A Natural Approach To Health
Living With a Heart Attack
I had a question the other day about a heart attack.
A heart attack happens when blood flow to your heart is blocked.
Without blood and the oxygen it carries, part of your heart starts to die.
A heart attack doesn’t have to be deadly.
Quick treatment can restore blood flow to your heart and save your life.
Angina is a type of chest pain or discomfort that happens when there’s not enough blood flow to your heart.
Angina can be dangerous.
So it’s important to pay attention to your symptoms, know what’s typical for you, learn how to control it, and know when to call for help.
Symptoms of angina include chest pain or pressure, or a strange feeling in your chest.
Some people feel pain, pressure, or a strange feeling in their back, neck, jaw, or upper belly, or in one or both shoulders or arms.
Blocked blood flow to your heart usually happens because fatty deposits called plaque have built up inside your coronary arteries, which supply blood to your heart.
If a plaque breaks open, your body tries to fix it by forming a clot around it.
The clot can block your artery, preventing the flow of blood and oxygen to your heart.
This process of plaque buildup in your coronary arteries is called coronary artery disease, or CAD.
In many people, plaque begins to form in childhood and gradually builds up over a lifetime.
Plaque deposits may limit blood flow to your heart and cause angina.
But too often, a heart attack is the first sign of CAD.
Things like intense exercise, sudden strong emotion, or illegal drug use can trigger a heart attack.
But in many cases, there’s no clear reason why heart attacks happen when they do.
To deal with a heart attack and get heart healthy at home it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Increase exercise and movement as much as possible.
*Increase stress and relaxation techniques: yoga, meditation, prayer, deep breathing, etc. Consider energy medicine.
*Address emotional connections.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect with nature.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible).
*Consider fresh juicing; consume fresh garlic and onions.
*Increase fiber intake; ensure good bowel function; avoid constipation; consider liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Consider an arterial cleansing program.
*Investigate use of herbs (hawthorn, valerian).
*Monitor blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride and homocysteine levels.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds (food and environmental).
*Decrease “hidden allergies”.
*Decrease any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, etc.
*Decrease sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Understand and control diabetes.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Decrease excess weight, particularly around your mid-section.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Understand your family history and address any concerns. Practice preventive measures.
*Investigate possible connection to dental procedures; consult a holistic dentist.
*Eliminate MSG and all artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Decrease processed meats, deli meats (nitrates).