Nutrition plays a key role in causing many cardiovascular diseases (CVD). But, on the flip side, proper nutrition can help prevent or manage CVD. Thankfully, researchers have thoroughly investigated how food and nutrition can improve cardiovascular health.
Cardiovascular disease shows up in many forms. High blood pressure and vascular plaque formation tie these conditions together. So, our nutrition approaches focus on reducing high blood pressure, preventing the body from forming plaque, and allowing the body to shrink some of the plaque.
Medical nutrition therapy for heart disease encompasses many dietary and lifestyle factors. Whether you’re in the prevention stage or the treatment/management stage of cardiovascular disease, there are four fundamental areas of focus:
- Consume appropriate nutrients
- Modulate inflammation
- Support the anti-oxidant system
- Keep physically active
These broad strategies create a healthy biological environment where CVD does not thrive. But these are not the only strategies for heart health. Co-occurring conditions like hypertension and obesity and physiological issues like elevated cholesterol call for their own medical nutrition therapy. Common supplementary areas of focus:
- Reduce blood pressure
- Balance serum lipids and glucose
- Improve Insulin sensitivity
- Weight Management
- Smoking cessation
- Optimize sleep quality
- Identify & avoid food sensitivity/allergy
Our first meeting together focuses on gathering information. After you schedule your appointment, you’ll receive and fill out your intake forms. When we meet, we’ll review the form. Next, we’ll discuss your health goals, diet pattern, health history, medications, physical activity, sleep, and stress. After completing this overview, we’ll discuss our next steps depending on your interests and motivations. Finally, we’ll conclude with a goal or task to achieve before our follow-up.
During Follow-ups, we discuss your successes or barriers with the goals/tasks. Sometimes we tweak the goal/task, and sometimes we try something completely different. Follow-up appointments are also a great place to reflect on the positive behavior changes and outcomes of those changes.
Managing CVD is possible through medication and some nutrition and lifestyle changes. However, an all-encompassing approach helps clients recover from cardiovascular damage. A heart-healthy lifestyle gives your body a chance to shrink plaque, dissolve clots, and strengthen the heart and blood vessels.
Call or schedule an appointment today if you’re ready for your cardiovascular nutrition consult!