High Salt Effects Calcium

Calcium Could Deplete in the Body with High Salt Diets


The issue is when salt is excreted from the body it takes calcium along for the ride. This results in an increased risk for kidney stones and of course osteoporosis. Another condition of course is leading to High Blood Pressure.

The latest research done from the University of Alberta found an important link between sodium and calcium. When the sodium levels are at increased the body excretes it via the urine. What they found is that when this happens Sodium take Calcium for a ride as well. Well this depletes essential calcium stores in the body, which can lead to conditions such as osteoporosis, kidney stones, and because it affects our balance it could lead to increased blood pressure.

As we know the North American diet does have lots of Sodium in it. We do require sodium but not as much. When we eat out often or eat processed foods we tend to increase the required daily intake. This of course could lead to getting rid of vital calcium stores in our body. We work so hard to get essential nutrients but eating a high salt diet can counter act our goals of achieving optimal nutrient levels.


Sodium and Calcium both appear to be regulated by the same molecule in the body. It has been known for a long time this molecule was responsible for sodium absorption in the body, but the new findings suggest playing a role in calcium levels is new.


Watch your salt intake. But you don’t want it to go to nothing. You do need salt just not as much found in a regular North American diet. Make sure your vital nutrients are at optimal level.


To your heart health success,

Diamond Fernandes

Polypill to prevent Heart Attacks

Polypill to Prevent Heart Attacks

The results of a randomized trial in London did manage to have large reductions in blood cholesterol and blood pressure. Of course, blood pressure and cholesterol are risk factor to heart disease.

The Polypill is a three pill tablet that contains three blood pressure lowering medications and a statin for lowering cholesterol. This pill was given to people with no cardiovascular disease and over 50.

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The studied showed a 12% reduction in blood pressure and a 39% in LDL cholesterol. So of course this would result in a reduction in heart attacks and strokes, specifically a 28% reduction.

Yes that is a lot of heart attack and strokes avoided. But it still means taking a pill and to be honest there is no magic pill.

Yes I have said this a lot of times, I would love to see what happened if there was some type of lifestyle intervention involved; such as exercising, eating well with healthy supplements or some great stress management intervention.

The majority of people in this world are looking for quick fixes and there is really no such pill that can do that. Yes it is important to keep your blood pressure controlled, yes it is important to keep inflammation down and it will help you chances of reducing cardiovascular events. But a pill is not the answer.

My thought on a polypill from a prevention standpoint is a false sense of security to possibly mismanage our lifestyle choices. This will allow patients to possibly think they are secure when they may be still heading for a heart attack or stroke. Lifestyle choices are your answer and yes it is work but you get no where in life making easy choices. Work = Success better still planned work = success.

To your heart health success,

Diamond Fernandes


Welcome New Addition


I have taken some time off from work this week, but here is my reason.
Caspian Noah Fernandes joins our family. Elijah his 1 and half year older brother is having fun
with him. Yes, it is a fun time.

I will be back on here to post some excellent heart health information.

To your heart health success,
Diamond Fernandes

Heart MRI Testing

Heart MRI Testing –A Powerful Test to Monitor Coronary Artery Disease

I would like to start off by say I think there is too much diagnostic testing going on. Tests are being ordered when cardiologist should be treating the patient symptoms. New research from the European Society of Cardiology explains that most patients with suspected coronary disease undergo invasive procedures without having preliminary effective screening.

But let’s say you have coronary artery disease(CAD) or looking for CAD. What would be the best test to monitor progressions? Let’s look at the options and discuss the drawbacks.

1. ECG: Well it is a one-time snap shot of your heart and will show if you may have had a previous heart attack or if you have a type of arrhythmia present. Further investigation will be definitely required.

2. Stress test: Great to see your fitness level and see how your heart rhythm responds to exercise. The drawback is that it will only show advanced stages of coronary artery disease. Patient could get a clean bill of health with disease present.

3. Myocardial Perfusion Scan: Also known as a MIBI scan or Thallium scan. Great test to see distribution of dye which will allow us to see how the blood flows in the heart. Drawback is that it involves an immense amount of radiation and of course there is radioactive material in your blood stream. My issue with this test is when patients are being prescribed this test when they have no symptoms of coronary artery disease.

4. Angiography: can be non-invasive as a CT (computed tomography) scan or invasive where the interventional cardiologist may perform an intervention such as a stent right away. Drawbacks are yes it does involve radiation but does provide good education to coronary blood flow as it is the gold standard. Not everyone can get this test and a lot of people may jump to this test (invasive test) and obstructive coronary disease is found to be present in less than 40% of patients undergoing invasive coronary angiography.

5. Cardiac MRI: This test allows physicians to examine the structures and function of the heart and major vessels without risks like exposure to radiation typically associated with traditional. Just that they don’t offer this test often as there can be a little wait time.

Really what is the end game? You have to ask your doctors this. Some clear examples:
1. Stent or bypass. It will not prolong your life with coronary artery disease however will improve your quality of life if you have symptoms of heart disease.
2. Medication therapy. Obviously it is well researched as to the benefits of symptom and disease management.
3. My favourite lifestyle intervention. No bias here but of course well researched to prevent and reverse disease process.

The latest study from University of Washington published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology found that invasive treatment with cholesterol drugs significantly reduced the amount of cholesterol in artery-clogging plaque. My bias of course is let’s try some different groups of lifestyle intervention. The purpose is not the drugs but the technique used, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). MRI scanning could become a powerful new tool for assessing how well cholesterol drugs are working or for that matter whatever technique you are using. Imaging technologies traditionally used to monitor cardiovascular disease, such as angiograms and ultrasounds, show the overall size of the plaque buildup. In the new study, MRI scans were more precise, showing the amount of cholesterol within the plaque.

As always I appreciate your comments.

To your heart health success,

Diamond Fernandes