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Coronary Vascular Disease (CVD) is responsible for 41 percent of all deaths in the U.S. It is estimated that over 70 million Americans will suffer from some sort of heart disease this year.
Several conditions can result in heart conditions, however the most common include:
When the pumping mechanism of the heart becomes defective, it can cause shortness of breath, swelling of the ankles, chronic cough, weight loss and extreme fatigue.
Studies have shown that inflammatory markers such as CRP, interleukins, and tumor necrosis factor-alpha, are capable of predicting who will have heart conditions and the pace at which it will develop. It is clear that lowering inflammation is the most effective method of avoiding the destruction in heart failure.
Improving hormone levels and reducing vascular inflammation is crucial in treating congestive heart failure. Correcting hormones levels using natural hormones has been shown to considerably decrease heart disease mortality rates. An impressive study (in men) revealed the relationship of natural hormones (free testosterone, DHEA, and IGF-1) to death rates suffering from chronic heart disease/failure (CHF). The results of the study (summarized below) demonstrated that as hormone levels decreased in CHF patients, mortality rates increase when two or more of these hormones.
|Hormone Status||Three-Year Survival Rate|
|High Levels: DHEA, Testosterone and IGF-1 (HGH marker)||83%|
|Deficiency in one hormone: DHEA, testosterone, or IGF-1||74%|
|Deficiency in two hormones: DHEA, testosterone or IGF-1||55%|
|Deficiency in all three hormones: DHEA, testosterone and IGF-1||27%|
Heart disease is directly linked to inflammation. What is causing this immune-inflammatory reaction? It has been shown in numerous studies that as heart ailments progresses, blood engorges the lining of the colon and intestine causing swelling and Leaky Gut Syndrome. Leaky Gut Syndrome allows bacteria from the colon to enter the bloodstream triggering an immune response that worsens over time. As the gut becomes more porous, larger particles, such as undigested proteins from food, leak through the gut wall eliciting an immune response (IgG release) to the food and more vascular inflammation ensues. Therefore, repairing damage to the intestines caused by congestive heart failure and then addressing food allergies will improve digestion and potentially lower the progression of heart disease.
— Cholesterol is only part of the puzzle as to what puts people at risk for heart disease
–1/2 of all heart attacks suffered occur in people who have “NORMAL” cholesterol levels.
Therefore, the real question is- what can we do to protect ourselves against heart attacks?
The formation of plaque that build up in the artery walls begins with LDL cholesterol. Once inside the artery walls, LDL cholesterol associates with free radicals, causing the cholesterol to become oxidized. Once oxidized, the body will initiate a potentially dangerous immune response to defeat this “foreign invader” cholesterol. The first steps to beating heart disease starts with:
Conventional medical approaches rely on prescription medications to treat heart disease which often come with harmful side effects. Fortunately, there are many natural and effective options to aid heart disease. Merge Medical Center customizes your heart health regimen and continues to lab test your blood for CRP, lipoproteins, homocysteine, and fibrinogen to monitor your progress on your diet, supplement, herbal, and hormone replacement therapy regimen.
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