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Angina: Natural Treatment Solutions

On a sunny afternoon in Central Park, Thomas, a 58-year-old accountant, experienced a familiar feeling. Tightness gripped his chest, an unwelcome yet known visitor. He reached into his pocket, fingers finding the small bottle he had come to rely on. 

With a quick motion, he placed a nitroglycerin pill under his tongue, waiting for relief. Like a storm cloud, the angina disappeared as quickly as it had arrived. He sighed, a mixture of relief and acceptance. The pill had worked its quick magic, but Thomas couldn’t shake off a nagging question: Was he really out of the woods?

In moments like these, the immediate disappearance of pain can be misleading. Nitroglycerin is adept at providing quick relief, but it is merely a temporary fix, a Band-Aid solution. It doesn’t fix the underlying issues that cause the chest discomfort known as angina. Thomas is a textbook example of how easily we can be lulled into a false sense of security. 

This story of temporary relief is common, yet it overlooks a critical truth. Angina is not just a symptom to be silenced; it’s a crucial warning from our body, signaling deeper health concerns that require attention and action.

What is Angina?

Angina, often described as chest pain or discomfort, is the most common symptom of coronary heart disease (CHD). Approximately 9 million Americans experience angina symptoms.  

Angina occurs when the heart muscle doesn’t receive enough oxygen-rich blood, typically due to atherosclerosis, or a narrowing of the arteries by plaque. Angina causes a feeling of squeezing, pressure, tightness, or fullness in the chest. Occasionally, angina radiates to the jaw, back, or left arm.

There are two main types of angina: 

  • Stable angina: Occurs during exertion, such as when exercising, walking up stairs, or during emotional stress. 
  • Unstable angina: Occurs during times of rest.  

Digging deeper, there are some reasons for angina that aren’t due to narrowed arteries, such as Prinzmetal’s angina, where the pain comes from a spasm in the coronary arteries. 

More common in younger women, this spasm momentarily narrows the arteries, reducing blood flow to the heart and presenting as pain. Prinzmetal’s angina typically occurs at rest and often during the night and early morning hours. 

Eliminating Angina 

The goal with angina is to eliminate it completely, not just temporarily. The cornerstone of managing angina and improving heart health is a holistic lifestyle approach, which is summed up by the NHD mantra: Eat Well, Live Well, Think Well.  

Eat Well

  • Embrace an Organic Wholefood Diet: Prioritize foods that are natural and unprocessed.
  • Incorporate Wild Seafood and Grass-Fed Meats: Choose sources that are sustainably caught or raised.
  • Include Organ Meats: Rich in nutrients, organ meats are a powerful addition to the diet.
  • Load Up on Vegetables, Nuts, and Seeds: These should form the bulk of your diet for fiber and essential nutrients.
  • Enjoy Fruit in Moderation: Opt for a small amount of low-sugar fruits.
  • Avoid Processed Foods and Harmful Additives: Stay away from foods with added sugars, artificial additives, and processed ingredients.
  • Say No to Pesticides, Gluten, and Vegetable Oils: These can contribute to oxidation and the narrowing of arteries.

Live Well

  • Regular Exercise: Especially engage in activities outdoors, close to nature.
  • Sunlight Exposure: Sunlight is not just about Vitamin D; it also helps produce nitric oxide, beneficial for heart health.
  • Prioritize Adequate Sleep: Good sleep is foundational for overall well-being.
  • Minimize Exposure to Toxins: Be mindful of mold, heavy metals, and electromagnetic fields (EMFs).
  • Ensure Clean Air Indoors: Focus on maintaining good air quality in your living spaces.
  • Chiropractic Care: Get regular adjustments to keep your nervous system running smoothly. 

Think Well

  • Mental and Emotional Health is Crucial: Often overlooked, this aspect is vital for overall health.
  • Cultivate Healthy Relationships: Surround yourself with positive and supportive people.
  • Practice Meditation and Stress Reduction Techniques: Regular meditation can significantly impact mental well-being.
  • Positive Thinking: Cultivate a habit of positive thoughts and attitudes towards life and health.

Supplements: Supporting Heart Health

In an ideal world, we would obtain all the nutrients we need from food. Unfortunately, this is not possible in today’s day and age. 

Heart Beet 

Heart Beet is a heart-healthy, beetroot-based powder created by cardiologist Jack Wolfson. It blends organic beetroot with carrot juices, spinach, and kale, all known for boosting heart health. This easy-to-use powder helps relax blood vessels, regulate blood pressure, improve circulation, and increase energy levels, making it a great addition to your daily routine for better heart function. Just mix it into your favorite drink for a simple, nutritious boost.

