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 Global epidemic

Heart disease:     It is important to have general understanding about the heart organ as heart disease is causing more deaths than any-other disease in the entire world. There are several heart diseases although Coronary arteries heart disease is the biggest killer. One can see from the image on the right how the arteries run over the organ. These arteries supply blood to the heart to keep the organ healthy. A healthy heart takes oxygen ridden blood from the lungs and circulates throughout the body first through main arteries and then through small capillaries which feed every cell of the body. Once the blood gets dirty it travels back to the lungs through veins (blue colour vessels) and gets cleaned with the supply of oxygen which we breathe.  This circle of blood supply continues throughout life with double action of the heart. The heart has double action which we can feel all the time as heart beats. It is also important to have healthy lungs to support the heart. We shall talk later about the lungs.

Heart action: Systolic action of the organ is when the heart contracts and sends blood through the arteries to the whole body. The blood pressure of the arteries in that position is average 120 in healthy persons. (Top reading of the machine). A BP count of between (120-140) is classed as raised BP although not too serious. If the BP is higher than 140, it is concluded that one is suffering from hypertension. It is therefore important to keep the high blood pressure under control because constant high reading can lead to stroke or heart failure. The high blood pressure is usually due to blocked arteries with plaque. The plaque is formed with high cholesterol. It is important therefore to keep

 

your cholesterol levels regularly checked and change your lifestyle, eating and drinking right food and doing regular exercise. One must avoid anxiety and stress which can also cause high blood pressure in many patients. High blood pressure can relate to kidney disease also which needs to be diagnosed properly. In the elderly people arteries can lose their flexibility and become hard which may also be the reason of High blood pressure. Again change of life style can be preventative.  

Diastolic action:  of the heart is when the organ is at rest. The BP normal reading in this state is 80 or below. The reading of pressure above 90 is a cause for concern. Now-a-days many people have a BP machine at home which is a good idea especially if you are suffering from the disease.

Heart diseases:   There are number of heart diseases, each disease has its own origin.

Ischemic heart disease: (Angina) is caused by narrowing of the coronary arteries which supply blood to the muscle of the organ to keep the heart healthy. The part or full blockage is caused by the plaque thereby reducing the supply of the blood. The plaque may block one of the arteries, two of the arteries or all the 3 arteries. If all the 3 arteries are blocked then by-pass operation is necessary. On the other-hand if one or two arteries are blocked the surgeon may open them up and install stent in them. The stent is a tube made up of special metal mesh or of fibre. The Surgeon uses colour dye to show the blocked arteries. The procedure is called angiography. Once the blocked areas are confirmed, he will then make a small hole in the blood vessel in the groin, armpit or the neck to insert a fine flexible wire called catheter. On the front end of the catheter a small deflated balloon is attached and the stent is put on around the balloon. The surgeon takes the catheter to the blocked area and inflates the balloon which pushes the plaque to make room for the blood to go through. He deflates the balloon and pulls the catheter out. In time the cells around the stent form a natural blood vessel and may last whole life of the patient. Some-times an infection may start in the place of the stent which is treated with antibiotics. Now-a-days Surgeons use medicated stents to avoid any infection. Following the operation, the patient is treated with heart medications such as blood thinners and to control the blood pressure on a longer time bases and the patient is advised to change his lifestyle that is, consume right food and drink as well as to do regular walk in the fresh air. 

 Aortic Aneurism:  is the disease of the main artery supplying blood from the heart to the lower abdomen. About 8 pints of blood every minute circulate throughout the body. In this disease part of the artery may become weaker and become balloon shaped and may even burst causing a sudden death. Secondly, it may get blocked with plaque due to high level of cholesterol. An immediate attention is required by the Surgeon.

 Atherosclerosis:  In this disease main arteries of the body are affected with plaque. The disease can lead to coronary artery disease.  

Bradycardia:  is the disease of the heart when the heartbeat is much slower (below 50) than the average heart beat 0f 72 per minute in a healthy person. The causes may relate to old-age, reduction in electrical pulses and sometimes heart medication effects.

Cardiomyopathy: can be caused when there is damage to the heart muscle. The heart muscle can become dilated and enlarged OR the walls of the left ventricle become thickened due to high blood pressure. 

Deep vein Thrombosis: also known as blood clot.  In this disease a blood clot can block the passage of blood in the veins of the legs or pelvic causing severe pain.

Embolism:  A large object which is a fragment of a clot can travel through the blood stream and can cause blockage in any part of the body. If it travels to the brain it can cause stroke. 

Endocarditis:  is caused by infections and end up with inflammation of the lining of the heart. The bacteria related to streptococci and staphylococci group are the main causes of this disease. The symptoms are low fever, back ache, night sweating, breathlessness and general tiredness.

