Sunday, December 8, 2013

Ohhhhh My Pooooor Heart


Today one of my cousins passed away due to heart attack. I really felt sad because I do not know how many of my family members passed away due to cancer. The most saddening thing is, my dad too passed away due to heart attack. So I decided to just find out, why it happens in the first place and the shocking factor just opened up to me. I hope you too read it and know it.

What is a Heart Attack?

A heart attack is a serious medical emergency in which the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked, usually by a blood clot.

What are the causes of Heart Attack?

Heart attacks are not the result of coronary artery disease. It is as a result of disease in the small vessels—the capillaries and small arterioles—which is a consequence of factors such as stress, diabetes, smoking and nutritional deficiencies. Heart cells, which are very active metabolically, suffer from inadequate oxygen and nutrient supply. This oxygen and nutrient deficiency increases under stressful conditions. When this happens, the heart cells revert to their backup system, which is anaerobic fermentation for energy generation— very similar to what happens in your leg muscles when you run too far or too hard. The anaerobic fermentation produces lactic acid which collects in the tissues. Because the heart, unlike the leg muscles, cannot rest, the acidosis progresses if untreated, leading to actual death of the myocardial cells.

As a result of this process, inflammatory debris collects in the tissues, and it is this debris that is the actual source of the coronary artery blockages seen in death from acute heart attack.

So the best way to avoid is, just stay cool. Its no use being tensed or fret for lost cause, nothing is going to change because of your extra tension or fretting.
I know its easier to say than live without tension or heart break. But for those less mortals, who have already stepped into the prime of life have already accumulated lots of debris. So then what next....?


Treatment

There are simple, inexpensive and very effective compounds that effectively prevent lactic acidosis in the heart tissues. These medicines have been known for centuries as cardiotonics and have been used for treating heart disease in every traditional medical system in the world.(The two best known are digitalis (the common foxglove) and strophanthus, an African vine. These plants are the source of so-called cardiac glycosides: digoxin and digitoxin from digitalis, and ouabain from strophanthus.)

The function of these compounds is to regulate the rhythm and power of the cardiac contraction and to prevent or reverse lactic acid build up in the cardiac tissue.

The amazing thing is that these compounds are exact chemical copies of hormones made by our adrenal glands. And our adrenal glands produce these cardiotonics out of . . . cholesterol! Now we know why all the draconian dietary and pharmaceutical measures to lower cholesterol have not resulted in a decrease in the rates of Heart Attack, and why numerous studies have shown that as we age, those with the highest levels of cholesterol live the longest. When we lower cholesterol, we are depriving our bodies of the very substance they need to manufacture cardiotonics. Isn’t it funny?
In conditions of stress, our adrenal glands must work very hard to create numerous hormones that regulate the blood sugar and help the body heal. If the adrenal glands are weak or overloaded, production of cardiotonics goes on the back burner.
The kidneys (their way of referring to the adrenal glands) help the body deal with stress as well as make hormones (digoxin and ouabain) that keep our marvellous hearts healthy, strong and open to enjoy the full richness of life.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

Since the adrenal glands, specifically the adrenal cortex (the outer portion of the adrenal gland), produce protective cardiotonics, an important strategy in protecting yourself against heart attack is to strengthen the ability of this important gland to work properly.

1. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine and related substances in coffee, tea and chocolate. Caffeine causes the adrenal medulla (the inner part of the adrenal gland) to produce adrenaline. In response, the adrenal cortex must produce a host of corticoid hormones that bring the body back into homeostasis. Repeated jolts of caffeine can lead to adrenal burnout, a situation in which the adrenal cortex is unable to produce the myriad of protective and healing substance for the body, including the cardiotonics.
2. Don’t try to lower your cholesterol—the cardiotonics are made from cholesterol.
3. Take cod liver oil for vitamin A. The body needs vitamin A to make all the adrenal cortex hormones from cholesterol. Vitamin A intake should be balanced with vitamin D (from cod liver oil) and vitamin K2 (from the fats and organ meats of grass-fed animals).
4. Don’t consume trans fats. Trans fats (from partially hydrogenated vegetable oils) interfere with the enzyme system needed for the production of adrenal cortex hormones.
5. Take care to avoid low blood sugar. When blood sugar drops too low, the adrenal glands go into overdrive to produce hormones that bring the blood sugar back up. This means avoiding sugar and not skipping meals. There is just no substitute for three good meals a day, at regular intervals, which contain adequate protein and plentiful amounts of good fat.

But the sad part is, I would not able to follow some of the preventions because my weakness is, sweet and chocolate (sigh)


See you tomorrow.
Until then, take care. Bye
Meena


References:-
http://fourfoldhealing.com/2010/06/08/what-causes-heart-attacks/

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