Vessel Support

Vessel Support is a powerful supplement to improve heart and blood vessel health. This formula boosts nitric oxide levels, helping improve blood flow and blood pressure. Also, it helps maintain normal cholesterol levels. Mix it with water or a smoothie to support healthy blood flow, better immune function, and increased stamina.

Magne 5

Magnesium, as found in ‘Magne 5’, is another critical mineral for heart health. It helps regulate blood pressure, supports muscle function, and can be particularly beneficial in managing conditions like Prinzmetal’s angina, where coronary artery spasms are involved.

Potassium Boost

Potassium Boost supplements can aid in maintaining a healthy heart rhythm and regulating blood pressure. Potassium plays a vital role in heart function and is recommended as part of a dietary approach to managing angina and other heart-related conditions.

Next Steps

For Thomas, and many like him, angina is a gift – a chance to change the course of heart health before it’s too late. It’s not just a fleeting pain to be silenced with a pill, but a clear message from the body signaling the need for change.

A free discovery call presents an invaluable opportunity for individuals experiencing symptoms like angina. In these consultations, an NHD health coach can listen to your concerns and offer personalized advice, guiding you toward a heart health plan tailored to your needs. This approach is transformative, aiming to treat symptoms and potentially reverse the course of heart disease. 

In order to live well, one must eat well.

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About Dr. Keith Smigiel NP, DC

Dr. Keith Smigiel

Dr. Keith Smigiel is a regenerative medicine physician and pain management specialist. He takes an integrative approach to medicine, focusing on customized solutions tailored to individual needs. Using advanced, non-surgical treatments, Dr. Smigiel stimulates your body’s ability to naturally heal itself.

Dr. Smigiel helps people suffering from conditions such as chronic pain and erectile dysfunction, to hair loss and weight gain. Combining treatments such as PRP Therapy, Ozone, Neural Prolotherapy, and IV Infusions with functional rehabilitation, he helps you look and feel better.

He heals the body, instead of just treating the symptoms!

With his professional qualifications as a certified family nurse practitioner, a doctor of chiropractic, and a fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture, Dr. Smigiel offers patients comprehensive care from a broad perspective of conventional and alternative medicine. He also has extensive experience in functional rehabilitation and chronic pain management.

Dr. Smigiel is married to Angela and has two children, Sophia and Larz. When he’s not busy helping patients, he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, motocross, and boating.

About Dr. James Kneller, M.D., Ph.D., FHRS

Dr. James Kneller, M.D., Ph.D., FHRS

Dr. James Kneller is one of the nation’s leading heart rhythm specialists. Dr. Kneller is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiovascular Disease, and Internal Medicine.

As a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society (FHRS) and Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS), Kneller provides comprehensive patient care, combining best medical practice with invasive procedures using state-of-the-art technologies to treat heart rhythm disorders.

Beyond guideline-directed therapies, Kneller is passionate about optimized personal health. With a deep interest in complimentary alternative medicine (CAM), he strives to reduce the need for pharmaceuticals, invasive procedures, and exposure to harmful radiation. With Natural Heart Doctor, he strives to help each and every client to Live Well, Eat Well, and Think Well to attain their 100-year heart!

About Dr. Lauren Lattanza NMD, FACC

Dr. Lattanza Office Visit with Patient

As a Naturopathic Physician, I am trained to treat the whole person and get to the root cause of disease.

I went to Arizona State University where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a depth in physiology and minor in Spanish. After my undergraduate degree I was working on prerequisite classes towards medical school, which is when I came to learn that my values identified best with the principles of naturopathic medicine. I knew that I wanted to help patients identify the causes of disease and be able to offer treatments which would improve their health rather than simply treating symptoms.

I dedicated the next 4 years to the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona where I attained my Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine. I served as Class President all 4 years, Board of Trustees – Student Trustee, spoke as the Club President for our branch of Toastmasters, and was voted by my peers and attending physicians to earn the Outstanding Leadership Award for the Class of 2020. Throughout medical school I took it upon myself to work alongside MDs, DOs, chiropractors, and functional medicine practitioners in addition to naturopathic physicians.

As a Spanish speaking student, I was able to volunteer with community clinics around Phoenix and provide free healthcare to low-income families. Due to this combined exposure, I came to find my passion in treating cardiometabolic and digestive disorders that are all too common, yet largely preventable. I took the opportunity to learn the broad spectrum of healthcare so I can ensure that I am able to provide my patients with the best options.

About Dr. Jack Wolfson DO, FACC

Dr. Wolfson Office Visit with Patient

Dr. Jack Wolfson is a board-certified cardiologist, Amazon best-selling author, husband, father, and the nation’s #1 Natural Heart Doctor.

For more than two decades, more than one million people have enjoyed the warmth, compassion, and transformational power of his natural heart health courses and events.

