Holistic Family Health – Herndon
459A Carlisle Drive
Herndon, VA 20170
Holistic Family Health – Winchester
153 Creekside Lane
Winchester, VA 22601
#1 Cause Of Death In the US
Seventy percent of all deaths in the United States are attributed to heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. The number one cause of death in men and women is, without a doubt, heart disease and stroke, the main results of cardiovascular disease.
Over 927,000 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each year, which amounts to one death every 34 seconds. Heart disease and stroke are also the main causes of adult deaths in Canada.
Atherosclerosis (a narrowing of blood flow to the heart) is largely a lifestyle disease and therefore, in large measure, preventable. An important triggering factor, infection, can be involved in up to 80% of heart attacks and strokes.
Some of the other contributing factors are family history, hypertension, smoking, high cholesterol, obesity and diabetes. So what can you do to take charge of your health?
- You can lower your risk by making healthy lifestyle choices.
- Eat a healthy diet to prevent or reduce high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Control your alcohol intake.
- Don’t smoke.
- Exercise as directed by your doctor.
- Lose weight if you are overweight or obese.
You may also want to have digital infrared thermal imaging (DITI). Known as thermography, it is approved by the FDA to measure, record and view thermal patterns generated by the human body. It is intended for use as an adjunct to other clinical diagnostic procedures in the screening and diagnosis of abnormalities where a physician chooses to use thermography.
Measuring temperature changes in the body can show abnormal physiological activity as “hot spots”. Changes in the thermal images of veins and arteries may indicate early signs of cardiovascular disease and lead to earlier and more effective treatment. Thermography is non-invasive and safe for the patient, and may help in the early detection of disease. With a positive thermograph, further clinical assessment and testing is recommended to confirm and evaluate the findings.
The thermal images produced using DITI can also show inflammatory patterns along the carotid arteries, which alongside elevated C-reactive protein levels in the blood confirms the presence of an internal inflammatory process. There is increasing evidence now to show that inflammation in the body could be a common trigger of heart attacks or even a predictor of such risk. Early detection can be important because such internal inflammation can be lowered in many ways.
Be proactive in your health maintenance.