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!

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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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

Mineola Cardiologist

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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Current Genetic Research for Heart Arrhythmia

Mineola Cardiologist

Arrhythmia is somewhat of an autological word as it it literally means ‘symptomatic lack of rhythm’. The most rhythmic organ in the human physiology is the heart, which maintains a specific pace in accordance to strength of the organ and stature of the body. When someone is diagnosed with arrhythmia it could describe a variety of abnormalities with a heart’s pace. Any rhythm that is inconsistent with a person’s typical heart rate with no discernible physical cause is attributed to the sinoatrial node which controls the electrical impulse setting the pace of your heart.

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Integrative Cardiac Care for Heart Palpitations

Nassau County Cardiologist

Heart palpitations are feelings of rapid fluttering or pounding that people experience in their heart, but can be felt in the chest, throat, or neck as well. They can be triggered by stress, exercise, medication, or rarely, a medical condition. Heart palpitations can make you feel like your heart is skipping a beat or is beating too fast.  Heart palpitations can happen at any time whether you are being active or at rest.

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How Statins Adversely Affect Your Health

Nassau County Holistic Cardiology

High cholesterol is a condition that 30% of all Americans contend with. Often, high cholesterol is a precursor, but it can also be a symptom of coronary heart disease.  Depending on the severity of your cholesterol, your physician may prescribe to you a statin, a medication designed specifically to lower the cholesterol created in the liver by inhibiting strategic enzymes.

Although this does help lower your overall cholesterol numbers, it fails to address many of the root causes of cholesterol while negatively affecting other aspects of your health. In fact, you are still at risk for coronary heart disease when taking statins, despite an overall improvement in cholesterol statistics. Essentially, Statins provides a superficial fix to a life-threatening problem.

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