My own testimonial to Heart Afflictions. I had blood work done at my request back in 2006 through my PCP to test for markers that inform you about heart attacks, strokes and cholesterol problems. My cholesterol came back light and fluffy and non-dangerous. The other markers proved to tell a different story. I then started working with a Cardiologist and supplements. He advised that he would be happy to watch over me while I proved that supplements could lower your risk levels. We accomplished that and I was ecstatic not to have to use medications to achieve my goal.
I did not however take into account stress. In 2008 I enlarged my practice to a new location and added a medical doctor to the mix. Moved most everything from my old office to the new one myself and prepared the old office to be sold. I learned quickly that taking on everything and not having partners or good help takes a toll. In April of 2008 I experienced a heart attack. It turned out to be electrical problem thanks to the fact that I had lowered all the other risk factors to normal. Thank goodness I did. My cardiologist was surprised yet confused that my family history of heart attack played out differently and my arteries were clear and clean. Another team of heart specialists were brought in. The next step was an ablation. It took two different times to fix my problem but they succeeded (obviously) and to this day I still only use supplements and monitor my blood levels.
I did not want to be on medications for the rest of my life when there was an option. I had been helping people (including my own mother) for over 20 years at the time and told myself to treat my condition as I would any other client.
When those blood markers come back high it is an alarm bell telling you to do something about your health. Even though I thought at that time that I took decent care of myself (it is my career), it was not enough. Genetics, hormones, your diet and stress life play important roles in the health of your heart.
This month I will cover different aspects of heart health. Starting with learning to let go of the stress and stressful people that cause your blood pressure to go up.
So, stay tuned!