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in Connection with Swiss Hospitals and Healthcare

Holistic Heart Disease Treatment

If you have developed cardiovascular health issues, we can help. Working in conjunction with Zurich's best hospitals, we can provide a bespoke and holistic treatment programme to help you create the necessary lifestyle modifications.
At Paracelsus Recovery, we only ever treat one client at a time, so a team of 15+ doctors will be focused exclusively on you and your wellbeing.

One Client at a Time

Unparalleled staff to patient ratio of 15:1

Heart Disease Treatment at Paracelsus Recovery

Heart disease is an umbrella team used to describe various cardiovascular chronic health conditions. These include coronary artery disease, arrhythmia, heart valve disease, heart failure, etc. The most common type is coronary artery disease (CAS) which affects blood flow to the heart and can lead to heart attacks. It is usually caused by atherosclerosis (blocked arteries). 

We understand that being diagnosed with cardiovascular issues is frightening. We also know that those fears are multiplied by ten if you have just experienced a stroke or heart attack. It is daunting to realise your health is in bad shape. It can also be confusing and jolting to learn that some aspects of your lifestyle have contributed to those issues. Anger, guilt and despair or defence mechanisms like denial are common reactions.  


However, while heart disease is considered a chronic condition, it is highly treatable. Usually, the first line of defence when dealing with heart disease is to implement lifestyle changes. For example, a low-fat and low-sodium diet, moderate exercise, quitting smoking and limiting your alcohol intake are essential.

If these changes aren’t enough, your doctor may prescribe medication (statins, beta-blockers, aspirin, etc.) to help you manage your symptoms. If these treatments still aren’t effective, you may need surgery. But that is usually only required either post-heart attack or when an individual is very close to one.

At Paracelsus Recovery, we work closely with all hospitals in Zurich, so you can undergo medical treatment and let us support you with the rest. Our holistic treatment programme will help minimise the psychological stress and help you implement the necessary lifestyle changes.

Like all our other treatment programmes, we will conduct an elaborate testing procedure and create a tailored-to-you treatment plan to tackle your specific issues. Our 360-degree consultation process includes numerous disciplines and points of view (medical, orthomolecular, psychological, TCM, physiotherapy, amongst others).

We only ever treat one client at any time to ensure we can provide unparalleled confidentiality and care. It also means that you will have a team of over 20 doctors, psychotherapists, and specialists focused solely on your health and wellbeing.

Your Treatment Programme Will Include (But is not limited to):

1. Physical Health Restoration

  • Countless studies show that a diet high in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sugar, and sodium contributes to heart disease. We will provide a nutrient-dense plan for you that will replenish any lab-identified inflammatory or immune system issues. We take your dietary preferences into account, and we will provide anything missing from your diet via nutritional supplements. You will also be provided with a private chef and nutritionist.
  • There are numerous herbs and supplements that will also lower your risk of heart disease. As a treatment centre that emphases holistic treatment and care, we will also include these in your treatment plan.
  • Recent studies also show that an unhealthy gut microbiome, known as dysbiosis, increases your risk of atherosclerosis and major cardiovascular events. We will conduct an elaborate testing procedure and then, based on your result, provide a tailored intestinal detoxification programme and pre/probiotics to help restore your intestinal balance.
  • Restoring healing massages and other body therapies (e.g.acupuncture) to help restore your energy flow and decrease stress levels.
  • The schedule also contains regular sleep and rest times, which allows your body to reactivate its healing system.
  • Regular exercise (30 minutes a day, five days a week) is crucial to strengthen your heart and minimise the symptoms of heart disease. At Paracelsus Recovery, you will work with some of the world's leading fitness instructors to help create a long-term daily exercise routine that works for you. We have access to some of Zurich's finest gyms, and we can always bring equipment to you in one of our penthouses.

2. Mental Health Restoration

  • Some studies show that mental health conditions – such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder can occur after a cardiac event, such as heart failure, stroke, or heart attack. This is due to how the heart event impacts chemicals in our brain and because near-death experiences are always traumatic.
  • A specialised psychotherapist will help you process any mental health issues or traumas you are experiencing as a direct result of your cardiovascular diagnosis.
  • Unfortunately, studies also show that these mental health disorders can increase your chances of developing cardiovascular disease. At Paracelsus Recovery, we always conduct an elaborate testing procedure to identify any co-occurring condition. We will then address every underlying condition, both physical and psychological.  
  • A live-in therapist will be available to provide you with 24/7 emotional support.
  • As substance abuse issues are predominately co-occurring with heart disease, we will also provide a complete 360-degree addiction treatment programme if deemed necessary. This will include a detoxification period and intensive therapy sessions to help you create coping mechanisms for life's stressors that do not require abusing toxic substances.
  • Yoga, mindfulness, breathwork, and wellbeing counselling will also be crucial for your treatment plan.

