Latest by William Davis, M.D.

Heart Disease Diet: Do You Have a "Wheat Belly"?

Low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, small LDL particles: the most common triad of abnormalities today behind heart disease. Along with this pattern comes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, diabetes and pre-diabetes, increased inflammation, i...

Correct Heart Disease through Your Thyroid: Learn How

When should low thyroid be considered and when could it be blamed for contributing to risk for heart disease? You’d think the answer would be straightforward: Either it’s normal or it isn’t. But the boundary between "normal" and "low&...

Heart Scan Mix-Up: What You Need to Know

The New York Times featured an article on June 29th that discussed rapidly expanding use of CT scans for the heart. The article discusses the potential for overuse of this and other diagnostic testing when the physician actually owns the device and p...

Melatonin: Natural Supplement to Lower Blood Pressure?

Melatonin is a sleep hormone, produced by the pineal gland seated deep inside the brain, as well as other parts of the body, such as the gastrointestinal tract. For years, melatonin has been recognized as a regulator of circadian rhythms, the natural ...

Can Blood Pressure Be Too Low?

Let’s first take a look at what drives your blood pressure. Unlike a river, which flows continuously downstream, blood flow is pulsatile, with ebb and flow driven by pumping heart muscle. This cycle repeats itself 60 or so times each minute, every ti...

Treating High Blood Pressure in the Elderly

If you’re around my age (early 50s), then you are probably old enough to remember the days when standard advice for blood pressure treatment was based on age. In the 1970s, for instance, the rule for blood pressure treatment was “120 plus age.” A 50-...

Heart disease and osteoporosis: Same problem, different place?

Several studies over the years have demonstrated a curious paradox: **People with more osteoporosis (thin bones) are more likely to have coronary disease and heart attacks. They also tend to have higher heart scan scores (more coronary calcification ...

What if "normal" blood pressure is really high blood pressure?

“Oh, no. I don’t have high blood pressure,” declared Ron after I informed him that his pressure of 138/78 was on the high side. “Lots of times I take it and it’s lower than that, like 120 or 130.” Ron admitted that his primary care physician had told ...

Don't deny your high blood pressure: Manage it!

For some strange reason, people will vigorously deny having high blood pressure. “I’m nervous.” “I fought traffic to get here” “You wouldn’t believe the stress I’m under!” or “Wait until I relax a little while and it’ll come down.” All are common rea...

What is a "good" cholesterol level?

Warren, a 56-year old accounting manager at a manufacturing plant, recently came to my office and asked, “My doctor said my LDL cholesterol was 141. He said that’s too high. But I’ve talked this over with some of my co-workers, and they tell me that ...