Hormones are powerful chemical messengers that paly a role in all major bodily systems and functions – and that includes your cardiovascular system. Quality of Life Medical Center can perform a 3 minute cardiovascular assessment that can provide valuable feedback on your cardiovascular risk related to heart disease.
Cardiometabolic Risk Factors include:
• High blood pressure – It’s the main cause of heart and blood vessel disease.
• Hyperlipidemia – High cholesterol occurs when low density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol is too high and/or high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) or good cholesterol is too low. Either or both of these changes may lead to plaque accumulation on the inner walls of the arteries causing blockages.
• High triglycerides – Triglycerides are a type of fat (lipid) found in your blood. When you eat, your body converts any calories it doesn’t need to use right away into triglycerides. The triglycerides are stored in your fat cells. Later, hormones release triglycerides for energy between meals. If you regularly eat more calories than you burn, particularly “easy” calories like simple carbohydrates and fats, you may have high triglycerides (hypertriglyceridemia).
• Metabolic syndrome – This is a cluster of risk factors that include high blood pressure, high blood triglycerides, low HDL, increased abdominal fat that increase of the chances of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
• Thyroid hormones – Imbalances in the thyroid hormones T3 and T4 can increase your risk of heart disease. Your thyroid gland makes and releases these hormones into the bloodstream to aid in regulating your metabolism. Hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) can occur when you have low levels of these hormones in your bloodstream. It can lead to elevated cholesterol with an increase of arteriosclerosis and high blood pressure.
Hormones play a role in all of the above risk factors. These hormones include:
• Insulin – The pancreas releases insulin in response to glucose in the blood system. Insulin resistance, or an imbalance of a normal insulin response, causes cells to not “open” normally and in response, the pancreas creates too much insulin. When too much glucose remains in the blood stream, you can develop type 2 diabetes, that in turn can lead to heart disease.
• Sex hormones – Estrogen plays a protective role in heart health for women. It works to keep blood vessels flexible and supports efficient blood circulation. As women age and estrogen decreases, the cardiovascular protection is decreased. In men, low testosterone levels have shown to increase risk of coronary artery disease and have been associated with developing other major cardio risk factors including diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity and high blood pressure.
• Stress hormones – Chronic stress can lead to chronically high levels of stress hormones including cortisol and adrenalin. Elevated levels of these hormones over a prolonged period of time can disrupt the function of vital organs and processes.
QLMC can perform simple blood tests to determine your hormone levels and based on these tests can prescribe hormone therapies to get your hormones back into proper balance. Hormones therapies can include pellet therapy hormone optimization. Pellet therapy contains a natural plant source of estrogen and testosterone that have the same chemical structure as the hormones created naturally in the body.
Medical pellet hormone therapy is the only method of hormone therapy that provides sustained hormone levels throughout the day for up to three to five months without the “roller coaster” effect of typical oral or transdermal therapies.