The Widowmaker

Your Free Tickets to the Award Winning
Documentary Film “The Widowmaker”

This documentary film is the
most acclaimed  medical documentary of our decade. 

The film objectively shows what has been going on in the cardiac industry over the past almost 30 years that has kept the incidence of sudden death heart attacks at a perpetual high in America.      

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widowmakerAnd it did not have to be this way.
 
Rated 100% on Rotten Tomatoes

Please”reserve your seats for the event.  Seating is limited so, as a courtesy to others wanting to attend, we ask that you please reserve only those tickets that you know you will be using.
Pass this information along to your friends and loved ones.  

 If you bring 4 friends to this event, you will prevent 2 of them from having a heart attack, and 1 of those heart attacks most likely would have been fatal.

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When

Wednesday, February 22
 Doors open at 5:30 pm.                
 Film starts at 6:00 pm

Where

The Nomad Theater:                            
1410 Quince Ave.  Boulder
Open Question and Answer with  Dr. Bill Blanchet immediately following showing of the film.
 

Contact

Lindsay Woods
Front Range Preventive Imaging and Boulder Internal Medicine 

For Help with Reservations or To Leave Messages Call: Lindsay
720-708-2513 
heartscan@comcast.net
 
Dr Bill Blanchet
Dr. Bill Blanchet, Internal Medicine Physician, will host an open Q&A session after the film.  Dr. Blanchet is a nationally known keynote speaker and an outspoken advocate on the early detection, prevention, and reversal of heart disease.  He has virtually eliminated sudden death heart attacks in his clinical practice.

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4 Heart Health Supplements

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

This is the most important supplement that you can take when it comes to heart health. Omega 3’s help prevent heart attacks and strokes and are also associated with reduction in the incidence of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Age-related macular degeneration.  The trick is to make sure you are taking the right kind and right amount of omega 3’s on a daily basis.

The Right Kind:  The kind of omega 3 needed for heart health is the long-chained Omega 3’s known as EPA and DHA.  DO NOT take any Omega 6. Omega 6’s cause inflammation.

The Right Amount:  If your heart scan shows that you have coronary plaque, or a positive calcium score, a minimum of 2,000 mg of EPA+DHA per day is suggested.  If your plaque is progressing as shown on a subsequent EBT heart scan, then a minimum of 4,000 mg of EPA+DHA per day is suggested. If you “burp” fish, you might want to try another brand as this is indicative of a less pure product.

Some Brands to Consider:   These brands are listed because they have the most EPH+DHA per capsule and the least amount of “other” unknown substances.  This makes them the most effective in terms of heart health and cost.

  • CARLSON’S Brand Fish Oil     (liquid, tastes like oil, not fish)
  • CARLSON’S Elite Omega 3 Gems
  • NATURAL FACTORS Ultra Strength Rx Omega 3   (Bottle says: “Dr. Michael Murray Recommends”)
  • NATURE’S BOUNTY Enteric Coated Omega 3
  • NUTRIGOLD Triple Strength Omega 3   (get online at Nutrigold.com)

VITAMIN D3

There is a national epidemic of vitamin D deficiency. As we age, our skin has greater difficulty in manufacturing vitamin D, even if there is sun exposure.  In addition to being needed for strong teeth and bones, it is important to our immune systems and provides significant reductions in heart attacks and certain types of cancers.

Blood Levels: Between 45-65. Be sure to check

Kind: Any kind that is in oil form, not tablets.

Amount Usually between 2,000-5,000 IU per day

NIACIN  (VITAMIN B3)

The ONLY kind of niacin that works for heart health is in the form of nicotinic acid. Do not use inositol or niacinamide. There has been media attention saying niacin does not work.  This is untrue and based a one very flawed study. There are many studies showing the benefits of nicotinic acid and improving heart health.

Some Suggested Brands of Niacin in the form of nicotinic acid

  • WALGREENS: Finest Time Release
  • SPROUTS MARKET: Sprouts Brand Prolonged Release
  • CARLSON’S: Niacin-Time
  • ENDURANCE: Endur-Acin
  • SLO-Niacin

Amounts: 500-2,000 mg per day.  Not everyone needs to be on niacin, however, the presence of significant heart disease is a good reason.

The Flushing Issue:  Flushing can occur when first taking the correct form of niacin. This lets you know the product is working. Flushing will stop as long as you continue to take niacin on a daiy basis. Following are some tips to help you get through the “building up tolerance” period.

Tips to help with the niacin flushing stage:

  • Build up slowly. Start with 1/2 pill until you not longer flush. Then add the other 1/2 in the mornings.  Increase in small increments to desired amount.
  • Take at night with aspirin and food.
  • DO NOT miss a day!  You might go back to “square one”.
  • Use Alka Seltzer in an emergency to calm down a bad flushing episode

LOW DOSE ASPIRIN

Unless contraindicated, low dose aspirin is helpful in reducing the risk of a heart attack and ischemic stroke.  It is also associated with a 35% reduction in the incidence of colon cancer and a 21% reduction in all cancers.

Amount:  81 mg per day. Can be taken at night along with nicotinic acid (niacin) to help control “niacin flush”.

