Center of Excellence–What We Do

Provide Superior Patient Care

Working closely with conventional cardiovascular specialists, we diagnose and treat conditions of the heart, lungs, blood and blood vessels. Heart and lung emphasizes evidence-in­formed natural medicine approaches integrated with the conventional standard of care. Specific treatment plans may include a combination of dietary counseling, thera­peutic exercise, herbal medicine, nutritional supplements, physical medicine, oxygen therapy and pharmaceutical medicines, among others.

Conditions treated include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol (including severe and hereditary high cholesterol)
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Pre-diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Palpitations
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Cardiac dysrhythmias
  • Chest pain
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Heart failure
  • Syncope
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Anticoagulation management

Services include:

  • Acute care (non-emergent)
  • Biofeedback and stress restructuring
  • Case management and care transfers
  • Consultations and second opinions
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and supervised exercise
  • Diagnostic ultrasound of the heart and vascular system
  • Spirometry testing
  • Electrocardiography (ECG): resting and ambulatory cardiac monitoring
  • Exercise stress testing and stress echocardiography
  • Integrative case management—collaborative care with other doctors
  • Laboratory diagnostic services
  • Oxygen multistep therapy (OMST) and hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Pulsed magnetic cellular exercise

Cultivate and Uphold Standards of Excellence

H&L adheres to national standards of care on conditions of the heart, lungs and blood, augmenting those rigorous standards with evidence-informed complementary and alternative medicine. It is our intention to also serve as leaders within the field, helping create national organiza­tions that promote and facilitate these same standards of quality in naturopathic cardiovascular medicine.

Expand training opportunities for naturopathic interns and residents

For more than 10 years, the program trained 12 interns and one resident each year. In 2011, the program expanded to accommodate 24 interns. The following year, a second ex­pansion permitted up to 48 mentored interns, 12 rotating residents and one permanent resident each academic year. Beginning in 2013, H&L will offer a two-year Fellowship in Integrative Cardiovascular Medicine, the first of its kind available to naturopathic physicians, further expanding our training opportunities.

Nurture collaborations between conventional and naturopathic cardiovascular care

H&L has established collaborations with specialists in adult and pediatric cardiology, pulmonology and vascular med­icine from Seattle to the San Francisco Bay area. We have taught together in the classroom, learned from each other as clinical mentors, collaborated on patient care, and devel­oped long-lasting professional ties and friendships—all to the ultimate benefit of our patients and our students.

Perform and set priorities for naturopathic cardiovascular research

Research is foundational to naturopathic medicine. As a leader in the field of naturopathic cardiovascular medi­cine, H&L is helping set research priorities in our field with quality assurance and outcomes high on that list. NUNM’s Helfgott Research Institute is our research base. Qualitative and quantitative research, clinical trials and practice-based research are all performed at H&L COE. Our faculty release several publications annually and are featured speakers at conferences and in the media.

Create and educate leaders in the fields of naturopathic and integrated cardiovascular medicine

H&L alumni are professors of cardiology, featured experts, published authors, successful researchers, outstanding clinicians, policy makers and professional board members, and have created new and enhanced training opportuni­ties for naturopathic physicians.

Our resources, expertise and collaborations have created the premiere training facility for naturopathic cardiovascu­lar medicine in the world. As we expand that training, we will continue to produce leaders in the fields of naturo­pathic and integrative cardiovascular medicine.