Why We Focus on Inflammation When It Comes to Heart Disease Prevention

Merritt W. Dunlap, MD
By Merritt W. Dunlap, MD
March 1, 2018

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. This is nothing new – heart disease has been identified as a major public health problem for the past 80 years. 

What is new is how we’re trying to prevent it. Since about half heart attacks in the United States occur in people with normal cholesterol levels, we’re focusing on more than just cholesterol levels — we’re also looking at inflammation, particularly since it’s involved in all the stages of heart disease development. 


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Merritt W. Dunlap, MD
Merritt W. Dunlap, MD

Merritt W. Dunlap, MD is an MDVIP-affiliated physician, who’s been practicing medicine for more than 25 years. He’s board certified in family medicine and Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice. Dr. Dunlap graduated from the University of Nevada School of Medicine and completed his residency at Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton in Camp Pendleton, CA. He’s an affiliate clinical faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine at University of Nevada School of Medicine and has won numerous honors and awards including Doctor of the Year at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center and Award of Excellence, University of Nevada School of Medicine.

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Swap Some Animal Proteins with Plant Proteins to Lower Cardiovascular Disease

Janet Tiberian
By Janet Tiberian
February 16, 2018

Plant-based diets are credited with preventing, treating and even reversing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. For a dedicated omnivore, plant-based proteins probably don’t sound very appealing. Who wants to swap a T-bone steak for a mushroom-lentil loaf? 


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Janet Tiberian
Janet Tiberian

Janet Tiberian is MDVIP's health educator. She has more than 25 years experience in chronic disease prevention and therapeutic exercise.

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Vitamin D Supplements May Help with Bone Health - For Everything Else, Studies Are Mixed

Janet Tiberian
By Janet Tiberian
February 16, 2018

High doses of vitamin D may quickly ease arterial stiffness in certain overweight, vitamin-deficient populations, according to a recent study conducted by the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Arterial stiffness can in crease your risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, dementia and renal disease.

But this doesn’t necessarily mean you should begin taking a vitamin D supplement to lower your cardiovascular disease risk. 


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Janet Tiberian
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Are You in Your Doctor’s Blind Spot?

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By Louis B Malinow, MD , MDVIP
February 15, 2018

Every so often I have a new patient and need to scour their medical record to prepare for their appointment. In all the years I’ve been practicing, I often notice that records are missing appropriate testing to assess risk of a heart attack. This also includes records from cardiology offices.


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Louis B Malinow, MD
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Louis B. Malinow, MD is an MDVIP-affiliated physician and board certified in Internal Medicine and Hypertension Specialist as well as a Diplomat, American Board of Clinical Lipidology, practicing for over 19 years in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Malinow graduated from the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine and completed his residency at Stanford University Hospital in Stanford, CA. Dr. Malinow is one of the only physicians in Maryland with this dual specialty in high blood pressure and high cholesterol management. He is also a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and is recognized by Best Doctors and Top Doctor by U.S. News & World Report and Baltimore Magazine. Dr. Malinow has appeared on numerous news programs advocating for preventive care and wellness.

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Focus Less on Your Cholesterol Screening and More on These 3 Tests

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By Louis B Malinow, MD , MDVIP
February 16, 2018

I realize it’s already February, but I have a resolution for you. Focus less on your cholesterol numbers. Make 2018 the year you switched your attention to your insulin level, inflammation level and LDL (bad cholesterol) particle number.


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Lower Inflammation to Reduce Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

Dr. Andrea Klemes
By Dr. Andrea Klemes , MDVIP
February 14, 2018

You may know that inflammation is an important aspect of health, but if you’re like most people, you don’t know exactly why. That’s understandable. Inflammation is a complex process. 

Sometimes inflammation is a good thing, like when you cut yourself shaving. Your body sends cells to the source of the injury to clot blood and attack foreign substances. 


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Dr. Andrea Klemes is the Chief Medical Officer of MDVIP. She also serves as the executive and organizational leader of MDVIP’s Medical Advisory Board that supports quality and innovation in the delivery of the healthcare model drawing expertise from the affiliated physicians. Dr. Klemes oversees MDVIP’s impressive outcomes data and research including hospital utilization and readmission statistics, quality of disease management in the MDVIP network and the ability to identify high-risk patients and intervene early. She is instrumental in the adoption of the Electronic Health Record use in MDVIP-affiliated practices and the creation of the data warehouse. Dr. Klemes is board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology and a fellow of the American College of Endocrinology. Dr. Klemes received her medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed an internal medicine residency at Cabrini Medical Center in Manhattan, New York and an Endocrine and Metabolism Fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Prior to joining MDVIP, Dr. Klemes worked at Procter & Gamble in the areas of personal healthcare, women’s health and digestive wellness and served as North American Medical Director for bone health. She spent 10 years in private practice specializing in endocrinology and metabolism in Tallahassee, Florida. In addition, Dr. Klemes held leadership roles with the American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association and as Medical Director of the Diabetes Center in Tallahassee and Panama City, Florida, as well as Chief of the Department of Medicine at Tallahassee Community Hospital. She has been a consultant and frequent lecturer and has completed broad clinical research in diabetes and osteoporosis and published extensively.

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Flu Raises Your Risk for a Heart Attack Seven Days After It Strikes

Janet Tiberian
By Janet Tiberian
February 9, 2018

Catching the flu may have more serious consequences than a few weeks in bed: It can trigger heart attacks, according to a new study published by The New England Journal of Medicine

Medical experts have suspected a connection between the flu (and other respiratory illnesses) and heart attacks for years but weren’t able to confirm it. That’s because most people are diagnosed with the flu based on symptoms not a specific test. 

But Canadian researchers used hospital-based data to get around that problem and study the association. 


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8 ounces whole-wheat fusilli or rotini

1 tablespoon canola oil

2 slices bacon, chopped

1 large sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced


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2 tablespoons heavy cream

1 tablespoon brewed espresso, (see Kitchen Tip)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

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