A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Aortic Stenosis
I had a question the other day about aortic stenosis.
Aortic stenosis is a narrowing of your aortic valve.
The aortic valve allows blood to flow from your heart’s left ventricle into your aorta and to your body.
Stenosis prevents the valve from opening correctly, forcing your heart to work harder to pump blood through the valve.
This causes pressure to build up in your left ventricle and thickens your heart muscle.
Problems causing aortic valve stenosis include:
>Calcium buildup on the aortic valve.
As you age, calcium can build up on the valve, making it hard and thick.
This buildup happens over time, so symptoms usually don’t appear until after age 65.
>A heart defect you were born with.
>Rheumatic fever or endocarditis.
These infections can damage the valve.
Aortic valve stenosis is a slow process.
For many years, even decades, you won’t feel any symptoms.
But at some point, the valve will likely become so narrow you start having problems.
Symptoms are often brought on by exercise, when the heart has to work harder.
As aortic valve stenosis gets worse, you may have symptoms.
By the time you have symptoms, your condition probably is serious.
To deal with aortic stenosis and get heart healthy at home it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 10 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Pomegranate juice seems to prevent hardening of the arteries by reducing blood vessel damage, and may reverse the progression of plaque buildup. This may be due to the high antioxidant content of the juice.
*Cordyceps, a Chinese herb, can slow your heart rate, increase blood supply to your arteries and heart, and lower blood pressure.
*Ginkgo biloba can benefit your cardiovascular system by preventing the formation of free radicals. Take a ginkgo extract containing 24% ginkgo flavone glycosides. (Don’t take if you have a bleeding disorder, or are scheduled for surgery or a dental procedure.)
*Consuming 1/4 cup of tomato sauce or 3 medium-sized tomatoes per day can have a beneficial effect due to lycopene, a natural antioxidant.
*Hawthorn increases blood flow and lowers blood pressure.
*You may benefit from suma tea. Take 3 cups of this herbal tea daily with ginkgo biloba extract as directed on the product label.
*Make sure your diet is well balanced and contains plenty of fiber.
*Eat fish several times a week. If you don’t like fish or don’t want to eat it, take fish oil capsules; supplementation is just as effective.
*Eat plenty of raw foods. For protein, eat broiled fish and skinless turkey and chicken, which are low in fat.
*Include garlic and onions in your diet. They contain compounds to help to reduce cholesterol levels.
*Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. An 8-year study of almost 40,000 men found men who ate 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day had a 39% lower risk of stroke than those who did not.
*Add raw nuts (except peanuts), olive oil, pink salmon, trout, tuna, Atlantic herring, and mackerel to your diet. These foods contain omega-3 essential fatty acids.
*Don’t consume stimulants, like coffee and black tea, containing caffeine. Coffee increases stress hormones in your body. Also avoid tobacco, alcohol, chocolate, sugar, butter, red meat, fats, fried foods, processed and refined foods, soft drinks, spicy foods, and white flour products, like white bread.
*Eliminate all known sources of sodium from your diet. Almost everything contains some sodium. Keeping consumption below 5 grams per day is a good target. Read all labels and avoid those food products with “soda,” “sodium,” or the symbol “Na” on the label. These indicate the product contains sodium.
*If you take a blood thinner like warfarin or heparin, or even aspirin, limit your intake of foods high in vitamin K. Eating foods containing vitamin K increases your blood’s tendency to clot, so they should be eaten only in small quantities. Foods rich in vitamin K include alfalfa, broccoli, cauliflower, egg yolks, liver, spinach, and all dark green vegetables. To enhance the effect of anticoagulants, eat more wheat germ, vitamin E, soybeans, and sunflower seeds.
*Learn everything about any drugs prescribed for you. Know what to do in case of an emergency.
*Keep your weight down. Get regular moderate exercise.
*Avoid stress, and learn stress-management techniques.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds (food and environmental).
*Understand your family history and address any concerns. Practice preventive measures.
*Eliminate MSG and all artificial sweeteners as they’re neurotoxins.
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