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Bone health and cardiovascular health, while seemingly distinct areas of well-being, are closely interconnected. This relationship is gaining attention in medical research, highlighting the importance of a holistic approach to health that can guide preventive healthcare strategies.

In the United States, osteoporosis is responsible for more than 1.5 million fractures each year, including: 700,000 vertebral fractures, 300,000 hip fractures, 250,000 wrist fractures, and over 200,000 proximal humerus and pelvic ring fractures.

Cardiovascular disease is the #1 killer in the U.S. and worldwide.

Connections

Epidemiological studies reinforce the biological connections between bone density and cardiovascular health, showing that individuals with osteoporosis are at an increased risk of cardiovascular events, and vice versa. Women with osteoporosis:

  1. Higher heart attack risk (source)
  2. Higher stroke risk (source)
  3. Higher blood pressure (source)
  4. Higher risk of cardiomyopathy (source)

This relationship is not solely based on shared risk factors such as aging or lifestyle choices but also on direct biological pathways involving calcium regulation, inflammation, and nutrient impacts like those of Vitamin D and K2.

Let’s consider some of the reasons why bone health and heart health are linked.

Inflammation as a Common Enemy

Inflammation serves as a critical bridge linking osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. Chronic inflammation is a known contributor to a host of health issues, including both osteoporosis and the development of cardiovascular diseases.

In osteoporosis, inflammatory cytokines promote bone resorption, where bone is broken down faster than it is formed, leading to decreased bone density and increased fracture risk. Concurrently, these cytokines play a significant role in the development of atherosclerotic plaques in the cardiovascular system. The plaques stiffen and narrow the arteries, impeding blood flow and increasing the risk of cardiovascular events.

The Calcium Paradox

At the core of the bone-cardiovascular health connection is calcium, a key mineral renowned for its role in building and maintaining strong bones. Calcium’s role extends to the cardiovascular system, where it aids in blood clotting and maintaining regular heart rhythms.

However, the benefits of calcium can become a liability when it accumulates excessively in the bloodstream rather than being deposited in bones. This can lead to vascular calcification, where calcium deposits form in the soft tissues of blood vessels, potentially leading to atherosclerosis—a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes.

The Role of Vitamin D

Vitamin D plays a crucial role in this equation by enhancing calcium absorption in the bones, thus promoting bone health and indirectly supporting cardiovascular health. Insufficient vitamin D can lead to decreased calcium absorption, triggering a compensatory release of parathyroid hormone that extracts calcium from bone. This not only weakens bones but can also contribute to the calcification of arteries, thereby increasing cardiovascular risk.

The Importance of Vitamin K2

An often-overlooked nutrient in the discussion of bone and cardiovascular health is Vitamin K2. This vitamin plays a pivotal role in managing where calcium is deposited in the body. It activates proteins that help bind calcium to the bone matrix, thereby enhancing bone strength and density. At the same time, Vitamin K2 prevents calcium from depositing in the walls of blood vessels.

Research shows that Vitamin K2 could thus be essential in preventing vascular calcification—a common and serious risk factor in cardiovascular diseases—while simultaneously promoting bone health by enhancing calcium deposition where it is most needed. Ensuring adequate intake of Vitamin K2 can therefore be seen as a critical component of managing health outcomes related to both osteoporosis and cardiovascular diseases.

Copper and Much More

I think if we study every vitamin and mineral, we will find that abnormal levels of each one leads to both cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. Copper is just one example of a mineral that supports bone and heart health.

The key is to maximize ALL nutrients while minimizing all toxins.

We do this with the 100 Year Heart Method- Eat Well, Live Well, Think Well.

Test your nutrient and toxin status. Supplement when necessary. Use biohacking strategies for the best results and health optimization.

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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.

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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?

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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.