Cardiovascular (Heart) Disease
Holistic treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease in Manhattan, New York, and Stamford, Connecticut
Cardiovascular diseases, or disorders that affect the heart and blood vessels, are the number one cause of death worldwide. While certain factors like genetics play a role, deaths caused by heart disease are largely preventable. The New York Center for Integrative Medicine can help you understand your cardiovascular risk and prevent long-term concerns.
What Causes Cardiovascular Disease?
There are many risk factors associated with heart disease, all of which must be determined on a case-by-case basis. Among the list of risk factors are:
- Cholesterol Imbalance
- Diabetes and Insulin Resistance
- Inflammation and Oxidative Stress
- Essential Nutrient Deficiencies
How a Personalized Plan from NYCIM Can Help
Exercise, health-promoting nutrition, and other lifestyle changes can play an important role in long-term heart health. Just the same, certain habits such as excessive alcohol intake and tobacco use can contribute to issues that lead to heart disease. Our team can help you design a personalized plan to optimize your choices and improve your habits.
Heart disease prevention is about finding a healthy diet and lifestyle specific to your unique needs and body composition. Personalized approaches are essential. For example, it’s common practice for doctors to recommend blood pressure medication and a low salt diet to patients with high blood pressure. However, a salty diet doesn’t affect everyone’s blood pressure, and while medication can help reduce stress on your heart in the short term, it doesn’t address the root cause of your issues.
Our approach is to learn as much as we can about your individual case to unlock the underlying issues that may lead to heart disease. Comprehensive blood work, functional medicine testing (including our Cardio-ANS device (link), and DNA screening can show us the whole picture so we can develop treatments and therapies and recommend key lifestyle changes that will get your heart health back on track.
Therapies might include lifestyle recommendations, IV therapy, mind-body medicine, botanical medicine, and much more. Contact our office in New York, New York, to learn more about how our team can help with cardiovascular disease and other health issues.
How to address cardiovascular and metabolic health? - Dr. Robert Kachko
How do you address cardiovascular and metabolic health at NYCIM?
Hi, this is Dr. Kachko from the New York Center for Integrative Medicine. I am here to talk to you about how we address cardiovascular and metabolic health.
To do so in a truly comprehensive and holistic way, we must first understand the root cause of people’s risk and dysfunction. Then we can create a personalized lifestyle and a medical plan for each patient.
What are the methods used to assess cardiovascular and metabolic health?
To comprehensively assess, we use a combination of bloodwork, functional medicine testing, new cutting-edge devices to understand your individual cardiovascular and metabolic risk.
What areas are evaluated through bloodwork and other methods?
We take an in-depth look at things like lipids, inflammatory markers, blood sugar, and insulin resistance from bloodwork—also, any deficiencies in essential nutrients, minerals, vitamins, and fats.
One of the cutting-edge devices used in our clinic is called the Cardio ANS (Autonomic Nervous System Testing). This device allows us to look at the health of your blood vessels’ and nervous system and any inflammation on the periphery in your blood vessels.
What are the changes recommended after such an analysis?
When we begin to address these factors, we prescribe a combination of lifestyle medicine. That might include personalized recommendations for diet and exercise and mind-body medicine techniques, given the role of stress on cardiovascular and health-related outcomes.
We might also prescribe some targeted, personalized IV nutrient therapy. This is to give your body what it needs, and higher doses can be achieved through oral medications or supplements.
Finally, we will prescribe personalized nutrients, botanicals, and sometimes pharmaceutical medications to help support your physiology and biochemistry to reduce your risk and get you feeling well in a long-term sustainable way.
Dr. Robert Kachko, Founder and Director of the NY Center for Integrative Medicine, is a pioneer in Naturopathic and Integrative Medicine and has developed an extensive bio-psychosocial methodology for people living with chronic diseases. As Immediate Past President of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Dr. Kachko advocates for healthcare reform to allow everyone accesses to the kind of care our clinic provides.