Gangrene: A lack of supply of blood to any part of the body or a bacterial infection can cause gangrene. It is common in diabetic patients as the wounds do not heal quickly due to abnormal sugar levels.

Tachycardia: is the disease of the heart when heart starts beating faster than the normal. The heart can be seen fluttering on the left side and the patient becomes anxious. There are several causes for palpitation and faster rate of heart beating. The patient may be anaemic. A lack of iron in the blood shows pale colour of the patient. Heart is in demand for healthy blood and can start racing. It may occur in some young people who are over indulged in sex. One can have a heart disease which would need thorough investigation by a cardiologist before treatment can be advised.  

Two Evils:  Cholesterol and High blood pressure                                                                                                   

Cholesterol is type of protein fat which has high level in certain foods like red meat, dairy fat and sugar. Cholesterol is produced during process of liver metabolism and excess cholesterol travels through blood and blocks arteries over a period of time. It can be a genetic problem as well. It is essential to have cholesterol levels checked from early as of 35 years old.

High blood pressure is becoming very common now a- days due to wrong food consumption and lack of exercise. This is also one of the main causes of heart disease and stroke. Modern life use of machinery, watch TV for long hours and eat process food has caused this evil. When people consumed natural foods and did lot of manual work they had no BP issues. A regular check of BP should be done if one has high readings of top reading over 140 and bottom reading over 80.

 

What- ever is the cause or type of heart disease the patient has, it is important to change the life style that is make a routine to consume healthy food, stop alcohol and smoking, do regular exercise and manage stress. Organic diseases of the heart that need surgery

Must be attended by a qualified Surgeon. Herbal or homeopathic medicines may be used as complementary medicine with the consultation of one’s permanent Doctor.

 

 There is a good remedy for heart illnesses in homeopathy called Toni card. It contains cactus grandifloras, cratagus, convallaria majalis, valerian, stophanthus  and Au rum muriaticum. Which can be given individually or combined according to the symptoms of the patient?

 

 

 

                      

 

 

 

 

Heart healthy Tips:

 

 

Company,

Exercise,

Light -  Music                                

Laughter

Heart healthy

Heart healthy

Heart healthy

Heart healthy

herbs

fruits

vegetables

cereals

 

 

 

 

Amla

        Apple

Asparagus

Corn flakes

Arjuna

       Avocado

Broccoli

Bran

Cactus

       Banana

Baby corn

Buckwheat

Crataegus

       Blue berries

Locke

Oates cereal

Dandelion

       Cranberry

Pumpkin

Oils to use for cooking:

Rose

       Passion fruit

Spinach

Virgin olive oil

Saffron

       Oranges

Tomatoes

Safflower

Milk thistle

        Lemon

Okra

Corn oil

 

 

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Causes of heart disease:  Heart disease can be caused by wrong lifestyle that is by smoking, drinking alcohol, eating high fat food, lack of exercise and with anxiety Or with combination of any of these elements.

 

Diagnoses: A blood test is important to establish the levels of cholesterol, Triglycerides and Homocysteine levels. A regular check of high blood pressure is also necessary as it can put load on the heart.

Triglycerides are fats in your blood, some fats are needed in your body although a high level can cause risk for heart attack and stoke especially to people with diabetes.

 

Homocysteine: are amino acids which result with eating too much meat. A high level of these can become a risk factor for heart disease.

 

C - reactive protein:  is a protein which can cause inflation in the arteries and arteries become hard causing high blood pressure especially in the old-age people.

 

  

 Regular use of fatty and fried foods like Prantha with butter, Samosas, Pakoras, & Bacon etc.  clog heart arteries and may bring heart attack as early as to 40 years old.

 

Symptoms of Heart attack: Chest pain which can extend to the back of shoulders and down to the left arm, sweating on the forehead, breathlessness rapid pulse with high blood pressure and feeling un-well calls for emergency.

 

 One can take 3-4 tablets of 75mg aspirin and chew them followed by a sip of water. So it is not a bad idea to keep aspirin at home which is available on the counter of the pharmacist without prescription. For people who have experienced chest pain before may keep in their car. It is advisable to inform the A&E department on admission that you have taken the aspirin and in what doze. This will avoid giving you further doze of aspirin.

 

Glyceryl Trinitrate Spray: available from pharmacists (or tablets) is very effective to subsidise chest pain in emergency. Heart patient must carry this with him all the time.

 

 

 

  Warning: No medication should be used without seeing the prescriber.

 

 Disclaimer:  The above statement does not form part of any treatment. Its aim is to improve the education and knowledge of the public in general terms.  We advise you to see your GP at first sign of your illness.  

 

 

 

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