This holds true especially for cardiovascular disease. With the identification of traditional risk factors, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and inflammation, along with tried and true treatment modes, cardiovascular disease is now more manageable and morbidity and mortality from this disease has decreased.
Many known risk factors for cardiovascular disease are silent and have no associative symptoms. The good news is that these silent diseases take many years to cause damage and wreak havoc on our health. So as long as we see our cardiologist regularly, there is time to monitor and place preventative measures in place.
Blood pressure control is essential for good heart health. High Blood Pressure causes endothelial damage, injury to the lining of our blood vessels. That injury causes atherosclerosis or blockage of the arteries which can lead to heart attack, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, kidney failure and more. Medication in conjunction with diet, exercise, meditation, nutritional supplements and sleep are all essential elements of a successful treatment plan.
Diabetes is known to cause many serious health issues. Diabetes occurs when our body has difficulty maintaining proper blood sugar levels. When allowed to go higher than normal, the sugars “gum up” proteins, enzymes and disturb basic metabolic function. Diet, exercise, meditation, supplements, sleep and medication are known to reduce the risk for this disease and are also an essential part of treatment.