Maintaining a healthy heart is essential to our well-being. Heart issues can contribute to a number of decreased quality of life issues, including feeling as if you do not have as much energy as you did when you were younger, circulation issues such as cold hands and feet and swelling in the ankles, and poor endurance and stamina. We’ve had successful results providing measureable outcomes when it comes to addressing suboptimal heart concerns.
How Cardio Vascular Health Declines
Free radicals not only perpetuate inflammation and damage our cells, but they also leave small tears on the inner surface of our blood vessels, which can result in scarring. The body’s ability to repair these micro-tears diminishes with age, leaving spaces that allow the build-up of arterial plaque, which can eventually lead to clogged circulation. Over time, your heart muscle has to work harder to pump the same amount of blood through congested, rigid, less flexible blood vessels. This can lead to high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems. Important first steps to combat this and related effects begins with anti-oxidants, cardio tonic nutrients, and techniques for correcting chronic inflammation
A healthy heart is a well-nourished and oxygenated heart. Because long standing nutritional deficiencies can lead to poor oxygenation, and cramping of the heart, we use a special set of nutrients that provide nourishment and help the heart receive and use oxygen. We’ve consistently seen people have non-drug improvements with common cardio-vascular issues using bio-available supplementation.
We have a unique set of tests that we can use to detect a lack of antioxidants in the body, or can assess if your antioxidants are working properly. By working with blood tests and developing the right heart health protocol, inflammation and free radical damage can be reduced and tissues can begin to heal.
How do we recognize impending heart problems?
To identify heart problems before they happen, we use the Myeloperoxidase enzyme test. This test, developed by leading cardiovascular doctors at Cleveland Heart Lab, is specific and very sensitive, with the ability to detect heart problems months prior to the actual event. The Myeloperoxidase enzyme test is more accurate than any other lab test, including cholesterol, C-Reactive Protein, and homocysteine, used to detect impending heart problems. (For more information about the reliability of cholesterol to predict heart problems, please search under “cholesterol” on our blog site.)
The professional online journal, DentalEconomics.com, began their 2013 publication year with an article titled, “State of the oral-systemic union: 2013.” The author of this article, Dr. Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS, discusses MPO (refers to Myeloperoxidase), “Other parameters that indicate an increased risk of vascular disease include the level of myeloperoxidase (MPO). MPO impairs endothelial function and increases the vulnerability of arterial plaque to rupturing, which triggers CV events. MPO predicts the future risk of coronary artery disease in healthy people.”
Blood Oxygen Levels Help us Look and Feel Younger
Low levels of blood oxygen have been shown to contribute to physical and mental fatigue, “fuzzy” thought, poor endurance, a sluggish metabolism leading to weight gain, lactic acid build up and a decreased ability to heal. To increase your blood’s ability to carry oxygen, debris in the blood needs to be cleaned up. The cleaner the blood, the more effectively it can transport oxygen to essential body parts such as muscles and the brain. Debris includes high serum protein levels, and oxidized solids such as plaque, uric acid and fibrin, all which decrease the blood’s ability to carry oxygen.
Blood tests to identify these conditions can be done in our office via live blood cell analysis, and out of office via our comprehensive functional blood chemistry analysis.
Regaining a clearer mind
When our cognitive skills begin to decline, it largely results from oxidative stress, inflammation, and low oxygen present within the brain, which begins to degrade our nerve cells, called neurons. Our brain can suffer a similar fate as our blood vessels and heart, when oxidative stress and inflammation are present. Like our blood vessels, the brain is susceptible to damage from free radicals, and can accumulate plaque and inappropriate clumps of proteins called Lewy Bodies (associated with dementia), which hinders normal function.
Additionally, the outer protective sheath of our nerve cells, called myelin, is largely responsible for the directed transmission of impulses from one nerve cell to another. When this sheath is damaged by oxidative stress, and unable to repair itself due to key nutritional deficiencies, our nerve cells function less effectively. As a result our nerves can send “mixed messages” and transmissions can fail to get to their intended destination. We may experience this as poor cognition, decreased memory, or lack of proper muscle control and coordination. Working with our schedule of care, we can help your brain feel clearer as well as improve your overall energy levels.