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Please pass on the salt!


Last month, the CDC reported that 9 out of 10 Americans consume more sodium than is recommended.  The average was almost 3300mg, whereas the recommended dose is 2300mg for regular joes and 1500mg for high-risk individuals!  More than that, most of that sodium came from only ten food groups, most of which are from grocery stores: cold cuts, pizza, soup, bread, pasta, cheese, snacks (chips, pretzels).  Follow the link below to see them all.  While we can’t completely avoid salt (and most of us admit to loving those chips or pretzels), make sure you pay attention to how much you eat.  Too much sodium can not only lead to unwanted bloating and water weight, but also higher risk for heart attacks and strokes. 

Leading Food Groups Containing Sodium–CDC MMWR

True or False: Soda is okay if it is “diet”?

According to a recent study that followed 2500 people for 10 years, daily intake of diet sodas was associated with an increased risk of diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, obesity, and other vascular risks.  While this study was not completely conclusive, it does add to the growing body of research that suggests diet soda–like regular soda–is not doing our bodies any favors, and may be hurting us.

For a summary of the Journal of General Internal Medicine article click here:

Be One in a Million Hearts!

You don’t have to be old to have a heart attack or a stroke.  Every day about 2200 people die from heart disease–1 out of every 3–and most of them are younger than 65!   There are many risk factors that lead to strokes and heart attacks–some are obvious, while others are silent and not even detected on traditional laboratory evaluations for heart risk. As American Heart Month comes to an end, let it be the beginning of your decision to build and maintain a healthy heart!  Start by seeing a doctor who will do a thorough and proactive evaluation, and be a part of the CDC’s campaign to prevent a million strokes and heart attacks!


To read more about the Million Hearts campaign, click here.  To learn more about Cornerstone’s focus on prevention click here.

Salty Love Leads to Painful Hearts


A recent study by the CDC found that 9 out of 10 people consume more sodium than is necessary – a whopping 3300mg as opposed to the <2300mg recommendation.  We do love our salt!  But too much sodium can cause severe health issues such as heart disease and strokes.  Read this article to get an idea of which foods contain the most sodium so you can make better, more informed choices about your meals!

In Your Corner: February 2012 – Love Your Heart!


With February comes Valentine’s Day.  As we spread our love to those dearest to us, let’s share that love with our own hearts!  Check out Cornerstone’s Feburary 2012 newsletter for heart-healthy knowledge, tips, fun facts, and even a recipe!  Follow the link to read the newsletter, from our corner to yours! In Your Corner: February 2012

Stocks break hearts…literally


Worried that the stock market’s recent roller coaster ride will hurt you financially?  Unfortunately the health of your wallet may not be the only thing to worry about when stocks go crazy like they have recently.  Research published in the European Heart Journal this summer looked at stock market volatility and how it relates to Coronary Heart Disease (i.e. heart attacks).  They found that the more volatile stock market was–in either a downward or upward direction–the more deaths from heart disease that occurred.

So…don’t forget about your physical health while working toward financial health!  Since about half the time sudden death is the first sign of heart problems, come in today to get a more comprehensive check-up and get started on a heart-wealthy life!

FDA’s New Graphic Cigarette Warnings


Following up on our posts from back in November, the FDA recently released nine graphic images which, come next summer, will be required to be on all cigarette packages, cartons, and advertisements alongside their warning labels.  They’re intended to not only steer away potential smokers, but to actualize the risk of smoking.  What do you think?    To read the article and view the graphics, check out the Washington Post articleWarning: the images are graphic.


Mind-Body Links

I often talk to my patients about the connections between one aspect of our health with others.  Three recent studies provide additional examples of this.  In the first an association between Alzheimer’s disease and low HDL cholesterol was seen.  In the second, a type of counseling was found to reduce the risk of repeat heart attack by 45%.  In the third, metabolic syndrome (a constellation of problems correlated with heart disease) was reversed in patients who followed a particular healthy diet. 

These kinds of connections are why I designed Cornerstone Private Practice to facilitate a whole-person approach to care.  Although medicines can be important, they aren’t always the answer to every problem.  By taking the time to understand the issues and discuss the options, we can come up with approaches to care tailored to each patient individually.

Heart Attacks Preventable

Did you see the article in the Virginia Pilot on Thanksgiving about heart attack prevention?  Here’s a quote from it: “Up to 90 percent of first-time heart attacks might be prevented if people were screened in advance and took the proper medications”.  That is per the lead author of the study the article references.  You can find the article at