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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 12:47

Atherosclerosis and heart diseases

In Medicine, we believe that the best possible treatments results can be achieved by combining what is the best of conventional medicine with natural medicine (holistic approach) including herbs, vitamins (also orthomolecular medicine), bioresonance, acupuncture, laser therapies, etc.

As in all chronic conditions, we always adjust treatments for individual needs of our patients.

Cardiovascular disorders are a group of disorders of the heart, blood vessels, and blood circulation.

Heart disorders are the ones that disrupt the heart’s action. Today some of the scientists believe that genetic factors do not play a large part in causing heart disorders, however there is still a relatively large group supporting this hypothesis. They all, though, agree that genetic factor contribute to the hyperlipidemia which then may predispose a person to suffer from conditions like coronary artery disease or atherosclerosis. Among them there always will be a significant proportion of conditions of congenital nature, and these may contribute to the development of endocarditis or myocarditis.

When the heart muscle becomes weak, sometimes due to lack of protein, vitamin deficiencies (like vitamin B1, thiamine), ConzymeQ10 deficiency, alcohol overconsumption resulting in prolonged poisoning leading to cardiomyopathy. There are many risk factors, like homocysteine elevated levels, hypertension, obesity, diabetes which are not adequately, monitored, treated, or simply neglected. We all should be aware of the fact that the coronary arteries may become narrowed due to atherosclerosis which derivates areas of heart muscle of oxygen, and therefore resulting, in many cases, in developing angina pectoris or myocardial infarction.

Additionally, bad dietary habits and some drugs consumption (e.g. doxorubicin, tricyclic antidepressants, overconsumption of paracetamol, and some other pain killers), uncontrolled consumption of so called “energy drinks” may lead to abnormal heart functioning.
Please refer to our blog, seminars and workshops to find more information on holistic approach to cardiovascular diseases. However, we hope that this short text will provide a snapshot introduction and you will find it helpful.

Atherosclerosis may develop if the mechanics of the fat distribution system are interfered.
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) helps to improve metabolism of fat.
Zinc, vitamin C and vitamin E (both tocopherols and tocotrienols) are recommended.
Magnesium, coenzyme Q10 (a must for everyone taking statins!), L-arginine, and L-citrulline are very important factors in both preventing and supporting CVD treatments.
It is recommended to use modern cellular medicine principles for both preventing and treating cardiovascular diseases; it’s always better to prevent than treat!

Lysine and proline have been found to improve functioning of lipoprotein, and are recommended by Dr. Rath’s protocol.

Females undertaking long hormonal replacement therapies during menopause, may suffer from a depletion of vitamins and other cellular nutrients. They are in a group of much higher risk for heart attacks, strokes, and other forms of cardiovascular diseases.
Herb called Hawthorn (Crategus oxycantha and C. monogyna) is well-known and used for treating the heart and circulation conditions. It can lower high blood pressure, relieve angina, improve heart pump efficiency in heart failure, and improve an abnormal heart rhythm.
Another herb recommended is Hemp seed oil (Cannabis sativa). It contains both omega 6 and omega 3 essential fatty acids in ratio of 3 to 1. Hemp seed oil has similar advantages to evening primrose, flaxseed, and omega 3 oils. It is also used to correct hormone imbalanced (like these occurring in pre-menstrual syndrome), helps maintain healthy circulation, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
It is also worth mentioning Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) which is one of the oldest known plants on earth. It contains a variety of antioxidants, bioflavones, and unique chemicals called ginkgolides and bilobalides. Some researches confirm their beneficial action to relax blood vessels in the body, and boost blood circulation to the brain, feet, and genitals by stopping cell fragments in the blood called platelets, from clumping together. It also helps to improve memory, concentration, brings relief in dizziness, and significantly improve peripheral circulation. Another benefit is effective improving depression related to reduced blood flow to the brain.

As a holistic clinic, we also offer orthomolecular treatments for cardiovascular diseases. In a nut-shell there are two goals:
1.To reverse atherosclerosis
2.To reduce tissue aging

Apart from nutritional/orthomolecular diet prepared for each patient individually, it is very important to follow some general rules related to consumption of whole, unprocessed, fresh foods in order to provide optimum amount of calories as well as a right balance of essential fatty acids.

When it is too late to prevent, these supplements are usually used to improve and treat cardiovascular diseases:

Ascorbic acid and/or sodium ascorbate (vitamin C), the first taken orally and the second intravenously, will improve vessel walls, help decrease oxidative stress, and when used for a longer period of time, decrease the size of plaque
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) – deficiency of this vitamin has been well documented to have a significant role in the formation of atherosclerotic plaque. Usually it is used in 100-250 mg per day, however the dosage should be consulted with a health professional.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) – taken regularly 2-3 times a day (some orthomolecular physicians recommend taking 1g three times a day, other 500 mg up to three times a day – we recommend consultation with a health professional before taking any of these amounts) in divided doses will lower amount of LDL, triglycerides, and elevate HDL. It will also contribute to reduce the size of plaque, improve on the amount of red cells, and help improve angina.

Vitamin E – both tocopherols and tocotrienols will be very effective in treating patients suffering from heart disease. Tocopherols will fight free radical formation and act as very effective antioxidants.
Zinc – it is a very effective supplement to enhance pyridoxine, having synergic effect.
Magnesium – will decrease incidents of hypertension.

This is just a short introduction to cardiovascular diseases and holistic approach. For more information please refer to our blogs and articles.

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