Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States.
The toll heart disease takes in the U.S. is enormous, with deaths each year equivalent to a packed jumbo jet crashing over a thousand times.
Our approach to treating heart disease at the Magaziner Center for Wellness, is to create an individualized treatment plan for each patient with heart disease; one that involves an arsenal of natural and holistic therapies, as opposed to simply attempting to mask symptoms with pharmaceuticals. As a result, our patients generally experience far better clinical outcomes and far fewer side effects.
What is heart disease?
The most common types of heart disease include coronary artery disease, a decrease of blood flow to the heart, heart attacks, heart failure, where the heart muscle is weakened and cannot pump enough blood, abnormal heart rhythms or arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation, and diseases of the heart valves.
Suffering a heart attack, in which the blood flow to the heart is blocked by plaque or a blood clot, can increase your risk of having a stroke, which is when the blood supply to the brain is blocked or a blood vessel in the brain ruptures.
Recently, heart disease has also been found to be an inflammatory condition. We are able to perform detailed and thorough blood test to identify the inflammatory markers that may be driving your heart disease. Furthermore, we are able to identity some of the advanced risk factors one may have at an early stage, prior to actually developing heart disease so we can intervene at an early stage. This is essential since most patients do not have any symptoms of heart disease and at least half with heart disease may have a normal cholesterol level.
What causes heart disease?
Sadly the typical American diet and lifestyle are a surefire recipe for heart problems. Poor nutrition, lack of exercise, smoking, excessive stress, obesity, diabetes and overindulgence in sugar and processed foods are just some of the common factors leading to heart disease. Certain medications, most notably statins prescribed to lower cholesterol, can deplete the vital nutrient CoQ10. Being deficient in this powerful antioxidant can weaken your heart muscle, leading to new or even more severe heart problems. Excessive amounts of heavy metals such as high levels of lead, mercury, cadmium or arsenic have been associated with increasing free radical damage, causing oxidative stress to the cells of the heart and contributing to heart disease.
What are the symptoms?
Heart disease symptoms run the gamut from mild to extreme. For many people, especially women, the symptoms of a heart attack can be so mild as to not even be noticed. Others may feel the classic chest, jaw and arm pain. For conditions such as heart failure, symptoms can include shortness of breath, swelling of the feet and ankles and an increase in heart rate. Arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation, are often first detected in a routine office visit, or can be felt as a racing, fluttering or heart beat irregularity, or odd sensation in the chest. The bottom line is that a heart problem can often go unnoticed until the condition has significantly progressed, and treatment becomes more difficult.
How they treat it
Mainstream medicine typically treats heart disease with numerous medications and surgical procedures, such as a bypass, stent or pacemaker. Common drugs prescribed for heart disease include ACE inhibitors, beta blockers, calcium-channel blockers, statins and aspirin, along with blood thinners. These kinds of drugs have a long list of potential adverse reactions including kidney damage, fatigue, dizziness, life-threatening bleeding and mental confusion.
How we treat it
At the Magaziner Center for Wellness we use a functional medicine approach to treat heart disease utilizing natural therapies that work in conjunction with the body by facilitating, enabling and assisting its normal healing processes. We analyze your results from a series of extremely thorough tests and develop an individualized treatment plan based on lifestyle, stressors, environment, diet, health history and the levels of various nutrients and toxins, including heavy metals, present in the body. We make use of chelation therapy, various nutraceuticals to improve heart function, an anti-inflammatory based-diet and lifestyle changes, stress-reduction techniques and controlled exercise, with the objective of restoring the cardiac function to as normal a state as possible.Learn more about Chelation Therapy
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