Functional Medicine Doctor & Lifestyle Medicine located in Westlake Village, CA & Naples, FL
Cardiovascular disease is the number one condition that leads to the deaths of both men and women in the United States. Your heart health is an essential part of the health of your whole body, and Darren Clair, MD, can help you monitor and improve it with tests and treatments available at Vibrance Health, which has locations in Westlake Village, California, and Naples, Florida. To start improving your heart health, call Vibrance Health for an appointment or request one online today.
Heart Health Q & A
What is heart health?
Heart health refers to the functioning of your circulatory system, which includes your heart, arteries, and veins. Your heart pumps your blood through your arteries, which bring oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to all of the cells in your body. Your veins bring deoxygenated blood back to your heart.
If your heart health is subpar, you could be at risk of developing conditions that fall under the umbrella term, cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease includes arrhythmia, heart attack, heart disease, stroke, and more.
How can I keep track of my heart health?
At Vibrance Health, Dr. Clair and his team provide several types of heart health screenings to help monitor your cardiovascular functioning. Because of the prevalence of cardiovascular disease, heart health screenings are highly important. The noninvasive screenings available at Vibrance Health can directly confirm whether or not you have cardiovascular disease, not just whether or not you’re at risk of getting it. These tests include:
Heart rate variability (HRV)
The HRV test measures the variation in the number of milliseconds between each of your heartbeats. Research shows that low HRV is associated with higher stress, which leads to several health problems.
Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV)
PWV is a measurement of the stiffness of your arteries. Stiffer arterial walls indicate higher blood pressure and provide you with an idea of your heart’s health.
The sudomotor function test measures the sweat gland responses on your hands and feet. The test measures your reflexive responses and can indicate certain types of neurologic dysfunction.
How can I improve my heart health?
With the screening tests available at Vibrance Health, Dr. Clair can identify problems with your cardiovascular system early on before you develop any symptoms. If he notices any signs of malfunction, he can help you reverse the development of cardiovascular disease with lifestyle changes alone — no drugs or surgery. His suggestions to improve your heart health may include:
- Stress management (yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises)
- Stopping smoking
- Drinking less alcohol
- Weight loss
- Dietary changes
- More exercise
Your heart health plan is personalized based on your current lifestyle and abilities. Dr. Clair may suggest frequent heart monitoring with the tests available at Vibrance Health as you undergo treatment.
To learn more about your heart health and how you can improve it, call Vibrance Health for an appointment, or request one online today.