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Dietitian for Cardiovascular Health Hot Springs National Park AR

Local resource for dietitian for cardiovascular health in Hot Springs National Park. Includes detailed information on diet tips that help with cardiovascular health, such as intake of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, omega 3 fatty acids, nuts, beans and more. Read on for more advice and content on the Mediterranean diet and cardiovascular health.

Total Health Svc
(501) 624-1248
455 Broadway St
Hot Springs, AR
Services
Diabetes Education, Nutrition Counseling, Weight Management, Diet Plan, Sports Nutrition, First Consultation, Weight Loss
Hours
Sunday:Closed
Monday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday:9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday:Closed

Dr.Allam Alkowatli
(501) 625-3400
180 Medical Park Place #202
Hot Springs National Park, AR
Gender
M
Speciality
Cardiologist
General Information
Hospital: Npmc
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
5.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Allam Al Kowatli, MD
(501) 625-3400
180 Medical Park Pl Ste 102
Hot Springs National Park, AR
Specialties
Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1989

Data Provided By:
Thomas Bradford Lemay, MD
(501) 624-6641
200 Heartcenter Ln
Hot Springs, AR
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: St Josephs Regional Health Ctr, Hot Springs, Ar
Group Practice: Central Arkansas Cardio Inst

Data Provided By:
Stanley Stephen Josef
(501) 624-6641
200 Heartcenter Ln
Hot Springs, AR
Specialty
Cardiology

Data Provided By:
Jack Aldrich Cates II, MD
(501) 624-3376
1710 Malvern Ave
Hot Springs National Park, AR
Specialties
Dermatology, Cardiovascular Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Levi Hosp, Hot Springs, Ar; St Josephs Regional Health Ctr, Hot Springs, Ar; National Park Med Ctr, Hot Springs, Ar

Data Provided By:
Stanley S Josef, MD
(501) 624-6641
107 Whispering Hills St
Hot Springs, AR
Specialties
Cardiology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: St Josephs Regional Health Ctr, Hot Springs, Ar; National Park Med Ctr, Hot Springs, Ar
Group Practice: Central Arkansas Cardio Inst

Data Provided By:
DeNis Schexnayder
(501) 622-3979
1635 Higdon Ferry Rd
Hot Springs, AR
Specialty
Cardiology, Internal Medicine

Data Provided By:
Allen Robert Lee
(501) 624-6641
200 Heartcenter Ln
Hot Springs, AR
Specialty
Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Herbert Joseph Howe
(501) 321-2229
1 Mercy Ln
Hot Springs, AR
Specialty
Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Cardiac Surgery

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BASICS OF A HEALTHY DIET

 



I recently attended an interesting conference on the effects of diet on cardiovascular risk facotrs. I was impressed with both the benefits of diet on vascular disease risk factors as well as the data that demonstrated diet to be even more effective than many "high powered" prescription medications in reversing the metabolic changes of abnormal glucose and lipid metabolism. I thought it would be fun to summarize a few of the ideas and then to speculate on what lifestyle changes one might easily make to keep themselves healthy. But before we go further, I want to stress again that this is about a baseline healthy lifestyle - and all evidence continues to point towards carbohydrates alone as the underpinning for the energy needs of the cyclist on their bike.

Abnormal lipids, probably as a result of abnormal glucose metabolism (insulin resistance or pre diabetes) are a significant factor in the development of cardiovascular disease. There are proven dietary and life style strategies that are proven to help pts with severe vascular disease (prior MI, stroke, etc.), so it would seem safe to speculate that the same strategies would be beneficial for everyone (but especially if they had undiagnosed insulin resistance). The current presumption is that this "prediabetic" condition can be present for years before full fledged diabetes with an elevated blood sugar is diagnosed - and the entire time blood vessel damage is ongoing.

Here is another way to look at this. There are multiple risk factors:

  • Aging
  • Obesity
  • Genetics
  • Sedentary lifestyle which are factors in aggravating insulin resistance. And the more severe the insulin resistance the greater the odds of
    • Dyslipidemia (decreased HDL, increased LDL and triglycerides)
    • Hypertension
    • Atherosclerosis Improve any of the multiple risk factors and the odds of developing blood vessel disease decreases.

      In reviewing the literature, it is extremely common to note that certain dietary changes improve both the risk of DM and risk of heart disease in the same direction and by the same relative amount. Again, strong suggestive evidence that it is insulin resistance that is the common factor for both development of overt diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease. In fact, I heard one lecturere say that if one followed all the dietary and life style recommendations that follow, the chances of developing diabetes type 2 were almost nil.

      The dyslipidemia CV risk factors include

      • an increase in the LDL (or bad cholesterol) levels
      • a decrease in HDL - HDL functions to clear cholesterol from the periphery and transport it back to the liver. (a 1 mg/100ml increase in HDL = 2-4% lower risk of a cardiac event)
      • and an increase in triglycerides. Focusing on changing the balance of these three is the goal. Statin drugs will lower the LDL, but have no effect on the other two. Dietary changes will affect the balance in a way that is actually more effective than statins alone, an...

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