Heart health

The Secrets to Preventing Heart Disease

Secrets to preventing heart disease

Have you ever had feelings of lightheadedness? Chest pains? Heart palpitations and/or irregular heartbeats? Perhaps, you’ve experienced all of these symptoms at some point in your life and swept it under the rug thinking it was just dehydration or a reaction to something you ate. However, these symptoms are warning signs and can be much more serious than you think, as all of them are related to heart disease.

Did you know that about 610,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S every year? This number can be drastically lower if people took the necessary steps to prevent the disease from occurring, and for those whose genetics seem to haunt them with heart related issues, there are still ways to prevent them from happening. Thankfully, we do have some good news for you… LifeWorks Wellness Center has treated multiple patients with heart disease, cholesterol issues and diabetes, and luckily, there are some easy steps you can take to prevent heart disease… naturally.

Knowing the Cause

At LifeWorks, we don’t just diagnose a patient with heart disease, we discover the root cause. In most cases, heart disease is usually caused by a blockage within one or more of the three arteries that lead to the heart muscle, which results in the organ lacking blood causing part of it to die. In turn, a heart attack ensues. But… the real question is what caused the blockage? According to Dr. Minkoff, a basic cause of artery blocking is inflammation from bacteria that seep through the artery walls. As a response, the body uses cholesterol to coat over the injured area further narrowing the artery. People with these issues usually have an imbalance of essential fatty acids, omega 3 and magnesium. These issues develop due to smoking, high insulin, poor dental health, and obesity, which all have the potential of causing inflammation within the heart arteries.

Do You Have The Right Supplements?

Most medical doctors will prescribe cholesterol medication or heart pills to ease the symptoms and keep the body working as it should, but this still doesn’t solve the health condition. Most people don’t even know that heart disease can be prevented by just the use of a few supplements. The main one that we recommend to most patients suffering with heart-related issues is magnesium. About 80% of patients tested at LifeWorks have had low magnesium within their bloodstream and Dr. Minkoff specifically highlights this supplement as a primary medicine to preventing heart disease.

“Magnesium is really important for muscle contractility in the heart.” said Dr. Minkoff. “It keeps the blood vessels that feed the muscle in a relaxed state.”

Other recommended supplements to assist in maintaining a healthy heart is Body Health Multivitamins, Fish and Vegetable Oils (Omega 3 and Omega 6), Perfect Greens supplements, Perfect Amino Acids, and Male Vigor (provides the heart with testosterone). Before starting a supplement plan, consult with your healthcare practitioner in order to identify which supplements are the right ones for you.

Lead a Healthy Lifestyle

Our heart is the most important part of our body. It is the organ that literally decides whether or not we’re dead or alive, so it’s critical that we cherish it as if it’s our child and take good care of it. In order to prevent heart disease, you must try to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Similar to how a child needs fruits and vegetables to develop properly, our hearts need proper nutrients and must constantly be active in order for it to pump blood through our veins. It is essential that you exercise daily (to get the blood pumping), receive quality sleep every night, consume the right supplements (such as magnesium and fish oils) and maintain a balanced diet. One diet that we would recommend to decrease the risk of heart disease is the Paleo Diet, which was found to “increase the concentration of certain fats found in the blood.”¹. Here at LifeWorks, we encourage the Paleo Diet to many of our patients who have successfully lost weight or healed a health issue that they have suffered with for years. Heart disease is not excluded from this.

Therapies That Can Decrease Risks

Is heart disease a genetic health condition that runs in your family? Are you worried about your chances of developing the disease? Fortunately, there are things that you can do to decrease your risks, even if heart disease is in your DNA. Therapies such as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and Ozone Therapy have proven to decrease the risks of getting heart disease in the future. According to a study from Ozone Hospital, “the use of ozone in cardiovascular diseases and chronic fatigue has shown significant results in relief and operational success.”² In turn, this improves the circulation of oxygen and utilization of heart tissues. On the other hand, a recent 2020 study showed that HBOT improved the performance of the heart’s functions. Out of 31 patients that were given an HBOT treatment, the results showed that each heart had improved in ejection fraction, myocardial performance index (MPI), and apical rotation, increased the left ventricular global longitudinal strain, and decreased the left ventricular and systolic volume.³ With this being said, LifeWorks offers both Ozone and Hyperbaric Treatments for all patients who suffer from heart issues and other chronic illnesses such as Lyme Disease or Cancer.

To Sum Up…

Heart disease is extremely common and takes the life of twice as many people as cancer. This is unfortunate because these issues are possible to thwart, however, there are many who are unknowledgeable about the preventions of cardiovascular diseases. A large reason for this is because most doctors will provide relief of symptoms, while here at LifeWorks we strive to dig into the true cause of the problems within your heart.

If you feel that you are experiencing heart disease symptoms, please contact our office today to schedule an appointment at 727-466-6789.

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About Dr. Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr. Minkoff’s attended a lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, widely considered the father of functional medicine, during which he had a eureka moment, and began pursuing the alternative health field with a vengeance, studying under the most accomplished thought leaders on natural & integrative healing. In 1997 Dr. Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic to help friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into LifeWorks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States.