There are many health care professionals, today, that still focus on treating disease once it is diagnosed. They\'re still not getting the big picture and miss 90% of silent disease. While early detection is key, prevention is equally important in guaranteeing a longer, healthier life. By focusing on preventive treatment, my patients don\'t experience unexpected illnesses or surprise deaths.
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There are many health care professionals, today, that still focus on treating
disease once it is diagnosed. They're still not getting the big picture and miss
90% of silent disease. While early detection is key, prevention is equally
important in guaranteeing a longer, healthier life. By focusing on preventive
treatment, my patients don't experience unexpected illnesses or surprise deaths.
We can now conclusively predict who is most likely to become the victim of a
stroke or heart attack, even though the majority of patients who die of a sudden
heart attack have few or no symptoms. For example, a major study of 28,000
women at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital provided conclusive
evidence that painless inflammation of heart and blood vessels is a major trigger
of heart attacks - even more so than high cholesterol. Women with high levels of
inflammation are twice as likely as those with high cholesterol to die from heart
attacks and strokes.
The collective condition known as "cardiovascular disease" refers to disorders of
the heart as well as the vascular system. Below are signs and symptoms that you
want to be on the lookout for; and if they occur, talk to your doctor immediately.
Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack
•A sudden onset of sharp pain in an arm, shoulder, the back, stomach, or jaw
•Shortness of breath
•Sudden dizzy spells
•Breaking out in a cold sweat
•Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, which may affect only
one side of the body
•Sudden confusion or difficulty speaking
•Difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
•Loss of balance or coordination, dizziness, or trouble walking
•Severe, sudden headache of unknown cause
A C-reactive protein blood test is one of the simplest ways to identify chronic
inflammation that may be smoldering in your body. Coronary computed
tomography angiography (CTA) is another useful technique for identifying heart
The key to prolonging good heart health (and overall health) and continuing to
lead a vibrant and active life is the ability to identify the aging parts of your body
that may already be experiencing the ravages of silent disease.
Your Waistline Predicts Your Heart Health
You can never start a cardiovascular program soon enough. In assessing your
heart attack risk, simply look at the notches on your belt. An increasing waistline
is a reliable risk indicator of heart disease.
Potential heart disease patients may benefit from preventive hormone therapy,
especially testosterone therapy (in men). Testosterone and other hormones
strengthen the heart muscle, which will aid in heart contraction and improve the
heart's pumping ability. DHEA may help protect against atherosclerosis and
cardiovascular disease. Contact our office for an appointment to discuss further
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By following a healthy lifestyle including exercise and a diet rich in fruits,
vegetables, healthy whole grains, and plenty of low-fat protein (including eggs,
which are a perfect protein source rich in amino acids), you may lose excess
weight that can contribute to heart disease and stroke. You also need to eat
foods that are low in sodium, which will naturally reduce internal swelling and
water retention. For more information on my Braverman Protocol and Rainbow
Diet, you can read my book, The Amazing Way to Reverse Heart Disease
Naturally. But a yearly exam that includes early detection tests is a must.
At PATH Medical, we can help you with all of your health, dietary, and
Eric Braverman MD is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of
Brandeis University and NYU Medical School, did brain research at Harvard
Medical School, and trained at an affiliate of Yale Medical School. Dr. Braverman
is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in brain-based diagnosis and treatment,
and he lectures to and trains doctors in anti-aging medicine.