Situation in Canada
According to the Statistics Canada, about 1 in 12 Canadians (almost 2.4 Million) above the age 20, live with heart disease. Every hour, about 12 Canadians ages 20 years or more die of heart disease. Canadian men are affected twice more the females of the same age group. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/heart-disease-canada.html
Risk factors of heart disease
The following factors put you at a risk of the heart disease: Being male, older age, positive family history of heart disease, smoking, high low density cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) and low high density cholesterol (the good cholesterol), sedentary lifestyle (physical inactivity), obesity, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, uncontrolled stress and anger and hypertension. https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/risk-factors-heart-disease#1
How can medicine help to treat your heart disease?
Medical doctors (Cardiologists and Family Doctors) treat heart disease with many medications such as Aspirin, Beta Blockers, ACIs, and Cholesterol-lowering agents (such as Crestor or Lipitor).
How high is the success rate of treating heart disease in Canada?
According to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation Report in 2016, the problem of heart failure is rising in Canada, with 600,000 Canadians living with Heart Failure, 50,000 Canadians are diagnosed each year with heart failure, and 1 in2 Canadians has been touched by Heart Failure, and Heart Failure costs Canadian Taxpayers 2.8 Billion Dollars each year. There are many reasons why Heart Failure is a real and existing problem in Canada such as difficulty of diagnosis, as in many cases, symptoms may be very vague that they mimic the symptoms of other diseases such as severe anaemia, chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and subsequently, early cases of Heart Failure could be missed, leading to the prevalence of an advanced stages of Heart Failure with a poor prognosis. There are many other reasons that explain why Heart Failure is still a Health problem in Canada such as availability of the medical team (Specialists or Cardiologists) especially in medically underserviced areas of Ontario Such as Hamilton, the Niagara Region, Barrie, and Etobicoke. With high demand on the Heart Specialists, comes a long waiting list for their clinic visits and in many cases lack of availability. One other reason for the high magnitude of the problem is the cost of medications especially knowing that these medications are taken for a long period of time, and in many cases for life. https://www.heartandstroke.ca/-/media/pdf-files/canada/2017-heart-month/heartandstroke-reportonhealth-2016.ashx?la=en&hash=91708486C1BC014E24AB4E719B47AEEB8C5EB93E
Can Naturopathic Medicine help patients with Heart Disease?
The answer to this question is yes. Naturopathic medicine can support the Heart Health in many ways such as:
1- Prevention of the Heart Disease: which can be achieved by many ways that Naturopathic Medicine can help with such as improving the diet of patients, designing a proper physical activity program that suits different patients with different health needs and the heart condition.
2- Supplementing patients with natural supplements that support the Heart Health such as the Herb Hawthorne, and Rosemary.
3- Acupuncture to specific points linked to the heart meridians that help to improve the heart function, blood flow to different organs, and reduce stagnation or stasis of blood.
4- Reducing the Oxidative Stress which is caused by exposure to a different chemical and physical stressors such as the high lipids and sugars. This can be achieved by removing the causative agents or stressors using chelators or just changing the lifestyle. Also administering antioxidants such as intravenous vitamin C and Glutathione can be very helpful.