Quiz: How You Can Lower Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Today’s Health Quiz

Q.        Which pro­fes­sion­al group makes the biggest impact in the pre­ven­tion of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease?

A.  Car­di­ol­o­gists

B.  Chi­ro­prac­tors

C.  Den­tal Hygien­ists


What’s the Best Answer?

Car­di­ol­o­gists?

Car­di­ol­o­gists are experts in treat­ing car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease once it’s occurred.  And they also play a role in pre­ven­tion.  For instance, if your blood pres­sure is high, there are phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts that can get your num­bers back in line.

Med­ica­tion is also used to low­er your LDL, the “bad” cho­les­terol.  Although some peo­ple – espe­cial­ly those who already have car­dio­vas­cu­lar dam­age — clear­ly stand to gain by tak­ing statins, they’re not for every­one.

Ask ques­tions before com­mit­ting your­self to a life­time of swal­low­ing pills to low­er your cho­les­terol.  Vari­a­tions in cho­les­terol par­ti­cle size and den­si­ty can be more impor­tant pre­dic­tors of heart dis­ease than raw HDL or LDL num­bers.

Still, on the whole, the nation­al toll of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease has dropped over the past decade, and these phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal inter­ven­tions, and the con­tri­bu­tions of car­di­ol­o­gists, deserve part of the cred­it.

There­fore, answer A: Car­di­ol­o­gists is a decent response to today’s quiz.

Chi­ro­prac­tors?

Doc­tors of chi­ro­prac­tic are right­ful­ly proud of their role in pre­vent­ing heart dis­ease.  Spinal adjust­ments have been shown to low­er blood pres­sure and improve heart rate vari­abil­i­ty, giv­ing you pro­tec­tion from car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease.

Chi­ro­prac­tors have also been strong advo­cates of healthy eat­ing and exer­cise to reduce the risk of heart dis­ease.  And the hands-on treat­ment you get in your chi­ro­prac­tic office is a sure-fire way to relieve stress and pro­mote robust health.

So, answer B: Chi­ro­prac­tors is also a good answer to today’s quiz.

Den­tal Hygien­ists?

Still, I’ll put my mon­ey on answer C: Den­tal Hygien­ists.

Sim­ple mea­sures to main­tain the health of your gums and teeth give you sur­pris­ing­ly strong pro­tec­tion from car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease.

We don’t know all the rea­sons why oral health is so impor­tant.  But it may be that poor­ly main­tained gums are breed­ing grounds for harm­ful bac­te­ria that can secrete tox­ins, release neg­a­tive hor­mon­al sig­nal­ing chem­i­cals, pro­mote inflam­ma­tion, or trig­ger harm­ful autoim­mune activ­i­ty.

Late­ly, infor­ma­tion is emerg­ing that den­tal hygiene pro­tects you from Alzheimer’s dis­ease too.

Make sure to brush and floss your teeth with com­pul­sive reg­u­lar­i­ty, and con­sult your den­tist on a reg­u­lar basis, too.

Although answer C: Den­tal Hygien­ists may be the best answer to today’s quiz, don’t ignore the con­tri­bu­tions that your chi­ro­prac­tor, or, if need­ed, your car­di­ol­o­gist, can make as part of your health care team.

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About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods.

His website, askdrlavine.com, provides more information about his approach.

Please contact him at drlavine@yourbodyofknowledge.com or at 212-400-9663.

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One Response to Quiz: How You Can Lower Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

  1. anthony rabara says:

    Good to read your com­ments. Been think­ing about you and hope­ful­ly will see you some­time soon.

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