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Best Treatment for Heart Disease

 

What is the Best Heart Disease Treatment ?

 
 

Since we don’t always take care of ourselves like we should, I’ve been on a personal journey to find the best heart disease treatment .

Unlike cardiovascular disease, which describes problems with the blood vessels and circulatory system as well as the heart, heart disease refers to issues and deformities in the heart itself.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. One in every four deaths in the U.S. is related to Heart Disease.

Let’s begin with some Facts about a Healthy Heart and how it works:

  • The Heart is about the size of your fist
  • It is protected by your ribs and breastbone (Sternum)
  • It beats about 100,000 times per day
  • Each beat of your heart pumps blood through a network of arteries and veins
  • Blood delivers essential Oxygen and Nutrients to every cell in your body
  • Blood takes away waste products and carbon dioxide
  • Arteries carry the Oxygen-Rich blood from the heart throughout your body
  • Veins carry oxygen-poor blood back to your heart and lungs to start the cycle over again

The oxygen-rich blood required by your heart is obtained from the blood flow in the coronary arteries. When coronary arteries become narrowed or blocked, the heart is deprived of the level of oxygen required to assure that all cells of the body are receiving all the nutrients and oxygen they need.

Anything that compromises the heart and circulatory system from functioning optimally, is a threat to your general health and quality of life.

Anatomy of the Heart

Your heart is divided into four sections or chambers. The two chambers on the top are called atria and the two chambers on the bottom are called ventricles.

A muscular wall called the septum separates the right side of the heart from the left side.

On the right side of the heart, there is a right atrium and a right ventricle. The right side receives oxygen-poor blood from the rest of your body.

On the left side of the heart, there is the left atrium and the left ventricle. The left side receives oxygen-rich blood from the lungs.

How the Heart Valves Work

The four chambers are separated by one-way valves that open and close with every heartbeat. There are four heart valves:

  • Aortic Valve
  • Tricuspid Valve
  • Pulmonary Valve
  • Mitral Valve

These one-way valves keep the blood flowing in one direction through the different chambers of the heart and out to the body. The heart “beats” that your doctor hears with their stethoscope is the sound of your valves opening and closing to let blood through.

Valves that don’t work properly can lead to different types of valvular heart disease. For example, if a valve doesn’t close correctly, blood may leak between the chambers or flow backwards (valve regurgitation, insufficiency or incompetence).

If a valve becomes narrowed (valve stenosis), blood flow through the heart may be restricted. Valves can be damaged by infection (endocarditis), rheumatic heart disease, congenital heart defect, normal aging and wear.

Here’s How the Normal Heart Works:

To pump blood throughout the body, your heart contracts then relaxes. This action is similar to clenching and unclenching your fist. With each beat of your heart, blood is pushed through your arteries. This is what creates your pulse.

The right atrium is full of oxygen-poor blood from your body (muscles, organs, brain and heart). When the right atrium becomes full, it contracts. When the atrium contracts, the tricuspid valve between the right atrium and the right ventricle opens. The blood flows into the right ventricle.

When the right ventricle is full it contracts and pumps the blood to the lungs through the pulmonary valve

In the lungs, carbon dioxide is removed and fresh oxygen is added to the blood. The blood is now oxygen rich. Oxygen-rich blood then flows into the left atrium.

When the left atrium contracts, the mitral valve between the left atrium and left ventricle opens. The blood flows into the left ventricle.

The left ventricle pumps the oxygen-rich blood into the aorta through the aortic valve and out to the rest of your body.

The oxygen-rich blood travels throughout your body. Veins carry the oxygen-poor body back to the right atrium. The right atrium fills with oxygen-poor blood. The cycle begins again.

What’s a Normal Heart Rate?

Your heart rate is the number of times your heart beats per minute. Normal heart rate varies from person to person, but a normal adult resting heart rate is usually about 60 to 100 beats per minute.

During rest, your heartbeat will slow down. With exercise, it will beat faster. Knowing your heart rate can help you spot health problems.

There is an electrical system inside your heart that controls the rate (speed) and rhythm of your heart. A normal heart rhythm is called normal sinus rhythm (NSR).

When there is a problem with your heart rhythm or rate, it is called arrhythmia.

Your Heart’s Electrical System

The electrical system in your heart makes sure the heart beats in a regular rhythm and at a normal rate.

