Cardiovascular disease is the #1 cause of death in the US. In fact, every 25 seconds someone experiences a heart attack and every 60 seconds someone dies. Every 40 seconds, someone in the US has a stroke. Combining these statistics means that every 36 seconds (approximately the time it took you to read to this point) someone dies from heart and blood vessel diseases.
The health of your heart and blood vessels is paramount to optimal aging. Your heart beats approximately 100,000 times a day, pumping 1,900 gallons of blood through more than 60,000 miles of blood vessels. The astonishing activity of your cardiovascular system makes life possible—without healthy blood vessels and heart function, your cells cannot receive vital oxygen and nutrients and waste cannot be removed.
Heart disease can be prevented most of the time! Arterial plaque can be stopped or reversed but it usually takes more than a statin to do this. On average statins only prevent about 30% of heart attacks.
The primary cause of heart attacks is atherosclerosis which is a disease of the artery wall. Coronary artery disease is a condition that involves the arteries that supply the heart. When a plaque in an artery becomes too big it can block blood flow to the heart, or, when one of these plaques ruptures a clot can form which can cause a heart attack or stroke. Coronary artery disease often has no symptoms until your first heart attack. This is why early screening is so important. At Anchor Wellness Center we will help you stabilize or reverse the buildup of plaque in your arteries.
Many of our patients arrive at the office already diagnosed with heart disease or a specific disease (e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure, and/or high cholesterol) that places them at higher risk for cardiovascular disease
The goal of preventive cardiology is to slow vascular aging and minimize injury to blood vessels while enhancing their repair. This includes healing dysfunctional endothelium, stabilizing and reversing plaque, decreasing arterial thickening and stiffness, and decreasing risk factors. With solid commitment to a health diet and lifestyle, nutritional supplements and accountability through repeat testing, it is absolutely possible to stabilize or reverse cardiovascular disease and your risk of having a stroke or heart attack. Through a systems-based functional medicine approach to inflammation (the core physiologic imbalance), we utilize advanced blood testing, integrative diagnostics, genetic risk factor analysis, pharmaceutical and nutrient therapies, and lifestyle modifications to dramatically decrease a patient’s risk for heart attacks and strokes and begin the process of reversal of disease. Strong emphasis is placed on therapeutic lifestyle change as the ongoing preventive “treatment” strategy.