Fratellone Medical Associates

Coronary Artery Disease Center in NYC

The blood supply to the heart is acheived by the coronary arteries. There are both left and right coronary arteries with their own respective branches. The leading cause of cardiovascular disease is by atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). These plaques consist of cholesterol, platelets, calcium and other components. There are many new conventional treatments for “blocked arteries”, which include angioplasty, atherectomy, stents and even coronary artery bypass surgery.

Key points to remember:

  1. The process of atherosclerosis begins with fatty streaks at the age of two. The key is prevention, which should begin at age of 40, especially if one has a strong family history of the diease
  2. Everyone with heart disease should follow an anti-inflammatory (alkaline) diet
  3. Thirty to forty five minutes of exercise accumulated over the length of a day, three times a week will reduce your risk of heart disease
  4. Try to keep your total cholesterol low; ask you doctor to do a fractionated cholesterol for the low density lipoprotein (bad) and the high density lipoprotein (good) cholesterol
  5. Measure your triglyceride level. Remember the higher the triglycerides, the lower the good (HDL) cholesterol
  6. Other risk factors include homocysteine, fibrinogen, lipoprotein A, testosterone, ferritin and high sensitive CRP.
  7. Drink adequate amounts of water
  8. Take antioxidants, herbs and vita-nutrients for your heart, which should not be self-administered but prescribed by a health care professional
  9. Stress reduction by utilizing meditation and yoga
  10. Learn to achieve optimal health by lifestyle modification or trying to achieve self-love

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