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Understanding

Cardiovascular Disease

What is cardiovascular disease?

Unofficial Definition but proven by the Science

Without giving you the professional definition, we will go straight to the root cause, cardiovascular disease is a lifestyle disease. The sum of the choices you have made in your dietary intake over your life. Primarily based on fat, oil and animal product intake. Other influencing factors are stress and lack of exercise. Genetics are less than 5% of cases. 

Official Definition to the Heart Associations around the World

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a general term for conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels.

It’s usually associated with a build-up of fatty deposits inside the arteries (atherosclerosis) and an increased risk of blood clots.

It can also be associated with damage to arteries in organs such as the brain, heart, kidneys and eyes.

CVD is one of the main causes of death and disability in the UK, but it can often largely be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle. (NHS, 2019

 

Types of Cardiovascular disease 

There are quite a few conditions that apply to the arteries, the heart and the brain. Here are the main reasons for cardiovascular disease. 

CORONARY HEART DISEASE

  1. Angina – chest pain caused by restricted blood flow to the heart muscle
  2. Heart attacks – where the blood flow to the heart muscle is suddenly blocked
  3. Heart failure – where the heart is unable to pump blood around the body properly

STROKE OR TRANS ISCHEMIC ATTACK (TIA)

PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE

AROTIC DISEASE 

causes

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  1. High blood pressure
  2. High cholesterol
  3. Smoking 
  4. Alcohol
  5. Diabetes 
  6. Inactivity
  7. Obesity
  8. Genetics / Family history
  9. Ethnic background

Other factors to take into consideration as a sum of the above is age, the older you are and the less you have been healthy the higher you are at risk. Men are more likely to be at risk of heart attack over women. Also alcohol intake amount coupled with smoking and weight, all add to the likely hood of a form of heart disease.

signs and symptoms

  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Heart palpitations or arrhythmia
  • Diabetes type 2, unmanaged 
  • Pain that spreads to the arm
  • Throat or jaw pain
  • Snoring 
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness or light headedness 
  • Nausea, indigestion, heart burn or stomach pain 

diagnosis 

Would be a physical examination, a full medical history questionnaire and a chest x-ray. 

COMPLICATIONS

The most common complication would be heart failure. This is life threatening and a RED FLAG

what your doctor will offer you

If you have any kind of heart complications you will be offered the usual – surgery, stents, statins & exercise. SSSE! This is a short term plug if you do not change your current lifestyle habits that are not working for you. Below is what the doctors don’t tell you.

Get educated!

In order to prevent you need to start now. If you eat animal products, if you have lots of oil, nuts and seeds you are at risk. Educate yourself about how you are at risk of cardiovascular disease so that you can implement the changes into your lifestyle that will make the difference. 

Key areas to help yourself with are to:-

  1. Detox and Reboot
  2. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet.
  3. Reduce and or best eliminate eating animal products
  4.  Start to move your body. Exercise is key
  5. Hydrate well 
  6. Supplement to your nutritional deficiencies

A big part of why the body is at risk of cardiovascular disease is lifestyle choices.  So you may want to consider a Reboot and look to give your body a break. Regular breaks so that you give your body the best chance to heal, repair and reverse heart disease (which takes less than 3 weeks). 

Take the next step to prevent illnesses & health issues,

Join Ultimate Health, Your Journey Starts Here!

At Ultimate Health we look for prevention and treating the cause. We always start by wiping the slate clean with a Reboot and then looking to help support your body to heal using natural proven principles. Naturopathic solutions and a protocol that supports your body and every system that it runs. We help you to manage the many multifunctional influences that can cause conditions like this in the first place. Detoxification is key, as well as reducing internal inflammation, getting conscious about your health and finding out what is actually healthy for you.  If you need a map we have the One Clear Path to support your entire journey to your Ultimate Health.

Here are the Pathways we use to support you:

  1. Detoxification
  2. Group Support
  3. One to One consultations
  4. Whole-Food Plant-Based Diet
  5. Meal Plans that are done for you
  6. Education on the Real Truth about What is Actually Healthy, not just what the media tells you is “Healthy“.

References

1. NHS – What is Cardiovascular Disease – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cardiovascular-disease/

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