Avoiding the Heartache of Heart Disease

Asia Muhammad, ND

By Asia Muhammad, ND

Did you know that heart disease has been the #1 killer of Americans since the 20th and currently 21st century except the year 1918 where influenza killed more people? Heart disease is multifactorial and commonly results from chronic poor dietary and lifestyle choices. Cardiovascular disease is responsible for approximately 1 in 3 deaths annually in the United States. Costs for managing cardiovascular falls in the billions annually.

One of the most important risk factors for cardiovascular disease is high blood pressure. Typically the higher the blood pressure, the higher the risk of complications. It has been estimated that a 5mmHg reduction in systolic blood pressure (top blood pressure number) is associated with a 7% reduction in all-cause mortality. There is much debate around the recommended blood pressure goal. Even with blood pressures as low as 115/75, epidemiological data reveals a positive correlation between stroke and coronary artery disease.

Lifestyle modifications associated with a reduction in cardiovascular death risk include smoking cessation, Mediterranean diet focused high in fruits and vegetables, dark cocoa, and exercise. There are also naturopathic options available.

If you or anyone you know has some form of cardiovascular disease such as hypertension, obesity, diabetes, dyslipidemia, please schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation with me.

Call 314.409.8834, email: asia@lavenderrootshw.com.