As February comes to a close, I want to remind our patients to have a conversation and evaluation about your Heart with one of your Healing Gardens Practitioners. We run the most thorough cardiovascular assessments available.
When we think of the heart, we think of LOVE.
The heart is more than just a giant pump, it produces electricity and magnetism, in fact the electromagnetic fields produced by the heart are at least 10 times stronger than those of the brain. “Broken Heart” Syndrome is a recognized medical condition which can mimic a heart attack. I know, I’ve seen it plenty of times. The cardiovascular system is like a peripheral brain because of an intelligent layer of cells known as the endothelium. The endothelium is responsible for numerous tasks including vasodilation, preventing clot formation, and breaking down fats.
When the endothelium is dysfunctional, all sorts of health problems can occur, and cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women and men in the developed world.
Three processes can lead to endothelial dysfunction:
So when we want to check the health of your heart, we assess not only blood pressure and cholesterol, but also where you stand on these three processes.
I recommend the following blood tests to take a “deeper dive” into your cardiovascular health:
Assessment of blood sugar balance:
Hemoglobin A1C: this can alert you to pre-diabetes or diabetes, easily reversible
Fasting insulin: if high, this may be one of the first signs of blood sugar imbalances
Assessment of cholesterol and lipids
Lipid panel: pay attention to the triglyceride to HDL ratio, you want it less than 2:1
Lp(a): This marker is more predictive of trouble than the traditional lipid panel
Lp-PLA2: This marker clearly correlates with increased risk of stroke and coronary heart disease. Know it, and reduce it if high.
Omega fat profile: These results are easy to improve with diet and supplements.
Finally, we Assess inflammation:
Homocysteine: often easily lowered with supplements
hs-CRP: often easily lowered with lifestyle modification
A recent study of over 68,000 elderly individuals found that people with high LDL levels (the supposed “bad” cholesterol) live as long, and often longer, than their peers with low LDL!
So we need to look beyond the conventional assessment of heart health.
If you have not yet had a thorough heart evaluation with your Healing Gardens Practitioner, schedule an appointment today!