In this podcast Mark Kaye, DC and Veronica Gasko, DC, focus on the importance of the heart and the impact and prevalence of heart disease in the world today. In the US alone, heart disease is the cause of almost 25% of deaths, and is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Americans who are affected by heart disease, can elect to make optimal health a greater reality through proper nutrition and lifestyle adjustments.
Obesity in the US and a sedentary lifestyle are the leading causes of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Metabolic syndrome (MetS) symptoms are often key factors that lead to heart disease. These include: high blood pressure, increased blood sugar, excess body fat and elevated cholesterol levels, which may lead to stroke or diabetes. These symptoms are often a cause of inflammation and in turn, a key concern of CVD. Homocysteine levels and low levels of omega-3s are associated with CVD risk as well. It’s important that patients work with a team of doctors, including integrative physicians in order to obtain a greater understanding of what changes need to be priority when advising patients on how to turn this disease state around and improve overall health.