Most individuals know that it is important to eat a healthy diet, get regular exercise, reduce stress levels and have cholesterol levels and blood pressure checked periodically. Beyond these simple methods there are other measures we can also take to educate ourselves and further lower the risks of developing heart disease.
Genetic testing can give us that slight edge on learning what we as individuals are predisposed to in regards to cardiac and other health conditions. Our genes can be strongly influenced by lifestyle and preventive practices and genetic tests give us insight into what nutritional, lifestyle changes and even pharmaceutical approaches would be beneficial to our personal health and longevity. In other words having a gene/s that predisposes a person to possibly having heart issues does not mean that those conditions will definitely develop. It does give us specific information and tools to hopefully prevent problems from occurring.
There are cardiovascular conditions that may require pharmaceutical treatment but keeping in mind that it is worthwhile to try a more natural approach first as often these measures are adequate in controlling moderately high blood pressure and other cardiac concerns. Natural therapies can also be used as a complementary approach to help support the body when pharmaceuticals are indicated.
If you would like to learn more regarding your individual genetic or nutritional status ask our doctors about our genetic profile and NutrEval tests.
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