The U.S. leads the world in death rates from heart disease. It’s the American lifestyle – your lifestyle – that combine too little exercise, too much stress, a diet of highly processed foods often deficient in essential nutrients that puts you at risk of experiencing imbalance and disease in your cardiovascular and circulatory systems.
This page is about the health of your heart and arteries (blood pathways). But it’s also about the blood itself and your lymphatic system. By looking at all these components, we can help you discover the root cause(s) of these imbalances and give you therapy options and tools to help you manage or eliminate them.
Here are some of the most common cardiovascular and circulatory conditions that we work with:
Angina (chest pain) – Angina usually lasts just a few minutes during the need for increased blood flow and then subsides when the demand for increased blood is removed. Symptoms usually present as one or more of the following: chest discomfort, pain, tightness or heaviness; feeling shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; pressure, squeezing or burning sensation in the chest; discomfort spreading to the arm, shoulder, back, neck, or jaw which may be accompanied by tingling or numbness; and feeling sick to the stomach.
Arteriosclerosis – Over time, the arteries become thickened and hardened as they are damaged by high blood pressure. This condition also causes stiffness and loss of elasticity. This disease state is most problematic when it appears in the coronary arteries.
Atherosclerosis – A disease where plaque builds up inside the arteries. Plaque is made up of cholesterol, fat, calcium and other substances found in the blood meant to repair artery damage. Over time, plaque can harden and narrow your arteries, which decreases blood flow throughout your body and leads to arterial disease. When lethal clots are released, you may experience heart attack, stroke, or death. The focus of repair should be on the blood itself in order to stop the progression of atherosclerosis and other related conditions it causes within the arteries.
Congestive Heart Failure (Cardiomyopathy) – With congestive heart failure the heart hasn’t stopped working, but the heart’s pumping power is dangerously weaker than normal. As the pressure and volume of blood inside the heart’s pumping chamber increases, additional pressure is placed on the arteries and veins in the lungs, resulting in fluid accumulation in the lungs.
Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction) – Atherosclerosis that occurs in the coronary arteries can deprive the heart of oxygen-rich blood until the affected part of the heart dies. This causes a myocardial infarction (heart attack), sometimes leading to cardiac arrest (stopped heartbeat) which can result in death. While a heart attack appears to come on suddenly, it often begins with years of physical neglect (poor diet and lack of exercise) or from a genetic predisposition. Experience of a heart attack requires immediate medical attention.
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) – Blood pressure refers to the force of the blood against the walls of arteries, veins, and the chambers of the heart as it is pumped through the body. More than normal force exerted by the blood against the arteries is high blood pressure. This begins to damage the cellular walls and make it easier for harmful substances, such as toxins and oxidized cholesterol to form dangerous deposits on the arterial walls. Although a combination of genetic and environmental factors (behavioral patterns and stress) contribute to hypertension, the main source appears to be a diet high animal fat and refined salt, especially if high in relationship to potassium and magnesium levels. Excess alcohol consumption is also a contributing factor.
High Cholesterol – Cholesterol is a valuable waxy, oily steroid substance that the body manufactures each day that is necessary for the maintenance of the body’s cells. Cholesterol also plays a role in the manufacture of steroidal hormones, which are critical for health of the immune system, the mineral-regulating functions of the kidneys, and the smooth running of the hormonal systems in men and women. It has long been cast as the villain in heart disease, but is only harmful when it becomes oxidized in the body. It is only in an oxidized state that it initiates plaque formation on the arterial walls, leading to most conditions of heart disease.
Lymph Congestion – The lymphatic system’s primary purpose is to carry toxins away from the cells by collecting and filtering lymph, neutralizing and disposing of bacteria, other microbes, and toxins, and then returning its contents back to the bloodstream. It is also responsible for absorbing fats and fat-soluble vitamins from the digestive system. The lymphatic system’s upward movement is reliant on muscle movement (exercise and deep breathing). Toxic overload causes congestion in the lymphatic system and can lead to chronic intestinal constipation, liver dysfunction, and weight gain. Over time, this lymph congestion causes accelerated aging and is a primary contributor to chronic, degenerative disease processes.
Stroke – Most strokes are caused by an abrupt blockage of an artery in the brain, called an ischemic stroke. Hemorrhagic stroke is another type of stroke, and it is caused by a ruptured artery in the brain that causes bleeding inside the brain or the space surrounding the brain. Both kinds can result in paralysis or death, therefore, require immediate medical attention.