Optimal Heart Health

Optimal Heart HealthVivian Kominos, MD, an integrative cardiologist at Hackensack Meridian Integrative Health & Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Physician Specialties® (ABPS), believes it’s never too early to start paying attention to heart health. In fact, she says, we should begin taking care of our heart from the time we are children because research now shows that heart disease sometimes starts in adolescence.

When you take care of the heart, you’re actually taking care of the whole body, Dr. Kominos says, because anything that’s healthy for the heart is healthy for the body. For instance, we know that when we achieve ideal heart health our risk for cancer, depression, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes goes down. As an integrative cardiologist, Dr. Kominos draws upon what’s best in conventional medicine as well as alternative, or complementary medicine, to help patients maintain optimal heart health and live long healthy lives.

Because integrative health and medicine focuses on the health and wellness of the whole person, it considers the impact of the environment, genetics, and lifestyle on a person’s health and well-being. And because integrative medicine also emphasizes the relationship between the physician and patient, Dr. Kominos uses a personalized approach to treat heart patients and looks beyond traditional risk factors such as smoking, hypertension, and family history, and considers factors such as stress, depression, anxiety, nutrition, sleep, and exercise.

Research shows us that we can heal from heart disease, she says, and not only can we reverse it, but we can also reduce the risk for a recurrent event. It’s never too late to get better. Patients can regain and improve their health by taking doctor-recommended drugs, by undergoing any procedures that may be necessary, and most importantly, by adopting a healthier lifestyle.

The ABPS fully supports the integrative approach practiced by Dr. Kominos. Through the American Board of Integrative Medicine®, the ABPS offers board certification in integrative medicine to physicians who seek to pursue a healthcare approach that combines the best parts of conventional medicine with proven wellness practices. To learn more about the practice of integrative medicine and physician board certification in this specialty, contact the ABPS today.


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