Category Archives: Coronary Heart Health

Traditional Chinese medicine vs. conventional medicine for heart problem?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I suffer from congestive heart failure. Can traditional Chinese medicine work in place of conventional medicine in treating my heart problem? A: I do not recommend replacing one medicine system with another. I believe both systems have a key role to play in one’s health and wellness. The best approach, in…

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Strengthen body after congestive heart failure?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, My brother has just suffered from congestive heart failure and has had two angioplasties. He is still quite weak. What can he take to strengthen his system? A: For your brother, I suggest the following: 1. Eat a cardio tonic diet rich in brown rice, black fungus, sea cucumber, Chinese black…

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What to do to stay healthy with heart disease and prostate cancer?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I experience a lot of mucus in my throat during the day. I have been on meds for almost 5 years for heart and prostate cancer. How can I make a change in my health for the better? A: Mucus, referring to phlegm and discharge from the nose and pharynx is…

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How does the body bypass clogged arteries?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, How does the body naturally bypass clogged arteries and use or make new ones? A: The body is a remarkable machine. It has self-healing and self-correcting properties unlike any science or medicine. Often we interfere with that natural process, and this causes complications. Angiogenesis is when the vessels supplying the heart…

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Can acupuncture help Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia (PSVT)?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I am in my early twenties and I have just been diagnosed with Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia (PSVT). Can acupuncture help? I have seen a cardiologist and he wants to schedule surgery. I would like to avoid surgery if possible. A: Although PSVT is not a life threatening condition most of the…

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Reversing history of heart disease?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, In my family there is a history of heart disease. Is there a way to reverse this disease? A: As I have illustrated in my book, it is never too late to begin your journey to good health and wellness. Learn from your family history and research the things that triggered…

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How to stop PVC’s (premature ventricular contractions)?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I sometimes get PVCs that are disturbing to me, although a cardiologist diagnosed them as benign. Is there anything I can do to stop them? A: In the allopathic medical view, PVCs are considered a benign condition of misfiring of the electrical circuitry of the heart, or SA/AV nodes. In the…

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How to get healthy and reduce medications after bypass surgery?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I had a bypass surgery about a decade ago and now am taking many medications for blood pressure, cholesterol, pain, depression, and digestion. Lately I have developed a cough. How can I take fewer medications and feel healthier? A: Given your medical history, I would first suggest you not attempt to…

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Advice for maintaining good cardiovascular health after coronary artery bypass surgery?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Three years ago I had a successful coronary artery bypass surgery. I want to keep my arteries healthy many years into the future. What should I do to avoid clogging? I stopped eating highly saturated fats and meat and became a vegetarian. Can you recommend anything additional that would be beneficial?…

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Weight loss with high cholesterol?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have angina and high cholesterol. How can I lose weight quickly and healthfully? A: Quick weight loss is actually counterproductive to your condition. What you need is gradual but steady weight loss. Even 10 pounds of weight loss can dramatically impact your cholesterol levels and related conditions. Check with your…

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