At Revive Wellness Center we provide comprehensive and cutting edge cardiovascular testing and clinical nutrition and lifestyle programs that address, not only the risk factors of heart disease such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure, but the cause of heart disease: Inflammation.
Revive Wellness Center’s holistic approach to cardiovascular disease includes:
- Advanced cardiovascular testing that includes testing your lipoprotein types, inflammatory markers, genetic susceptibility (Lipoprotein A2 and MTHFR status), diabetes risk, and your genetically influenced response to medications.
Some of the labs that we may use to assess your risk factors include:
- Individualized treatment plan that encompasses an:
- Individualized clinical nutrition plan.
- Comprehensive lifestyle modification and exercise plan.
- Stress reduction plan and therapies.
- Targeted nutritional supplement plan that minimizes the side effects of medications and addresses the cause and risk factors of cardiovascular and heart disease.
Some of the nutritional supplements that we may use to reduce your risk of cardiovascular and heart disease includes:
- High potency, purified essential fatty acids.
- Coenzyme Q10.
- Magnesium in a form that is optimal for your healthcare needs.
Some of the supplements we recommend can be found through our online dispensary and will be individualized for each patient.
At Revive Wellness Center we will not only help you to reduce your cholesterol numbers and manage your blood pressure, but we will help you with a comprehensive targeted dietary and lifestyle plan to reduce your risk of heart and cardiovascular disease and help you live an optimal lifestyle.
Cardiovascular and Heart Disease Update: Why statins may not be enough
Cardiovascular diseases include those deadly diseases that effect the health of the heart, such as, heart failure/congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, and heart valve problems. Heart diseases include heart attack and strokes are more likely if you have inflammation with high cholesterol that contributes to clogging of the arteries, or atherosclerosis. Collectively heart disease is the #1 killer of men and women in the US. Conventional medical treatments of heart and cardiovascular diseases are medications and surgery. But are your really protected in prevention of heart disease with medication alone? The answer is likely no.
A study by Ariela Orkaby, MD, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Boston Veterans Affairs Healthcare System of 7142 men found that “statin use had no primary prevention benefit for cardiovascular events’ in men with an average age of 76 years. Dr. Lewis Lipsitz from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston added that “statins may not be beneficial once you reach 70 years and Statins are costly, have adverse effects, and can interact with other medicines, so Why are we giving statins to 85-year-olds without knowing if they are effective?”.
What about statins for women? It appears as if that statins may not be as effective in women as well. A meta-analysis of the use of statins for women found that statins did not reduce the risk of stroke nor overall risk of death.
Statins have been assumed to reduce the risk of heart disease because they effectively reduce cholesterol, a risk factor for heart disease, however, reducing cholesterol alone is not protective against heart disease. The pathology of heart disease that involves atherosclerosis requires inflammation to oxidize the “bad” LDL cholesterol. Furthermore, people with low cholesterol levels can also have heart disease and die of heart attacks.
The best use for statins may be in secondary prevention, once someone has had a heart attack, but not necessarily in primary prevention, when someone is trying to prevent a heart attack or heart disease according to research.
Dr. Sinatra, a leading cardiologist in CT, speaking with Dr Oz stated “statin drugs do thin blood, lower cholesterol, and work as anti-inflammatories, but they are not actually improving conditions for heart disease patients, because cholesterol is unrelated to heart disease.” Dr Stephen Sinatra went on to say that “inflammation is what causes heart disease and due to the dramatic side effects of statin drugs, he rarely prescribes them.”
Dr. Sinatra is also concerned that statins are not only effectively but unsafe for women due to research that has been done using statins in women. Some of the concerning side effects related to statins include muscle pain, memory loss, increased risk for diabetes, and as some research has suggested, maybe even increased risk of Parkinson’s Disease. There is reason to be cautious about using statins.
So what do you do to prevent heart and cardiovascular disease if you do not want to use statins?
The most clinically effective diet in reducing heart and cardiovascular disease in primary and secondary prevention studies is the Mediterranean Diet. A prospective, randomized, single blind, multi clinic prevention trial called the Lyon Heart Study of 605 men who were less than 70 years old and had a heart attack in the previous 6 months (secondary prevention) found that after 27 months patients on the Mediterranean Diet (less red meat and saturated fat from butter and cheese, more beans, fish, fruit, and vegetables, higher olive oil and unrefined grain consumption) had 70% reduction in further heart attacks and a 60% reduction in all cause of death. The results of the Lyon Heart Study showed that the Mediterranean Diet was more effective than statins in reducing risk of heart disease. Other studies have had similar results and have shown that omega 3 fatty acids from fish low in PCPs can also be protective against the inflammation that contributes to cardiovascular disease pathology.
Dr. Artemis Morris, medical director and founder of Revive Wellness Center, has been researching the Mediterranean Diet over the past decade and can be heard on these podcasts describing her research on the diet of Crete, which was the model for the Lyon Heart Study and has affected health policies on nutrition worldwide.
It is interesting to note that in the Lyon Heart Study subjects were less than 70 years old, the key age found in the study mentioned previously which showed that statins were ineffective in men over 70 years old. So what do you do about statins if you are under 70 years old? Talk to your doctor about the Mediterranean Diet, which has been shown to be effective in reducing risk of heart and cardiovascular disease. If you do not change your diet and lifestyle and have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, a statin may be the right choice for you. You can minimize the risks of statin side effects by taking a high quality Coenzyme Q10 along with a statin, such as, the Coenzyme Q10 max.
When you become a patient, you get access to our online professional line of nutritional supplements.
Make an appointment today to discuss diet and lifestyle changes with your Naturopathic Physician at Revive Wellness Center today that can get you started on the road to preventing the #1 killer that is preventable.
- Louden, K. Statins Questionable for Elderly Men without Heart Disease. Medscape Family Medicine. May 28, 2015. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/845517. Accessed on June 24th 2015.
- Briffa, J. Statins do not appear to save women’s lives. The Cholesterol Truth. June 29th, 2012. http://www.thecholesteroltruth.com/statins-do-not-appear-to-save-womens-lives/. Accessed on June 24th 2015.
- Dr. Oz: Statin Drugs Side Effects in Women & Drug Alternatives. Dr. Oz Recapo. http://www.recapo.com/dr-oz/dr-oz-cancer/dr-oz-statin-drugs-side-effects-in-women-statin-drug-alternatives/. Accessed on June 24th 2015.
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