Cardiovascular disease is the
#1 killer in the U.S. for both men and women.
81 million Americans suffer from cardiovascular disease, and over 831,000 people die of cardiovascular disease each year in the United States. In 2010, heart disease will cost the U.S. an estimated $316.4 billion.
Cardiovascular disease is a broad term describing diseases of the heart and blood vessels and includes coronary artery disease (heart disease), cerebrovascular disease (stroke), peripheral arterial disease, and hypertension (high blood pressure). It primarily refers to atherosclerosis (plaque) within the blood vessels creating risk for a thrombus (clot) to form causing a blockage in blood flow. This blockage leads to cell damage to areas downstream and may even cause death.
You may have cardiovascular disease and not even know it.
You may not have any warning before having a heart attack or stroke. Approximately 50% of men and 64% of women who died suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms of this disease. Although a high blood pressure and a high cholesterol is predictive of a heart attack or stroke, being told that you have "normal" cholesterol can be misleading. Over 50% of all heart attack and stroke patients have "normal" cholesterol.
Angiography and Stress Tests Don't Accurately Predict Risk
Traditional testing such as angiography and stress tests only measure blockages in the arteries and will miss non-obstructing vulnerable plaques which are the cause of the majority of heart attacks and strokes.
IMT and EndoTherm Accurately Predict Risk
Intima-media thickness (IMT) scanning uses ultrasound technology and is a simple procedure that is noninvasive, painless, and free of radiation. It can predict risk of heart attack or stroke better than an angiogram. IMT is measured by taking pictures of your carotid artery using an ultrasound probe on your neck. This measurement predicts your risk of a future heart attack or stroke.
Assessing endothelial dysfunction with an EndoTherm machine is also very helpful in that it will pick up the earliest stages of cardiovascular disease. It also is simple, noninvasive, and involves no radiation. Sensors are placed on your fingers which measure the dilation of the blood vessels in your fingers while a blood pressure cuff on your arm inflates and deflates.
By using the results of these tests in combination with a medical history, physical exam and blood work physicians are able to more accurately assess risk without the risks of traditional testing methods.
Do you or someone you love have any of the following risk factors?
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Family history of heart attack or stroke
- Little or no exercise
- 45 years old or older
- Eats a standard American diet
- Heart disease, peripheral arterial disease, erectile dysfunction, or a history of stroke
You Can Prevent and Even Get Rid of Your Cardiovascular Disease
The earlier cardiovascular disease can be detected, the easier it can be reversed. The doctors at Dr. Fuhrman's Center for Nutritional Medicine* not only utilize an effective nutritional protocol on patients with cardiovascular disease but they document it's effectiveness with the IMT and EndoTherm to track improvements over time.
For more information about the IMT and EndoTherm and to schedule your visit at Dr. Fuhrman's Medical Associates, call 908-237-0200.
* The only office in New Jersey offering IMT and EndoTherm screening.