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Can Coronary Artery Disease Be Cured?

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Coronary Artery Disease

“Michael” was in his mid-fifties when he first experienced an alarming bout of chest tightness, landing him a trip to the hospital. He breathed a heavy sigh of relief to learn he didn’t have a heart attack. However, he now had to grapple with his newfound reality of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).

Fear and uncertainty loomed over Micheal. Would the disease progress? Would he be able to walk his daughter down the aisle? Would his life be unexpectedly cut short? Unfortunately, Michael is not the first to face these common questions and certainly won’t be the last.

How will Michael fare? That depends on his choices and commitment to health. If he ascribes to NHDs “Eat Well, Live Well, Think Well” philosophy, odds are he can expect a full and long life.

What is coronary artery disease?

Coronary artery disease (CAD), a widespread cardiovascular concern, affects numerous lives around the world. It silently targets the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle and stems from the inflammation caused by overlooking the principles of the “Eat Well, Live Well, Think Well” philosophy. When we disregard the importance of a healthy lifestyle, fatty deposits, or plaques, accumulate in our arteries, narrowing the once-clear pathways.

As these plaques build up, the arteries lose their flexibility, hindering the delivery of essential oxygen and nutrients to the heart. As the arteries lose their suppleness, the heart faces the challenge of pumping blood with added effort, putting more strain on itself. If CAD goes unaddressed, it may result in grave consequences like heart attacks, angina, and even heart failure.

Does CAD reduce life expectancy?

Coronary artery disease (CAD) casts a foreboding shadow, its lethal potential etched in stark numbers. A chilling fact stands out: CAD holds the infamous title of the leading cause of death across the globe, claiming a staggering 17.9 million lives each year. Zooming in on the United States, over 20 million adults aged 20 and older suffer from CAD, with a heartbreaking 383,000 Americans succumbing to the disease in 2020 alone.

Amidst these grim figures, recent research does suggest that people are living longer with CAD. Yet, the remaining lifetime risk (RLR) of heart disease remains alarmingly elevated for both men and women, at 45.6 percent and 42.4 percent, respectively. Recognizing that a longer life isn’t necessarily synonymous with a better one is crucial. Far too many individuals find themselves trapped in a twilight existence—alive but chronically unwell, their days marred by illness and devoid of the joy life offers.

Coronary artery disease casts a shadow on life expectancy, with a chilling truth that cannot be denied—CAD can curtail the years we have left. Studies show that while women live longer than men with heart disease, both sexes have a decreased life expectancy.

Can you live a long time with CAD?

“It depends.” A phrase that rings true for many aspects of life also holds significance when considering the question, “Can I live a long life with coronary artery disease ?” If you solely rely on medications without making any lifestyle adjustments, the answer, unfortunately, leans towards no. However, the horizon broadens, and a resounding yes echoes with hope when you adopt the “Eat Well, Live Well, Think Well” philosophy.

To embark on this journey towards a longer and more fulfilling life:

  1. Nourish your body with an organic diet brimming with wild seafood, organic produce, grass-fed beef and organs, and nutrient-dense nuts.
  2. Embrace the healing embrace of sunshine
  3. Prioritize quality sleep to rejuvenate your body and mind.
  4. Minimize stress by practicing mindfulness
  5. Connecting with loved ones, eliminating toxic relationships.
  6. Dedicate time to exercise, especially outdoors in the natural world.

Vigilance is key—steer clear of toxins and electrosmog whenever possible. Be aware of blue light’s insidious effects on the cardiovascular system, and take steps to mitigate its impact. With determination, dedication, and a heart full of hope, you can defy the odds, outmaneuver CAD, and cherish a long, vibrant life.

Know your starting point

In the battle against coronary artery disease (CAD), knowledge is power—and it all begins with understanding your starting point. The underlying culprit of CAD is inflammation, a pervasive and insidious force that, when left unchecked, wreaks havoc on our cardiovascular system. Therefore, to effectively counteract CAD and cultivate a healthier heart, we must first assess our current state of inflammation and identify any hidden sources of vulnerability.

Why is testing so crucial? Establishing a baseline understanding of your body’s inflammation levels gives you invaluable insights into your unique challenges and potential risk factors. This personalized knowledge enables you to precisely tailor your “Eat Well, Live Well, Think Well” journey, targeting specific areas requiring attention and intervention.

The Natural Heart Doctor (NHD) is well-equipped to guide you in this quest for self-discovery, offering an array of testing options designed to evaluate your cardiovascular health. These assessments can illuminate your baseline health status, empower you with the necessary information, and set the stage for a transformative journey toward a vibrant, inflammation-free existence. Testing with NHD includes a complimentary review with a Certified Natural Heart Doctor Health Coach.

Next Steps

If you’ve been diagnosed with CAD or simply want to avoid the diagnosis, consider a free 20-minute health strategy call with one of our expert Heart Health Coaches. Together, you’ll embark on a journey of self-discovery, delving into your unique needs while crafting a tailored action plan to rejuvenate your heart’s vitality.

From debunking myths to providing practical guidance on embracing the “Eat Well, Live Well, Think Well” philosophy, our coaches offer compassionate support and valuable insights at every step. With a heart health ally by your side, you’ll gain the confidence and inspiration to conquer CAD and be well on your way to your 100 year heart.


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About Dr. Lauren Lattanza NMD, FACC

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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

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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.

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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.