Let’s talk about your heart’s health…
Do you know what your cardiovascular health status is?
Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the number one cause of death in the world, every year, more people die from a cardiovascular disease than from any other disease/condition. Statistics are very alarming; however, most of the cardiovascular diseases can be prevented by using lifestyle changes and addressing the root cause and risk factors involved.
What is a cardiovascular disease?
It is a disease involving the heart and blood vessels, also known as heart disease. There are different types of cardiovascular diseases:
- Coronary artery disease- disease where the blood vessels supplying the heart muscle are affected.
- Cerebrovascular disease- disease affecting the blood vessels that supply the brain.
- Peripheral arterial disease- disease where the vessels that supply the arms and legs are affected.
- Congenital heart disease- defects and malformations of the heart present at birth.
- Rheumatic heart disease- damage to the heart valves and muscles due to rheumatic fever, which is caused by a streptococcal bacterial infection.
- Pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis- blood clots in the veins of the legs, they can dislodge and travel to the lungs and heart.
- Heart attacks and strokes- usually acute episodes and are mainly caused by blockage preventing the circulation to the heart and/or brain. The blockage is commonly caused by an accumulation of fat deposits on the blood vessel walls. A stroke can also be caused by bleeding/hemorrhage of a blood vessel in the brain or blood clots.
What are the risk factors?
Risk factors for heart disease include and are not limited to: unhealthy diet, tobacco use, obesity, alcohol use, hypertension, physical inactivity, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, family history, stress, etc.
What can you do?
Alternative Medicine has been proven to be very effective in the treatment and especially prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Even though the number of deaths per year due to cardiovascular diseases is very scary, they are very treatable but most important preventable. Remember, the best treatment approach for any condition is prevention and that’s where we alternative practitioners come to play. Besides giving the body the appropriate nutrients, reducing inflammation and risk factors, giving the person the proper diet and exercise, there’s also functional testing that can be done to check your cardiovascular health status and to determine the risk of developing a cardiovascular disease/event. Contact us and ask for testing and treatments available at our office and remember to always contact your healthcare provider before taking any supplement and/or medication.
Dr. Yarilis Vazquez, ND
Naturopathic Doctor- Sophia Natural Health