What is Cardiovascular Disease?

Cardiovascular disease, otherwise known as heart disease, includes numerous problems relating to the function of the heart and blood vessels. According to the CDC, 1 in every 4 deaths are attributed to heart disease making it the leading cause of death for both men and women. Through atherosclerosis, plaque builds up on the arterial walls and can narrow and block the flow of blood, leading to a heart attack or stroke. Related heart disease conditions include blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure, with about 33% of US adults having high LDL cholesterol and hypertension.

Symptoms of Cardiovascular Disease?

The symptoms of heart disease often are not expressed until later stages or until a heart attack or stroke hit. This is why both high cholesterol and high blood pressure are termed “Silent Killers”. Typically, they do not show themselves until it is too late. In fact, it’s estimated that only 80% of those with hypertension know they have it.

It is important to take preventative measures, get regular blood tests done, and implement lifestyle change to monitor and reduce your risk factors or reverse damage that has already been done to your heart.

Nutrition Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease

The good news is that diet, exercise, weight, and other lifestyle factors can all influence these conditions and your risk for heart disease. Nutrition interventions can play a key role in heart disease therapy with the added bonus of weight loss and potential elimination of the need for medication.

We will craft an individual nutrition program with you to make healthy, realistic changes that will help prevent and reverse heart disease.