For some patients, they may not be aware of the close correlation between their gut and their heart health.
Signs Of An Unhealthy Gut:
As we stated, gut and heart health can be closely related. By understanding this, you can make sure you’re taking proper care of your body. If you are experiencing any of the below warning signs, you may be dealing with an unhealthy gut and putting your heart could be at risk:
- Sleep disturbances or constant fatigue.
- Skin irritation.
- Unintentional weight changes.
- Upset stomach.
Help Prevent Artery Hardening:
Your arteries can harden at different rates depending on your age and other factors. While at times natural, hardened arteries put you at risk for heart disease. A recent study has shown that women with less diversity in the bacteria found in their gut had stiffer arteries than those with more diversity. This lack of bacterial diversity is also linked to diabetes, obesity, and an inflammatory stomach. The inflammation can impair the inner linings of your blood vessels, causing them to harden over time. Our cardiologist specialist can determine if your arteries have hardened, and work with you on how to help correct this issue.
Coronary Heart Disease And Heart Attacks:
Proper gut health can also play a role in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease. This disease is the result of when plaque builds up in the arteries. Studies have shown that the gut microbiome of those who suffer from this disease vastly differs from those who do not, indicating a relationship between the two.
Your gut health can also help determine if you are at risk of suffering a heart attack. Certain bacteria in your digestive system can convert substances found in eggs and red meat into trimethylamine N-oxide. This substance can be extremely damaging to your blood vessels and lead to a higher risk of blood clotting. By determining if you have large quantities of these bacteria in your system, our cardiologist specialist can use this information to help reduce the risk of damaging heart conditions.
Schedule An Appointment With Our Cardiologist Specialist:
If you’ve been living with poor gut health, chances are your heart has also been affected. When this is the case, make sure to schedule an appointment with our team at the Integrative Cardiology Center of Long Island. Our team of professionals can assess the damage and determine the next steps needed for treatment, so don’t delay in reaching out!