 

The products and amounts discussed herein are those supported in respected medical journals and from solid clinical studies.  Neither Dr. Blanchet, nor Front Range Preventive Imaging, endorse, sponsor, support, or distribute any specific brand or product.  Any products mentioned are merely suggestions.  There are others. Be sure to consult with your physician before starting any diet, exercise, medication, or supplement.

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Diet and Exercise for Heart Health

DIET

A good diet is always important for your health. It does not have to be extreme. What is important is that it is something you can stick with.  Many find that a Mediterranean-type program works well for them.  Make sure you get at least 6-8 servings of pigmented fruit and vegetables daily. Consuming good fats from olive oil, tree nuts and avocados is a good basis for heart health.

New research reveals the exciting fact that blueberries, for example, provide an effective way to lower cholesterol without the dangers of statin drugs. In fact, the research shows that a compound in blueberries acts just as effectively as statin drugs to reduce the levels of bad cholesterol or LDL cholesterol in mice, but without the negative side effects of statin drugs (such as having your muscles waste away).

 

EXERCISE FOR HEART HEALTH

If you have no intentions of running a marathon or climbing a “14-er” in record time, and all you really want to do is to exercise enough to maintain heart health, we have good news for you.  Clinical studies have shown that just “purposeful” walking for 40 minutes 3 times a week is very beneficial for heart health.

 

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Lipid Lowering Options

Statins

Statins (Lipitor, Crestor, etc.) are the most well-known of cholesterol lowering agents.  They work in your liver by disrupting the synthesis of cholesterol. LOW DOSE statins are often recommended for coronary plaque and are very synergestic with the 4 heart supplements shown on this website.

Statins seem to have gotten a “bad rap”.  Some people have muscle aches when taking statin medication.  This happens frequently with high dose statins.  The key to statins is to use them at LOW DOSAGES.  Also, statins that are hydrophilic or soluable in water tend to have fewer side effects than lipophilic statins or statins that do not dissolve in water. One of the more popular hydrophilic statins is simvastatin.

ANTI-ABSORPTIVES

If statins do not work for you for any reason, there are alternatives.  Lipid lowering medicines that work on cholesterol mainly in the stomach are called anti-absorptives. Some are called bile acid or bile salt sequestrants.  Some of these work as well or even better than statins.  A few of the more common ones that are good alternatives to statins are Welchol and Zetia.  These, like statins, are available by prescription from your primary care physician.

The products and amounts discussed herein are those supported in respected medical journals and from solid clinical studies. Neither Dr. Blanchet nor Front Range Preventive Imaging endorse, support, sponsor, or distribute any specific brand or product.  Any products mentioned are merely suggestions.  There are others.
Be sure to consult with your physician before starting any diet, exercise, medication, or supplement.
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Strokes – New Technologies

This final part of our 3 part series on strokes discusses the technologies available to detect potential stroke risk at early stages. Discover the difference between a carotid ultrasound and a carotid CIMT. What is the brand new CIMT machine just recently introduced by Panasonic? Are there advantages? Please join us.

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PSA Testing – Government Says NO

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has just announced that males should not have routine PSA tests for the early detection of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer, by the way, is the number 3 leading cause of cancer death in men. (U.S. government statistic) Who IS this Task Force? How good or bad is their track record in making recommendations to the public? What did they base this decision on? Is it a valid decision? What is the response of the medical community? Please join Lindsay and Dr. Blanchet as they discuss this very important health issue. Listen to Dr. Blanchet’s response to this government recommendation.

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PSA Testing – The Real Pros and Cons

The question now arises as to just what should men do about getting a PSA blood test for prostate cancer screening. U.S. Preventive Task Force says, no. What are the real life pros and cons about getting this test? What should one do if they are told not to have the test performed? Listen to how Dr. Blanchet uses the PSA test in his medical practice. Discover the key issues in prostate cancer screening.

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10 Medical Reasons to Eat Chocolate

Yes, it is true. Not kidding. Join Dr. Blanchet and Lindsay to find out why you need to be eating chocolate. Assuage your guilt. This is one of our most fun shows yet! Thanks for listening.

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Erectile Dysfunction Part II – The Medications

In this Second Part, Lindsay and Dr. Bill Blanchet discuss some of the medical treatment options available for ED. Drugs such as Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis top the list as being the most prescribed pharmaceuticals in the United States today, surpassing the anti-depressants. Find out what their differences are. Find out what are their pros and cons.

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Erectile Dysfunction Part I – A Sign of Heart Disease

This is the first Podcast in our 4 Part Series on Erectile Dysfunction, or ED. The majority of the most well-known risk factors for heart disease don’t work. The most notorious erroneous risk factor being cholesterol.

Now we are hearing that erectile dysfunction is a risk factor that might even be more accurate in assessing risk and not used as often as it should. Some authorities estimate that 75% of men will have some degree of ED and that after the age of 50, a man has a 30% chance of getting ED,with that percentage increasing by a point per year.

Please join Lindsay and Dr. Blanchet as they discuss the medical issues surrounding this important and timely issue. Just how is ED related to heart disease?

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