Integrative Health for Heart Care

March 28, 2019

Diet plays a vital role in preventing diseases and managing the symptoms of existing medical conditions, including heart disease. If you have already developed heart health issues, the foods you eat can help reduce symptoms and strengthen your cardiovascular system.

The University of Kansas Health System provides integrative health for people with heart disease in Kansas City. Our integrative health services are often used in conjunction with traditional treatments for heart disease. With this additional support, you can improve your overall health, reduce your risk for recurrent heart issues and optimize your chances for a successful recovery.

Whether you are being treated for a heart condition or just want to focus on improving your overall heart health, our integrative health specialists can help you reach your goals.

Who can benefit from integrative health?

People who are concerned about their heart health, or those who have or have had heart issues, can benefit from integrative health. Integrative health is an excellent complement to traditional heart care services and can improve existing cardiovascular disease and, in some cases, prevent its development. Unlike alternative medicine, which is used in place of traditional treatments, our integrative health therapies are meant to be used in conjunction with your regular heart disease treatments.

The integrative health specialists at The University of Kansas Health System are here to help you determine how you can make positive lifestyle changes to improve the quality of your life. By focusing on total mind-body wellness, we help ensure optimal heart health.

Treatments and therapies

Our integrative health services include a variety of therapies to help improve your heart health:

Why choose us

As an academic medical center, our hospital uses the most current research to diagnose and treat heart disease. Our collaborative approach to heart care ensures that you have a team of specialists working together to coordinate the best treatments for your condition. Our integrative health practitioners work in tandem with primary care physicians, cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and other specialists to streamline your care and avoid unnecessary visits.

By getting to know you and your story, and using specialized laboratory testing, our integrative health providers will craft a personalized health plan designed just for you. If you're confused about dietary recommendations for heart health, our master's-level registered dietitians can provide expert nutritional counseling. No matter which provider you see, integrative health can help you feel your best and keep your heart healthy simply by meeting your body's basic needs.

What to expect

First, we recommend you get a heart health assessment. The information gained from that assessment will help us create a program to fit your individual needs. We will meet with you to get an in-depth medical history to identify when and how your health may have changed.

We may recommend additional testing to provide the best treatment and outcomes. Possible blood tests include:

  • Individualized genetics
  • Vitamin, mineral and essential fatty acid panels
  • Immune markers
  • Wide variety of hormonal systems
  • Neurochemical imbalances
  • Toxicity presence

Depending on your current health and test results, our nutrition experts will create an individualized diet. We consider factors such as food allergies and intolerances, exercise and sleep habits, environment and genetic history.

For those who want to learn more about preparing heart-healthy meals, we offer classes in our Healing Foods Kitchen. Classes are designed to help you gain confidence, knowledge and skills in preparing wholesome foods that can prevent and alleviate illness.

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