Module II: Cardiology


Module II: Cardiology, headed by Mark Houston, MD, MS, FACP, ABAARM, focuses on the causes and mechanisms of hypertension, diabetes, coronary artery disease, and metabolic syndrome, in addition to how the conditions are interrelated and connected. The module will also discuss various methods of diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment, coupled with an assessment of laboratory evaluations, nutritional treatments, and lifestyle recommendations. Sessions will additionally emphasize the treatment modalities are available for hypercholesterolemia, hyperinsulinemia, hypertriglyceridemia, along with abnormal cholesterol fractionation results through a case history format.

Upon completion of this module, the participants will:

  • Discuss risk factors for heart disease including elevated cholesterol, triglycerides, lipid fractionation, homocysteine, lipoprotein (a), ferritin, fibrinogen & c-reactive protein
  • Look at interventions for chronic endothelial inflammation, and understand the role of inflammation in CVD
  • Know which laboratory tests to order & how to properly evaluate insulin resistance, diabetes mellitus, and risk factors for heart disease
  • Learn nutritional treatments and laboratory evaluations for hypertension, and discuss insulin’s role in development of hypertension with accompanying risk factors
  • Review diet, lifestyle, and nutraceutical options for clinically managing dyslipidemia, cardiovascular inflammation, homocysteine, insulin resistance, and related conditions
  • Discuss free radical production, glycation & oxidation
  • Learn the causes of endothelial dysfunction
  • Evaluate the link between oxidative stress & glycemic control
  • Learn about the glycemic index in relationship to foods
  • Identify patients with syndrome X/metabolic syndrome and learn recommendations for treatment
  • Establish a treatment course & treat patients with insulin resistance, diabetes & neuropathy
  • Learn how various nutrient deficiencies lead/support metabolic syndrome
  • Examine metabolic & Anti-Aging approaches to hypertension through nutrition & supplementation
  • Review cholesterol physiology & its contribution to atherosclerosis
  • Examine effective nutrition & nutritional supplementation strategies for dyslipidemia
  • Access the current literature on the complex physiologic relationships underlying cardiovascular metabolic disease
  • Examine effective nutritional strategies & nutritional supplementation for cardiovascular & metabolic disease
  • Learn the difference between insulin sensitivity, insulin resistance & type II diabetes
  • Know the counter-regulatory hormones, and how their normal functions contribute to/cause insulin resistance
  • Redirect the focus of the treatment of type II diabetes from the insulin perspective to the point of view of the counter-regulatory hormones
  • Know the consequences of increased sugar intake, and the diseases that are linked to a high sugar diet—including hypoglycemia
  • Learn the interplay between metabolic syndrome, psychiatric illnesses, and the role of medications
  • Investigate how targeted nutraceuticals can support cardiovascular function
  • Define toxic blood syndrome & discuss interventions to improve it
  • Identify the inflammatory index & how to investigate silent inflammation
  • Discuss the role of energy medicine in optimum health and cellular function
  • Learn how the new triad of bioenergetic energy in cardiac health (i.e., coenzyme Q10, L-carnitine & D-ribose, can help prevent & overcome heart disease)
  • Discover why ATP is so essential in optimizing diastolic function of the heart
  • Learn about the 20 most common toxins that are found in our everyday lives
  • Explore the relationship between chemical toxins, heavy metals, inflammation, and CVD

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Here’s What Fellows Are Saying About Module II

"Everything that is presented in this fellowship is pertinent information to my medical practice. It has changed my thinking and more important, it has made me healthier. "

- Alex Torres, MD

"This module answered a lot of questions regarding appropriate treatment and medication selection for hypertensive patients as well as those with dyslipidemia. "

- Israel Vega, DNP

"This course educated me on the critical gap in disease management that was not available in the mainstream literature. "

- Jay Wallin, MD