What is Heart Disease?
According to the CDC, the term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type is coronary artery disease, which can cause heart attack. Other kinds of heart disease may involve the valves in the heart, or the heart may not pump well and cause heart failure. Some people are born with heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, one person dies every 37 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease.
What Causes Heart Disease?
Anyone, including children, can develop heart disease. It occurs when a substance called plaque builds up in your arteries. When this happens, your arteries can narrow over time, reducing blood flow to the heart.
Risks of Heart Disease
- Eating an unhealthy diet
- Not getting enough exercise
- Excessive stress and anxiety
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
How Does Chiropractic Care Benefit Heart Health?
Chiropractic care is often viewed primarily as a treatment for neck and back pain. Do we work on spines? Or course! But did you know the nerves in our spine also travel to all of our organs, muscles and cells in our body? Yep, that’s right. Our spines house our body’s “main breaker box” aka the nervous system. Therefore, if the bones in our spine are out of whack – our nervous system cannot function properly. A dysfunctional nervous system leads to a life of illness and disease.
Heart disease has become so prevalent in the United States that researchers are looking for proactive ways to improve heart health. Scientific research has revealed that proper chiropractic adjustments may help successfully support the cardiovascular system by relieving chest pain, lowering blood pressure, reducing the heart rate, and even preventing heart attacks.
In 2007, the University of Chicago did a study on the effects of an adjustment to the atlas area (where your skull and neck meet). This study showed that an adjustment to the atlas had the same blood pressure reduction as two doses of high blood pressure medication.
Regular visits to a chiropractor can be extremely beneficial to the well being of your cardiovascular system. Even the most minor disturbances and interferences in your nervous system can lead to serious health concerns, such as cardiovascular disease.
If you or a loved one is at risk of heart disease, don’t wait until it is too late. Book a free consultation with our chiropractor in Mount Juliet, TN to learn more today.