Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a condition that impacts the heart and blood vessels, including heart failure, coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease and stroke.
Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death worldwide but is also highly preventable with proper care. At our clinic, we take a proactive approach to cardiovascular health by performing routine evaluations to identify risk factors and take action before serious problems occur.
Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in the blood that can accumulate in the walls of arteries, leading to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke. We use a simple blood test to measure your cholesterol levels, including HDL (good) cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and triglycerides. Based on your results, we can recommend dietary changes, lifestyle modifications, or medication to help you achieve healthy cholesterol levels.
C-reactive protein (CRP) is a marker of inflammation in the body, which can contribute to cardiovascular disease. We can measure your CRP levels using a blood test, and if they are high, we can work with you to identify the underlying cause of inflammation and develop a plan to reduce it.
An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a noninvasive test that calculates the electrical activity of your heart. It can help identify irregular heart rhythms, damage to the heart muscle, or other problems that can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. We recommend an EKG as part of routine cardiovascular evaluations for all patients, especially those with a family record of heart disease or other risk factors.
High blood pressure is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease. We measure your blood pressure at each visit and can recommend lifestyle modifications or medication to help you maintain healthy blood pressure levels.
In addition to these evaluations, we take a holistic approach to cardiovascular health by considering your overall health and lifestyle factors. We work with you to develop a personalized plan that may include dietary changes, exercise recommendations, stress management techniques, and other lifestyle modifications to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
At Atlanta Integrative and Internal Medicine, we believe that prevention is the key to good health. By identifying and addressing risk factors early, we can help you achieve optimal cardiovascular health and decrease your risk of heart disease and stroke.
A service for consumers from the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and the Institute for Natural Medicine (INM).
The AANP and the INM would like to acknowledge the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC) for its contributions to the content of this FAQ. The AANMC was established in 2001 to advance the naturopathic medical profession by actively supporting the academic efforts of accredited naturopathic medical schools.