Addressing risk factors and lifestyle for better heart health
Every day, your heart beats around 100,000 times, sending 2,000 gallons of blood surging through your body. An organ about the size of your fist, your heart pumps blood through the highway of vessels throughout your body. Your blood sends oxygen, immune cells, growth factors, and nutrients to all of your organs and tissues. As it flows away, the blood removes metabolic wastes and carbon dioxide. Damage to the heart or its valves can reduce the heart’s pumping power, forcing it to work harder just to satisfy your body’s demand for blood. Damage to the vessels can lead to organ and tissue injury throughout the body, as seen in advanced diabetes.
So how can you keep your ticker in tip-top shape? SCNM physicians are helping patients achieve cardiovascular health every day with general wellness principles and targeted therapies. These conditions include:
- Coronary heart disease
- Heart failure
- Abnormal heart rhythms like arrhythmias or atrial fibrillation
- Heart valve disease
- Heart attack prevention
- Post heart attack care
- Post stroke care
- Vascular problems
- Circulatory health
Naturopathic physicians at SCNM utilize a multi-faceted approach to assess the cardiovascular system. Risk factors like age, gender, genetics, lipid and cholesterol levels, and lifestyle all play a vital role in heart health. Some of these factors, such as age, cannot be changed and can leave you susceptible to disease. This is why it’s important to address the factors you can change, such as nutrition, blood composition, and lifestyle. Smoking, lack of exercise, high-stress levels, and poor diet are all lifestyle habits that can negatively impact your heart and body health. By shifting these lifestyle habits into a balanced diet, daily exercise, living smoke free, and developing stress management techniques, you can improve your chances for a strong, healthy heart. Your naturopathic physician will provide you with the education and the tools to create a healthy life.
Acupuncture, nutritional supplementation, dietary counseling, mind-body medicine, homeopathy, and botanical medicine are all possible treatments you’ll receive for your heart condition. A specific treatment protocol will be developed for you, taking your individual needs into account.
By combining naturopathic treatments with healthy lifestyle habits, your heart and blood vessels will nourish your cells more effectively and efficiently. You’ll feel better, have more energy, and get back to being you again.