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Blueprints for a Healthy Heart
By Maxine Fidler, ND, LAc
May 2012
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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women, and can express itself in many forms: high blood pressure, lipid imbalances, insulin abnormalities and diabetes, atherosclerosis, stroke, and a number of others.

A good deal of heart disease is related to lifestyle and daily habits of living. While conventional medicine has developed a wide array of methods to address the many ways heart disease affects our health, these treatments often have unwanted risks and side effects, are costly, and may not perform as advertised. Alternative medicine in many cases offers approaches to heart disease that are safer and equally effective.

Blueprints for a Healthy Heart offers a great deal of information about natural and alternative medical approaches that can help those afflicted with heart disease cope with their illnesses while avoiding many of the complications conventional approaches often trigger.

About the Author

Maxine Fidler, ND, LAc, MSAOM is a licensed Naturopathic physician and NCCAOM certified acupuncturist in Middlebury, Vermont. She believes that true health is about living well, and her passion is to help people achieve optimal health through integrating the best of conventional and alternative medicine.

She received a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine as well as a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University in 2008. Her undergraduate degree is in Applied Music, from Geneva College.

Dr. Fidler specializes in the treatment of acute and chronic illness, with acupuncture, dietary supplements, and herbal medicine. In addition to her private practice, she serves as a visiting professor at Mind-Body Medicine University in California. She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Dr. Fidler is passionate about helping people with chronic medical conditions regain their health and wellness, using multidisciplinary holistic care to help them truly thrive. Please feel welcome to visit for more information.

Introduction: Heart Disease: A Widespread Problem

1: High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Is “Pre-Hypertension” a Real Problem?

Conventional Medicine and Hypertension

Risk Factors for Hypertension

What Can I Do About Hypertension?

2: Cholesterol, Triglycerides, and Atherosclerosis

“Normal” Cholesterol

Conventional Medicine and Cholesterol

Atherosclerosis and Coronary Artery Disease

Conventional Medicine and CAD

What Can I Do About Hyperlipidemia?

What Can I Do About Atherosclerosis?

What Can I Do Specifically About Angina?

What Can I Do for Heart Attack?

3: Insulin Resistance, Hyperinsulinism, Metabolic Syndrome X, and Type 2 Diabetes

Conventional Medicine and Diabetes

What Can I Do about Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome X?

4: Stroke and Carotid Artery Disease

Conventional Medicine, Stroke, and Carotid Artery Disease

What Can I Do for Stroke?

5: Peripheral Arterial Disease

Conventional Medicine and PAD

What Can I Do for Peripheral Arterial Disease?

6: Other Heart and Vascular Problems


Cardiomyopathy (Enlarged Heart) and Heart Failure


Varicose Veins

Chronic Venous Insufficiency

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