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Holistic Cardiology & Functional Medicine

What is Holistic Cardiology?

Holistic cardiology brings together traditional medical treatments and functional medicine to focus on causes of symptoms and treatment of the entire person. It incorporates advances in pharmacogenomics, nutrigenomics, metabolic, nutritional, and exercise approaches in addition to pharmacological treatments, cardiac procedures and interventions. More information can be found in Our Care and Programs sections.

Are There Guidelines for Holistic Cardiology?

There are no specific published guidelines but many scientific sources are available with research and evidence supporting many of the tests and treatment approaches. Please see our Community section for more.

What is Functional Medicine?

According to the Institute for Functional Medicine, “the Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It relies on a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.” At the Integrative Cardiology Center of Long Island, we apply functional medicine model to cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.

Office Visit

What Can I Expect at my Office Visit?

We offer both routine and expanded office visits. Our routine office visits are traditional cardiac medical evaluations, including history, physical exam, review of labs and tests, and initiation and adjustment of medications as well as referrals to cardiac testing and procedures. These visits will be submitted to your insurance carrier for reimbursement. You can schedule your routine cardiac visit through our Patient Portal. Our expanded office visits include holistic cardiology, functional medicine, genomic consults and all of our programs. These visits include expanded history with the review of nutritional, metabolic, genetic and environmental factors, review of all records and prior procedures, functional medicine focused physical exam and specialized functional medicine testing. The goal of these visits is to provide personalized treatment, including pharmacological and nutraceutical interventions, nutritional guidance, and correction of underlying root causes of identified imbalances. Due to the nature of these visits, requiring substantial time and resources, and addressing areas and concerns that are deemed not medically necessary or experimental, such visits cannot be submitted to insurance for reimbursement. You can schedule your expanded visit here, or contact our for more information.

A thorough medical history will be taken, and nutritional, behavioral and fitness questionnaires will be filled out. After your physical exam and an ECG, a recommendation will be made for further testing, medical treatment, nutritional, behavioral counselling and an exercise or yoga program that fits your needs best.

Will I Be Able to Afford These Programs?

Our holistic cardiology consults, weight loss, integrative health and wellness, functional medicine and anti-aging programs are out-of-network. You can obtain further information about payment for these programs on our Book an Appointment page. All programs include personalized metabolic, genetic, and biochemical assessment, daily nutrition support through a web-based nutrition portal, a personalized exercise, yoga and diet modification program, meetings with a holistic nutritionist, and personalized detoxification, nutraceuticals & supplements prescriptions, recalibrated monthly. We offer discounts on purchase of vitamins and supplements through our local business partners or direct web-based distributors. The supplement prescriptions are highly individualized, and we carefully choose our suppliers to deliver the most potent, pure, and safely manufactured ingredients at considerable savings vs. the off-the-shelf store brands. You can purchase supplements through our office, a distributor website, or on your own. We maintain relationships with nationally recognized compounding pharmacies to deliver the most efficient and effective combinations to all of our patients. We make every effort to deliver value to our patients, by providing several options such as financing, friends and family referral program, and direct membership program. Please, contact our for more information.

Cardiac & Functional Medicine Testing

What Cardiac Tests Are Performed?

We perform all routine in-office cardiac tests such as echocardiogram, stress testing and blood testing. More specialized tests or diagnostics are done as needed, often in a hospital setting.

What Functional Medicine tests are offered?

We offer all functional medicine tests currently approved in the New York State from Boston Heart Diagnostics, Genova, Doctor’s Data, and Labrix. The specific tests needed will be discussed during your visit. If you need more information, including test instructions, please contact our .

Are There Any Additional Tests Offered?

Specialized cardiac tests include evaluation of myocardial blood flow, and endothelial function. We also utilize commercially available genomics testing for medications selection and nutritional guidance. Please refer to our educational videos, or explore our Patient Resources.

The FIT in Your GENES® Program

Functional and Integrative Therapeutics based on Geonome, Environmental, Nutrition, Exercise, and Supplements
What is the FIT in Your GENES® Weight Loss Program?

The FIT in Your GENES® Weight Loss Program is 6-12 months program conducted under physician supervision. The program builds on the functional medicine or genomic consults by providing structured physician and holistic nutritional visits, support for detoxification, and ongoing personalized nutraceuticals and supplement plan. Daily meal selection support is provided through email and electronic visits. The goal of the program is to enable at least 10% of the pre-program weight loss, while restoring metabolism, wellness and vitality.Overall program efficacy is approximately 70-80%.

What is the FIT in Your GENES® Holistic Heart Health Program?

The FIT in Your GENES® Holistic Heart Health program is designed for patients with any forms of heart and vascular disease, or those with cardiac risk factors. The goal of the program is optimization of metabolic functions that in many patients, when imbalanced, lead to inflammation-induced vascular damage. The program aims to achieve stabilization of heart disease, by reducing the risk of first or subsequent cardiac or vascular event, and normalize blood pressure, hormone levels, glucose and cholesterol, while driving a decrease in inflammation. Weight loss, decreased reliance or discontinuation of medications, improvements in blood sugar and cholesterol, improvements in symptoms of angina, palpitations and heart failure, increased energy and vitality are the usual outcomes of the program. Program includes testing for a variety of genetic and inflammatory markers, including genes governing methylation, detoxification, and response to medications. An advanced lipid and inflammatory markers as well as vascular reactivity testing is provided at regular intervals.

