EKG

EKG:

Our office uses standardized Electrocardiogram studies to help determine the extent of cardiac risk. There are many patients that have early stage disease and can safely consider alternative treatment; however, depending on test results, some patients may require referral for medical intervention.

There is no doubt that one of the greatest advances in modern medicine is the treatment of advanced cardiovascular disease and surgical treatment. Despite these advances in end stage disease, there is little effort dedicated to the cause and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Facts:

″ In 2004, 79.4 million Americans had one or more forms of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

″ High blood pressure: 72 million

″ Stroke: 5.7 million

″ In 2004, CVD claimed 871,500 lives in the US.

36.3% of all deaths or 1 of every 2.8 deaths.

Over 147,000 Americans killed by CVD are under 65

Despite the fact that 90% of cardiovascular disease is thought to be caused by lifestyle and environmental factors, there is very little emphasis resolving these issues. Early stage treatment is almost exclusively limited to medications.

″ Introduced in 1987

″ 2001 sales: $16,000,000,000

″ Zocor: 33 million users – worldwide

″ Lipitor: 15 million users- worldwide

″ Federal panel recommends wider use, want 36 million Americans on statins

″ Potential: only reduce CVD mortality by 25%

″ Most of these medications have severe side effects on health

Alternative Treatments:

The cause of cardiovascular disease must be evaluated for every individual since each case is unique. Diet and exercise habits need to be evaluated and modifications may be required. Genetic testing may be necessary in cases when family history is a consideration. These genetic tests can reveal polymorphisms (genetic abnormalities) and provide insight about nutritional weakness and requirements. The gastrointestinal and endocrine (hormonal) systems must be evaluated for dysfunction. Blood Chemistry studies, EKG, and Ultrasound studies are essential to help evaluate the level of disease and treatment. Alternative treatment of cardiovascular disease is well documented and in many cases can help restore health without the dangers of medications.

The Balanced Body Cardiovascular Program:

Blood Chemistries:

Our office uses a variety of typical Blood Chemistry studies to evaluate cholesterol, glucose, triglycerides, HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL (Bad cholesterol). Advanced Cardiovascular studies including Lipoprotein studies, Coagulation rates, fibrinogen and many others are often utilized to completely assess our patients. Since there are many different reasons why patients have cardiovascular disease, a complete chemistry is required to help assess the underlying cause of disease on an individual basis. All our blood chemistries are evaluated utilizing orthomolecular analysis to determine nutritional and environmental weaknesses. (See: Orthomolecular Medicine webpage )

Doppler Ultrasound Studies:

Advanced non-invasive Ultrasound studies are utilized in our office to help determine the extent of plaque and arterial blockage. This is an important step in a good cardiovascular program. While it is important to improve blood chemistry findings, it is essential that the arterial system improve. Utilizing advanced Doppler studies allow our clinic to track and confirm improvements in our patient's cardiovascular condition with alternative therapy. (See: Doppler Ultrasound attachment for more information)

Doopler Ultrasound Vascular Ultrasound.pdf

Genetic Evaluation:

Many people have been falsely convinced that their cardiovascular condition is inevitable due to genetic predisposition. While it is true that individuals may inherit certain genetic weaknesses, these weaknesses are avoidable. It is lifestyle and environmental factors that exploit ones weakness. Despite genetic weakness, individuals can improve their health and avoid these weaknesses from creating disease. While genetic weakness is often an overused and misdirected excuse for cardiovascular disease, recent advances in genetics now allow our office to test for these weaknesses and evaluate necessary changes required to protect each patient on an individual basis. The tests measure what are called polymorphisms, which are alterations in individual DNA strands. Our office offers a complete cardiovascular genomic profile for our patients as a part of our diagnostic protocol. (See attached article for more information)

Gastrointestinal Function:

While the relationship between what we eat and our cardiovascular health is common knowledge, the affect of good gastrointestinal function on cardiovascular health is greatly overlooked. The presence of such conditions as chronic diarrhea, constipation, bloating and reflux can cause alterations in our body's digestion and absorption process that often result in increased blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Additionally many patients present with inflammatory conditions due to food sensitivities that can cause a more rapid destruction of the arterial walls increasing risk of a cardiovascular event. Our office can thoroughly evaluate the gastrointestinal system utilizing a complete review of symptoms, blood chemistries, Gastrointestinal Permeability testing, Systemic Yeast tests, Alkaline / Acid Balance tests, etc. Once evaluated, these conditions are resolved using natural approaches and are essential to correcting the cause of cardiac disease in many cases. (See: Gastrointestinal Disease web page for more information)

Hormone Imbalance:

The relationship between hormones and cardiovascular health is well documented; however, hormone therapy is only evaluated when there are symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Treatment usually consists of synthetic medications which fail to prove effective in preventing cardiac disorders. Additionally, many aspects of the hormone system are overlooked such as neurotransmitter levels, small alterations in thyroid hormone, and adrenal gland function. Dietary factors, stress, antidepressants, and a variety of other factors can contribute to subtle hormone imbalances that drastically affect cardiovascular health. As a part of our cardiovascular program, we utilize a variety of specialized tests which include: Male and Female Hormone testing, Adrenal Gland evaluation, complete thyroid assessment, and Neurotransmitter testing. Once these systems have been evaluated, a protocol of natural therapy can be used to resolve these conditions and help aid the effectiveness of our cardiovascular program. (See additional information on our Neurotransmitter and Hormone Web Pages)

Toxicity:

Modern society has created a complex variety of new challenges that affect our health. Among these factors, pollution, food additives and preservatives, and packaging have introduced high levels of toxic elements into our bodies. The effects of metal toxicity from elements such as: mercury, aluminum, lead and cadmium are continuing to be realized. Heavy concentrations of toxic elements can affect many aspects of an individual's health including cardiovascular disease. Our office utilizes a variety of tests to determine toxicity levels. If present, it is essential that the appropriate elimination program is utilized to successfully improve cardiovascular health. Each individual's elimination program varies depending on the toxic representation that is presented. (See: Heavy Metal Toxicity web page for more information)

Treatment and Oral Chelation:

In addition to evaluating all the underlying causes of each individual's cardiovascular condition, our office uses orthomolecular therapy and various forms of oral chelation to reduce cholesterol, glucose, triglycerides and plaque in the arterial system . All the products we use are natural, safe and well documented. (For more information on Oral Chelation see the attached article).(For more information on Orthomolecular Treatment see our associated web page)

Oral Chelation Article: Oral Chelation Article.doc

We cannot guarantee that everyone will have success with natural therapy; however, we can promise that you will have one of the most effective and thorough natural programs available. All tests will be explained and re-evaluated to determine success and provide understanding for our patients. We have had great success with patients for 23 years and look forward to working with you.

Supporting Articles:

Cardio support guide.pdf