February is Heart Healthy Month at Wellness Solution Centers. We believe this is an over looked
topic for something that affects every single one of us. Did you know that 1 out of every 3 people die
from cardiovascular disease? Chances are you have a friend or a loved one who has heart disease
and is treating it or has lost someone because of it. Maybe you yourself have it and are trying to
manage it. Bottom line: Pay attention as our February Heart to Heart discussion with Dr. Jack
Wolfson Cardiologist may save your life.
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a condition caused by the buildup of waxy plaque in the arteries
that flow to and from the heart. CHD occurs when the small blood vessels that supply blood and
oxygen to the heart narrow and sometimes harden, which over time can cause ruptures, heart
attacks and other fatal conditions.
Why should you care? If the fact that 1 and 3 people die from CHD doesn’t scare you, perhaps this
will. Over 70% of the workforce sit for a living. This means that there is a good chance that you sit
for a living and don’t move during the day as much as you should. An Australian study of over
63,000 people found that those that sat 4 or more hours a day were more likely to have developed
heart disease, diabetes, or another chronic disease than those who sat less than four hours a day,
regardless of how active they were. If you fall into this category and don’t make an effort to sit less
throughout the day, you are now at a higher risk for CHD.
When patients come into our office, many have had bloodwork done within the last year and of
these people, many are told they have high cholesterol and they really do not understand what that
truly means. You may be following your cholesterol numbers in terms of the “good” cholesterol
(HDL) or the “bad” cholesterol (LDL). But the best way to interpret your cholesterol numbers is to
understand your cholesterol ratio, more specifically, your ratio of triglycerides to HDL cholesterol
levels. In fact, a study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation found that
those people with the highest triglyceride-to-HDL cholesterol ratios had a sixteen times greater risk
of heart disease than those with the lowest ratios.
When was the last time you had bloodwork? Do you know your ratio? What should your
triglycerides-to-HDL cholesterol ratio be? Ideally, you want no more than a 2:1 ratio of
triglycerides to HDL cholesterol. Anything outside of this range puts you at a higher risk for CHD.
Know your numbers!
Did you know, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 3 American
adults (about 70 million people) have high blood pressure. About half have uncontrolled high blood
pressure, which increases your risk for many serious health problems, including heart disease and
stroke. At Sycamore Integrated Health, every new patient gets a blood pressure screening on the
first visit. Many of our patients fall outside the ideal 120/80 blood pressure reading and have no
idea that they are at risk for CHD. Again, knowing your numbers can help you avoid serious
problems down the road.
Because CHD is so prevalent in our practice, many patients ask how they can help themselves
naturally lower their risk factors for CHD. Adjusting your diet, reducing stress levels and regularly
exercising are fundamental to controlling inflammation and, therefore, naturally treating and
preventing coronary heart disease. We hold you accountable to all of these via our 8 Weeks to
Wellness program that we offer here at our office.
So, you’re asking yourself, “Where do I begin?” Let’s start with learning more. I would like to invite
you to join us on February 28th at 6:30 pm, as we discuss natural ways to heart health. Dr. Jack
Wolfson is a board-certified Cardiologist and will be presenting via video the strategies to better
heart health. Join us as we discuss a topic that could save your life! Heart Disease is the #1 killer of
men and women in the U.S. today. Learn ways to reduce and balance Cholesterol without having to
take more statin medication. Learn how to deal with Hypertension so that you don’t have to take
MORE blood pressure medication. Let Dr. Jack teach you about how to keep your cardiovascular
health in the best shape you can! Let’s have a heart to heart!
Register at the Front Desk or by calling 815-895-3354, $10 per seat
Yours in Health,
Drs. Dane, Jerry, Mike and the WSC Team