich in a... Read moreChevron

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Cholesterol

Can sleep affect cholesterol? Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition in which varying degrees of repetitive upper airway obstruction create disturbances in normal breathing patterns during sleep. The soft tissues of the upper airway can collapse as the muscles in this area become fully relaxed during sleep. Complete or partial obstruction... Read moreChevron