Steven Kang, M.D.

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Steven Kang, M.D., is a general cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist who believes that the best way to treat heart disease is to prevent it. He wrote for HealthCentral as a health professional for Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, and High Cholesterol.

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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 prov...

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 collaps...

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 ...

Cholesterol and Your Mood

By the early 1990s, the link between high cholesterol and heart disease was well established and the era of therapies to lower cholesterol with the intent of reducing heart disease risk had begun. In this decade, hundreds of studies and tens of thous...

Red Yeast Rice: A Safe Therapy to Lower Cholesterol?

Tea is not the only ancient remedy for lowering cholesterol that has gained popularity over the past years. Red yeast rice is a food that has been a part of Asian culture for thousands of years. Red yeast rice is simply rice that has been allowed to ...

Tea Proven to Help Lower Total Cholesterol

Tea is an ancient drink that dates back over 5,000 years. People have not only enjoyed its distinct taste but have also used it for medicinal purposes as well. Today, tea is the most commonly consumed beverage on the planet, second only to water. Tea ...

Could High Cholesterol Be at the Bottom of Your Strained Sex Life?

A reader recently asked if high cholesterol can directly affect your sex life. The answer to this question is yes, but the effect may not be immediate. Studies have shown that some of the traditional risk factors for heart disease, such as high chole...

Lower Your Cholesterol, Eat Peanuts

Peanuts have always been a favorite food of Americans and can be consumed in a variety of ways, including the stand-alone peanut to cooking with peanut oil. In fact, we consume ~2.5 billion pounds of peanuts per year, about half of which is in the fo...

Cholesterol and Your Kidneys: A Fatal Connection

Chronic kidney disease in itself has been found to be an independent predictor for the development of heart disease and is associated with an overall poorer prognosis. This effect occurs throughout the entire spectrum of kidney failure ranging from t...

HIV Therapy Linked to High Cholesterol: What You Should Know

It wasn’t too long ago that the annual mortality from HIV infection exceeded 20 percent/yr. Much to the credit of the scientific community which aggressively researched this disease and to the credit of our society as a whole for accepting the realit...