The heart has long been considered more than an organ. It represents love and affection, inspiration and courage. We tell those we care about they have a place in our hearts and when someone needs encouragement we tell them to “take heart”. A prestigious award in the military for bravery above the call of duty is known as the Purple Heart.

As children, we grow up giving Valentine’s Day cards with hearts drawn on them and when we grow older and fall in love, we say that we have given our heart away. When we are betrayed, we call it a “broken heart” and when we lose faith we say we are “disheartened”. In history, the heart symbolizes everything from the sacred to the sublime. Yet, regardless of the poetic lore and the romantic overtones, the heart is a key  part of the critical circulatory system in the body.

In medicine, the heart is one of the most researched organs. Essentially, despite its high profile in the metabolism, the heart is a muscular pump whose major function is to propel blood throughout the body via the arterial, venous and capillary networks. Modern medicine has made major strides in dealing with heart disease, yet, it remains a leading cause of death in America. Cardiovascular disease, or heart disease, takes on many forms: congentital (before birth),  high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, peripheral artery disease, cardiac arrest and arrhythmias. Each has special characteristics and is influenced by many factors including:

  • Diet
  • Sleep patterns
  • Genetics
  • Weight
  • Emotional Stress
  • Environmental Toxins
  • Oxygen deficit
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Vitamin and mineral imbalances
  • Smoking
  • Substance abuse
  • Lack of exercise
  • Depression and anxiety

CHI Lifestyle Medical Center gets to the “heart” of the situation by paying careful attention to each patient’s family history, dietary choices, lifestyle, work habits, stress levels, exposure to toxins, metabolic imbalances and emotional issues.  Knowing we are all multi-level beings with many dimensions of existence, Dr. Christenson considers all aspects of a person’s life when developing a program to manage and eliminate cardiovascular disease. She believes how we feel in our hearts deeply affects how we feel in our minds and our bodies.  They are interconnected and inseparable in an authentic healing regimen.  Using traditional and contemporary science and technology in alliance with meditation, metabolic therapy, movement, visualization and relaxation techniques and lifestyle management, CHI Lifestyle Medical Center cardiovascular programs revitalize, restore and rejuvenate the integrated circulatory system.

Patient Testimonials

“I called Dr. Elizabeth Christenson because I read about her family practice as well as Alternative medicine approach. She changed my diet, included vitamins, minerals, and amino acids as well as tonics from certain teas. Under her advice I started doing yoga and meditation. I had tennis elbow for 2 1/2 months before Dr. Christenson started acupuncture treatment. I had an osteopath X-ray my arm telling me he could inject it with cortisone to relive the pain, but not accelerate the healing which could be six months or longer. After four sessions of acupuncture treatment my tennis elbow was healed. The acupuncture also strengthened the regimen I was doing for PMS, including palpitation and anxiety. With natural supplement she prescribed I didn’t have the black depressions, lack of energy and mood swings. I used to dread two weeks out of every month, now I have control of my life again. I want to make it clear that I not only benefited from this experience physically, but emotionally and psychologically as well. Isn’t that what healing and medicine is really all about? I walked away from Alternative Medicine with a sense of well being and confidence I never enjoyed in my encounters with traditional western medicine. Alternative Medicine will play a major role in our health care system in the very near future.” – Sincerely, Tamatha M. H.

“Under Dr. Christenson’s treatment I am confident I am on the right path. She is monitoring the supplements I am taking and treating my whole person not just one symptom or part of me. I am also grateful that I do not need a lot of drugs, many of which my body reacts with an allergic reaction. I feel that my body is re-awakening. I am happy and now need help to make this treatment more available.” – Sincerely, Sister Martha C.

“At the age of 58 and a widow, it is my strong believe that the body, given the right direction, can heal itself. Thanks the decision to seek alternative medicine. With the help of Dr. Christenson that decision has given me the support, peace of mind and direction I have needed to go on with my life in a healthy and less worrisome manner.” – Paucela S.