Heart Health

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 […]

American Heart Month

With the holidays upon us, we all are reminded of how precious life and our loved ones are to us.  At ECI, we hope to raise awareness of the importance of caring for ourselves and our families through preventive efforts, especially in relation to heart health.  Consider giving the gift of a ‘Prevent-an-Event’ screening as a first step on the journey to a healthy heart! Rather than waiting for a heart attack or stroke to occur, it makes sense to focus on prevention.  “Health is the only commodity that can make a rich man poor and a poor man rich.’  Be appreciative and thankful for good health each day.  Tend your heart! We all have a responsibility to be as healthy as we can be.  Eating nutrient-dense whole food, going sugar-free, spending time in the kitchen preparing meals, drinking plenty of water, exercising regularly, getting good sleep, keeping our stress low, and living each day with gratitude will go a long way towards […]

What is Your Omega-3 Level?

The HS-Omega-3 Index is a powerful biomarker which can predict your risk for sudden cardiac death! Developed by a leading cardiologist, the Omega Quant HS-Omega-3 Index is a new laboratory test that measures the amount of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) in your red blood cells.  While other tests on the market can provide you with a general reading, the Omega-3 Index checks 26 different fatty acids and reports your levels of each of them! How much do you know about your omega-3 fatty acids? It may surprise you to know how vital omega-3 fatty acids are to your cardiovascular system and to your overall health and well-being.  For example: The right amount of omega-3 fatty acids can reduce your risk of sudden cardiac death by up to 90%. They can help you avoid serious diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and arthritis. They can help to keep your eyes and your skin healthy. They play a role in […]

“YOU” Can Prevent Heart Disease

Eighty million Americans have cardiovascular disease.  That comes to almost one out of every three people.  According to the American Heart Association’s ‘Heart and Stroke statistical updates,’ all categories of cardiovascular disease have increased by 33% during the years from 2002 to 2009, and currently, 910,000 Americans die of heart disease annually.  Though our pharmacologic/surgical health care model has become very efficient at treating “acute” cardiovascular events, it has a poor track record for preventing these events.  Dr. Thomas Fuller (1654-1734) said, “Health is not valued ‘till sickness comes.”   Truer words have never been spoken.  Value your health.  Make every effort to prevent disease, and don’t be fooled by the “we all must die of something” mantra.   Unfortunately, today’s “disease-care system” places a premium on treatment.  Research and marketing dollars are funneled into disease management and new drugs rather than prevention.  Nevertheless, modern technology and western science have afforded us a “giant toolbox” of preventive tests which should […]