It’s a classic example of not seeing the forest for the trees.
A new study has just come out supporting the use of a test that will supposedly help you determine if a heart attack or stroke is in your future.
Dr. Parag Joshi, a “preventive cardiologist” out of the University of Texas, says that if you pass this test with flying colors, you “may” be able to toss that statin Rx in the trash.
So far… not so good.
Because despite the fact that it’s amazing to hear a mainstream physician even whisper that statins might not be necessary, this heart doctor is calling for something that can do significant damage to even the healthiest heart.
K to the rescue!
Just a couple of weeks ago, I told you about how a CT scan can harm your heart.
Researchers from Germany and the UK released some frightening findings about how the amount of radiation from only a few CT scans could be enough to permanently damage special cells that line your coronary arteries.
When that happens, these endothelial cells can stop producing nitric oxide (NO), a substance that keeps your blood flowing smoothly.
The end results are all bad news for your heart — high blood pressure, oxidized LDL cholesterol, and sticky blood platelets that can cause blood clots.
And those findings are what make Dr. Joshi’s recommendations less benign than they sound.
His study was all about figuring out the risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke based on calcium deposits in your arteries. And the way to find that out is… you guessed it… a CT scan!
After looking at the medical records of over 6,000 people up to age 84, Dr. Joshi and his team determined that if your arteries are free of calcium deposits, your risk of a heart attack or stroke over the next decade is around 3 percent.
In fact, calcium in your arteries is an even bigger danger to your heart than if you have diabetes, elevated blood pressure, or high cholesterol.
And Dr. Joshi went so far as to say that if your CT scan shows no calcium buildup, his findings suggest that you can ditch the statin drugs — and that’s the case even if you have other risk factors for heart disease!
He added that a CT scan is easy and painless and will only cost around $100.
Well, Dr. Joshi, here’s something else that’s easy, painless, and cheap. And it won’t zap your NO production and lead to heart disease.
It’s none other than vitamin K2!
When you’re running low on this vitamin, calcium will make a beeline for your arteries. But with enough K2 in your diet, that calcium will get deposited in your bones — where it belongs.
Studies have also found that vitamin K can even reverse calcification in the arteries.
You can get this heart-friendly vitamin from green leafy veggies (with kale topping the list), as well as fermented foods such as a Japanese staple called natto ( a dish made out of fermented soy) and sauerkraut.
Vitamin K2 can also be taken in supplement form. Just be sure not to get a synthetic version, but one made from natto or nattokinase.
And here’s something else you should know about how you can become K deficient — and that’s by taking statins.
At the top of the long list of reasons of how statin drugs damage your heart is the fact that they inhibit vitamin K2 (along with another heart-protecting compound, CoQ10).
The only caution with vitamin K (and green, leafy veggies as well) is that they can interfere with drugs to thin your blood. If you’re currently taking a blood thinner, check with your doctor “Calcium in arteries may best predict risk of heart attack, stroke” Robert Preidt, August 31, 2017, HealthDay, consumer.healthday.com