Medication: A Powerful Tool
Modern medicine is a miracle. Many remarkable drugs that prevent death and improve life were unknown even a generation ago.
But too often, medical care stops at the prescription pad. At the Texas Center for Preventive Cardiology, we take a different approach. We offer comprehensive care that includes nutrition, physical activity, and mental health. However, that does not mean that we abstain from prescribing drugs when they are required.
Cautious, Intentional Medical Treatment
Our approach is simple: prescribe only what’s necessary and, if possible, work with patients to improve their health to a point where medication is no longer necessary. Modern medicine is never a substitute for good preventive care.
For some patients, cholesterol management may be essential. Others may need help managing blood pressure. We may decide to suppress some hormones and supplement others. Depending on the severity of the disease or the amount of damage left by a cardiac event, we may prescribe medications that can strengthen a weakened system. We may also reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke with medications that thin the blood or remove excess fluid. But whatever path we choose, we take a conservative, multifaceted approach: assemble the best tools for each patient to reduce risk and improve outcomes.
The Role of Supplementation
Supplements are drugs. They are available without a prescription, just like pain-relievers or antacids, and if you take them without understanding how they interact with your body, you can create or inflame disease, just as with any other prescription or non-prescription drug. At the Texas Center for Preventive Cardiology, we take supplementation seriously: we don’t make recommendations without a complete picture of your body’s unique needs and challenges.
During the course of your treatment, we may measure and treat:
- 5-methylfolate levels
- magnesium levels
- calcium levels
- lipid balance and response
- gut inflammation
- stool bacteria
- total protein (albumin and globulin)
- liver enzymes
Based on these levels, we may recommend supplements in addition to dietary changes. If we recommend supplements, we will prescribe a dosing schedule, just as with any medication.
Over time we will monitor indicators to understand how the body has responded to both these treatments and changes to your diet, physical activity and mental health. And, just as with prescription drugs, if we feel supplements are no longer needed, we will recommend that you discontinue their use.
Medication and supplementation are powerful tools, but only if their use is carefully monitored. During your first visit, we will thoroughly review current and past medications and supplements before prescribing new treatments. To save time, you may download and fill out the Intake Form and bring it with you. The Customized Plan Overview can give you an idea of how we approach preventive cardiology: four paths that, taken together, can significantly reduce heart disease.