At Enhanced Wellness Living Functional Medicine Clinic in Ridgeland, Mississippi we understand that healthcare is not a “one size fits all” practice and we offer a variety of healthcare treatments to ensure that our patients are building strength, immunity, hormone balance, sexual health, and a lifestyle of energy, vitality, and longevity! Throughout January, February, and March and we are focusing on building a lifestyle of health, energy, and longevity through your heart health and nutritional health! Our hearth health impacts every aspect of our lives, yet most of us do not truly understand how much our nutritional choices impact our overall health, mental health, mood, and support in the prevention of cancer, heart disease, and premature death. Nurse Practitioners Kelly Engelmann and Amanda Carter, along with the EWL team, are here to support you on your Wellness Journey to Live Life Well!
Have Hope! Heart Disease is preventable and treatable!
We’ve all heard that Heart Disease is the #1 cause of death in the US. Heart Disease is often called the “silent killer” because it typically has no symptoms until after it has done significant damage to your heart….that’s why understanding your Heart Health is so important!
Heart disease, or cardiovascular disease, refers to a collection of health conditions that involve narrow or blocked blood vessels and can lead to heart attack, chest pain or angina, stroke, arrhythmia, coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, congenital heart disease, and heart failure.
Tracking your health matters and our lab specials help you to understand what is going on under the surface!
–CBC with Differential-measures the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets in your blood. This panel can uncover infection, disease, and blood cell cancers (Leukemia)
–Comprehensive Metabolic Panel-a deep dive into your metabolic health looking at your glucose (sugar) level, calcium, electrolyte and fluid balance, liver and kidney function, and more. Your liver is your major detox organ so it is important to monitor these levels
–Homocysteine-is a amino acid, higher levels show that you may have a vitamin deficiency and increased risk for blood clots, dementia, stroke, and heart disease
–C-Reactive Protein-this protein is produced in your liver and helps the body fight injury or infection. C-RP is a key inflammatory marker. High levels of C-RP tell us that you are facing chronic inflammation, potentially Autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, and have an increased risk of heart disease
-Lipid Panel-measures fats and fatty substances that your body uses as a source of energy. This panel tells us your total cholesterol, LDL-bad cholesterol”, HDL-“good cholesterol”, and triglycerides-most common type of fat in your body. High lipids tells us you are at risk for arterial blockages as fat is building up in your blood vessels
–Ferritin-an intercellular protein that stores and releases iron. Low levels of ferritin tell us you could have an iron deficiency and could be anemic. Ferritin is a crucial marker for acute and chronic inflammation
A few facts about heart health:
- Your Heart Beats 115,000 times a day!
- The first open-heart surgery was performed in 1893 and the first pacemaker used in 1958
- Women’s heartbeats are slightly faster than men
- Erectile Dysfunction can be a sign of a heart problem
- 1 in 4 American deaths can be attributed to heart disease
- Stress, hormonal imbalances, obesity, poor diet, lack of sleep, and other underlying medical conditions may lead to heart disease
- Eating a whole foods, nutrient-dense diet support heart health, hormone balance, and overall health and wellness. Foods that support heart health include: berries, leafy greens like spinach, kale, and collard greens, avocados, coconut oil, chia seeds, almonds, walnuts, and salmon.
- Foods for hormone balancing include, coconut, coconut oil, healthy fats like avocado and butter, pumpkin seeds, spinach, and wild-caught seafoods.
Pay attention to these early warning signs of heart disease: chest pain and tightness, shortness of breath, pain, numbing and/or weakness in your legs or arms, pain in the jaw, neck, throat, or upper abdomen and back, abnormal heart rate or fluttering, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, extreme fatigue, and exhaustion, or erectile dysfunction.
Treatment and Prevention! A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent heart disease! Understanding your heart health combined with diet and exercise helps you to prevent heart disease, heart attack, stroke, heart failure and more. A few helpful hints: understand and control your blood pressure and cholesterol, quit smoking and limit alcohol, detox your body, exercise regularly, reduce your salt and fat intake, manage stress, get a good nights sleep, maintain a healthy weight and body composition, take appropriate vitamins and supplements!
What you can do to prevent Heart Disease:
-Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. Healthy nutrition includes salmon, mackerel, avocados, pomegranates, blueberries, turmeric, kale, beets, spinach, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, figs, sardines, and more!
-Limit sugar intake
-Understand your biomarkers through appropriate testing, complete a CNS VS test, and/or Cyrex LINX panel (all available through our Enhanced Wellness Living clinic!)
-Get at least 20 minutes of activity/movement/exercise each day
-Avoid tobacco, quit smoking
-Take care of your overall health; obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes will all negatively impact your heart
-Get good quality sleep, eliminate distractions and avoid screens close to bedtime
-Engage in positive social activity! Try yoga, join a book club, start a walking group, volunteer, go to church, plan Zoom nights with friends and family!
Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Know something is not right but keep being told your testing is “normal”? Trying your best but not seeing the results you deserve? Enhanced Wellness Living Functional Medicine Clinic and Nurse Practitioners in Ridgeland, Mississippi wants to hear your story! Our patients are empowered to take ownership of their health and the results are proudly life-changing! To schedule your new patient consultation, wellness consultation, nutritional consultation, or any other appointment you may need please contact us by calling 601-364-1132 or completing the “Get Started” form, on our site.