Treatments—Integrative and Holistic Cardiology
by Rashmi Gulati, MD
If you are diagnosed with a heart condition, our experienced, and highly-trained, expert team will be there to help you throughout your healing process—as well as going forward, to optimize your long-term health.
Holistic cardiology does not interrupt or replace your regular treatment. It only enhances the process by integrating leading advances in Western medicine with the wisdom embodied in traditional medicine. Because our team of medical physicians has a depth of knowledge in both conventional and complementary medicine, Patients Medical is better positioned to monitor the whole person and the whole process.
At Patients Medical we have developed a three-pronged approach to heart disease treatment. Our primary focus is to identify and treat the underlying antecedents, triggers, and causes of cardiovascular disease.
- First and foremost we spend time with the patient to make sure they have not been misdiagnosed. This begins the process of treating the whole person—mind, body, and spirit—and not just the disease. We take more time with the individual than most physicians, in order to determine and provide the necessary testing to ensure that the patient is properly diagnosed and that an individualized program is created for their treatment.
- The second prong of our heart disease solution is treatment with hyperbaric oxygen. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) infuses the body with oxygen, increasing levels by up to 1000% in body tissues, depending upon the chamber settings. The increased oxygen levels in blood and plasma oxygenate tissues that have been starved of oxygen, inducing such healing processes as the proliferation of fibroblasts and increased angiogenesis. Fibroblasts are progenitor cells that promote connective tissue growth, and angiogenesis is the formation of new blood vessels. This method of improving oxygenation and healing processes supports a reduction in the damage suffered in heart disease and possible healing of damaged tissues.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy offers further benefits for the cardiac patient's recovery. It increases oxygen intake, for building collateral circulation. Because the hyperbaric chamber pressurizes the atmosphere, it acts as a detoxifier as well. Treatment gently forces oxygen into the tissues through pressurization, which in turn forces toxins, chemicals, and other unwanted impurities out. Because the heart's primary function is to supply oxygenated blood to the whole body, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an invaluable adjunct.
- The third prong of our heart disease solution is to treat each person as an individual with a distinct treatment requirement. Our physicians will create a customized regimen after thorough discussion and examination of all your symptoms and concerns. Such complementary modalities as chelation therapy, heart Plaquex therapy, and supplements to improve systemic function may be considered as appropriate adjuncts to your comprehensive heart treatment protocol. With the help of our integrative health and preventive cardiology program, you will be able to hasten your healing process and prevent further damage.
Begin Your Journey to Wellness with Patients Medical
Our first job at Patients Medical is to listen, to connect the dots between a patient's medical history, their symptoms, and the underlying causes of their cardiovascular concerns. Patients Medical is a superb place for men and women to secure integrative and holistic cardiology health care from providers who provide personalized care, partnering with the patient to support their health.
2. Meet and Partner With Your Physician
Spend quality time partnering with a highly-trained integrative Patients Medical physician who specializes
in holistic cardiology. You and your physician will engage in a detailed consultation, physician examination,
and diagnostic testing.
3. Follow-Up Consultation
At a follow-up visit, meet with your Patients Medical physician to discuss your test results and learn
of your customized heart health treatment plan developed specifically for you. Your physician will evaluate
your progress during each follow-up visit, modifying the plan to help you attain maximum health.
Citations and Further Reading:
Kang, T., et al. 2004. Effect of hyperbaric oxygen on the growth factor profile of fibroblasts. Arch. Facial Plast. Surg., 6 (1), 31-35. URL: http://archfaci.ama-assn.org/content/6/1/31.full (accessed 05/28/2010).
Tompach, P., et al. 1997. Cell response to hyperbaric oxygen treatment. Int. J. Oral Maxillofac. Surg., 26 (2), 82–86. URL (abstract): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9151158 (accessed 05/28/2010).
Date of Publication: 09/05/2005
Article Last Updated: 11/17/2011