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Arteriology: Emerging Medical Specialty for Treating Cardiovascular Disease
By: California Center of Longevity & Functional Medicine on October 2, 2019
In the United States, the progress made for years in reducing deaths caused by Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) has come to a screeching halt. In fact, the number of individuals dying from Cardiovascular Disease is climbing, with more and more Americans under the age of 55 succumbing to heart attacks, strokes and other CVD-related medical events.
Why are Deaths from Heart Disease Increasing?
When compared to years past, those who die from Cardiovascular Disease today are less likely to be smokers but are likely to be younger and overweight. Additionally, more women and diabetics are dying from CVD than in the past.
Indeed, unhealthy, sedentary lifestyles have led to epidemics of obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, and Metabolic Syndrome all of which increase the risk for developing Cardiovascular Disease. Yet most Americans have never even heard of Metabolic Syndrome, much less know that it is a cluster of disorders that can triple your risk of heart attack or stroke. This is incredibly problematic as it has been estimated that Metabolic Syndrome affects more 25% of adults, accounting for almost 50 million Americans. Suffice it to say, many who suffer from these conditions are not receiving preventative care, thus are unaware of their risk for developing CVD.
How to Prevent Deaths from CVD?
The best way that men and women can prevent the development of Cardiovascular Disease is to maintain a largely plant-based diet, get regular exercise, do not smoke, mitigate stress, get plenty of sleep, and have regular risk assessment tests such as those available at the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Southern California. These tests, which include inflammation testing, CT scans of Coronary Arteries, ApoB tests, and CIMT Neck Ultrasounds, will help you to better understand your risk of stroke and heart attack.
Likewise, we are encouraged by the emergence of Arteriology as a medical specialty. Pioneered by the cardiologists behind the BaleDoneen Method, Arteriology is a holistic approach to CVD prevention, focusing on the reduction of plaque (and thereby reduction in cholesterol and inflammation) in the arteries. Rooted in the fact that our blood vessels are responsible for supplying every organ and tissue in our body with nourishment, Arteriology aims to provide total care for patients with diseased arteries. This involves working with fellow doctors and specialists, (psychologists, nutritionists, cardiologists, neurologists, geneticists, etc.) and dentists, to provide comprehensive evaluation checks for myriad root causes which can lead to arterial disease, if undiagnosed.
Maintaining Heart Health in Woodland Hills
At the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center in Woodland Hills, Dr. Allan Kurtz serves as your ally, and advisor who is here to help you take steps to begin a healthier lifestyle today. Using advanced risk assessment testing, and working together with your team of physicians, Dr. Kurtz is dedicated helping reduce the number of deaths from heart attack, stroke and other CVD medical events.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Kurtz to discuss your heart health, and to design a custom treatment plan to maintain your health and longevity, contact the Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Center of Southern California today by calling 818.346.1440 today.
Dr. Allan Kurtz specializes in creating ideal health and longevity plans for patients of all ages. With a focus on regenerative treatments, Dr. Kurtz is fellowship trained in Integrative and Functional Medicine, Dr. Kurtz is also a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and The Institute for Functional Medicine.