Heart disease is a major problem in the US. Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack and 795,000 suffer from a stroke. About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year—that’s 1 out of every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women and stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death in the US. The statistics in Canada are not much better.
The five major symptoms of a heart attack are:
- Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.
- Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint.
- Chest pain or discomfort.
- Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder.
- Shortness of breath.
- If you think that you or someone you know is having a heart attack, call 9–1–1 immediately.
The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type in the United States is coronary heart disease (also called coronary artery disease), which occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. Coronary heart disease can cause heart attack, angina, heart failure, and arrhythmias.
Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, costs the United States $312.6 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity. These conditions also are leading causes of disability, preventing Americans from working and enjoying family activities.
Integrated Cardiology is the ideal system of medicine for heart disease because heart disease is preventable. This system uses dietary/lifestyle changes along with evidence-based supplementation to reduce or eliminate the need for pharmaceuticals and lessen the risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Medications, surgery, and conventional treatments may still be necessary, but the goal is to minimize need of these treatments.
Cardiovascular Services offered at IMS
- In Office Vascular Testing :
- Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound—to check for aneurysm
- Carotid Ultrasound
- Venous Duplex Ultrasound—to check for leg blood clots
- Doppler Ultrasound—to check blood flow to the penis
- Physician review of medications and treatment options
- Individualized Diet and Exercise Program
- Supplementation Program
- IV Therapies