Heart Attack/Stroke Prevention:
Cardiac Health Consultation
What is the purpose of your consultation?
The objective of your Nevada Clinic Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention consultation is to discuss the 8 main factors important to reduce your risk for having a heart attack (M.I. or myocardial infract) or a stroke (CVA or cerebro-vascular attack):
1. Blood homocysteine levels;
2. Blood lipid levels (HDL);
3. Thyroid Function;
4. Toxic metal levels (lead);
5. Your diet and eating habits;
6. Your exercise program (aerobics);
7. Lifestyle habits (smoking);
8. Your stress levels and the stress resistance capacity of your autonomic nervous system (HRV tests).
What laboratory tests do I need?
No laboratory tests are necessary for you to receive a heart attack/stroke prevention consultation. However, since a purpose of your visit is to determine what additional lab tests you may need, be sure to bring copies of any blood work you had done in the last 6 months. You may also want to bring copies of lab reports from the last several years of your lipid levels (LDL, HDL, Trigylcerides), any thyroid tests (T3,T4, TSH, Free T3), and most importantly, your blood homocysteine levels.
You may also want to bring copies of any Trace Mineral Analysis (Hair Analysis), and more importantly, results of any EDTA or DMPS provocative 6 hour urine tests for toxic metals like lead, mercury, aluminum, and cadmium. Also bring copies of any EKG (electrocardiogram) tests and any HRV (Heart Rate Variability) tests.
Please bring your prior lab tests even if they were “normal”. Remember that lab range averages are based on “average” people who are not in the best of health and that some people’s “normal” is outside published lab ranges. For example, you may have low thyroid symptoms and need thyroid medication, even if your thyroid blood tests are normal. As another example, Nevada Clinic physicians often consider it healthy for older patients to have “slightly elevated” total cholesterol levels (up to 230 mg/dl, especially if you have high HDL) since cholesterol is a crucial building block for many hormones. At Nevada Clinic, your doctor looks at lab findings to determine what is individually “healthy” – we do not strive for you to be “average”.
What will the doctor do?
Your individual Cardiac Care protocol will be recommended based on your specific needs, since every person has different areas of potential heart or stroke risk. Your Nevada Clinic physician routinely considers whether you might benefit from any of the following Cardiac Care protocol components:
1. If your blood homocysteine is higher than 6.5, you may be given a prescription for methyl B12 to inject 1 cc once a week, and asked to take nutritional supplements which help homocysteine metabolism (such as betaine HCL & co-enzyme Q10) or which contain tri-methylglycine (such as Cardio-B). This is because Harvard Medical School research by K.S. McCully, M.D. concluded that homocysteine levels are one of the most important predictors of cardiac risk.
2. If your LDL is high, you may be asked to take red yeast rice daily, a natural source of “statins”. If your HDL is low, you may be asked to take 500 to 1500 mg of Niacin (B3) and 400 i.u. of Vitamin E. If your triglycerides are high, you may be advised to decrease carbohydrates in your diet and/or to increase aerobic exercise.
3. If you have low thyroid serum levels, or if you have hypo-thyroid symptoms such as cold hands and feet, low energy, dry skin, brittle fingernails, or have difficulty losing weight, you may be prescribed Armour Thyroid, a bio-identical hormone.
The importance of good thyroid function for heart health is described in the book “Solved: The Riddle of Heart Attacks” by Broda Barnes, M.D, PhD.
4. If you have high levels of lead, cadmium (from smoking), or other toxic metals, you may be advised to take a series of 10 to 24 EDTA chelation “drips”. Chelation therapy increases vascular elasticity and blood flow by binding EDTA with toxic metals, pulling them into your blood stream so they can be excreted from your body, after being filtered through your liver and kidneys. Each chelation IV treatment takes either 1.5 or 3 hours, depending on the amount of EDTA medicine you need.
If you have high levels of mercury, you may also need DMPS chelation, which may be combined with your EDTA chelation or taken separately. You may also be tested for mercury vapor leaks from silver amalgam fillings in your teeth and potentially referred to a biological dentist for safe removal of those fillings.
5. Your Nevada Clinic physician will also emphasize the importance of a healthy diet and potentially suggest testing healthier eating, such as the “Caveman” diet. Your doctor may also discuss your need for aerobic exercise or to stop unhealthy habits such as smoking, especially if you need chelation therapy. You may also be tested electro-dermally for potential need of homeopathic care if you have high stress levels or demonstrate low stress resistance on Heart Rate Variability tests.