NUTRITIONAL CARDIOLOGY

Dr. Chong's primary specialty is Nutritional Cardiology.  Loosely defined, Nutritional Cardiology primarily involves the use of plant based diet and lifestyle counseling, as well as concentrated nutrients, and food and herbal extracts, in the prevention and treatment of various cardiovascular disorders. These disorders include:

 

  • High Cholesterol

  • Atherosclerosis (plaque in the arteries)

  • High blood pressure

  • Congestive Heart Failure

  • Arrhythmias 

  • Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention

 

Please note, Nutritional Cardiology is not a recognized medical (MD) specialty, and Dr. Chong is not a conventionally trained, or board certified cardiologist. In fact, considering the vast differences between their treatment philosophies, he does not want to be one, and he considers his primary job to be trying to keep his patients from ever having to see one!

 

That said, it is also important to note that certain cardiovascular conditions or aspects of a case can be urgent and/or only treatable with medications or surgery. It goes without saying then, that in such circumstances, Dr. Chong will not hesitate to involve a conventionally trained cardiologist in his patients' care whenever necessary, and he is lucky enough to have good connections with several well trained, and open-minded ones.

Due to their contributory role in the prevention and treatment of these disorders, various lifestyle factors such weight loss, exercise counseling, stress reduction techniques, and toxin avoidance and elimination are also emphasized.

 

Research-Proven Methods

 

Dr. Chong bases all of his recommendations on research-proven, clinically validated therapeutic interventions.  He has spent the last several years studying intensely with the most reputable, well-seasoned physicians and researchers in this field and continues to do so year in and year out. Along the way, he has completed direct training with the following outstanding physicians:

  • Caldwell Esselstyn, MD

  • Mark Houston, MD

  • Joel Kahn, MD

  • James Roberts, MD

 

An Ounce of Prevention...

 

We all know the deal. Prevention is always preferable to trying to treat a disease, and this may especially be the case with cardiovascular disease.  Once a patient has a heart attack or stroke, they can at least count on the addition of multiple drugs to their daily lives, many of which cause horrendous side effects. Their condition may also require one or more dangerous surgical techniques. Rarely are people the same after such ordeals. For these reasons, Dr. Chong's absolute primary focus is on helping his patients prevent these conditions from ever occurring in the first place. 

 

To that end, in addition to the therapies noted above, Dr. Chong employs a number of non-, or minimally invasive tests to help get a more thorough assessment of his patients' risks and progress, once treatment begins. These tests include:

 

  • Advanced blood/lipid markers such has LDL particle count, Lp(a), hs-CRP, ADMA, TMAO, Lp-PLA2, and many others.

  • CIMT and Carotid Ultrasound Screening

  • Coronary Calcium Scoring

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