Maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system and managing heart disease has multiple components. We use tools from traditional and holistic medicine to treat our patients. Our patients feel empowered-to make lifestyle changes by undergoing nutritional counseling and identifying stress reduction approaches that work for them. Many patients also come to PALM for IV Chelation treatments. Chelation is FDA approved for the treatment of heavy metal toxicity and is currently being studied as a means to prevent the progression of some forms of heart disease. It is believed that Chelation Therapy stabilizes multiple enzymes involved in the formation of plaque.
Inflammation is believed to cause significant damage and plaque formation in the arteries. Valuable diagnostic information may be gleaned from measuring levels of homocysteine and C-reactive protein in the blood. Elevated levels of these two markers indicate systemic inflammation in the body. Homocysteine is an amino acid found naturally in the body. High levels of homocysteine damage the arterial walls and cause inflammation. Levels of homocysteine will rise when there are nutritional deficiencies of vitamins B12, B6 and folic acid. Supplementation of your diet with these vitamins is known to lower homocysteine levels.
The other marker, C-reactive protein, indicates the presence of excessive inflammation in the circulatory system. Various research studies have noted a correlation between high levels of C-reactive protein and an increased risk of stroke and heart attack. Inflammation can be reduced by eating a heart-healthy diet consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, walnuts, flaxseeds and fish, while avoiding hydrogenated oils (margarine, shortening) as well as saturated fats from meat and dairy products. This diet is the same one recommended for patients struggling with insulin resistance and diabetes.
At PALM Health we also perform Lab tests for cardiovascular risks beyond measuring for CRP and homocysteine. This lab contains a lipid panel that investigates the particle size of the cholesterol in addition to the quantity of cholesterol. It also measures a plaque contributing fat known as atherogenic fat. In addition it tests various markers for coagulation and metabolism such as fibrinogen, Lp-PLA2Insulin, vitamin D, homocysteine and CRP.
Another feature of this lab is that we can assess genetic risks and correlate it to your blood profile to create a personalized therapy. For example if you test positive for the gene, that correlates with a heightened risk for an early onset heart attack, then we would advise making the lifestyle changes (including medication or supplement) necessary to prevent this. Similarly, patients with abnormalities in the KIF6 gene were shown to benefit from Statin drugs. This test also checks for your ability to handle and benefit from two common drugs: Plavix and Aspirin.
Based on test results , we make recommendations for: dietary change, exercise with continual assessment of your body composition analysis, supplements and drugs as needed. We sometimes recommend Chelation therapy for those with unstable angina or for those who do not wish to undergo interventional therapies such stent placement or by-pass surgery. If there are metabolic or hormonal imbalances, we make recommendations for correction, as all of these help to decrease inflammation, increase anti-oxidant capacity to make your cardiovascular system function optimally.
For those interested in Cardiac Rehabilitation we design personalized programs that combine nutrition, coaching, fitness, stress reduction, and complementary therapies to gain strength and vitality.