February Is American Heart Month

Acupuncture Can Help Keep Hearts Healthy

February is not just for Valentines Day. Since 1963, it has also been American Heart Month to underscore the fact that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. Every year more than a million Americans will suffer a heart attack.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), in 2009 heart disease cost the United States $304.6 billion for health care services, medications, and lost productivity. In traditional western medicine, before or after a heart attack, doctors may perform open heart surgery, remove blockage in arteries via angioplasty or insert a surgical stent after angioplasty to prevent an artery from collapsing. Recovery from such major surgery can be long and painful.

In recent years, however, West has net East through integrative rehabilitation, a comprehensive management program, in which traditional treatments are augmented with complementary treatments such as acupuncture. In numerous studies, acupuncture has been found to be beneficial for patients suffering from angina, relieving symptoms and lessening the need for drug therapy. It has also been found to help patients manage blood pressure. [Read more…]