Studies show that 50-70% of men have their first heart attack before they have any chest pain. There are two issues with the traditional treatment of LDL cholesterol. First, many people experience adverse effects with statin therapy, requiring alternative approaches via diet and supplements to get their LDL cholesterol levels under control. The second issue is LDL cholesterol evaluation. We need to be looking at LDL particle number and size as well as whether or not it’s been modified. LDL cholesterol modification can cause inflammation, oxidative stress, and finally vascular immune dysfunction. In this talk, Dr. Houston explains that if we can implement a targeted nutrition approach that attacks the mechanism by which LDL cholesterol causes atherosclerotic plaque development, we’re more likely to prevent a heart-related clinical event.
Mark Houston, MD, MS, FAHA, FASH, DABC is a highly recognized cardiovascular and hypertension specialist, serving as a physician at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, where he holds several leadership positions including Director of the Hypertension Institute and Vascular Biology, Medical Director of Clinical Research, and Section Chief for the Division of Nutrition. Dr. Houston cofounded the Hypertension Institute, which is one of the leading institutes in the US for hypertension treatment. An American Society of Hypertension (ASH) specialist and Diplomate of the American Board of Cardiology, Dr. Houston is also a Fellow of the American Society of Hypertension (FASH), the American Heart Association (FAHA), Internal Medicine (ABIM), American College of Nutrition (FACN) and Anti-Aging Medicine (ABAARM). Dr. Houston received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University. He also obtained two master’s degrees, in Human Nutrition and Metabolic Medicine and Human Nutrition, from the University of Bridgeport and University of South Florida, respectively.
In addition to Dr. Houston’s clinical work, he also holds several academic appointments, including Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University, Clinical Instructor at George Washington University, and Adjunct Professor at University of South Florida Medical School. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, authored seven bestselling books, and received numerous prestigious awards. In 2017, Dr. Houston was recognized as one of the “Top 100 Physicians in the US”