Cardiovascular disease is the leading single cause of death in New Zealand!
The term applies to any disease that affects the heart or blood vessels. One of the most common manifestations is atherosclerosis – fatty deposits in the walls of the arteries – leading to angina, heart attacks and strokes. Most types of cardiovascular disease are highly preventable and reversable.
What causes cardiovascular disease?
There are many factors that can predispose a person to developing this condition.
There are those that can be modified:
poor dietary habits
lack of physical activity
high blood pressure
chronic inflammatory conditions
high blood cholesterol
high blood sugar levels or diabetes
And those that can’t:
being a post-menopausal woman
having a family history or genetic predisposition to cardiovascular disease
The more risk factors you have the more likely you are to have a heart attack or stroke.
HOW DO WE WORK?
We pride ourselves on individualised care for people with cardiovascular concerns – both from a preventative standpoint as well as management.
Your heart is more than just cholesterol and blood pressure- your heart should lead you through your relationships and direct your actions. Keeping our hearts healthy requires attention and self-love. We know more today about how select heart-healthy foods and that specific activity reduces our risk of heart attack and stroke. Sound research shows natural treatments can improve the function of the heart! However, interactions can occur between medications and natural treatments that may be harmful. All of these factors demand an individualized approach to assessment and treatment but a qualified healthcare professional.WHO CAN WE HELP?
If you . . .
- Have been told you are at risk for cardiovascular disease or who want to know your risk for developing cardiovascular disease
- Have Ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or early heart failure and want to do your best to avoid medical intervention.
- Have changed your diet and lifestyle as instructed and STILL your cholesterol hasn’t come down – for you we STRONGLY recommend Metabolic Typing.
- Are interested improving your diet and lifestyle to reduce risk factors for heart disease, heart attack, or stroke
- Are receiving conventional care but want to know whether additional (complementary) treatments exist.
- Want to know if you have nutritional deficiencies that may be affecting your heart health.
Then we can work with you.
Support for your long-term well-being is just a phone call away ph 09 360 0550
Request an appointment with one of our naturopaths or our nutritionist today.
Did You Know?
Statin medications cause deficiency of Coenzyme Q10 and may impact cardiovascular function? Rundek T, Naini A, Sacco R, Coates K, DiMauro S. Atorvastatin decreases the coenzyme Q10 level in the blood of patients at risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Arch Neurol. 2004 Jun;61(6):889-92.
Pomegranate juice may reduce your blood pressure and regress atherosclerosis? Aviram M, et al. Pomegranate juice consumption for 3 years by patients with carotid artery stenosis reduces common carotid intima-media thickness, blood pressure and LDL oxidation. Clin Nutr. 2004 Jun;23(3):423-33.
Exercise has been shown to be more beneficial for survival than invasive coronary procedures. Read more here. Even gentle excercie like yoga improves your heart health. Bharshankar JR, Bharshankar RN, Deshpande VN, Kaore SB, Gosavi GB. Effect of yoga on cardiovascular system in subjects above 40 years.Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2003 Apr;47(2):202-6.
Protect yourself with holistic care! Contact us to make an appointment with one of our qualified practitioners to get you on the road to great health and vitality again!