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Deep Dive on Cardiovascular Myths and Truths for Practitioners


Are you confident in your knowledge of Cardiovascular Myths & Truths, as seen through the functional medicine lens?

Although you may already be a savvy practitioner, I am certain you will learn something new in this video. You’ll walk away with pages of notes and practical pearls you can use in your practice right away.

Here are some of the things we’ll be discussing:

  • Yes, CVD begins in the gut too! But you’ll be surprised in which part.
  • Cardiovascular drugs contribute to the specific downstream dysfunction they are supposed to be helping? Yes!
  • The very first sign of CVD is an actual heart attack a Large amount of the time.  Key, early markers are Not being assessed. Are you missing them too?  
  • Beyond magnesium and omega-3s … do you know which foods and supplements can actually improve hypertension and atherosclerosis? Get beyond marketing hype.
  • The #1 popular vitamin supplement that may be actually contributing to CVD, especially in high doses. Do you know what it is?
  • Beyond fat, cholesterol, carbs, and calcium: What is the unexpected top root cause of CVD?

* We normally offer a variety of course formats to support diverse learning styles. You can find this Transcript here.

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194 Questions for “Deep Dive on Cardiovascular Myths and Truths for Practitioners”

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  1. 193
    Shelly Flachs says:

    Tracy could you speak more about the connection of menopausal women developing hypertension.
    Thank you in advance.

  2. 192
    James McQueen says:

    Bestmeds for hypertension in a patient that doesn’t take blood pressure. Natural meds of course
    BP 150/100

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    Karen Carpenter says:

    Wow! Another really great FB live filled with soooo many pearls! I never knew that high doses of vitamin D contributed to CV disease and finally was able to make sense of why Mg is so important to vitamin d uptake . Another ah ha moment was that deep sleep and robust melatonin production helps reduce CV risk by lowering BP and taking stress off the endothelial tissues while they heal at night . Hoping to have the opportunity to take the Cv deep dive course . Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom !

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    Amy B says:

    What an informative talk! I am a Registered Nurse working at an acute care cardiac hospital so this information truly resonates with me. I am also in school on the path to becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner to Functional Medicine NP!

    My patients have experienced acute situations like heart attacks, open-heart surgery, valve replacements, and dangerous arrhythmias, so as Tracy said, conventional medications are necessary during the “triage and treat” times in people’s lives. One medication, in particular, that was discussed is diuretics. I give these medications intravenously on a daily basis in my conventional practice. This makes the kidneys dump urine, which reduces third spacing, improves shortness of breath, and the workload on the heart. But what I often see is acute kidney injury related to putting the kidneys in overdrive. So then what do we do, we give fluid starting the process all over again!

    I also see the effects diuretics have on the electrolyte balance in the body as Tracy discussed. When our patients are dumping urine, we must constantly replace potassium by administering horse pills that are hard to swallow, IV potassium that burns the veins, or liquid potassium that makes every patient cringe and turns their stomach.

    I have long felt that the chronic use of the standard cardiac medications does more harm than good, so learning that beta-blockers can deplete the body of CoQ10, melatonin, and can cause rebound hypertension further supports the need to shift our current paradigm of healthcare.

    In addition, there is the diet piece! What does all of our discharge paperwork at my hospital say? Eat a LOW FAT diet! This verbiage drives me crazy and I do my best in the short time I have with my patients to educate them about “good fats” and “bad fats,” but trying to teach someone that trans fats are bad, but saturated fats are good, does not always compute.

    One last pearl that I learned is stress in men and hypothyroidism in women are major precipitators of cardiovascular disease. I also learned that a high morning fasting glucose does not necessarily indicate the presence of insulin resistance (which needs many other labs to diagnose like Hbg A1C, fasting insulin, cortisol, etc.), but is more indicative of a heightened sympathetic nervous system state.

    I have been a nurse for 8 years and what I LOVE about FM is that we are looking at the body as a whole instead of the sum of its parts as we do in the allopathic world. Thank you again for a great talk!

  5. 189
    Elisavet says:

    it’ s been always such a wealth listening to your pearls!

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    Anna Tchorzewska says:

    Hello! My name is Anna and I’m community pharmacist with 15 years of experience and also naturopathic nutrition student in the final year. Cardiology was always my focus. I love your energy and enthusiasm of your presentation. I like your summary of CVD risk factors : stress, toxins, glicaemia- rather than just cholesterol on its own. My friend Elizabetha Favero recommended me your webinar and I’m truly thankful her for it. She is really hunger of the knowledge and I wish she win the course! She truly deserves it!

  7. 187
    Neeta Jhaveri says:

    I just cleared my Level 1 last week and listening to Tracy and her words of immense wisdom and her passion is encouraging me and brushing up everything I learnt so enthusiastically. I loved how she showed the interconnectedness so easily and that every aspect was so importantly interconnected eg the simple oral care as in mouth care was the beginning of cardiovascular health. I cant wait to study the Level 202. I thank SAFM and Tracy for the immense knowledge and confidence they have give me

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    Lisa Vosloo says:

    Thanks for another awesome FB live Tracy! It really drove home the importance of keeping stress under control as best as possible as the negative effects can be far-reaching. I appreciated learning about the connection between Vitamin D, Calcium & Magnesium too, thank you 🙂 xxx

  9. 185
    Angely says:

    It was a great reminder about the long term effects of statins and the need of supplementing with CoQ10. Thanks for the valuable info

  10. 184
    Rosalie Donatelli says:

    Really helped clear up the relationship between vitamin D and magnesium and calcium. So much great information that I need to research more in-depth

  11. 183
    Carole Nowak says:

    Wow! This presentation was so loaded with Tracy’s practical pearls and insights that I had to watch it twice and take notes so I wouldn’t miss a thing. As a health coach, I have to stop being surprised that clients are in permanent sympathetic nervous system mode and start expecting it, so I can be prepared to educate them!

  12. 182
    Stefanie says:

    I learned so much on today’s webinar. One of the pearls I took away is how long term use of beta blockers reduces the bodies supply of CoQ10 and melatonin levels so the body essential ends up in a vicious cycle and not able to repair itself. Thanks again for the great information!

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    Dorinda Smith says:

    I’m a conventional autoimmune disease research scientist (immunotoxicologist) who has been learning functional medicine for the last 4 years. Finding the true root causes and making them go away… exactly! That’s what I did in my own body by reversing 7 autoimmune diseases and fibro. Absolutely… we need to be getting in front of the problem with preventative lifestyle measures… I’m all about teaching mom’s how to reverse their chronic illness and making a BIG DEAL about them teaching this to their children, so we can wipe out this epidemic of chronic illness in the next generation!

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