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WHAT CREATES
A VITAL HEART & BRAIN?

There's really only one answer: HEALTHY BLOOD VESSELS

 

Cardiology as it is generally understood is a branch of medicine that specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the heart, blood vessels, and circulatory system. Vascular neurology focuses on the treatment of vascular issues that involve the central nervous system, including stroke, brain hemorrhages and other kinds of brain bleeds. I have always made a point of telling my clients that my primary goal is to help keep them from ever needing a to see specialists in these fields, and if they already have, then it's to help them need one as little as possible in the future. 

The approach I use then should be considered one that specializes in helping to assess the current state of health of your vascular system, namely your arteries, as it compares to optimal. Unfortunately this is still typically what is done in a disease care model, or at least not as thoroughly as it could be. The goal here is to help you regain or maintain the highest degree of health, function, and resiliency in your arteries as possible, not to 'treat' or 'manage' a disease. Often times this can certainly lead to a distinct improvement in cardiovascular disease, but that is not the stated goal.

Optimally healthy function is the goal.  Improvement in medically diagnosed diseases is a side effect.

The tools I use to help facilitate your optimal state of arterial function and resiliency primarily involve thorough, evidence-based dietary and nutritional guidance, as well as guidance towards optimal choices in various aspects of healthy living which have been shown to have potent, positive effects on the cardiovascular system. 

It is, important to note that I am not working in this capacity to diagnose or medically treat disease with you. Again, that is the job of a primary care physician and/or medical specialist. Again, I am looking to help you attain the highest level of health and function of your arteries as possible. When improvement occurs the reasons will be very different than they are when drugs and/or surgery are the tools being employed. Namely, you and your arteries will be getting healthier, not just less symptomatic.

The disorders that typically improve along with improved arterial function and cardiovascular wellness include:

  • High Cholesterol

  • Atherosclerosis (plaque in the arteries)

  • High blood pressure

  • Congestive Heart Failure

  • Arrhythmias 

  • Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention

  • Obesity

  • Type 2 Diabetes

That said, it goes without saying that certain cardiovascular conditions can be urgent and/or require certain medications or surgical procedures. In such circumstances, I will not hesitate to recommend standard medical care, while continuing to help support you in the ways he focuses on.​​

​​Research-Proven Methods

I base all of my recommendations on research-proven, clinically validated therapeutic interventions.  I have spent the last several years studying intensely with the most reputable, well-seasoned physicians and researchers in these fields and continues to do so year in and year out. Along the way, I have completed direct training with the following outstanding physicians:

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An Ounce of Prevention...

We all know the deal. Preventing a disease is always preferable to trying to treat one, and this may especially be the case with heart attacks, strokes, and dementia.  Once someone has a heart attack or stroke, or if they are diagnosed with dementia, they can at least count on the addition of multiple drugs to their daily lives, some of which can cause significant side effects, and none of which truly help blood vessels get healthier. Their condition may also require one or more potentially dangerous surgical techniques. My absolute primary focus is on helping my clients prevent these conditions from ever occurring in the first place. 

To that end, in addition to the therapies noted above, I typically recommend my clients obtain a number of non-, or minimally invasive tests to help get a more thorough assessment of their initial risk level and state of arterial health and function, as well as their progress, once they begin applying my recommendations. These tests can typically be ordered directly, or by your primary care physician or cardiologist. They include advanced blood tests such as:

  • LDL particle count

  • Lp(a)

  • hs-CRP

  • ADMA

  • TMAO

  • Lp-PLA2

  • MPO

  • and many others

Imaging recommendations may include:

  • CIMT and Carotid Ultrasound Screening

  • Coronary Calcium Scoring

  • CT Angiography 

  • Cardiac MRI​