Heart Disease Causes:
- Poor diet is a major factor in development of heart disease; they include high blood cholesterol, which promotes the buildup of fatty deposits in the coronary arteries and leads to angina and heart attacks.
- Emotional stress has long been recognized as a major factor in raising the risk of coronary artery disease and angina.
- Smoking is the leading avoidable cause of heart disease.
- Obesity increases the risk of heart attack, and is also a factor in high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
- Diabetes, a disease that affects the heart, blood vessels, and other vital organs.
- Alcohol use, which harms the heart and blood vessels.
- Excessive iron intake. It’s well known that excessive iron damages the heart, liver, and other vital organs.
- Heredity and advancing age.
- Gender (premenopausal women have lower risk than men and older women).
Symptoms of Coronary Heart Disease:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Other symptoms include fainting, cold hands and feet, frequent perspiration, fatigue, etc.
Heart Disease Prevention:
- Moderately elevated cholesterol levels can be lowered by adopting a diet with less than 30% (but preferably 20%) of its calories coming from fats, mostly the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated types found in plant oils and fish.
- Drinking wine moderately. Wine especially the red one is rich in bioflavonoid, quercitin. Quercitin does not only protect against cancer, it also seems to prevent inflammation, allergic reactions, and a tendency for blood clot, which may explain the reduced risk of heart attacks in wine drinkers.
- Regular blood pressure checkups may provide advance warning of potential cardiovascular problems.
- Regular exercise helps improve cardiovascular fitness and helps control weight.
Eat Plenty of:
- Fruits and Vegetables. The soluble fibers and antioxidant nutrients in fresh fruits and vegetables help to prevent arteries from becoming clogged with fatty plaque. Soluble fiber can also help improve glucose metabolism in people predisposed to develop diabetes. Apples, grapes, and other fruits are high in soluble fiber; so as dried peas, beans, and other legumes.
- Salmon, sardines, herring, trout, and other fatty cold-water fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce the tendency of blood to clot. It is recommended to consume two or three servings of fish a week. Although fish oil supplements are high in omega-3 fatty acids, they should not be taken without approval of a doctor, because they may increase the risk of stroke.
- Raw garlic inhibits the tendency of the blood to clot, lowers blood cholesterol, and helps reduce high blood pressure. Allicin is the chemical that gives garlic its distinctive odor and it medicinal benefits.
- Onions normalize the percentage of blood cholesterol. One suffering from coronary heart disease should take one teaspoon of raw onion juice first thing in the morning.
- Bran. Bran cereal is a high-fiber food that will help keep your cholesterol levels in check. Other high fiber foods include barley, oats, whole grains such as brown rice.
Heart Disease Natural Remedies:
- Flaxseed oil is high in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to clean up the body’s excess of triglycerides, the building blocks for cholesterol. Flaxseed oil should be taken with water, since high doses can cause constipation.
- Apple Cider Vinegar helps to dissolve arterial plaque. Just add a teaspoon to 1 glass pure water or apple juice and drink the mixture 2-3 times per day.
- Vitamin E improves oxygenation of the cells and improves blood circulation and gives muscle the required strength. The patients suffering from coronary heart disease should therefore have food rich in vitamin E. Green leafy vegetables are known to be good sources of vitamin E. Other food sources include eggs (in moderation, as they are also high in cholesterol), wheat germ, fortified cereals, nuts, seed, margarine (soft), and vegetable oils (olive oil, coconut oil).
- Coenzyme Q-10 re-energizes heart cells, especially in people who have already been diagnosed with heart failure. It blocks the process that creates plaque buildup in the arteries and helps lower blood pressure.
- Calcium. Calcium is another heart-healthy nutrient, and milk isn’t the only calcium-rich food. In fact, there are lots of nondairy foods that are rich in calcium, such as broccoli, kale, salmon, figs, pinto beans, and nori (seaweed).
- Magnesium helps to reverse heart disease by improving the circulation and reducing angina and blood pressure.