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By Jon David Miller, holistic natural health & wellness educator & author
Circulatory disease has been the leading cause of death by illness for both men and women since records have been kept. A heart attack or stroke is all too often fatal, but frequently is not.
The best approach is to prevent a heart attack or stroke from occurring by improving the quality of foods, reducing stress, plus cleansing and strengthening the heart and blood vessels with good nutrition and exercise.
Improving circulatory system health should be a top priority.
Article on the heart at WebMD
HEART HEALTH HELP
Assistance From Herbs & Nutrients
Benefits:Provides digestive and circulatory support
May help improve overall circulationContains 35,000–45,000 Scoville Heat Units
How It Works:
Capsicum (cayenne pepper) has a warming strength. It stimulates digestion and enhances blood flow. Capsicum is added to many herbal formulas as a catalyst for the other herbs.
Taking several capsules (or a spoonful in water) of the herb capsicum can be helpful in stopping a heart attack and reducing the prospect of damage to the heart. It is a good herb for anyone with heart attack potential to have on hand.
Some people take capsicum regularly to stimulate circulation. Be aware that this herb has HOT properties and can be felt coming out the other end later!
Take 1 capsule four times daily with food.
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Extra oxygen would also help to prevent damage to the heart. Stable liquid oxygen drops are available to add to water.
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Hawthorn berries are known to strengthen the heart.
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Clean The Arteries
Certain nutrients have been found to clean up plaque deposits.
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Chlorine creates free radical damage in the heart and arteries. Virtually all city water supplies contain chlorine or chloramines (compounded from chlorine and ammonia) as a disinfectant. This practice began around 1910. Many health experts are convinced that consumption of chlorinated water is a leading cause of the growth in circulatory disease over the last century.
Many home water systems have put lead in the water from the solder used to seal pipe joints. Water-borne bacteria could be a problem as well.
Every home should have a water purification system for drinking and bathing and showering.
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Certain antioxidant nutrients and herbs rich in them, are valuable in preventing free radical damage to the heart. Others can help the heart recover and and improve circulatory health.
The following antioxidants offer great benefit for the heart and circulation:
Vitamin E, Vitamin C, OPC's (antioxidant compounds from maritime pine bark, grape seeds, and curcumin/turmeric), ellagitannins (from red raspberries, grapes and other fruits), co-enzyme Q-10 (improves oxygen transfer), Super Oxide Dismutase ("SOD", as found in barley grass), lignans (special antioxidants in flaxseed), tocotrienols (powerful antioxidants related to vitamin E) and negatively ionized hydrogen (the strongest antioxidant).
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Flaxseed is also a source for the Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acid. That plus the excellent fiber in it make flaxseed popular for reducing cholesterol.
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High quality minerals are very important, especially calcium, magnesium, potassium, and trace minerals. Also, the enzymes protease & lipase help clean up arterial plaque and fatty deposits.
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Walk Away Heart Problems
An article published not long ago in JAMA (Journal of The American Medical Association) describes a thorough study on the effect of exercise on cardiovascular health in postmenopausal women.
Those who walked or more vigorously exercised for at least 2 1/2 hours a week had about 30% less incidence of circulatory disease. The participants who walked for 45 minutes, 5 days per week had 45% less cardiovascular disease.
It was discovered that simple walking is just as good as jogging, running or other more active exercise. Walking briskly had slightly more benefit than a slower pace.
However, those who sit much of the time during their day are worse off, even though they exercise. It is important to get up and move around frequently.
It is expected that the same benefit of walking and other exercise occurs for other segments of the population as well.
The Signals Of A Heart Attack
The American Red Cross encourages everyone to be aware of these:
~ Persistent chest pain or discomfort (which can range from discomfort to an unbearable crushing sensation in the chest) that lasts longer than 3 to 5 minutes or is not relieved by resting, changing position, oral medication, or goes away and then comes back;
~ Discomfort, pain or pressure in either arm; that spreads to the shoulder, neck or jaw
~ Breathing difficulty, which may cause dizziness
~ Skin appearance, which may be pale or bluish in color
~ Face may be moist or may sweat profusely, possibly a "cold sweat"
~ A sense of dread
To care for a heart attack victim:
- Recognize the signals of a heart attack;
- Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number for help;
- Convince and help the victim to stop activity and rest comfortably, concentrating on breathing well and fully;
- Try to obtain additional information about the victim's condition;
- Assist with medication, if prescribed (some doctors recommend chewing up an aspirin, ideally 325 mg. for a normal adult);
- Monitor the victim's condition;
- Be prepared to give CPR and use an AED if the victim's heart stops beating;
Often a heart attack victim experiences chest pain that does not go away; the pain may spread to the shoulder, arm, neck, jaw or back. It is usually not relieved by resting, changing position or taking medicine.
If the pain is severe or does not go away in 3-5 minutes, call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number at once. A heart attack victim may deny that any signal is serious. If it appears as though the victim is having a heart attack, stay calm, reassure the victim, and call 9-1-1 (or your local emergency number).
Personally, I keep a bottle of Capsicum capsules on hand. This herb is an aid to circulation and can be very helpful in the event of a heart attack.
RESOURCES for caring for a heart attack:
American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiac Care. JAMA. 1992; 268(16): 2135-2302.
Criley JM, Blaufuss AH, Kissel GL. Cough-induced cardiac compression.
JAMA, 1976; 236:1246-1250.
Guidelines 2000 for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care - International Consensus on Science.
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