Cardiovascular disease refers to disease that effect the heart muscle or blood vessels. Cardiovascular disease can result in dangerous consequences such as heart attack or stroke.
There are a number of risk factors for cardiovascular disease including but not limited to: age, gender, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, lack of physical activity and air pollution.
Although cardiovascular risk is increased based on a family history of cardiovascular disease, you have the ability to change many important cardiovascular risk factors and can significantly effect your risk for future consequences. A visit to your naturopathic doctor will involve assessing your risk factors and determining areas that can be modified as well as recommending important herbs and nutrients that are protective to the heart and vascular system.