Benefits of an Integrated Cardiologist Questions and Answers
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What are the main benefits of seeing an integrated cardiologist?
There are myriad benefits to seeing an integrated cardiologist, but the main one is that you are getting to the root cause of your heart and heart-related health issues, rather than just treating or managing symptoms. You are addressing the full spectrum of your health, rather than just the condition at hand. An integrated cardiologist like Dr. Michael Twyman, MD, the founder of Apollo Cardiology, is grounded in helping patients prevent rather than react to heart issues when they onset.
Through a variety of lifestyle changes and approaches, Dr. Michael Twyman uses integrated cardiology to address heart issues in a holistic manner. You are not simply using a “band-aid solution”, but rather, understanding the root causes and preventing your health from worsening, or certain conditions from onsetting.
Dr. Michael Twyman MD practices general cardiology but is also specialized in integrative medicine. He is an expert in heart attack and stroke prevention. He discovered “biohacking” in 2017, a term that refers to deeply understanding your body’s systems and natural balances, and approaching your health from that standpoint. He has been using this method of health optimization to help patients make fundamental changes to their lifestyle, to improve not only their heart health, but their overall quality of life.
What is the difference between an integrated cardiologist and a cardiologist?
Put simply, cardiology is a branch of medicine that has to do with the heart, or cardiovascular system. Cardiology encompasses any disease, issues, or disorders with the heart and cardiovascular system, including heart attacks and strokes, which thousands of Americans experience each year. A general cardiologist is different from a cardiac surgeon, which is a specialist that performs things like open heart and other types of cardiovascular surgery. You may see a cardiologist in an acute care setting, typically after experiencing a severe cardiac-related emergency that required immediate medical attention. If you have an ongoing heart issue, you will usually be put under the care of a cardiologist and see them regularly, for ongoing treatment and monitoring of your condition.
An integrated cardiologist is still trained in the specialty of heart and cardiovascular issues, but comes from a place of treating the root cause, rather than just the result of the issue. An integrated cardiologist is grounded in the principles of integrative medicine, which, broadly speaking, means blending traditional medicine with holistic lifestyle approaches, including changes in diet and exercise and managing things like stress and emotional wellbeing.
Is Integrative Medicine Effective?
While integrative medicine is a relatively new field, the practice of working with natural or lifestyle therapies to help treat and manage various conditions is not. Integrative medicine has been gaining significant ground worldwide in recent years, as research continually tells us that health includes the full spectrum of a person’s lifestyle and history.
Integrative medicine is effective because it still uses traditional approaches to treat and manage disease, while at the same time taking into consideration your unique life situation, and what can be done to optimize your health outcomes. Integrative medicine isn’t about just using natural therapies and disregarding science, but rather about taking the core components of both, and applying them to your specific situation to see how you can best address your health.
Do I need a referral to see an integrative cardiologist?
In some cases yes, however at Apollo Cardiology, you do not need a referral to come and see us. You can book with us directly, and we can schedule consultations or answer your questions either online or over the phone, if you’d like more information about what we can offer. Keep in mind that we are “out of network”, meaning we don’t accept insurance plans; however, you may be able to apply to your specific insurance plan for a reimbursement. We may also be able to see some patients who are on Medicare. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.