If you have high cholesterol or hypertension (high blood pressure), your risk for heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases increases significantly. At Valley Natural Health, Sonal Patel, ND, and the medical team offer onsite blood pressure and cholesterol screenings. They use traditional medications, lifestyle changes, and other therapies to improve your cardiovascular health and prevent long-term complications. To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for cardiovascular diseases, call the office in Fresno, California, or book an appointment online today.

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What are common cardiovascular diseases?

Cardiovascular diseases are conditions that affect your heart and blood vessels. Some of the common cardiovascular conditions the Valley Natural Health team diagnose and treat include:

Hypertension

Hypertension describes high blood pressure. Your blood pressure is the force of blood against the walls of your blood vessels. When the pressure is too high, it can damage your vessels.

Unmanaged hypertension also increases your risk for heart disease, heart failure, heart attack, and stroke.

High cholesterol

Cholesterol is a fatty substance that helps build healthy cells. Too much cholesterol in your blood can cause blockages that interfere with blood circulation.

Overtime, cholesterol can also harden (a condition called atherosclerosis) and cause your blood vessels to narrow. Without treatment, you might be at increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and other serious cardiovascular diseases.

When should I seek treatment for cardiovascular diseases?

Because hypertension, high cholesterol, and other cardiovascular diseases won’t cause symptoms until the condition progresses, you need to schedule routine checkups at Valley Natural Health.

It’s especially important that you undergo regular screenings if you have a family history of cardiovascular disease or if you have unmanaged stress.

The experts at Valley Natural Health are lipidologists who find ways to manage the fatty substances in your blood. They offer in-office blood pressure screenings and blood work to check your cholesterol levels. They can also customize a treatment plan to improve your cardiovascular health, so you can lower your risk for heart attack and other serious complications.

How are cardiovascular diseases treated?

Initially, your treatment for cardiovascular disease may start with lifestyle and diet changes. The Valley Natural Health team can recommend heart-healthy foods you can eat to lower your cholesterol levels naturally. They can also suggest exercises you should do daily to improve your cardiovascular health and lower your stress levels.

If these changes aren’t working well, the team can prescribe medications to control your cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

They also offer psychotherapy (talk therapy) services that give you tools to better manage your stress. Intravenous (IV) therapy provides your body with essential vitamins and other nutrients to boost your overall health and energy levels.

To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for cardiovascular diseases, call Valley Natural Health or book an appointment online today.