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CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

Risk Factors: smoking, obesity, diabetes, Type A personality, infections

Lifestyle: Diet-high saturated fat, low fiber, high refined carbohydrates, caffeine

Lack of aerobic exercise and relaxation

High stress

Lab tests to evaluate “at risk”

C-reactive protein
Apoliporotein profile
Homocysteine
LDL small particle

Cholesterol is not the best indicator to predict CVD. See article on cholesterol.

HYPERTENSION

Hypertension is usually diagnosed when blood pressure rises above 140/90. Left untreated, hypertension can lead to a stroke, heart attack and congestive heart failure.

It can be associated with headaches, ringing in the ears, bloody noses, and light headedness.

Various factors involved with hypertension are

Atherosclerosis
Obesity-poor food choices
sedentary lifestyle
high stress levels
metal toxicity
detoxification weakness
nutritional deficiencies
High blood pressure can be a result of high levels of noradrenaline due to the body’s inability to break it down properly. This relates to poor detoxification and relative vitamin deficiency.

ARTERISCLEROSIS

This condition involves a thickening of the walls of the arteries and a loss of elasticity that interferes with normal blood flow. This thickening is due to a build up of fatty deposits known as plaque. This accumulation of plaque occurs slowly and narrows the opening of the arteries. This forces the heart to pump harder and can lead to hypertension. In turn high blood pressure can lead to further hardening of the arteries. If the blood supply to the heart is reduced significantly enough so there is not enough oxygen reaching the heart, a heart attack (myocardial infarction) can result.

The major causes for arteriosclerosis include:

Inflammation due to:
Poor diet: Increased “refined carbs”, trans-fats, overconsumption of animal proteins and saturated fats.
Adrenal stress
Insulin resistance
Impaired immunity
Infections
Medications
Digestive disturbance
Toxicity
Obesity
Increased homocysteine levels
Increased free radical productiom

ANGINA

Angina results from insufficient oxygen supply to the heart muscle usually caused by arteriosclerosis. It usually precedes a heart attack. Other factors possibly involved are hypoglycemia and thyroid conditions.

ARRHYTHMIAS

This is a change in the normal rhythm of the heart. It can be momentary, episodic or long term. Sometimes it is accompanied by dizziness or light-headedness.

Factors involved are:
Adrenal stress
Low mineral and electrolyte levels i.e. potassium and magnesium
Hypoglycemia
Thyroid dysfunction
Increased levels or inability to breakdown noradrenaline
Diuretics
Obesity
Arteriosclerosis and mitral valve prolapse
Anxiety/panic: This can be due to changes in neurotransmitter levels. See depression

CHOLESTEROL-see articles

For anyone taking statin drugs, be aware of two physiological changes: decreased production of Co Q10 (critical for heart muscle tissue function) and decreased production of testosterone (also critical for heart function)