Do you know your vascular age?

This Tuesday we have an ultrasonographer coming to the office to take a peak at your carotid arteries to see just how old your arteries are.  If you’re beginning to build up plaque, that’s a sign of “hardening of the arteries,” better known as atherosclerosis and the precursor to most heart attacks and strokes.  Using an ultrasound is a non-invasive, non-toxic way to get a pretty good sense of what your arterial system health status is.

We still have slots left for 10/2/18, so call the office or click the schedule an appointment button and schedule for the CIMT (carotid intimal medial thickness scan).  Even if you’re not a patient yet, call the office and we can start to work together here.  

Office closing 3/27/14-3/30/14

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“Heart and its Blood Vessels” by Leonardo da Vinci

I’m off to Boston for an Institute of Functional Medicine conference on Cardiovascular issues for this long weekend.  The office will be closed but I will be available by phone should you need me (unless it is an emergency, then the ER or 911 would be appropriate). The office will reopen Monday, 3/31/14.

About 2/3 of us will succumb to heart attacks.  This was not always the case.  Our modern diet and lifestyle are to blame for most of this.  Integrative medicine already has so much wisdom around how to reduce one’s risk, including options like changing to the Mediterranean diet.  This diet is based on vegetables, fruits, nuts, olive oil and fish, with small quantities of meat and poultry, with very little processed foods, flour, or sweets, and is proven to reduce your risk of heart attack, even if you’ve already had one.  This reduction can be up to 70%, more than any drug can boast, including statins.

This conference will dive more deeply into strategies to help prevent, reduce, and, in some cases, even reverse coronary artery disease and high blood pressure.  I’m excited to bring this knowledge back to all of you.

Deena

What Can You Do About Your Stress?

This little video by Dr. Mike Evans packs a big punch. Stress is one of our modern scourges, and as it turns out, there are a few simple things that we can do to leave it mostly behind us. Small changes can indeed make a giant difference in our lives. Did you know that up to 70% of visits to the doctor are stress related? It increases our risks of heart attacks, depression and anxiety, and a poorer quality of life. The pharmaceutical companies do not have a cure. The commonly used SSRI class of antidepressants, for example, is no better than placebo in multiple studies for mild to moderate depression.

But what can help? As it turns out, changing our thinking is the key to managing our stress. The good news is that this can be learned. We can have a big impact on our lives by changing our thinking style by:

  • Cultivating positive thought patterns, or reframing the habitually negative ones
  • Choosing where to put our attention
  • Maintaining a focus on the big picture of our lives
  • Being in the present moment!

Virtually all diseases have better outcomes if we manage our stress well. Check out this video by Dr. Mike Evans for some inspirational and scientific details: