Conditions We Treat

Heart Health

Heart Health
In the United States, it has been estimated that over 70 million Americans will suffer from coronary vascular disease and thus, about 41 percent of all deaths.


What conditions contribute to heart disease?

Some of these include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Prescription complications
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Toxic burden
  • Atherosclerosis or Hardening of the arteries

Shortness of breath, weight loss, swelling of the feet, chronic cough, and extensive fatigue are often the results of a defective pumping mechanism of the heart.


Heart Failure Causes

Some of these include:

Congenital heart disorders Vitamin D deficiency Poor diet& nutrition
Elevated mercury Level Defective heart valves Chronic vascular inflammation
Heart attacks Advanced age Viral cardiomyopathy


How can we predict who will get heart disease?
By lowering inflammation, individuals have the most effective means of avoiding heart failure. Research has shown that inflammatory markers such as CRP, tumor necrosis factor- alpha and interleukins are capable of predicting individuals who will develop heart disease and the rate at which it will develop.


Hormones & Heart Failure
Balancing hormone levels and decreasing vascular inflammation are necessary in treating heart failure. Studies have shown that ensuring optimal hormone levels of DHEA, Testosterone and Growth Hormone lengthen the survival rate of patients with heart failure by over 80%. Thus, by correcting hormone levels with natural hormone supplements, the prevalence of heart failure mortality has decreased drastically.


Digestion & Heart Disease
As heart disease progresses, blood excessively expands the lining of the colon and causes the intestine to swell. This is often the onset of Leaky Gut Syndrome that will allow bacteria from the GI tract to enter the bloodstream, thus triggering an immune response (IgG release). As this process worsens over time, vascular inflammation and heart disease ensues. Repairing damage to the intestines, addressing potential food allergies and digestive dysfunction can potentially reduce the development of heart disease.


Did you know?

  • Cholesterol is a minor aspect of what puts individuals at risk for developing heart disease.
  • Normal cholesterol levels account for ONLY half of all heart attacks.

Thus, the more important question is-what can be done to protect us against heart attacks?


The Role of Oxidative Stress in Heart Attacks & Stroke
The formation of plaque that builds up within the arterial walls is initiated with LDL cholesterol. Within the arterial walls, LDL cholesterol associates with free radicals, causing the cholesterol to become oxidized. Once oxidized, the body initiates a potentially risky immune response to defeat the "foreign invader"cholesterol. Beating heart disease starts with:

  • Addressing cholesterol levels
  • Addressing free radical production
  • Detoxification
  • Reducing blood vessel inflammation


What testing is recommended to evaluate heart health?

  1. C-Reactive Protein (CRP): CRP is an inflammatory marker. High CRP levels increase the risk of an individual to develop a heart attack three-fold, even with low LDL cholesterol levels.
  2. Fibrinogen: Greater levels of fibrinogen within the blood are associated with the development of blood clots that can block the artery leading to a heart attack.
  3. Lipoproteins: About 20% of heart attacks have increased lipoprotein. Lipoprotein magnifies the majority of the caustic risk factors associated with heart attacks
  4. Homocysteine: Elevated homocysteine levels result in arterial injuries which may result in oxidation of LDL particles, constriction of arterial walls and formation of blood clots.

Unfortunately, most of the above markers are NOT commonly measured by doctors.


Conclusion
ACN Wellness attempts to rely less on prescription medications and more on herbs and vitamin supplements to tailor your heart health regimen. ACN Wellness will run more comprehensive heart health labs so that we can use holistic treatments that are natural, safe and effective options to treat or even prevent heart disease.


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