Your Heart Health: When It’s Time to See a Cardiologist

Your Heart Health: When It’s Time to See a Cardiologist

By Cynthia Thaik, M.D., FACC

Good heart health is important at all stages of life. Heart disease continues to be one of the leading causes of death in our country. At the Holistic Healing Heart Center we’re doing our part to help patients achieve optimal heart health through a variety of holistic treatments, based on functional medicine. Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease. It addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. The key is knowing when it’s time to see a cardiologist.

What Are the Signs That You Need to Contact a Cardiologist?
• If you have a family history of heart attacks it’s best to see a cardiologist. You want to review your family history and request tests that help determine your risk of heart disease. These tests include, low HDL cholesterol, high Lp(a) cholesterol, serum ferritin, homocysteine, and fibrinogen.

• If you have heart symptoms, such as chest pain, syncope (unexplained fainting) or shortness of breath, it’s best to contact a cardiologist as soon as possible.

• If you’re a man older than 40, or a woman older than 45, and starting a brand-new exercise program, we recommend going to a cardiologist for a stress test to rule out any undiscovered heart issues.

Why Should You Choose a Doctor Who Uses Functional Medicine?
The main benefit of choosing doctors who practice functional medicine is that they don’t just write prescriptions that could cause other health issues. Instead, they focus on natural, integrative medicine and they understand the power of taking a holistic approach to your health.

It’s important to work with a cardiologist who treats the whole person. Unfortunately, the sad fact is that mainstream cardiologists tend to treat the heart, and any physical issues, without addressing the emotional issues of the patient.

Fortunately, cardiologists who practice functional medicine treat the physical issues, nutrition, emotions, and any other factors that are contributing to your heart problems. Finding a compassionate doctor who is interested in you is the best way to ensure that you get the best cardiology care available.

How to Find the Best Cardiologist in Los Angeles or Burbank
1. During your first visit notice if he or she looks you directly in the eye and handles you in a caring way during the exam.

2. Does he or she smile and appear to be connecting with you and your issues?

3. Does he or she inspire you to take care of yourself?

4. If you have any requests about your care is the doctor willing to be flexible and partner with you on your requests?

Ultimately, the best holistic doctor will educate and empower you to keep your heart happy and your whole body healthy and balanced.

Learn more about your heart health and staying fit in 2017 from our top holistic doctors at the Holistic Healing Heart Center. Give our office a call to make an appointment. For even more heart health tips, check out Dr. Cynthia’s book,Your Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength, and Spirit from the Body’s Core.

At the Holistic Healing Heart Center, Dr. Cynthia and her team provide one-stop shopping for all your health care needs. They provide primary care services and progressive heart disease treatment as well as integrative lifestyle programs to help you stay healthy and age gracefully.

Often described as one of the best cardiologists in Los Angeles, Dr. Cynthia is a holistic health practitioner and functional medicine doctor who will listen to you; ask questions about your lifestyle, environmental exposures, and genetic influences that may impact your health; and then provide thoughtful treatment recommendations, as described below.

• Preventive treatments including traditional and alternative (acupuncture, homeopathy) remedies for medical conditions and heart disease.
• Wellness training including nutrition, weight loss, lifestyle management, and mindfulness.
• Rejuvenation services including iv nutritional therapy (Myers cocktail), non-invasive facial and cellulite laser treatment, non-surgical fat removal, body contouring, SculpSure, Botox, and fillers.

As an experienced and trusted holistic primary care physician and cardiologist, Dr. Cynthia has been providing whole person health care to the residents of Burbank, greater Los Angeles, and Southern California communities and Valencia for more than 20 years.

Call today to learn how the Holistic Healing Heart Center can help you prevent disease, stay healthy, and age gracefully.

About the author

Dr. Cynthia Thaik, M.D., FACC is a Harvard-trained cardiologist and functional practitioner serving the greater Los Angeles community at her holistic health center in Burbank and Valencia, CA. Dr. Thaik is the author of Your Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength, and Spirit from the Body’s Core. Dr. Thaik is dedicated to holistic health and beauty and offers a variety of procedures to help patients look and feel their best. She is assisted in the Spa by a nurse practitioner, a registered nurse, and office manager who collectively have over 30 years of experience in the aesthetics business. To learn more about Dr. Thaik and her team or the Burbank Aesthetics Medical Spa, or to schedule an appointment, please contact or call (818) 900-5630.