Natural Tactics for beating Heart Disease

Concerned about your heart health chances as you head to your doctor?


Every 90 minutes a New Zealander dies from heart disease according to the New Zealand Heart Foundation.[i]  Heart disease can be quite sneaky. You can have high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure – two of the key elements your medical practitioner needs to tell if Heart Disease is on its way – and yet you can have no outward signs or symptoms.

Don’t want to be a statistic? Taking control of your health before your Doctor does is vital to prevent a lifetime habit with your medicine cabinet and regular visits to your pharmacist. Knowing how your lifestyle and dietary habits affect the balance of these two key health indicators and working with them, is an empowering way to dodge the Heart Disease bullet. 

Course Outline:

  • A brief overview of the influence that cholesterol and blood pressure have on heart health.
  • How balanced lifestyle factors can play their part in developing optimistic outcomes and happy doctors.
  • Nutritional, hormonal, blood sugar, digestive, and anti-inflammatory factors that can shift you into the positive health lane.
  • Stress and overwork, the nervous system has its say.
  • A holistic health view of your cardiovascular system – how nutritional and natural approaches can play a part.
  • An in-depth view of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates – all, some, or none?
  • How to take charge. What blood tests to ask for, checking your own blood pressure.
  • Do nutritional and herbal supplements have a part to play?

Learning Outcome:

  • Learn to construct a heart-friendly lifestyle and eating pattern.



  • Saturday 12 May, 9:30am - 1pm
  • $55.00 incl. GST
  • The University of Auckland, City Campus
  • Presented by Vicki Martin Mackay

Seminar presenter

Vicki Martin Mackay

Vicki Martin Mackay

Vicki Martin Mackay Registered Dietitian

Vicki is a Registered Dietitian with many years of nutritional counselling and teaching experience. She has a private nutrition practice specialising in assisting those with challenging health conditions utilising both integrative nutrition and complementary medicine approaches. Along with her Otago University Dietitian training, Vicki has completed a naturopathic diploma and studied traditional Chinese medicine extensively in China and Japan. She has also worked for many years in the health food industry. Currently, she is studying towards a Masters’ Degree in Health Sciences at the University of Auckland. Vicki strives to bring a balance of both clinical nutritional experience and evidence-based study to her practice and teaching.

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