Heart Rate Variability

Heart Rate Variability

Heart rate variability (HRV) is the variability in your heart rate from one normal beat to the next normal beat.  It is one of the most important factors in the health of your cardiovascular system.  It is often thought that it is healthy to have an exact heart rhythm, similar to the second hand on a clock.  But this type of rhythm (without the proper amount of variability) is actually very dangerous.  Yet, it is also possible to have too much variability.  What one wants to achieve, is a “healthy” level of HRV.  As it turns out, HRV is a powerful reflection of the adaptability and vitality of your autonomic nervous system (ANS).  The ANS directs the most vital systems of the body and lives at the edge of your conscious and unconscious mind.  It has two major branches:  1. the sympathetic branch (like a gas pedal, also called the “flight or fight” response) and the parasympathetic branch (like a brake pedal, also called the “rest […]

Lipoprotein (a): Know Your Level – Reduce Your Risk

Lipoprotein (a) (Lp(a)) is an inherited risk marker for cardiovascular disease.  It is an LDL-like particle with Velcro-like attachments, thus making it stick to the walls of the arteries.  From the research of Pauling and Rath, a high Lp(a) can be an indicator of a need for Vitamin C, L-lysine, and L-proline.  These nutrients, along with L-carnitine and niacin may safely control this critical cardiac risk marker and help to provide protection against development or progression of cardiovascular disease.  The statin drugs have been shown to increase the level of Lp(a) in some studies.  There are currently no prescription medications that will lower Lp(a) levels.  It is estimated that 20 – 30% of Americans have an elevated Lp(a) level.  Help protect your heart by calling Expanding Choices, Inc. TODAY at 340-0700 to schedule a ‘Prevent-An-Event’ screening and find out your Lp(a) level!  Please watch the short video above from the Lipoprotein (a) Foundation to understand that even with a heart healthy lifestyle and a low […]

Homocysteine: Critical Marker of Cardiovascular Risk

Homocysteine is a toxic amino acid that can damage the linings of your arteries and considerably increase your risk for a heart attack and stroke.  It is an independent risk factor, meaning that even if there are no other signs or symptoms, elevation of this marker poses a risk of  silent attack on your arteries.  If high blood pressure is present, the danger from homocysteine is even greater. The ‘Homocysteine Theory of Arteriosclerosis’ (hardening of the arteries) was presented by Kilmer S. McCully, M.D. in his book ‘The Homocysteine Revolution’ (1997).  It states that arteriosclerosis is caused by an elevated blood homocysteine level that occurs in the presence of vitamin B6, B12, and folic acid deficiencies.  Each one of these help the liver enzymes to metabolize homocysteine. According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine (N Engl J Med. 2002 Feb 14;346(7):476-83), elevated homocysteine was found to be a strong independent risk factor for development of dementia […]