Heart Disease & Stroke


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The cardiovascular system includes all the blood vessels throughout the body and the delivery of blood to and from the heart. When disease occurs within this system, structural and functional damage occurs to the blood vessels along with damage to organs like the heart and brain. Problems such as a high-blood pressure-induced stroke, heart attack, heart failure, abnormal heart rhythms, or a ruptured aneurysm can occur.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in men and women.  Since cardiovascular disease is 100% preventable, it is crucial to know how to prevent this deadly disease.   

High Cholesterol

Cholesterol consists of groups of fat essential for every cell wall. Cholesterol, fat and protein form lipoproteins.  Lipoproteins are essential for forming the cell walls and transporting nutrients in and out of cells.

The production and metabolism of cholesterol primarily occurs in the liver.  When one consumes too much sugar or saturated fats from animal protein and fish, too much cholesterol is overproduced in the liver. This will lead to extensive damage of the blood vessels causing excess fat to build up on the artery walls, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease.

High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is a measurement of the supply of blood the heart is pumping through the arteries, and the level of arterial resistance to the blood flow. The more blood the heart forces through the arteries and the narrower the arteries’ surface area, the higher the blood pressure will be.

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a very common condition in which the force of blood pushing against artery walls is too high.  High blood pressure generally affects everyone at some point in their lives but it does not always become a chronic problem. Long-standing hypertension can eventually cause complications, such as aneursyms, heart disease, and stroke. 

Hypertension is a silent killer since patients often do not experience any symptoms until it is too late. Some people with dangerously high blood pressure may develop dull headaches, dizzy spells, or blurred vision as possible hypertension symptoms.  Fortunately, high blood pressure can be easily treated.

Have your blood pressure checked at least twice a year.  If your systolic blood pressure tends to run 130 or high, or your diastolic blood pressure runs 85 or higher, please see your doctor. Effective treatments are available to control high blood pressure and prevent the onset of severe complications.

The best treatment option for cardiovascular conditions is through lifestyle changes. Adopting a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine will drastically lower your risk of developing heart disease. Our clinic provides each patient with personalized dietary and lifestyle counseling along with optimization of medications to help patients effectively prevent and treat cardiovascular conditions.

Call our office today if you would like a personalized approach to preventing and treating your heart condition.


Advanced Health Integrative Functional Medical Center
2201 Webster Street
Pacific Heights

San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: 415-483-7080
Fax: 415-872-1140

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