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Walk down Main Street in Anytown, USA and you will witness the current health crisis we face in our Society.“Health Care” is actually “Sick Care” and is expensive and not affordable to many.  At Blue Ridge Heart & Wellness, our objective is to bring you “Optimized Health” and “Affordable Care”.

Conventional wisdom defines health as “the absence of disease”. However, the absence of disease is only minimal health. Optimal health is a treasure that each individual has the power to achieve and maintain during a lifetime.  It’s ideal because it reflects an overall satisfaction with one’s life. Optimal health embodies something greater…something you can feel.

An old (healthy) wise man once said…”health and vitality is not solely the property of the young.”

Over the last 100 years our medical industry has figured out how to lengthen our lives, but not necessarily give us a better quality of life.  At the same time, we are forced into a system of healthcare run by the insurance companies, and supported by the drug companies. But if we look a little deeper, we find that there are therapies and lifestyle changes that can make you actually feel better and bring back your sense of vitality. We invite you to investigate how you ended up where you are and how to find your way back to a younger feeling you.

Aging is characterized by a deterioration in the maintenance of homeostatic processes over time, leading to functional decline and increased risk for disease and death. The aging process is characterized metabolically by insulin resistance, changes in body composition, and a physiological decline in hormones.  At Blue Ridge Heart & Wellness, our focus is to help you age healthier by addressing these age related health issues.  These issues generally begin to surface in our 30’s, or later.

 

 

 

“It’s exciting to witness patients feeling better and happier and not needing many of the traditional medications associated with aging.”…

Dr. Christina Bove
Welcome to Blue Ridge Heart & Wellness…

About Us

Optimized Health & Affordable Care

Why do we go to the doctor when we are sick, when it would be less expensive (and we would feel better) if we went to a doctor to help us stay healthy?  It’s because the medical industry is focused on giving you a pill for what ails you.

 

At Blue Ridge Heart & Wellness, we are focused on Optimizing Your Health & Affordable Care. In addition to offering traditional cardiovascular diagnostics and treatments, we focus on the underlying causes of aging and disease; thus preventing, or potentially reversing, the core issues that are causing your diseased condition.

 

       We integrate evidence-based therapies and recommendations based on physiology, all for the purpose of keeping you feeling your best.  Treatment is individualized and comprehensive.  Your treatment plan may include bio-identical hormone optimization, medications, nutraceuticals, anti-aging therapies, along with diet and lifestyle modifications.

Dr. Christina Bove M.D., F.A.C.C., Founder & Medical Director

Dr. Christina Bove is a board certified cardiologist. She completed her undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, in Rochester, New York. She completed her Internal Medicine residency and Cardiology training at Yale New Haven Hospital and The University of Virginia Health System.  She is currently completing a Fellowship and Certification program with the Age Management Medicine Group (AMMG).

Dr. Bove strives to offer a personalized approach to providing innovative care in the prevention, early detection, and treatment of heart disease, along with other conditions associated with aging.

After over a decade of treating her patients in a busy private practice providing “sick care”, she came to realize that she could help people before they reached the level of needing a cardiologist by focusing on wellness and prevention. 

By integrating bio-identical hormone optimization therapy, nutracetuticals, a medically supervised weight loss protocol, and other anti-aging therapies, along with education, she strives to help her patients lead healthier, happier and more active lives.

 

 

Healthy Aging

The World Health Organization defines Healthy Aging “as the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables well being in older age”. Functional ability is about having the capabilities that enable all people to be and do what they have reason to value. This includes a person’s ability to:

  • meet their basic needs
  • to learn, grow and make decisions
  • to be mobile
  • to build and maintain relationships
  • to contribute to society

On a personal level we may define it by how our aging effects our love of life.  We are not going to live forever.  But while we are alive, we want the highest quality of life that is possible.  We may define our own view of Healthy Aging by:

  • being able to do the things I enjoy
  • feeling and looking my best
  • performing at a high level at work
  • being happy in my relationship
  • being able to keep up with my kids (or grandchildren)

Many of us have witnessed loved ones that have suffered with diseases related to aging such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, arthritis, and dementia, among other age related conditions.  Many of us already feel the effects of aging at a surprisingly young age.  You may wonder why you don’t have the energy you once had, or you have a brain fog that just won’t lift.  Your body aches and you are beginning to put on weight.  Your relationship suffers. Your job suffers.  You begin to lose the enjoyment life once gave you.  Aging in our culture is most often a negative experience.

“Many of us already feel the effects of aging at a surprisingly young age.”

We have been conditioned to expect and accept these aspects of aging.  Our commercial food system promotes unhealthy eating.  Our government educates us about our own health by relying on science that was more propaganda than science.  Our “health”care system is really a “sick”care system that depends on you being continually sick so that the pharmaceutical industry can continue to maintain you at a minimal level of health.  And our insurance industry is making it more difficult to afford to maintain our health in its current form.  It doesn’t have to be this way.

Changing your view of your own healthcare is the first step.  Taking a pro-active approach to maintaining Optimal Health is a much better way to improve our quality of life.  And it doesn’t matter if you are in your 30’s or in your 80’s; Optimal Health is a big part of a happy and vibrant life.

“Changing your view of your own healthcare is the first step.”

Optimal Health involves a more open minded perspective and a desire to dig a little deeper.  It’s not just about taking a pill.  Optimal Health is multi-factorial.  This means that our bodies systems have to work together in a highly integrated manner and a single health issue may have more than one origin.  If you have two tacks in your foot and only one is removed, you will still have a pain in your foot.

“Optimal Health is multi-factorial…If you have two tacks in your foot and only one is removed, you will still have a pain in your foot.”

Major Underlying Causes of Disease and disability that can be age related

Aging is characterized by a deterioration in the maintenance of homeostatic processes over time, leading to functional decline and increased risk for disease and death. The aging process is characterized metabolically by insulin resistance, changes in body composition, and a physiological decline in hormones.  At Blue Ridge Heart & Wellness, our focus is to help you age healthier by addressing these age related health issues.  These issues generally begin to surface in our 30’s, or later.

Through a comprehensive intake of personal health information and laboratory tests,  we begin to customize a protocol of combined therapies that address the multiple factors that are having a negative impact on your health.  We will help you implement your program, monitor and adjust therapies as your health improves, and be there for you when you need us along the way.  Again, our goal is to Optimize Your Health with Affordable Care.

“We will help you implement your program, monitor and adjust therapies as your health improves, and be there for you when you need us along the way.”

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