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    Ep. 116: Heart Disease - Contributing Factors that cause Heart Disease

    enSeptember 24, 2023

    Podcast Summary

    • Misconceptions about heart disease being solely about the heart or high cholesterolFocus on vascular health through balanced diet, regular exercise, and stress management to reduce risk of cardiovascular diseases

      While many people believe that heart disease is solely about the heart or high cholesterol levels, the reality is that most heart issues are actually vascular problems. High cholesterol, for instance, is primarily a liver issue, not a heart issue. This misconception is common, and it's essential to understand that heart health involves maintaining the overall health of the cardiovascular system, including the blood vessels. By focusing on strategies for vascular health, such as a balanced diet, regular exercise, and stress management, individuals can significantly reduce their risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.

    • Understanding the Full Scope of Cardiovascular DiseaseCardiovascular disease includes conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which are often overlooked. Many people are unaware of their conditions or believe they have no control, but education and awareness can help individuals take charge of their health.

      Cardiovascular disease encompasses a range of conditions beyond just heart issues. High blood pressure, for example, is regulated by the kidneys and renal arteries, not the heart. Furthermore, many people are unaware of their condition or believe they have no control over it. Common conditions like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and even stroke are forms of cardiovascular disease and are leading causes of death in America. Despite this, many people are uninformed or misinformed about their conditions, leading to a disconnect between their perceived health and reality. It's crucial to broaden the understanding of cardiovascular disease to include these conditions and to empower individuals with the knowledge that they have control over their health.

    • Understanding the Complex Causes of Heart DiseaseHeart disease is caused by multiple factors and can be addressed through lifestyle changes and supplements, not just medications. Identifying the underlying causes is essential for effective management and improvement.

      Heart disease is not just caused by a single factor, and medications alone may not be enough to address its root causes. Many factors, such as high sensitivity C-reactive protein, lipoprotein phospholipase A2, and homocysteine, can contribute to heart disease, and some can be addressed through lifestyle changes or supplements rather than medications. Heart disease is often a slow onset condition, and simple lifestyle changes can make a significant impact. Identifying the underlying causes of heart disease is crucial to effectively managing and improving it. Stay tuned as we dive deeper into some of these contributing factors to heart disease on today's show.

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    • Environmental toxins harm the heartEnvironmental toxins like heavy metals and chemicals in food can cause inflammation and damage the cardiovascular system, contributing to heart disease. Identifying and addressing these toxins can improve heart health.

      Obesity and diabetes are major contributors to heart disease, but there are other factors like environmental toxins that can also harm the heart. These toxins, such as toxic metals like cadmium, lead, and arsenic, and chemicals like polychlorinated by phenols and bisphenol A (BPA), can cause inflammation and damage the cardiovascular system. Rice, a commonly consumed food, is a significant source of arsenic. Conventional medicine may offer some solutions for heart disease, such as medications to lower blood pressure or cholesterol, but functional medicine practitioners can help identify and address the underlying causes, including environmental toxins. These toxins are often overlooked in conventional medicine, and removing them from the body can be beneficial for heart health.

    • Protecting yourself and family from environmental toxinsInvest in high-quality air filters to improve indoor air quality and be proactive in identifying and addressing chronic infections to maintain good health

      Protecting yourself and your family from environmental toxins is crucial for maintaining good health. While we've made strides in removing toxins like BPA from children's products, it's important to remember that these toxins can also harm adults. Additionally, indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air, so investing in high-quality air filters is essential. Chronic infections, which may not always present obvious symptoms, can also contribute to health issues, particularly heart disease. It's important to be proactive in identifying and addressing these infections to improve overall health.

    • A patient's journey from cardiovascular issues to dental infection and backAddressing hidden infections, especially dental, can improve cardiovascular health and resolve related symptoms

      Hidden infections, particularly in the mouth, can contribute to cardiovascular disease. This was illustrated through a patient's experience who initially disbelieved the connection but eventually went to see a dentist after being encouraged by her doctor. The dentist found a significant infection in her upper jaw, which was treated, leading to improvements in her sleep, energy levels, and resolution of her cardiovascular issues. This case underscores the importance of addressing potential underlying infections as part of a comprehensive approach to preventing and managing cardiovascular disease.

    • Identifying hidden infections as a cause of cardiovascular issuesAwareness of potential hidden infections and their impact on cardiovascular health is crucial. A functional medicine approach focuses on addressing root causes, like infections and gut health, for improved overall health.

      Identifying hidden infections, such as those in the jaw or other areas, can be a major contributing factor to cardiovascular issues. These infections can lead to high inflammatory markers and improperly manufactured cholesterol, among other problems. While it may not be easy or inexpensive to test for these infections, being aware of their potential existence is crucial. A functional medicine approach to treating cardiovascular disease involves addressing the root cause of the issue, rather than just treating symptoms with medication. This may involve identifying and treating hidden infections, as well as addressing other contributing factors like gut health. The body is interconnected, and addressing one issue can lead to improvements in other areas. It's important to take a whole-person approach to health and wellness, rather than focusing on one symptom or problem at a time.

    • Chronic infections and nutritional deficiencies impact cardiovascular healthUndetected infections and nutrient deficiencies can contribute to cardiovascular disease, requiring specialized attention from biologic dentists and focusing on nutrient-dense foods and potential supplementation.

      Chronic infections, including dental infections, can go undetected and contribute to overall health issues, including cardiovascular disease. These infections may not be identified by regular dentists and require specialized attention from biologic dentists. Nutritional deficiencies also play a significant role in cardiovascular health, making it essential to consume nutrient-dense foods and consider supplementation. These factors, along with obesity, lifestyle, and environmental toxins, can contribute to cardiovascular disease and warrant further exploration in both conventional and functional medicine approaches.

    • Optimal nutrition and mental health crucial for cardiovascular healthAddressing nutritional deficiencies and psychological issues are essential for maintaining cardiovascular health. Neglecting nutritional needs and relying on medications for mental health conditions can have negative consequences.

      Maintaining optimal nutritional status and addressing psychological issues are crucial for cardiovascular health. Nutritional deficiencies, such as those in vitamin D, magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin K2, and vitamin C, can contribute to heart disease. Moreover, psychological factors like depression, anxiety, and stress can also impact heart health. These issues are interconnected, and addressing psychological symptoms often requires addressing underlying physical health issues first. Neglecting nutritional needs and relying on medications for mental health conditions can have significant side effects and may not fully address the root cause of the problem. Adequate nutrition and managing stress are essential steps toward promoting both mental and physical well-being.

    • Overlooking other significant contributors to cardiovascular diseaseFocusing solely on high blood pressure and cholesterol overlooks obesity, environmental toxins, chronic infections, nutritional deficiencies, and psychological issues. Prioritize self-care, including proper nutrition, vitamins, sleep, and rest, to improve productivity and overall health.

      Focusing only on conventional medical factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol for cardiovascular disease overlooks other significant contributors like obesity, environmental toxins, chronic infections, nutritional deficiencies, and psychological issues. Eliminating the stress of these physiologic imbalances can lead to increased productivity and the ability to accomplish more tasks in a day. Additionally, prioritizing self-care, such as proper nutrition, vitamins, sleep, and rest, is crucial for overall health and healing. For more information, visit INHSTL.com or call 314-293-8123. Remember, making time for what brings you joy is essential. Consider trying online therapy with BetterHelp to help identify your priorities and make the most of your time. Use code "grow" at checkout to get 10% off your first month.

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