Cardiovascular Disease is defined as disease of the heart and/or blood vessels. One in three people die of cardiovascular disease worldwide and it is still the number one(heart) and third(stroke) causes of death in the United States. In children under 15 years of age cardiovascular disease ranks as the second cause of death after accidents. Today one in three people has some form of cardiovascular disease.
Heart disease kills more women than men in the United States. Cardiovascular disease of all forms killed 419,730 women in 2008, while all forms of cancer combined killed 270,210 that year. (1) Women over 40 are generally careful about having their annual mammograms and pap smears but how many of you are having your heart disease risk evaluated each year? Cardiovascular disease kills 10 times more women than breast cancer each year in the US(1).
Heart Attack Symptoms
Men typically experience the classic signs and symptoms of heart attack with crushing left sided chest pain that radiates to the left arm or jaw.
However, women commonly report weakness or fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, sweating, nausea or vomiting, and palpitations. At least 40% of women have no chest pain. They may have upper back, neck, shoulder or abdominal discomfort.
If I have healthy cholesterol numbers and normal blood pressure am I still at risk for Cardiovascular Disease?
What testing do you do to assess if I’m at risk for Cardiovascular Disease?
What kind of treatments do you prescribe to reverse my risk for cardiovascular disease?
What are some nutrient deficiencies that predispose me to increased Cardiovascular disease risk?
The B vitamins, vitamin C and D3 are important for preventing endothelial damage from scarring and inflammation. Omega 3 fatty acids have also been shown to prevent plaque formation.
Plant compounds in berries, cherries, pomegranate and green tea all protect the endothelial cells from inflammation. Garlic helps to reduce oxidation of LDL which promotes inflammation.