Understanding Heart Disease & Risks

By: Dr. Kimberly Oxbro Jun 25, 2015
Understanding Heart Disease & Risks, Nova Health Naturopathic Health Centre

A New Approach to Heart Health...

Heart disease is the number one killer and biggest health concern affecting North Americans. Risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, being overweight, physical inactivity, diabetes, stress, poor diet, family history, and aging. Most of the risk factors for heart disease can be minimized or eliminated.

Too often, patients resort to prescription medication with adverse side effects, or even surgery (angioplasty or bypass surgery in advanced cases) when medical research shows that diet and lifestyle changes as well as other natural therapies can effectively combat heart disease.
The most important and fundamental component of the prevention and treatment for heart disease is modification to diet and lifestyle, including weight loss. Several studies have shown that diets that include more fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats (olive oil, coconut oil and fish oil ) are beneficial for heart disease (Eur Heart J, 2002. 23: 277-285). In addition minimal consumption of processed foods, dairy, grains sugars and simple carbohydrates are necessary. Exercise is also extremely important for cardiovascular health. (Ind J Med Sci; 2009; 63: 33-42).

Once lifestyle is addressed, several options exist to both treat and prevent heart disease. One that should be highlighted is intravenous EDTA Chelation therapy. Research shows that EDTA removes calcium buildup from blood vessels, reduces cholesterol, reduces injury to blood vessels and reduces blood clot formation (Circulation, 1999. 99: 164-165). In one study, patients who received a series of intravenous EDTA treatments over six weeks showed improved blood vessel function and decreased levels of homocystiene (an indicator of heart disease risk) (Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol, 1999. 26: 853-856). Another study examined patients with peripheral vascular disease (obstruction of blood vessels in arms and legs, another form of heart disease). When EDTA was given intravenously, symptoms and blood work showed significant improvements in 91% of patients treated (J Natl Med Assoc, 1990. 82: 173-177).

It is important to understand the risk factors and treatment options for this highly prevalent disease. Patients need to be aware of that medically studied options exist for the prevention and treatment of heart disease. It is essential to seek supervision from a physician knowledgeable in these approaches to ensure that you are receiving the best care possible.

Dr. Oxbro completed her undergraduate science degree in Biology and Psychology at Trent University and then completed a Masters of Science Degree in Pharmacology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Upon completion of her Masters degree, Dr. Oxbro entered the 4-year Naturopathic Medical Program, obtaining her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine upon graduation in 2008. She currently treats patients, at her naturopathic medicine clinic Nova Health Naturopathic Centre in Kingston, Ontario.