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Cardiovascular Problems

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of Americans, and some studies have shown that taking blood pressure and lipid lowering medications actually increases the risk of having a heart attack or stroke! How can medications that are supposed to help you AVOID a cardiac event increase the likelihood? Because those medications do not treat the cause of the problem. The cause of heart attacks and strokes is not just high blood pressure, high cholesterol or plaque in the arteries. Those are just symptoms. The cause of heart attacks and strokes is inflammation of the arteries which causes plaque to form and get calcified. High blood pressure and high blood sugar cause damage to the arteries, and inflammation follows. It is important to understand that cardiovascular disease is not just an illnesses that is associated with having high blood fats (high LDL cholesterol and an abnormal distribution of LDL particle size), but it is also an inflammatory condition. Inflammation in the walls of arteries causes heart disease, and chronic, low-grade inflammation is deeply connected to the development of atherosclerosis. For this reason, the inflammation in the body caused by sugar consumption can be one of the underlying causes of heart disease.

We do state of the art testing for your cardiovascular risk. These same tests are done by the most elite heart hospitals in the world, like the Mayo Clinic, The Boston Heart Lab, and the Cleveland Heart Clinic. We run blood work to determine your stroke and heart attack risk, how much oxidative stress and inflammation you have in your arteries, and whether you are getting enough healthy and heart protective fats in your diet. We run the NMR lipid test which looks at the size and number of the cholesterol particles in your blood, rather than just the amount of cholesterol. The smaller the particles, and the more of them, the more likely you are to have heart disease and plaque, even if the total cholesterol level is low. Since diabetes is tied to cardiovascular disease and heart attack and stroke risk, we also look at markers that help us determine your diabetes risk.

It is estimated that 50-70% of people who die of a heart attack every year had no warning. The didn’t know they were at risk. Their first sign of heart disease was death. You cannot rely on how you feel, you can rely on testing. At Medela Centers, we do the testing to help you determine your risk, and give you the necessary tools to make changes in your life to significantly decrease that risk.