Holistic prevention and treatment of Coronary Artery Disease
What is Coronary Artery Disease?
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), currently the leading cause of death in the United States for adult men, is a condition caused by the buildup of waxy plaque in the arteries that flow to and from the heart. Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), currently the leading cause of death in the United States for adult men, is a condition caused by the buildup of waxy plaque in the arteries that flow to and from the heart. CAD occurs when the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart narrow and sometimes harden, which over time can cause ruptures, heart attacks and other fatal conditions.
Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease
Some symptoms of CAD can be very noticeable, however, it’s also possible to have this disease and experience no symptoms at all or only slight symptoms. Therefore, not everyone who has CAD even knows it — especially people who are in the early stages.
Pain varies a lot from person to person. The most common noticeable sign of CAD is having chest pain or discomfort, which is caused when the heart is not getting enough blood or oxygen.
Other types of symptoms can include:
– Feeling a “heaviness” or like someone is squeezing your heart
– Pains or numbness in your breast bone (sternum), neck, arms, stomach or upper back
– Shortness of breath and fatigue with activity
– General weakness
Causes of CAD
CAD is ultimately a result of inflammation from fatty material and other substances forming a buildup of plaque that accumulates within the walls of your arteries. Because these arteries have the crucial role of bringing blood and oxygen to your heart, reduced blood flow can slow down or stop your heartbeat, causing “cardiac arrest.”
Arteriosclerosis, which is the hardening of the walls of arteries, is said to be “partly a function of aging.” Over time the smooth, elastic arterial cells become more fibrous and stiff. Calcium, cholesterol particles and fatty acids accumulate on arterial walls and form a swelling called an atheroma. Atheroma is capable of bursting, causing blood clots, and leading to heart attacks or strokes. In populations that eat an unprocessed diet, far less inflammation-caused arteriosclerosis and heart disease is present.
Holistic treatment and prevention of CAD
A 2016 study found that living a healthy lifestyle by exercising, eating a healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables and grains and not smoking can lower your risk of heart disease — even if you are genetically predisposed to the disease.
Adjusting your diet, reducing stress levels and regularly exercising are fundamental to controlling inflammation and, therefore, naturally treating and preventing coronary heart disease.
Heart disease is really caused by the inflammation of arteries, and yet modern medicine focuses on treating symptoms, not addressing the root cause of the issue.
The healthiest anti-inflammatory foods for fighting coronary heart disease are those beaming with antioxidants and phytonutrients that lower your immune system’s overactive response. These help fight free radical and target the problem where it starts by lowering oxidative stress. In Integrative Medicine we utilize Ozone therapy, IV nutritional therapy and vitamin and mineral oral supplementation for faster recovery.