Alterations in the Rhythm and Regularity of heart beats can be a signal of dysfunction. If you experience these irregularities, your Doctor can give you an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG).

This test will assist in the diagnosis of the heart’s erratically functioning electrical system. The test measures electrical signals as line tracings on paper which then can be analyzed.

The Many Faces of Heart Disease

One in every four deaths in the U.S. is related to heart disease.

The term “Heart Disease” refers to issues and deformities in the heart itself. “Cardiovascular Disease” refers to problems with the blood vessels and circulatory system as well as the heart.

“Congenital Heart Disease” applies to deformities of the heart that have been present since birth.

Examples Include:

  • Septal Defects: There is a hole between the two chambers of the heart
  • Obstruction Defects: The flow of blood through various chambers of the heart is partially or totally blocked.
  • Cyanotic Heart Disease: A defect in the heart causes a shortage of oxygen around the body.

What is “Arrhythmia”

Arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat.

There are several ways in which a heartbeat can lose its regular rhythm. These include:

tachycardia, when the heart beats too fast

bradycardia, when the heart beats too slowly

premature ventricular contractions, or additional, abnormal beats

fibrillation, when the heartbeat is irregular

Arrhythmias occur when the electrical impulses in the heart that coordinate the heartbeat do not work properly. These make the heart beat in a way it should not, whether that be too fast, too slowly, or too erratically.

Irregular heartbeats are common, and all people experience them. They feel like a fluttering or a racing heart. However, when they change too much or occur because of a damaged or weak heart, they need to be taken more seriously and treated.

Arrhythmias can become fatal.

Coronary artery disease

The coronary arteries supply the heart muscle with nutrients and oxygen by circulating blood.

Coronary arteries can become diseased or damaged, usually because of plaque deposits that contain cholesterol. Plaque buildup narrows the coronary arteries, and this causes the heart to receive less oxygen and nutrients.

Dilated cardiomyopathy

The heart chambers become dilated as a result of heart muscle weakness and cannot pump blood properly. The most common reason is that not enough oxygen reaches the heart muscle, due to coronary artery disease. This usually affects the left ventricle.

Myocardial infarction

This is also known as a heart attack, cardiac infarction, and coronary thrombosis. An interrupted blood flow damages or destroys part of the heart muscle. This is usually caused by a blood clot that develops in one of the coronary arteries and can also occur if an artery suddenly narrows or spasms.

Heart failure

Also known as congestive heart failure, heart failure occurs when the heart does not pump blood around the body efficiently.

The left or right side of the heart might be affected. Rarely, both sides are. Coronary artery disease or high blood pressure can, over time, leave the heart too stiff or weak to fill and pump properly.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

This is a genetic disorder in which the wall of the left ventricle thickens, making it harder for blood to be pumped out of the heart. This is the leading cause of sudden death in athletes. A parent with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy has a 50 percent chance of passing the disorder on to their children.

Mitral regurgitation

Also known as mitral valve regurgitation, mitral insufficiency, or mitral incompetence, this occurs when the mitral valve in the heart does not close tightly enough. This allows blood to flow back into the heart when it should leave. As a result, blood cannot move through the heart or the body efficiently.

People with this type of heart condition often feel tired and out of breath.

Mitral valve prolapses

The valve between the left atrium and left ventricle does not fully close, it bulges upwards, or back into the atrium. In most people, the condition is not life-threatening, and no treatment is required. Some people, especially if the condition is marked by mitral regurgitation, may require treatment.

Pulmonary stenosis

It becomes hard for the heart to pump blood from the right ventricle into the pulmonary artery because the pulmonary valve is too tight. The right ventricle has to work harder to overcome the obstruction. An infant with severe stenosis can turn blue. Older children will generally have no symptoms.

Treatment is needed if the pressure in the right ventricle is too high, and a balloon valvuloplasty or open-heart surgery may be performed to clear an obstruction.

Angina (Angina Pectoris)

Angina Symptoms occur when a part of the heart does not receive enough oxygen.

Symptoms can include:

  • Chest Pain
  • Breathlessness
  • Heart Palpitations

Angina can be triggered by acute stress or physical exertion and normally lasts less than 10 minutes.

What you need to know about “Blood Pressure”

Your heart pumps blood around your body through your arteries.

Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to your organs and tissues.

A certain amount of force is needed to get blood to all parts of your body. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the inside of arteries.

What do the blood pressure numbers mean?

Blood pressure readings have two numbers. It is written as a fraction

(for example, 120/80) but when speaking you would say 120 over 80.

  • The top number is called systolic pressure (sounds like siss-tall-ick). This is the

amount of pressure against the walls of your arteries when your heart pumps

blood out to your body with each heartbeat.

  • The bottom number is called diastolic pressure (sounds like dye-es-tall-ick). This is the amount of pressure in your arteries when your heart relaxes and refills with blood between heartbeats.

When the pressure of the blood on the artery wall is too high or too low, we apply the terms “high” or “low” blood pressure.

High Blood Pressure is the #1 risk factor for stroke and a major risk factor for heart disease.

How is blood pressure measured?

Your healthcare provider will usually measure your blood pressure using an automatic machine.

Other ways you can measure your blood pressure:

  • You can also have additional readings done by a public blood pressure monitor (example: in a pharmacy) or a portable blood pressure monitor at home.
  • In some cases, your healthcare provider may ask you to wear a

monitoring device for 24 hours.

Most commonly, measurement involves placing a “blood pressure cuff” on your arm.

The cuff is wrapped snuggly around your arm and is inflated with air. Pressure

readings are then taken as the air is slowly released.

What is high blood pressure?

Everyone experiences increases in their blood pressure at times but usually only for short periods, such as during physical activity or in stressful situations.

High blood pressure becomes a problem when blood pressure stays higher than normal over a period of time. We call this hypertension (‘hyper’ meaning ‘too much’, and ‘tension’ refers to the pressure in the arteries).

A single high blood pressure reading does not mean you have high blood pressure. Your doctor will confirm a diagnosis of high blood pressure when either the top number (systolic) or the bottom number (diastolic) stays high over a period of time.

It is important to have your blood pressure checked regularly. When you identify high blood pressure early, you have a better chance of getting it under control.

If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, your doctor will talk to you about a target blood pressure and the best way to manage it based on your medical history and your risk factors.

Blood pressure is considered high when it is:

  • 135+/85+ measured at home or 140+/90+ measured by a health practitioner

For people with diabetes, 130/80 is considered high

When and Why should you worry about high blood pressure?

High blood pressure puts too much pressure on the walls of your arteries. This can damage your arteries, as well as cause other health problems. Artery damage reduces blood flow throughout the whole body.

We know high blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart failure, heart attack, kidney disease, and even kidney failure. It has also been linked to dementia.

Whether or not arteries are damaged and how much they are damaged depends on:

  • How high the top or bottom number is and How long the blood pressure remains high.

How can you tell if you have high blood pressure?

You can’t feel it. There are no warning signs. Because of this, it is often called a ‘silent killer’.

The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to check your blood pressure. While you can check your blood pressure at home or at a pharmacy, it is important to also have it checked regularly by a Qualified healthcare provider.

Many people have a higher than normal blood pressure just by being in the doctor’s office. This is called “white coat effect”.

A higher reading than is actually the case may be the result of some anxiety about being in the Doctor’s office. Anxiety can also be caused because you could not find a parking spot and worried about being late for your appointment.

Avoid smoking and/or drinking coffee or other caffeine beverages prior to taking your blood pressure reading.

Sit quietly, relax and breathe calmly. Place your feet flat on the floor and monitor your body for tension. Try to relax any tension prior to taking your blood pressure reading.

Here are some things you can do that will help to lower your blood pressure:

  • Reduce your salt intake. There is so much hidden sodium in the foods we eat, you may never need to add salt to your food.
  • Cut down on pre-packaged and commercially processed foods. About 80% of the salt we consume comes from processed foods, including fast foods, prepared meals, processed meats such as hot dogs and lunch meats, TV Dinners, canned soups (read the labels), bottled dressings, packaged sauces, condiments such as ketchup, pickles, and salty snack foods like potato chips.
  • Look for products with claims such as low sodium, sodium reduced or “no salt added.”
  • Eat more fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables
  • Reduce the amount of salt you add while cooking, baking or at the table
  • Experiment with other seasonings such as garlic, lemon juice and fresh or dried herbs
  • When eating out, don’t hesitate to ask for the nutritional information for the menu items and choose meals lower in sodium. Ask your server to ask the Chef, if possible, please don’t add salt to my entrée.

