Optimizing Your Heart Health
Reduce your risk for heart disease.
Learn new ways to control your blood pressure.
Discover natural strategies to lower your cholesterol.
Duke Integrative Medicine offers a broad selection of therapies and services that address your heart health and enhance your outcomes. Our services are based on the latest research that demonstrates the proven effects of a multidisciplinary approach to cardiac care and the powerful connection between body and mind.
Learn how nutritional choices can reduce cholesterol levels and chronic inflammation, how hypnosis and stress reduction techniques can lower blood pressure, how mindful eating strategies can be effective tools for weight management and much more.
Integrative medicine strategies for heart health have been extensively researched, and results demonstrate their powerful effectiveness. Here is a sample of the findings:
- Foods rich in selected nutrients--soluble fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, soy, and others--have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels and vascular inflammation.1
- Elevated blood pressure and other symptoms of cardiovascular disease can be regulated by acupuncture. 2
- Supplementing a nutritious diet with appropriate vitamins and herbs--vitamin E, vitamin C, beta-carotene, magnesium, hawthorn, horse chestnut, and others--can enhance heart health. 1
- Mind-body therapies that specifically target stress reduction--meditation, hypnosis, guided imagery--can have an impact on coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, arrhythmias, and congestive heart failure. 1
- Working with an integrative health coah over time can ensure that you make the lifestyle changes you want to make for a dramatic improvement in your heart health. subref">3
Choose Your Experience
Select from one of these services to support you throughout your life.
Enjoy a personalized mind-body session (guided imagery, hypnosis--with a personalized CD for your ongoing use--or relaxation training), an acupuncture session, massage, individual yoga therapy, or one of our many experiential classes to enhance your overall health.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course
This proven method of using meditation and yoga to cultivate awareness and reduce stress is taught in an eight week/eight session course by trained experts. In addition to the sessions, you receive a workbook containing handouts, reading lists, support materials, and a set of guided meditation and yoga practices on CD.
Choose one or two therapeutic treatments, participate in a class, enjoy lunch, and relax in our healing environment including mediation spaces, sauna, whirlpool, steam room, walking labyrinth, and library.
We offer customized health experiences tailored to your specific needs.
The Health Immersion Membership
This in-depth three day experience--working closely with our integrative physicians and practitioners, integrative health coaches, and teachers--is the optimal way to jump-start your journey to increased joy in your life.
Over the course of a year, partner with a personal integrative health care team. We work with your caridologist and other providers and guide you through treatments that ensure you have the greatest opportunity to reduce stress and to obtain your optimal health.
1 Vogel J.H.K., Bolling S.F., Costello, R.B., et.al. Integrating Complementary Medicine Into Cardiovascular Medicine: A Report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation Task Force on Clinical Expert Consensus Documents (Writing Committee to Develop an Expert Consensus Document on Complementary and Integrative Medicine) J. Am. Coll. Cardiol., July 5, 2005; 46(1): 184 - 221.
2 E. A. Macklin, P. M. Wayne, L. A. Kalish, P. Valaskatgis, J. Thompson, M. C.M. Pian-Smith, Q. Zhang, S. Stevens, C. Goertz, R. J. Prineas, et al.Stop Hypertension With the Acupuncture Research Program (SHARP): Results of a Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial Hypertension, November , 2006; 48(5): 838 - 845.
3 Edelma, D, Oddone, EZ, Lievowitz, RS, et. al. A multidimensional integrative medicine intervention to improve cardiovascular risk. J Gen Intern Med. 2006 July; 21(7): 728–734.