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Heart Health

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. Hypertension (high blood pressure) is an early sign of cardiovascular disease.  Hypertension is often nicknamed “the silent killer” because most people cannot tell when their heart or blood vessels are working too hard.

Cardiovascular disease means that your plumbing system (arteries) is becoming clogged. This clogging is referred to as atherosclerosis which is hardening of the blood vessels. This then causes blood pressure to rise because the heart has to work that much harder. A stroke or a heart attack occurs when a critical blood vessel becomes obstructed preventing blood from oxygenating vital tissues.

Symptoms

  • Cardiovascular Disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, strokes)

Resources

PDF information sheets

Low Cholesterol Diet (PDF)
Healthy Recipes (PDF)
Anti Inflammatory Diet (PDF)
High Fibre Foods (PDF)

Approach

No one wants to wait until they have a painful or life altering heart attack before changing the way they eat and live. The team of clinicians at Health Momentum believe that the best treatment is prevention. At Health Momentum, blood pressure will be monitored and necessary diet, lifestyle and relaxation therapies will be prescribed according to the individual needs of each client.

Solutions

Naturopathic Medicine

Natural vitamins and herbs:
Professional, high quality supplements, are more potent and more effective than over the counter supplements found at health food stores or pharmacies. Natural supplements prescribed from your naturopathic doctor are effective alternatives for reducing cholesterol, relaxing arteries and lowering blood pressure.
Nutrition:
Your nutrition has the ability to reduce or increase your risk for cardiovascular disease. Naturopathic Medicine can offer nutritional education and customized food plans that facilitate positive health changes.
Lifestyle Counselling:
Increased risk factors to cardiovascular disease include poor stress management and a lack of regular exercise. The practitioners at Health Momentum can create a stress reduction plan and exercise routine that is realistic and enjoyable for any busy schedule.

Osteopathy

Internal Organ Correction (Visceral Manipulation):
By working on the heart, its surroundings, and the blood vessels of the body, osteopathic treatment contributes to proper circulation and the exchange of vital nutrients in the body’s tissues. This type of gentle treatment helps removes tension along these important pathways and neighbouring areas, preventing stagnant bloodflow in those with high blood pressure, a history of stroke and/or heart attack, as well as those individuals experiencing other conditions that may be related to poor circulation even when they do not have a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, such as headaches and vision problems.

Registered Massage Therapy

Massage has been found to decrease vasopressin, a hormone believed to play a role in high blood pressure. Massage also slows the firing rate of the nervous system, enhancing arterial blood flow and indirectly reducing the work load on the heart.

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