Its time to TAKE ACTION and get more physically active:

Being physically active is good for your heart and brain. Getting 150 minutes (about a 25-minute workout, 6 days a week) of moderate to vigorous intensity, (depending on your physical condition) will reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes, by about 30% or more.

Being physically active will greatly help your heart, brain, muscles, back, bones and overall mood and sense of well-being.

People who are NOT active, have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as the increased risk of diabetes, cancer and dementia.

If you have a condition that makes regular exercise options too difficult or stressful, you need to get creative.

WALKING at a moderate pace is an excellent option for those who do not want to run or jog.

You can also toss a ball with the kids, rake a few leaves, pull a few weeds, walk up a few stairs, park the car a little bit further from the entrance to the Mall and add a couple of minutes to your walk when you go shopping.

The biggest decision you’ll make is to take DAILY ACTION and change your life for the better. As the saying goes, decide today to “JUST DO IT”.

Here’s how to beat the Usual Suspects:

If you seriously want your health and heart function to improve, facing reality is imperative.

Number One: Decide to Change your diet to more fresh, unprocessed healthy choices, stop smoking, cut down or eliminate alcoholic beverages and do not use any of the recreational drugs.

Here’s the Truth and the Facts:

The continued use of these products will absolutely increase your risk for stroke and all the other heart problems/diseases. It’s your choice – so make the call that’s going to help you live longer and healthier.

Stress Management is one of the most important things you need to do.

If you need help, seek out a good counselor or Doctor, to help you manage and deal with your stress. If at all possible, try to avoid the use of anti-depressants.

Sometimes we become our own authors of our stress levels, by the decisions we make. What people do you allow into your life? Get rid of the Toxic ones. Some are harder to do than others, including getting your finances under control. Do we choose to watch TV or YouTube selectively or do we allow violence, shouting and arguing to spill over and intrude into our psyche every day? Unfortunately, that’s what’s mostly available for us to watch – maybe it’s time to read a great book instead.

Bottom line: Get better at managing your day. Set your alarm, get up early, give yourself time to get ready to go and you won’t miss the bus or let the traffic jump-start your stress.

How to Recognize Signs of a Heart Attack

The symptoms of a heart attack can sometimes resemble indigestion, heartburn, and a stomachache can occur, as well as a heavy feeling in the chest.

Other Symptoms of a heart attack can include:

  • Pain that travels through the body, for example, from the chest to the arms, neck, back, abdomen or jaw.
  • Lightheadedness and dizzy sensations
  • Profuse Sweating
  • Nausea and Vomiting

Heart failure is also an outcome of heart disease and breathlessness can occur when the heart becomes too weak to circulate blood.

Some heart conditions occur with no symptoms at all, especially in older adults and individuals with diabetes.

If you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical assistance.

Let’s Summarize the Basics:

The key to healthy eating is to choose foods in their natural form.

Eat Vegetables and Fruits in their raw state as much as you can.

Using raw foods in your “smoothies” is an excellent way to consume foods raw.

One or two servings of red cabbage, kale, broccoli, cucumber, carrots and brussel sprouts are great vegetable choices for a “smoothie.”

One or Two delicious and naturally sweet fruits can add nutrition and flavor.

Apples, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, lemon or limes (don’t peel them) are all great choices. Just add ½ or ¾ cups of water and let your food blender hum. For best results, do not overfill the blender.

Protein sources such as canned beans and lentils are pre-cooked and added into the “smoothie” for texture – you’ll be amazed at how these “smoothies” will make you feel healthy and full.

These blended “smoothies” can reduce your cholesterol and help to manage atrial fibrillation (an irregular heart rhythm).

Finally, here are some of the factors that, if left untreated, can cause strokes and disease.

The term “cardiovascular disease” describes problems with the blood vessels and circulatory system as well as the heart.

The term “heart disease” refers to issues and deformities in the heart itself.

Congenital Heart Disease” is the general term for deformities of the heart that have been present since birth.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in most of the Western and European countries of the world.

Two other conditions you must deal with that are primary causes of Heart problems and disease are “Stress” and “Weak Immune Systems.”

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