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Lower Your Calcium Heart Score

As you may know, your calcium heart score is a predictor of coronary disease. Essentially, your score represents the relative amount of plaque in your coronary arteries and your level of risk for heart disease or suffering a heart attack. It is a score of zero to 1000. Typically, a score of more than 400 indicated an increased chance of developing heart disease or suffering a... Read More


Heart Healthy Benefits of Chocolate

Ah…chocolate. Most people love the indulgence of chocolate. Even us heart doctors enjoy a little chocolate now and again. Believe it or not, there is growing evidence that, in moderation, there are some heart healthy benefits of chocolate. Well, at least dark chocolate, which we know most chocolate connoisseurs prefer. When it comes to heart health, we decided to take a look at some of... Read More


Heart Healthy Thanksgiving Tips

Heart Health for the Holidays! Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving? Let’s face it, Thanksgiving is a holiday where spending time with family and friends (and being thankful for them) is celebrated around an abundance of food. Everyone brings their favorite dish and at the center of it is often a butter-laden turkey! But if you have (or are at high risk for) heart disease, Thanksgiving can... Read More


Low Fat Autumn Pumpkin Bread

Richard E. Collins, MD, The Cooking Cardiologist© Here is an easy fall recipe to have with a warm soup. It is ultra-low fat and cholesterol, but full of delicious fall flavors. No need for real butter on this bread, but apple butter or maple pumpkin butter from Whole Foods would be a perfect topping. The pumpkin bread is not too sweet, but extra honey could be added.... Read More

Red Wine Health Benefits

Red Wine Heart Health: Is It Good for Your Heart?

Red wine is getting a lot of press recently. Our favorite “study” circulating is that a glass of red is equivalent to an hour in the gym. Of course, that study does not tell you what sort of hour long gym workout a glass of wine is equivalent to, but it has led many people to the land of blissful Burgundy workouts. None the less,... Read More

Tips to Prevent Heart Disease

5 Tips to Prevent Heart Disease by Jump-Starting your Metabolism

Understanding Metabolism and Heart Disease When we look at what causes heart disease, weight is a significant factor. And, when it comes to burning fat and losing weight, your metabolism has to be active to burning calories. While a “slow metabolism” is rarely the cause of excess weight gain. Your metabolism does influence your body’s basic energy needs as it is the process by which... Read More

Refreshing Summer Drink Recipes - South Denver Cardiology

Beyond Water – Refreshing Summer Drink Recipes

Surprisingly, pure H2O is not flavorful. Rarely do we get a chance to taste pure electrified water without any traces of minerals. The traces of minerals give water the “taste”. This fact is the basis for all of the bottled waters available in stores. Most water is purified from a city water service and then minerals are added. Most beverages contain water, though water is... Read More

Avocado Papaya Salad Recipe - South Denver Cardiology

Beautiful Skin Inside & Out-Avocado Papaya Salad/Avocado Kiwi Skin Scrub

Richard E. Collins, MD THE COOKING CARDIOLOGIST© The following recipes use the “magic” of the avocado. If your skin looks like the outside of an avocado, then help is on the way. Adding avocados to food recipes and topical applications could result in converting a leathered, dry skin to the smooth avocado “cream” like the inside of the fruit. Please enjoy the avocado papaya salad... Read More

Spaghetti Squash Pizza Sliders

Eat Clean-Spaghetti Squash Pizza Sliders

Richard Collins, MD The Cooking Cardiologist®   Yes, it is time to think about a “naked kitchen”. Go as natural as you can and  Eat Clean in your kitchen without a lot of pantry foods with nutritional labels. This crust uses fresh veggies and the toppings are loaded with fresh veggies too. The crust is gluten free and the options are endless. Here is a... Read More

Salmon sweet potato pasta

Brain Food-Salmon with Ginger-Lime Sauce over Sweet Potato Pasta

Richard E. Collins, MD The Cooking Cardiologist What you eat is so crucial to physical and mental health. Diet can play a huge role in saving your brain too.  Research has shown that foods rich in anti-oxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, berries and nuts may improve mental performance. Here is a recipe that is full of serious brain food. Want more information on heart and brain health?... Read More