How are the FIT in Your GENES® Program different?

The main difference is concerned with genetic, metabolic and hormonal as markers, nutritional and supplemental strategies that are used in the programs. The selection of a particular program depends on your history, physical exam, prior test results and patient preferences and needs.

How Would I Know That The Programs Work?

Will my numbers improve?

Compliance with medications and consistent effort in diet and exercise are key for improvement. We will follow blood pressure, lipid tests, exercise tolerance, endothelial function and body composition as some of the objective measurements of success.

Will I lose weight if I use Detox or Supplements?

There are no magic bullets. While supplements and detoxification are helpful adjuncts to weight loss, they cannot substitute for sustained effort in getting regular exercise, changing adverse behavior patterns, and following a metabolically sound diet plan.

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What is Integrative Cardiology?

Integrative cardiology brings together traditional medical treatments and functional medicine approaches to focus on causes of symptoms and treatment of the entire organism. It incorporates advances in pharmacogenomics, metabolic, nutritional, and exercise approaches in addition to pharmacological treatments and cardiac procedures and interventions. More information can be found in Our Care and Our Programs sections.

Are There Guidelines for Integrative Cardiology?

There are no specific published guidelines but many scientific sources are available with research and evidence supporting many of the tests and treatment approaches.

What Can I Expect at my Office Visit?

A thorough medical history will be taken, and nutritional, behavioral and fitness questionnaires will be filled out. After your physical exam and an ECG, a recommendation will be made for further testing, medical treatment, nutritional, behavioral counseling and an exercise or yoga program that fits your needs best.

What Cardiac Tests Are Performed?

We perform all routine in-office cardiac tests such as echocardiogram, stress testing and blood testing. More specialized tests or diagnostics are done as needed, often in a hospital setting.

Are There Any Additional Tests Offered?

Specialized cardiac tests include evaluation of myocardial blood flow, and endothelial function. We also utilize commercially available pharmacogenomics testing for medications selection and guidance. Full sequence genetic testing is used in our weight loss program. Please, refer to description of diagnostic tests on Our Care page.

What is the FIT in Your GENES™ Weight Loss Program?

Our FIT In Your GENES™ Weight Loss Program is a 12-24 week groundbreaking approach to weight loss. This program involves genetically guided evaluation for optimal macronutrients balance, exercise type and duration, and supplement optimization. The program includes holistic nutritional consults, detoxification and personalized nutraceutical selection. The program is conducted under physician supervision.

What is the FIT in Your GENES™ Metabolic Code Program?

The Metabolic Code Program aims to reduce the burden of cardiac disease and its risk factors, and promotes energy, vitality, and reduction in hospital-level care. The program aims to identify and treat metabolic and biochemical abnormalities that lead to heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and dyslipidemia. Weight loss, improvements in blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol and symptoms, and an increase in energy and vitality are goals of the program.

What is the FIT in Your GENES™ WellPath Program?

The WellPath Program is a personalized lifestyle medicine and anti-aging program that uses genetic and metabolic testing. The program provides individualized guidance on nutrition, exercise and supplements to optimize organ reserve and prevent disease. This program is a must for anyone looking for vitality and longevity. The program uses computerized decision support for optimal personalized lifestyle and anti-aging prescription.

How is the FIT in Your GENES™ Program different?

The main difference is concerned with genetic and metabolic markers, nutritional and supplemental strategies that are used in the programs. The selection of a particular program depends on your history, physical exam, prior test results and patient preferences and needs.

Your office visit, blood tests and cardiac tests are covered by your insurance subject to your specific policy co-payment, deductible, and co-insurance. Our holistic cardiology consults, weight loss, integrative health and wellness, functional medicine and anti-aging programs are out-of-network. You can obtain further information about these programs here. All programs include personalized metabolic, genetic, and biochemical assessment, daily nutrition support through a web-based nutrition portal, a personalized exercise, yoga and diet modification program, meetings with a holistic nutritionist, and personalized detoxification, nutraceuticals & supplements prescriptions, recalibrated monthly. We offer discounts on purchase of vitamins and supplements through our local business partners or direct web-based distributors. The supplement prescriptions are highly individualized, and we carefully choose our suppliers to deliver the most potent, pure, and safely manufactured ingredients at considerable savings vs. the off-the-shelf store brands. You can purchase supplements through our office, a distributor website, or on your own. We maintain relationships with nationally recognized compounding pharmacies to deliver the most efficient and effective combinations to all of our patients.

Will my numbers improve?

Compliance with medications and consistent effort in diet and exercise are key for improvement. We will follow blood pressure, lipid tests, exercise tolerance, endothelial function and body composition as some of the objective measurements of success.

Will I lose weight if I use Detox or Supplements?

There are no magic bullets. While supplements and detoxification are helpful adjuncts to weight loss, they cannot substitute for sustained effort in getting regular exercise, changing adverse behavior patterns, and following a metabolically sound diet plan.

What do you expect to accomplish with these programs?

We hope to achieve the American Heart Association goal of increasing by 20% the number of patients who succeed at all 7 measurements of cardiac health by 2020. Read the blog posts to follow along and find out more about this worthwhile initiative! The ICCLI – Integrative Cardiology Center of Long Island – creates a new model of cardiology practice. Our pioneering programs aim to promote long-lasting weight loss, reduce the burden of heart disease, and decrease heart disease-related hospitalizations. More importantly, they promote vitality and longevity. Join us today, and experience the transformative power of integrative medicine!