Longevity Pearls

Anger and Heart Disease

By Mark and Veronica | June 3, 2024

This month’s study in the Journal of the American Heart Association highlighted the significant detrimental effects of anger and negative emotions on cardiovascular health.  Here is the link to that study: https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/full/10.1161/JAHA.123.032698 In this study, the researchers found that there were acute effects on the function of the endothelium (the lining of the blood vessels)…

LP’s Heart Jump Start Smoothie

By Mark and Veronica | May 6, 2024

LP’s Heart Jump Start Protein Smoothie Mark often has smoothies for breakfast. Veronica had an idea to make them even more healthy. One day at Costco, she found organic beetroot powder. She added it to a smoothie and thus began the LP Heart Jump Start Smoothie! Our go-to breakfast or meal replacement smoothie. The ingredients…

How to Lower Lp(a) Naturally

By Mark R Gordon, MD, FACC | April 27, 2024

Elevated Lp(a), also known as lipoprotein (a), is a genetic condition that can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Elevated levels are those >30 mg/dl, and this abnormality affects about 25% of the population. Lp(a) should be tested in all individuals at least once as a screening test. Lp(a) is a type of cholesterol particle…

Heart rate monitor Dr. Gordon uses for physical exams. There's a ceramic heart next to it because he is a Cardiologist and throughout the website you will see many hearts!

Heart Disease Risk Factors: Beyond the Big 5

By Mark R Gordon, MD, FACC | March 24, 2024

I often tell my patients that two things are needed for atherosclerotic plaque to form in their arteries. First, they need inflammation or damage to the endothelium, the single cell layer inside their blood vessels. Second, they need oxidized cholesterol particles, predominantly LDL.


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