Coronary Artery Disease

Despite the many advances in treatment and prevention, cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of premature death and disability in the United States.1 Nevertheless, 70% of cardiovascular disease is preventable through lifestyle changes alone.2

In terms of integrated therapy, nutrition forms the cornerstone of treatment. The power of nutritional therapy is highlighted by the striking results of the Lyon Diet Heart Study3 which proved the superiority of the Mediterranean diet over a more conservative traditional American diet in reducing adverse events involving patients who had previously had heart attacks. The Mediterranean diet emphasizes fish, nuts, olive oil, and favors whole grain over refined grain.

A second point of emphasis of integrative therapy is exercise, both cardiovascular as well as resistance training.4 Helpful supplements in reducing cardiovascular risk include niacin5, red yeast rice6, fish oil7, and Coenzyme Q108.

There are many factors that contribute to development of coronary artery disease, some commonly known by primary physicians, others not so well known. At Rocky Mountain Regenerative Medicine, we offer various subscription packages to our clients that take into account the extent to which our clients desire our involvement in reaching their goals. We have the ability to measure each risk factor, determine its significance, treat it accordingly, and evaluate progress towards the client’s goals using hard numbers.

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  8. M. Banach, C. Serban, A. Sahebkar, et al.: Effects of coenzyme Q10 on statin-induced myopathy: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Mayo Clin Proc. 90 (1):24-34 2015