3. Cellular Health Restoration

  • We also provide an individualised formula of nutritional supplements and IV solutions based on comprehensive laboratory testing where we aim to 'restore' what is missing. Supplements and IVs may include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other substances.
  • We use functional medicine to help restore your health and facilitate your body's natural healing process. .
  • Bioresonance treatment is also provided. During bio-resonance, our trained physician places two electrodes on your skin connected to a specialised machine. These electrodes will scan the body's energy wavelengths, identify any imbalances or issues, and restore your electromagnetic frequency to its optimal state.
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What Causes Heart Disease?

Atherosclerosis occurs when chronic inflammation over activates the immune system in our artery wall. When this happens, it leads to two outcomes. Firstly, fatty deposits build up and clog the blood vessel. Secondly, these lipids harden and lead to a build-up of plaque in the inner lining of your artery. 

As a result, your heart must work harder to push blood through a smaller space. The plague also hardens our artery walls which means the heart must pump blood against an extra resistance (a healthy artery, in comparison, expands when blood moves through it.) This process then spikes up a person's blood pressure and sets the stage for heart health issues like angina, myocardial infractions, transient ischaemic attacks, and strokes. A heart attack occurs when the arteries become so clogged that blood flow to the heart is blocked. 

While heart disease is undoubtedly challenging, it is essential to remember that it is widespread. For example, at least 48% of the US population will develop cardiovascular disease. Because it is so common, it also means many treatment options are out there.


Risk factors include:


  • Smoking
  • Poor diet
  • Excessive alcohol intake
  • Substance abuse
  • Lack of exercise
  • Obesity
  • Poor Sleep
  • High-Stress Levels


  • Older Age
  • Family History
  • Male

Co-Occurring Conditions:

Unfortunately, there are numerous medical comorbidities with heart disease. For example, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, inflammatory conditions like arthritis and various antipsychotic medications can all contribute to heart disease. Hence, if you are suffering from one of these conditions or are on antipsychotic medication, it is vital to be extra mindful of your heart health. If you are worried that you are not looking after your health and don't even know where to start, we can help you figure all this out. 


Substance abuse and alcohol dependence are also strongly correlated with heart disease. The most prominent drugs associated with cardiovascular disease are stimulants and opioid drugs. These increase your risk of developing heart disease because they disrupt the balance of certain neurotransmitters (known as catecholamines) in your brain and body.

Long-term stimulant abuse can lead to heart inflammation and irregularities, which sows the seeds for heart disease. For example, heavy cocaine or methamphetamine abuse hardens the arteries and capillaries associated with our heart. As a result, it can lead to blocked arteries and a heart attack.

We understand that if you are suffering from a dependency, hearing that you are harming your health does little than invoke more stress. But, you can overcome your dependency and restore your health. If nothing else, there are few moments as powerful for our self-esteem

than when you realise that the days of worrying about the health implications of a dependency you cannot control are behind you.


Frequently Asked Questions

Heart disease refers to various conditions that weaken our heart's ability to pump blood around our body. Sadly, heart disease is one of the most common causes of death in the Western world, causing 1 in 4 deaths in the US every year. The most common types include coronary artery disease, heart valve disease, heart failure, and arrhythmia.

The main signs of a heart attack include chest discomfort (often on the left-hand side). Pain in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, and stomach is also common. When we say discomfort, although it can vary in intensity, it is usually excruciating and feels like a tightness or heavy pressure. Other signs include shortness of breath, breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, and light-headedness. 

Heart disease treatment usually includes lifestyle modifications and a medication routine. For example, you lower your risk of heart attack by eating a low-fat and low-sodium diet, getting at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week, limiting alcohol and quitting smoking.  

At Paracelsus Recovery, we work in conjunction with your doctor and hospital staff to help you implement the necessary lifestyle modifications and treat any co-occurring substance abuse issue or mental health condition. For example, we have helped numerous clients overcome heart disease and minimise their risk of myocardial infarctions via nutritional supplementation, biochemical restoration, and psychological support. We also have experience in restoring our client's health post-heart attack.

Substance abuse, particularly cocaine, alcohol, and methamphetamine, can dramatically increase your risk of developing a heart condition or experiencing a heart attack. For example, substances increase your heart rate and blood pressure while lowering the heart's oxygen supply. This inconsistency between oxygen and blood flow puts immense stress on the heart. An overdose occurs when a person goes into cardiac arrest, which means their heart has stopped pumping blood around their body (this is different from a heart attack in which blood flow to the heart is blocked).