Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a general term used for conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels. CVD is usually associated with a build up of fatty deposits inside the arteries and an increased risk of blood clots that interrupt the flow of oxygenated blood to the organs. There are many types of heart disease and each one has its own symptoms and treatment.
It is important to detect the signs of cardiovascular disease as early as possible. Prevention is better than cure.
- Chest pain
- Abdominal pain
- Severe headaches with unknown cause
- Pain or numbness in legs or arms
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
- Dizziness or fainting
There are several risk factors, both genetic and behavioural, that increase your chances of developing CVD.
- High blood pressure/hypertension
- High cholesterol
- Family history of CVD
- Being overweight/obese
- Unhealthy diet
- Physical inactivity
- Excessive alcohol consumption
CVDs are the leading cause of death around the world, taking an estimated 17.9 million lives each year, but these conditions can often largely be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle.
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The good news is that most cardiovascular diseases can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle. If you already have CVD, staying as healthy as possible can reduce the chances of it getting worse.
Using a Functional medicine approach, we identify and improve areas of your nutrition and lifestyle to support your cardiovascular health.
Food is your friend.
But it can also be your enemy. The wrong food choices can contribute to cardiovascular disease. During a nutritional consultation we analyse the origin of your symptoms by assessing your food diary to see what you are eating and what is lacking in your diet.
This allows us to create a specific nutrition plan to support a healthy cardiovascular system tailored to your needs. This may include a supplement plan to replenish missing essential nutrients that aid cardiovascular function.
Harnessing the power of science.
The most effective way of evaluating your cardiovascular risk is through Functional testing. This gives us a very clear picture of what is going on at a cellular level.
We use several tests to look specifically at cardio-metabolic biomarkers that allow for early detection of major indicators associated with CVD. Based on your results, we use this information as part of the nutrition and lifestyle plan aimed at restoring your cardiovascular health and reducing risk of CVD.
Your health. Your choice.
During a nutritional consultation, we assess your lifestyle and provide you with the right tools to support your cardiovascular system, so that it can continue supporting you.
Key lifestyle tools for a healthy heart include: exercise (which acts like a natural beta-blocker), weight management and stress reduction – stress hormone (cortisol) increases blood cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar levels and blood pressure – all of which increase the risk of heart disease.
In 2019 I suffered a stroke - I was experiencing a lot of stress in my life and had not been eating healthily or looking after myself. Alongside my doctor, Carmen helped me in my recovery with a personalised nutrition and lifestyle plan that has transformed my habits.
I have made good progress and feel better now. I am much more aware of what I eat and my heart problem seems to have rectified itself and I am now off my medication, great! I found your advice very helpful. Thanks so much for all your help!
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