Dr. Wolfson is the founder of Natural Heart Doctor Scottsdale, his heart health practice in Arizona, and Natural Heart Doctor, an online resource center with natural health information. Doctors from across the globe reach out to Dr. Wolfson for training and education in holistic health practices.

He has been named one of America’s Top Functional Medicine Doctors and is a five-time winner of the Natural Choice Awards as a holistic M.D. Dr. Wolfson’s work has been covered by more than 100 media outlets, including NBC, CNN, and the Washington Post. His book “The Paleo Cardiologist: The Natural Way to Heart Health” was an Amazon #1 best-seller.

Dr. Wolfson and his wife Heather have four children and are committed to making the world a better place to live. They provide for those in need (including animals) and support natural health causes through their philanthropic efforts.

Chiropractic

Our chiropractor is an expert at adjustments and holistic chiropractic care and works closely in conjunction with the other health care experts at Natural Heart Doctor.

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IV Therapy

We use specially formulated natural vitamins and minerals that are injected into a vein to prevent or treat dehydration. Ideal for people in Arizona.

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Acupuncture

Stimulate your body’s natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being with acupuncture at Natural Heart Doctor.

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Health Coaching

Our health coaches use evidence based skillful conversation, clinical interventions, and strategies to engage you actively and safely in health behavior changes.

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Cardio Tests

We use the most advanced testing in the world to assess heart health and to identify the root cause of your health issues.

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Office Visits

Schedule an office visit with one of our cardiologists, holistic physicians, chiropractor, or health coaches.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I’d like to receive an online second opinion from Natural Heart Doctor. What do I do next?

You can initiate a second opinion online through our website at any time. To begin, select the team member you’d like to speak with and open an account.

Click here for cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson.

Naturopathic Medical Doctor Dr. Lauren Lattanza. Get details.

Naturopathic Medical Doctor Dr. Tonia Rainier. Get details.

Click here for  Natural Heart Doctor Health Coach.

Alternatively, you can email health@naturalheartdoctor.com. A member of our care team will help guide you through the process of starting a second opinion.

What is the cost of a Natural Heart Doctor Online Second Opinion?

The cost for most second opinions varies by team member. This fee includes information collection, a phone or video consultation, a second opinion from a Natural Heart Doctor specialist and guidance throughout the process from your personal Care Team at Natural Heart Doctor.

Cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson’s Second Opinion Fee is $1500.

Holistic Physician’s Dr. Lauren Lattanza’s Second Opinion Fee is $250.

Naturopathic Physician Dr. Tonia Rainier’s Second Opinion Fee is $250.

Note: We apply the Online Second Opinion Call fee as a credit to any future consultations with Natural Heart Doctor, should you choose them.

Will my insurance cover the cost of a Natural Heart Doctor Online Second Opinion?

Most likely, no. Most health plans do not cover online second opinions or consultations. You are responsible for the cost of our second opinion. Natural Heart Doctor cannot file a claim with your insurance carrier, nor can we provide a procedure (CPT) code for this service.

What is the timeline to receive an online second opinion?

We do our best to schedule your second opinion as quickly as possible. Typically, it takes 5 to 7 business days after your information has been collected to receive your phone or video online second opinion.

What information do you need in advance of our call?

Our office will send you a short questionnaire to complete and return. We DO NOT need your complete medical records.

How many questions can I ask the expert during our call?

You may ask a maximum of five questions. This is to ensure that the expert has sufficient time to devote to each question. All questions must be finalized before your online meeting.

What should I expect to receive once my second opinion is complete?

You will receive a summary of our discussion along with our second opinion. The second opinion will be in written form. After you have reviewed the second opinion, a Natural Heart Doctor clinician will follow up with you by phone to address general medical questions about the information provided in the second opinion.

What if I have follow-up questions for the expert after I have reviewed my second opinion?

If you have a clarifying question about an expert’s response to one of the questions in your second opinion, and the Natural Heart Doctor clinician is unable to address it, then you may request a follow up session for an additional fee. 

Is my medical and payment information secure?

Natural Heart Doctor is strongly committed to protecting the privacy and security of all our patients. Our website meets all federal requirements for protecting personal health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). All financial transactions are processed by Natural Heart Doctor securely using industry standard payment processing tools.

I would rather visit Natural Heart Doctor for an in-person appointment. What should I do next?

If you would prefer an in-person appointment at Natural Heart Doctor instead of an online second opinion, please call (480) 535-6844 for details and scheduling.

Can I schedule a follow up appointment with the specialist who provided my online second opinion?

Yes, we’re happy to help you on an extended basis. Our clinician can discuss options with you when presenting our second opinion summary.