Cardiovascular disease (CVD) affects over 26 million Americans, with 1 in 3 American adults having some form of the disease. It remains the number one cause of death in the United States, resulting in almost 600,000 deaths annually. CVD is commonly referred to as the “silent killer” since the first sign or symptom is often a fatal heart attack.
CVD primarily involves the heart and blood vessels, but it can lead to adverse affects on the brain, limbs, and other systems in the body. It can increase the risk for heart attack, heart failure, sudden death, stroke, and many other health issues, significantly decreasing one’s quality of life and life expectancy.
CVD is rooted in metabolic syndrome, a preventable condition that’s heavily influenced by lifestyle and environment. Metabolic syndrome consists of elevated fasting blood sugars, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, high LDL (“bad” cholesterol), low HDL (“good” cholesterol), and central obesity, thus leading to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is the catalyst of many health issues, including increased cholesterol and elevated blood pressure.
A Failing Approach
The current medical model of providing drugs to treat high blood pressure and high cholesterol, without any other type of intervention, is ineffective and doesn’t address the root cause, and complexity of, cardiovascular disease. A pill can never compensate for poor lifestyle choices or result in better biochemistry. Yet, interestingly, cardiovascular drugs are some of the most frequently prescribed medications in this country.
We liken the role of a traditional physician to that of a firefighter. A firefighter will put out a fire without asking many questions, but will not help you rebuild your house. You need the firefighter to put out the fire, but you also need someone that will help you rebuild your home and make sure it doesn’t burn down again.
The Cellular Health Institute’s Approach
Determining the risk factors for CVD can be complex, to say the least. Most of the risk factors can be addressed through the combination of lifestyle intervention and specific nutrients, along with predictive testing. There simply aren’t drugs out there that can modify certain risk factors for CVD.
Our primary goal is to help people address their risk factors of cardiovascular disease by using a multi-layered approach that will reduce the chances of a heart attack or stroke. This approach looks at the whole patient rather than an isolated set of symptoms. Please call our natural medicine in Orlando office at (407) 862-2287 to schedule a personal health consultation today.