Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States? This fact alone is cause to take a look at this disease, understand it, and examine what can be done about it. Here are more facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
- Heart disease takes the life of twice as many people as cancer.
- Heart disease is the chief cause of death among American women of all ages.
- About the same number of men and women die each year from heart disease.
- Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of heart disease, killing over 370,000 people annually.
What is Heart Disease?
Heart disease is a condition in which blood flow is restricted in the arteries so much that it is severely reduced or cut off entirely. Blood flow restriction is caused by a narrowing of the arteries due to the buildup of plaque. Plaque is a combination of cholesterol, fat, and other substances along the walls of the arteries. The process of plaque building up slowly over time is called atherosclerosis.
Eventually some plaque may break away from the lining of the artery and a blood clot will form around it. The blood clot then blocks blood from flowing through that artery. This starves the heart of oxygen and other nutrients and damages the heart, causing a heart attack. According to The American Heart Association (AHA), someone in the United States has a heart attack about every 40 seconds.
Symptoms of Heart Disease
A shocking fact about heart disease is that there may be no symptoms present at all before a heart attack. This is because as plaque builds up in the arteries, other blood vessels surrounding the arteries that also bring blood to the heart widen to compensate for the lack of blood flow.
- Chest discomfort that shows up in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes. It may also come and go and may feel like squeezing, pain, fullness, or uncomfortable pressure.
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms.
- Neck or back pain.
- Face or jaw pain.
- Stomach pain that extends down into the abdomen or feels like heartburn.
- Shortness of breath causing you to pant for breath or be unable to take deep breaths.
- Sudden, overwhelming anxiety feeling like you’re having a panic attack for seemingly no apparent reason.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Lightheadedness, getting dizzy and feeling like passing out.
- Breaking out in a cold sweat and feeling like you have clammy skin.
- Heart palpitations which may feel like your heart is beating irregularly or skipping beats. You may also feel like your heart is beating heavily.
- Racing heart.
- Slow heartbeat.
Causes of Heart Disease
Heart disease has a variety of causes including:
- Heart arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeats)
- Congenital heart defects (those you are born with)
- Weak heart muscle (dilated cardiomyopathy)
- Heart infections
- Valvular heart disease
- Family history of heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Obesity or overweight
- Tobacco smoke
- Physical inactivity
- Obesity or overweight
- Use of estrogens
- Excessive alcohol use
One factor many Americans may not know about is that diets high in sugar increase the risk of heart disease! According to a study published in April 2014 in JAMA Internal Medicine, over a period of 15 years those who took in 25% or more of their daily calories from added sugar were more than twice as likely to die from heart disease as those who ingested 10% or less from added sugar. Therefore the study concluded, “We observed a significant relationship between added sugar consumption and increased risk for CVD mortality.”
Treatment for Heart Disease
At LifeWorks Wellness Center we believe in a holistic approach to healthcare and treatment for heart disease. Although there are some factors out of our control there are many that we can do something about, especially many listed under the causes of heart disease section. We work with patients in order to help them do the following:
- Stop smoking.
- Eat a healthy diet with lots of organic, fresh fruits and vegetables with little to no added sugar.
- Exercise regularly.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Maintain a healthy blood pressure and blood cholesterol.
Conventional vs Alternative Approaches
Bypass heart surgery is often recommended from conventional medicine but at times, it can be ineffective, and costly, not to mention risky. During bypass surgery, about 5 percent of patients have cardiac arrests or strokes and about 1-2 percent actually die.
Alternative treatment options may include one or more of the following
- Eliminating hidden sources of inflammation in the body
- Fixing any nutritional deficiencies
- Chelation Therapy
- Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP)
- Medically Supervised Accelerated Diet
- Plaquex Therapy
- Ozone Therapy
While chelation therapy has not been conclusively demonstrated to treat cardiovascular disease, some researchers believe chelation therapy is a safer, less expensive, less invasive alternative that has shown positive results in improving circulation and blood flow and actually removing plaque from the arteries. According to a study titled TACT (Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy), researchers found an 18% reduction in all types of cardiovascular incidents for those who received chelation therapy with EDTA than those who received a placebo. Interestingly, in the patients with diabetes in the study which made up approximately one-third of participants, there was “a 41 percent overall reduction in the risk of any cardiovascular event; a 40 percent reduction in the risk of death from heart disease non-fatal stroke, or non-fatal heart attack; a 52 percent reduction in recurrent heart attacks; and a 43 percent reduction in death from any cause.”
These findings are significant and this is a therapy we use often at LifeWorks for heart disease. Chelation therapy is a non-surgical infusion therapy that has been used for improving circulation and reducing arteriosclerosis in patients with heart disease, as well as reducing blood pressure. Until recently, chelation required a three-hour infusion, but now 30-minute therapy is available, allowing busy Tampa Bay patients to easily fit chelation treatments into their schedules. Patients seeking to improve circulation and prevent the need for surgery may benefit from an evaluation and course of chelation therapy.
Give us a call at 727-466-6789 or submit an online inquiry and see how we can help you overcome and prevent heart disease.
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