Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in
Canada. 29% of all deaths in Canada are due to cardiovascular
disease, every 7 minutes in Canada someone dies from heart disease
or stroke. 1
Common Cardiovascular Conditions Treated:
High Blood Pressure
Congestive Heart Failure
Carotid Artery Narrowing
Taking into account your personal and family history, we can work together to formulate an individualized treatment plan for many cardiovascular conditions.
“Nine in 10 Canadians over the age of 20 have at least one risk factor for heart disease.
Four in 10 have 3 or more risk factors.” - Health Canada
The first step is helping you take control of your risk factors to prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease. These include things such as being overweight, smoking, poor nutrition, stress, diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and lack of exercise.
Up to one in three adults have hypertension and long term uncontrolled elevated blood pressure can have damaging effects on small blood vessels; these include the vessels that go to the eyes and kidneys. It also puts you at greater risk for having a stroke. Naturopathic Physicians offer supportive and complementary treatments for cardiovascular disease and are willing to work with your family doctor or specialists to ensure you are receiving the best care possible.
Common cardiovascular disease testing that is performed includes but is not limited to:
Heavy metal testing
Inflammation markers (e.g., CRP - C-Reactive Protein)
In depth cholesterol panel (exploring particle size of LDL and HDL)
Homocysteine - marker of inflammation
Fasting blood sugar
Naturopathic Treatment for Cardiovascular Conditions
On prescription medications? No problem - Naturopathic Doctors have extensive training in prescribing pharmaceutical medications and can work with you and your MD to ensure there are no drug-nutrient-herbal interactions. As well, when necessary I can prescribe most pharmaceuticals.
There are nutritional and herbal medicine treatments to lower blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure and improve heart disease. One benefit of herbals and nutrients is that many have a limited-to-no side effect profile when compared to pharmaceuticals.
If you have elevated cholesterol, treatment will include ensuring there are the necessary nutritional supports in place if you are on a statin (i.e., cholesterol lowering medication) or to find an alternative to the medication.
Even if you are on medications there are additional naturopathic treatments that can be added to your protocol to improve the outcomes you are experiencing. Evaluating your lifestyle and making recommendations for stress reduction, exercise and meditation are all included in treating cardiovascular diseases.
Acupuncture, herbals and nutrients all have benefit in improving elevated blood pressure. An individualized treatment plan will be built with you, which may include stress reduction techniques, weight loss or quitting smoking - all of which prove to lower blood pressure.
One treatment option for atherosclerosis (e.g., hardening of the arteries) is chelation therapy, especially in individuals who have had a previous myocardial infarction (i.e., heart attack) and diabetes. It works by removing toxic heavy metals and reducing the built up plaque in arteries. For more information about this, my blog post explains the benefits thoroughly.
To find out if Naturopathic medicine can help support or prevent your cardiovascular disease,
call to book a complimentary 15-minute meet and greet session with Dr. Stephanie!