Is Your Heart Healthier In The Jungle?

You may have heard about inflammation- and the holistic approaches to help reduce it- but do you really know what inflammation truly is? In the simplest way: inflammation is your body’s natural reaction to infections, stress, or toxic chemicals. To help protect your body from foreign substances, chemicals from the body’s white blood cells are released into the blood or affected tissues and flow to the area of injury or infection. This process usually brings about the familiar result of redness and warmth.

It is important to understand the risks of inflammation and how it can affect your heart. While inflammation is thought to be a sign of cardiovascular disease, it is still not proven. Researchers do know that it is closely linked with stroke and heart disease patients, and can also be associated with atherosclerosis- a chronic process that starts at birth and over time causes deleterious changes in blood vessels, leading to heart attacks, peripheral artery disease, and strokes.

 

 

Figure Courtesy of Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging

Atherosclerosis can be defined as the narrowing and hardening of the arteries which supply blood to the heart muscle and makes it essential for the heart to function properly. Developing over decades, atherosclerosis is a diffuse process damaging blood vessels. While there is a genetic predisposition, traditional risk factors, such as smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, mental stress, and physical inactivity are all contributing. Lifestyle plays a major role in atherosclerosis since approximately 80% of it may be preventable through healthy nutrition, exercise, and stress control.

In experimental models, atheroslcerosis involves deterioration of the endothelium, an inner lining of the artery that is only one cell thick. Inflammation, oxidative stress and autoimmunity play key roles in causing endothelial dysfunction, an early and most important event in atheroslerosis.  Lifestyle effort reduces or prevents inflammation, and although this research is still in development, the evidence is strong. A recently published report on the role of ancestral diets and physical activity evaluated Tsimane tribes of the Bolivian Amazon. The researchers found a very low percentage of individuals, including those of the advanced age, with evidence of CT calcium deposits in the arteries by coronary artery scan.

At Integrative Cardiology Center of Long Island, we focus on multipronged approach to reduce inflammation, oxidative stress and autoimmunity by evaluating genetic and metabolic factors as well as measuring how healthy your endothelium is through an easy office-based test called VENDYS. Our Cardiogenomic, Hormone Balance, and Fit In Your Genes Programs have reduces inflammation and improved endothelial function in many patients. To start experiencing the benefits of our unique holistic approach towards treating atherosclerosis and cardiac dysrytthmias, schedule an appointment to visit our Mineola, New York office today!

Oxidative Stress

Oxidative stress occurs when the amount of free radicals in the body outnumbers the amount of antioxidants in the body.

During cellular metabolism, cells use up oxygen to help convert food into energy, producing free radicals as a byproduct. Free radicals are highly reactive, destabilized molecules that can  interact with the body’s cell components like DNA, stealing their electrons to stabilize. By removing their electron, the free radical destabilizes the cell component, which in turn looks to stabilize by taking an electron from another molecule, triggering a chain effect. The end result is cellular damage, manifested as premature aging and emergence of chronic diseases.

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Integrative Cardiac Care for High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is rather common in the United States and on Long Island. It affects about one-third of all adults living in the according to the CDC.  A concerning part of high blood pressure is its ability to have serious effects on the body with no obvious symptoms. For this reason, high blood pressure is often referred to as the “silent killer”.  About one out of every five adults are unaware they are even suffering high blood pressure!

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The Science Behind Positive Habit Building

When we start to form good habits, it can be very daunting and easily defeating as we often set wildly impossible goals for ourselves. Most times we ignore the reality of what it will take to reach our goals and we become frustrated when we realize that it is harder than we think. Specifically, eating and exercise habits are among the most popular areas where we encounter these personal obstacles. Dr. Regina Druz knows the difficulties of habit building, and helps her patients establish a good foundation so that they can achieve their goals with long-lasting results.

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Macronutrients and Metabolism

Best Nutrition Counseling in Nassau County

Many health and nutrition experts discuss the importance of macronutrients.  However, what exactly are macronutrients?  Its pretty simple actually.  Macronutrients, or “macros” are any carbohydrates, proteins, and fats that make up your diet.  In general, any nutrient consumed in large amount in the human diet is a macronutrient while “a chemical element or substance (such as calcium or vitamin C) that is essential in minute amounts to the growth and health of a living organism” is considered a  micronutrient . Macronutrients are used for caloric intake, and provide  energy for the human body.  Macronutrients also impact the taste, texture, and overall appearance of food.  This helps the human diet in general. When you are looking to have , for example, 60% fat in your daily diet, you are describing a proportion of macronutrient (in this case, fat) and how it compares to the other two major macronutrients, proteins and carbohydrates. The total always sums up to 100%.

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Long Island Nutrition and Wellness

Long Island Nutrition and Wellness

It is important to be mindful to have good nutrition every day. Eating healthy and making good decisions when it comes to your health are a big part of leading a full and healthy lifestyle. Nutrition and wellness is very important for every person along with physical exercise. Both will reduce your risk for chronic disease and can help you to lose or maintain a healthy weight. One of the most common diseases affected by nutrition is heart disease.

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Long Island Genetic Testing

Long Island Genetic Testing

Genetic testing use blood/tissue samples to identify any cardiac problems that you may have inherited from your parents. Genetic testing can also be used to identify the best treatment or to determine if the best course of action is being taken. This process can help identify if there are genetic changes that can be passed on, determine if you have a disease, and help doctors choose the best type of treatment.

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Integrative Cardiac Care for High Cholesterol on Long Island

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Cholesterol is solid lipid found within every cell in our bodies, it is used in the production of  cell membranes, hormones, and digestive substances. Doubtlessly cholesterol is essential for growth and digestive functions, but the it is often connoted as a harmful byproduct of fatty foods due to the frequency of high cholesterol causing heart complications. While cholesterol is a ubiquitous lipid found in every cell of our bodies it is responsible for coronary heart disease which clogs arteries through a buildup of plaque. On a yearly basis 3 million U.S. Americans are diagnosed with high cholesterol and risk coronary heart disease, which begs the question: how do we balance something so essential to bodily growth and function?

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