Heart disease continues to be a leading cause of death worldwide, and its prevalence shows no signs of slowing down.
Here are five ways heart disease can affect people:
-Chest pain and discomfort: Heart disease can cause chest pain or discomfort, also known as angina. This pain can be severe and can be triggered by physical activity or stress.
-Heart attack: A heart attack occurs when a blockage in the arteries prevents blood from reaching the heart muscle. This can cause damage to the heart muscle and lead to long-term complications.
-Heart failure: Heart failure occurs when the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. This can lead to fluid buildup in the lungs, legs, and other parts of the body.
-Arrhythmia: Heart disease can also cause an abnormal heartbeat or arrhythmia. This can cause the heart to beat too fast or too slow, which can lead to fainting or sudden cardiac arrest.
-Sudden cardiac death: In some cases, heart disease can lead to sudden cardiac death. This occurs when the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly, often without any warning signs.
The reasons people die from heart disease can vary, but they often involve complications such as heart attack, heart failure, or sudden cardiac death. However, there is good news – we now have the tools and strategies to detect, reverse, optimize, and prevent heart disease through functional medicine.
Functional medicine takes a comprehensive approach to heart disease, focusing on factors such as nutrition, exercise, stress management, hormone optimization, and more. Through the Ornish protocol, lifestyle medicine changes, early hormone optimization therapy, and other approaches, we can help patients achieve optimal heart health and reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.
Don’t become another statistic – take control of your heart health today through functional medicine. By addressing the root causes of heart disease and utilizing a personalized approach to care, we can help you achieve optimal heart health and prevent future complications. Don’t wait – start your journey to a healthier heart today.