GATINEAU, Quebec--(BUSINESS WIRE)--During February’s Heart Health observance, cardiologists and other physician specialists are looking at their patients’ heart health in a new way. Research shows that safely reaching and maintaining a desirable weight is a critical step to achieving a healthy heart, and to reducing risk factors such as metabolic syndrome.1 According to guidelines released in November 2013 by the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and The Obesity Society, doctors should now consider obesity a disease and should more actively treat obese patients for weight loss. Comprehensive lifestyle change and intervention should be offered for all patients. The guidelines state that obese patients should be advised to participate in a medically supervised weight loss program two or three times per month for at least six months.
Taking on a more proactive role in helping patients manage their weight has led many physicians to collaborate with Ideal Protein, a medically designed weight loss method, as a way to help patients improve their cardiovascular health and reduce their risk for heart disease. Cardiologist Douglas Rothrock, M.D. said, “Cardiologists are pioneers as well as leaders in prevention. With the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method, I can actually help my patients lose weight and maintain their weight loss. It is a wonderful tool I can recommend to my patients that will bring major benefits to their cardiovascular health, overall well-being, and lifespan. It’s been so successful that the weight loss portion of my practice has outgrown the cardiology side.”
In the United States and around the world, heart health is largely impacted by obesity. Overweight and obese individuals are at greater risk for developing hypertension, diabetes and atherosclerosis.2 In fact, more than 80 percent of people with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF) are overweight or obese.3
Ideal Protein is a proven, four-part medically designed method that enables safe, rapid weight loss, with a healthy lifestyle approach and a structured maintenance program to sustain weight loss success. The method, which is offered through healthcare practitioners’ offices and trained coaches, targets the root cause of weight gain by reversing the imbalance of insulin that occurs with the typical Western diet. A healthier lifestyle education is a key component of all phases of the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method, which features personalized, one-on-one coaching and a diet plan to promote losing fat while maintaining lean muscle mass. For the practice, Ideal Protein is a comprehensive turnkey program with no costs for training and implementation.
The method also helps cardiology and physician practices prepare to meet pay-for-performance guidelines that are being adopted by payers, led by Medicare, so that both patient outcomes and reimbursement is enhanced. Ideal Protein is available at more than 3,000 clinics and centers in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.idealprotein.com or call 1-866-314-4447.
About Ideal Protein
Ideal Protein is a medically designed weight loss method developed over 20 years ago by physician Dr. Tran Tien Chanh. It maximizes the body’s ability to burn fat by strongly restricting carbohydrate intake, particularly high glycemic carbohydrates. Normal protein intake is maintained in order not to lose muscle mass. Exclusively available from Ideal Protein approved health care professionals and trained coaches. For more information visit our website www.IdealProtein.com.
1 National Institute of Health (NIH)/National Heart, Lung and
2 World Heart Federation
3 “Effect of Caloric Restriction or Aerobic Exercise Training on Peak Oxygen Consumption and Quality of Life in Obese Older Patients With Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction: A Randomized Clinical,” Journal of the American Medical Association, January 5, 2016