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Why Have We Ignored The Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease?

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the most prevalent causes of death in the United States today. The risk factors contributing to CVD include blood pressure, cholesterol levels, cholesterol levels in the blood, LDL cholesterol levels, blood glucose levels, a history of diabetes, and age. These are all risk factors for heart disease.

The link between blood flow and blood pressure is clear. It is possible to “fix” blood volume (and with it, blood pressure) by increasing the blood volume. There are many things that people can do with regard to blood volume, but we’ve been ignoring the biggest link between blood volume and blood pressure in CVD.

The big mistake we’ve made is making blood pressure or blood flow the default explanation. We don’t really seem to know what is happening at the bottom of the blood vessel when we have a blockage. When a blockage occurs in the vessel, we don’t think of it as a problem, we don’t really think about anything at the bottom of the blood vessel.

Even worse, when we get a blockage in the vessel, we don’t think they are going to be a huge problem. Even when we get a serious blockage, we try to treat it and ignore the fact that we probably need to figure out how to get the blood pressure back down. 

I know from my experience in my medical training that we have forgotten how to understand what is happening below the skin. In fact, I have lost count of how many times we have treated the underlying problem and not the symptoms.

The problem of blood vessel blockage and low blood pressure has been overlooked and in fact, it is probably the major cause of heart disease in the United States today. The other day I read a comment that said that “cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in this country”. How sad it is when people who die are actually the ones who “give up” to the lifestyle associated with their lifestyle.

We have to pay attention to the whole picture and stop to really consider that “fixing” blood flow might just be a better way to “fixing” the problem than treating the symptoms.

And this is where I tell you, I can fix it. I can fix it from my desk chair. I can fix it using natural strategies, strategies that are not invasive or invasive and not dangerous.  I can fix it using simple exercises like the ones I present here .   I can fix it by lowering my blood pressure, decreasing my cholesterol levels, eliminating salt or sugar high triglycerides, and increasing fiber in my diet to the point where I get enough fiber in my diet. 

If the first goal of the diet and exercise is to get blood vessel blockages to go away and lower blood pressure, it is certainly worth getting the blood pressure down. 

But in the real world, when I work in the emergency department, or when I’m in a car accident, or when I’m in the intensive care unit, or when I’m on the hospital rotary stretcher, or when I’m recovering from a heart attack, or when I’m anesthesiologist, or when I’m a physician assistant, or surgeon, or I’m in the NICU, I don’t want to just fix a problem at the lower levels. I want to be able to “fix” the heart at the top of the heart and fix the blood vessel that we’re sitting on.

I want to get the blood pressure up.

I want to know what’s actually doing it.

I want to know what’s contributing to low blood pressure. 

I want to know how to increase my blood volume. I want to know what’s causing high levels of triglycerides, high levels of salt, low blood glucose levels, cholesterol and blood pressure.