VIRTUAL HEALTH CONSULTATIONS
Work directly with licensed naturopathic physician, Daniel Chong on an in depth exploration of your current state of cardiovascular health and develop a supportive plan, emphasizing nutritional and lifestyle factors for health optimization and risk reduction.
WHAT IS CARDIOWELLNESS?
Cardiology as it is generally understood is a branch of medicine that specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the heart, blood vessels, and circulatory system. Daniel has always made a point of telling his clients that his primary goal is to help keep them from ever needing a cardiologist, and if they already have, then it's to help them need one as little as possible in the future.
CardioWellness then should be considered a branch of wellness consulting that specializes in helping you to assess the current state of health of your cardiovascular system as it compares to optimal, which is not typically what is done in a disease care model. The goal here is to help you regain or maintain the highest degree of health, function, and resiliency possible, not to 'treat' or 'manage' your disease. Often times this can certainly lead to a distinct improvement in cardiovascular disease, but that is not the stated goal.
Health is the goal. Improvement in medically diagnosed diseases is a side effect.
The tools Daniel uses to help facilitate your optimal state of cardiovascular function and resiliency primarily involve thorough, evidence-based dietary and nutritional guidance, as well as guidance towards optimal choices in various aspects of healthy living which have been shown to have potent, positive effects on the cardiovascular system.
It is, important to note that Daniel is not working to diagnose or medically treat disease with you. Again, that is the job of a primary care physician and/or cardiologist. Again, he is looking to help you attain the highest level of health and function of your cardiovascular system possible. When improvement occurs the reasons will be very different than they are when drugs and/or surgery are the tools being employed.
The disorders most typically responsive to improvements in cardiovascular wellness include:
Atherosclerosis (plaque in the arteries)
High blood pressure
Congestive Heart Failure
Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention
Type 2 Diabetes
That said, it goes without saying that certain cardiovascular conditions can be urgent and/or require certain medications or surgical procedures. In such circumstances, Daniel will not hesitate to recommend standard medical care, while continuing to help support you in the ways he focuses on.
Daniel bases all of his recommendations on research-proven, clinically validated therapeutic interventions. He has spent the last several years studying intensely with the most reputable, well-seasoned physicians and researchers in these fields and continues to do so year in and year out. Along the way, he has completed direct training with the following outstanding physicians:
Caldwell Esselstyn, MD
Mark Houston, MD
Joel Kahn, MD
James Roberts, MD
An Ounce of Prevention...
We all know the deal. Preventing a disease is always preferable to trying to treat one, and this may especially be the case with cardiovascular disease. Once a patient has a heart attack or stroke, they can at least count on the addition of multiple drugs to their daily lives, many of which can cause significant side effects. Their condition may also require one or more potentially dangerous surgical techniques. Daniel's absolute primary focus is on helping his patients and telehealth clients prevent these conditions from ever occurring in the first place.
To that end, in addition to the therapies noted above, Daniel typically recommends a number of non-, or minimally invasive tests to help get a more thorough assessment of his clients' initial risk level and state of vascular wellness, as well as their progress, once they begin applying his recommendations. These tests include:
Advanced blood tests such has LDL particle count, Lp(a), hs-CRP, ADMA, TMAO, Lp-PLA2, and many others.
CIMT and Carotid Ultrasound Screening
Coronary Calcium Scoring