Your cardiovascular system is a network of organs throughout your body which transports nutrients to the different parts of your body in order to keep things running smoothly.
It’s made up of your heart, blood vessels, and the blood which flows through them. It’s one of the hardest working parts of your body, and if it takes a break even for a moment, it can lead to violent and disastrous consequences!
Cardiovascular issues are one of the leading causes of death in Canada. These include heart attacks, strokes, and other conditions of the cardiovascular system, and usually develop slowly over time. They are strongly connected to lifestyle issues like stress and diet.
What Causes Cardiovascular Disease?
There are many factors which can affect your cardiovascular health. Conventional wisdom tells us diet, exercise, and stress are some of the biggest contributing factors to cardiovascular health, but there’s more to it than that. Age, gender, family history, sugar and tobacco consumption, air pollution, diet and many other factors can contribute to poor cardiovascular health. Thyroid conditions, including hypothyroidism, can also contribute to cardiovascular complications. It’s a complicated game.
What is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a lipid found in all your body’s cells. It’s what your body uses to create the membrane around your cells, and to create some hormones. It also helps your body convert sunshine into vitamin D. So cholesterol is not only important, it’s necessary to live.
But, when you have other cardiovascular risk factors and too much cholesterol builds up in your body, it can end up narrowing your arteries, increasing risk of heart attack, stroke, and more.
What are the symptoms of poor cardiovascular health?
If you have any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from poor cardiovascular health. It’s important to see a professional, though, to be sure.
- Pain in your legs, while exercising or walking
- Yellow patches on the skin, especially around the eyes, called xanthomas.
- Sudden and severe anxiety, including a sense of “impending doom”
- Chest pain
- Fatigue, especially among women
- Irregular pulse or rapid pulse
- Dizziness or loss of consciousness
Natural Cardiovascular Health Solutions
Dr. Nardini, ND will address your cardiovascular health and recommend naturopathic treatments to help reverse any problems that may have developed in your heart and blood vessels.
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