Metabolic Cardiovascular Certification

Cardiovascular disease is a very serious and ever-growing public health problem. With risk factors from metabolic syndromes like dyslipidemia, hypertension, obesity, insulin resistance and hyperglycemia, to behavioral factors such as physical inactivity, smoking and unhealthy diet, and even more genetic causes like family history, age and gender playing a role, there is a great need of a focus for prevention.  The costs of cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome disparities are tremendous and must be addressed through appropriate lifestyle modification and therapeutic programs.

The goal of this certification program is to provide medical professionals with a comprehensive review of cardiology, the biological basis of cardiovascular structure and function, and diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The modules will focus on discussions of topics that include vascular biology and disease, endothelial dysfunction, the roles of inflammation and oxidative stress, hypertension, causes of vascular aging, noninvasive and invasive testing, early detection and treatment with nutrition and nutraceutical supplements, dyslipidemia, the analysis of cardiovascular risk factors, mediators and cardiovascular risk scoring, early identification of cardiovascular issues and the properties various treatment plans.

This 5-part certification program offers the opportunity for healthcare practitioners involved in wellness delivery to begin to transition in order to understand the broad spectrum of issues involved in cardiovascular disease. For practitioners that are involved in clinical care, this program provides the necessary education to successfully understand the multi-factorial causes of cardiovascular disease and its treatment.

Module XVI (A) - Integrative Cardiovascular Biology

Vascular biology, vascular aging and vascular disease are the focus here. The module teaches how to apply nutrition, exercise and weight management programs in treating such conditions, as well as the clinical presentation and cardiovascular relationships among vascular biology, vascular aging and vascular disease. Laboratory testing and new, noninvasive diagnostic cardiovascular tests are also reviewed.

Module XVI (B) - Cardiovascular Health

The pathophysiology of hypertension, dyslipidemia, cardiovascular disease and heavy metal toxicity in CVD are explored, as well as methods of patient care through weight management, nutrition and exercise. Also covered are the cardiovascular relationships and clinical presentation of such conditions, in addition to the selection and implementation of laboratory testing and noninvasive diagnostic tests.

Module XVI (C) - Cardiovascular Disease

Immunologic vascular disease is reviewed in depth, including pathophysiology, clinical presentation, prevention and treatment. Factors that impact cardiovascular disease, such as nutragenomics, anxiety and hormonal balance, are explored, as well as methods of testing. The module also discusses nutritional and dietary therapies for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Module XVI (D) - Metabolic Cardiovascular Health

The roles of various conditions in cardiovascular disease-such as dysglycemia, insulin resistance and diabetes mellitus- are presented. Methods for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, including stem cells and chelation therapy, are explored, in addition to occupational risk factors for heart disease, the effects of toxins in the heart and the role of solvents in the development of arrhythmias.

Module XVI (E) - Applied Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Treatment with Case Presentations

This module is entirely case presentations that are advanced teaching cases in hypertension, dyslipidemia, coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, CHD risk factor analysis, invasive and non- invasive CV testing, congestive heart failure, diagnosis, drug and non-drug therapies including nutrition, nutraceutical supplements, obesity, exercise, stress reduction and other life style modification.

The cases will demonstrate specific cardiovascular diagnostic and treatment issues in an open didactic and interactive discussion with all attendees. There will also be Integrative preventive cases, where weight loss/nutritional intervention/detoxification allowed a reduction in medications with concomitant improvement in risk factor values.

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