Managing cholesterol and blood pressure with medications simply is not enough. Why? Medications do not reverse disease. Only through maintaining blood vessel health (endothelial function), inflammation levels, digestive health, hormone balance, weight management and mental emotional health can we truly reverse cardiovascular disease. Treating the whole person is the only way to prevent, treat and reverse disease.
Despite the most advanced technologies and drug therapies available, cardiovascular disease continues to be our nations #1 killer of both men and women. Conventional medicine is not the answer. Integrative medicine is the only true solution. With the use of plant based nutrition, lifestyle modification, stress management techniques, correction of nutrient deficiencies (often induced by medications used to treat cardiovascular related conditions), removal of body toxicity and the elimination of elevated inflammatory processes, only then can cardiovascular disease be prevented, treated and reversed.Take Our Health Surveys
Consider Integrative Cardiology for….
- Heart Disease/Stroke
- Health/Risk Profile
- Chest Pain/ Angina
- Elevated Blood Pressure
- Exercise Programs
- Endothelial Dysfunction
- Nutritional Evaluation
- Sleep Disorders
- Chronic Stress
- Inflammation Profile
- Heavy Metal Toxicity
- Elevated Cholesterol
- Weight Loss
- Memory/Brain Health
Reversing Heart Disease
Evaluating blood vessel health is a key component to determining one’s risk for a heart attack or stroke. Damage to the cells lining the blood vessels leads to endothelial dysfunction which results in possible clot formation, vessel constriction and ultimately sets the stage for plaque formation. Endothelial dysfunction can be determined by EndoPAT 2000 testing and reversed without the use of prescription medications. Get your EndoPAT test today.
High cholesterol is not the underlying cause of heart disease as we are led to believe. The truth is systemic inflammation resulting in “injury” to the arterial endothelium is the major contributing factor. Identifying and reducing inflammation is essential. Blood tests (C-Reactive Protein, Oxidized LDL, Homocysteine etc.) and in office, non-invasive testing (EndoPAT 2000) are available to determine your levels of inflammation and risk.
Addressing the whole person – mind, body and spirit – is the only way to fully evaluate one’s health/risk profile. Aside form focusing on blood pressure, cholesterol and weight, evaluating for unspoken contributing factors of disease – chronic stress, sleep difficulties, lack of joy, contentment, purpose, connection with others, and support systems – are equally important. Achieving internal and external balance is the goal.
Nutrition is foundation for overall health. Unfortunately, our Standard American Diet (SAD), laden with excessive amounts of salt, sugar, fat, dairy and animal protein, directly contributes to increased inflammation, toxicity and development of chronic disease. Teaching how to use “Food as Medicine” with a healthy, plant-based approach is the only way to prevent and reverse disease. Have your nutritional evaluation done today.
Medications often deplete vital nutrients from the body over time. For example, Bata Blockers (i.e. Atenolol) may lower levels of B12, CoQ10 and Melatonin leading to fatigue and sleeping difficulty. Statin medications for cholesterol (i.e. Lipitor, Crestor) may lower levels of CoQ10 and vitamin D leading to fatigue and increased risk for heart attacks. Have your specific needs determined with a complete drug/supplement evaluation by our physicians.
Heavy Metal Toxicity
Heavy metal toxicity (lead, mercury, cadmium, uranium and more) is most often do to chronic exposure and may target the endocrine, nervous, cardiovascular or immune systems. Detection and removal of heavy metals has shown to reverse disease. Removal is achieved through IV therapy (EDTA, DMPS, Vitamin C), oral supplementation or suppository use. Individualized treatments are designed based upon your specific needs.
Angina is a true warning sign as it indicates the heart muscle is being deprived of blood flow and oxygen. Causes may include artery occlusion (plaque or clot), vasospasm, or arrhythmias. Not all chest pain is heart pain. Conditions that may mimic angina include digestive issues (heartburn or indigestion), musculoskeletal, stress (anxiety), respiratory (pneumonia, pulmonary embolism), and anemia. Seek evaluation for any symptoms of chest pain.
Sensations of a pounding heart, racing heart or skipped beats are concerning and require medical evaluation. Arrhythmias such as Atrial Fibrillation or sustained tachycardia (fast heart rates) may be dangerous and may require medical intervention. Causes may vary from nutrient deficiencies, chronic stress, toxicities (caffeine), hormone imbalance (perimenopause), vascular spasm, ischemia (low oxygen) or plaque occlusions.
Cholesterol, a fat-like substance naturally produced by the body, is essential for health. It is the precursor to our hormones and vitamin D production. It is protective to cell membranes and nerve tissue. Elevated levels, particularly LDL, may become oxidized due to underlying inflammation leading to endothelial disfunction and plaque formation. Inflammation is the underlying cause of heart disease not cholesterol as we are led to believe.
Elevated blood pressure is not a disease; it is a symptom of an underlying, deeper issue in the body. Potential causes may include elevated blood sugars, nutrient deficiencies (magnesium and potassium are big ones), chronic stress, toxicities (caffeine, heavy metals), and other medical conditions (endothelial dysfunction, kidney disease). Determining and treating the underlying cause is the most effective way to manage elevated blood pressure.
Disturbed sleep is a concern for many people. Sleep apnea in particular, is an independent risk factor for heart disease as it directly impairs endothelial function. Symptoms may include loud snoring, restless sleep, and daytime sleepiness. The risk for obstructive sleep apnea increases with weight gain, active smoking, and age. People with diabetes or “pre” diabetes have up to three times the risk of having sleep apnea.
Even though there is no magic pill for lasting weight loss, there is a real solution. Identifying the underlying cause for ones weight gain is the key. Our combination approach is naturally effective because it blends hormone balancing along with nutritional and targeted supplementation with simple diet, exercise, and lifestyle modifications. We personalize a program specific to your body’s needs.
Above all, consistent and regular exercise (ideally 30 minutes 5day/week) is the single most important aspect to maintaining overall health. Exercise supports healthy digestion, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, mood, sleep, and general sense of well-being. Also, exercise improves endothelial cell function and aids in the development of collateral circulation enhancing the heart’s own blood supply.
Chronic stress sets a cascade of events in motion directly damaging the cardiovascular system. Elevated stress hormones raise blood pressure, raise cholesterol, thicken blood, stimulate inflammation and directly impair endothelial function. Chronic stress is a silent killer and no medication or supplement can prevent it. Identifying and managing the stress is the key. We provide a personalized program for you.
Memory and Brain Health
As we begin the aging process one of our greatest fears is a decline in our brain and memory function. Items such as stress levels, hormone balance, blood sugar regulation, blood vessel health, nutrient levels, toxicity levels, inflammatory levels and oxidative stress all play a role in brain health. We evaluate all items and assist you in developing an overall plan to protect, maintain, and restore your brain and memory function.