What Is Coronary Heart Disease and Can You Protect Yourself?
Heart disease comes in many forms - high (or low) blood pressure, poor circulation to more extreme conditions like Atherosclerosis. This is when the blood vessels leading to the heart (coronary arteries), narrow and become hard. This happens, usually because of poor diet choices. Cholesterol in the blood collects on the walls of the arteries, forming an atheroma.
The heart is then starved of blood because of the narrowing of the arteries. Often, blood clots can form which is very dangerous, because they can block the artery completely or break up the atheroma. If it not caught in time, it can lead to permanent damage to the blood system, which will affect many other major organs in the body (because they could also be starved of oxygenated blood). This is called myocardial infarction or a heart attack.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from heart disease, and even relieve the symptoms. Not always by taking dangerous medications either. I am talking about enzyme treatments which are incredibly powerful, and have wonderful healing properties for the sick. Powerful enough to reduce blood pressure and thin the blood enough to help it flow more freely around the bodies arteries and veins. I've been using a supplement called nattokinase, a strange name, I know.
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Who is more likely to get heart disease?
There are many causes of heart disease. Bad diet is the major cause for concern, in western civilization today. Junk food, processed food and foods high in saturated fats and salts (and sugars), are leading to obesity, heart disease and several other deadly conditions. Fatalities are on the increase because of poor diet.
But it is older men, and some women who are getting heart problems, statistics say. Also, a family history of heart disease, like angina and high blood pressure, is also a problem today. My family history is quite poor regarding this topic. My grandfather dies of heart problems, my grandmother has poor heart health and my mother recently started suffering with heart problems. As you can imagine, I have become quite 'vigilant' in my approach to diet and all things related to health.
Others in a high risk category, are people who have severe diabetes, live in a highly stressful environment and of course, those who continue to ignore health warnings about eating saturated fat content foods!
What are the symptoms of heart disease and can you avoid them?
The early symptoms are shortness of breath (dyspnea). But most people can get short of breath at some time, so it is therefore very important to recognized when you should be concerned.
If you cannot walk more than a few steps, climbing a few stairs or even when you are just sat on your sofa and try to stand, without feeling like you can't breath properly - it is time to visit the doctor. The same thing can be said if you get chest pains that make you feel unwell. This could mean you are having a heart attack or you have angina.
Milder chest pains mind you, may be a pinched nerve in the base of your neck (thoracic spine) and in your shoulder blades. They (milder pains or discomfort) can even be caused by a stomach ulcer. So do not ignore any chest pains you may get. And serious pains, if they last more than a few minutes, then it is time to consult your doctor or perhaps, call a paramedic immediately.
A lot of people get heart palpitations, my mother in law is one of them. She's had them for years, and like most people was very concerned about it when they first started happening. Most of the time there is nothing to be worried about, but if no other signs are evident, rhythmias can happen and this signals the beginning of a potential cardiac problem.
Another common heart health condition is called congestive heart failure (also known as Edema), which means that the right side of the heart has started to work less efficiently. Symptoms include swelling in the ankles and legs, which is a fluid build up. If this happens too quickly, serious symptoms can then affect the lungs (again, with fluid build up).
Coronary disease is a preventable disease
Most of the time this is true, unless (as we discussed earlier) someone is born with the risk, because of their family genes. But it is the people who dismiss healthy options in life, referring to diet and exercise, that place themselves in the high risk category. Folk who ignore prefer to regularly eat foods which are high in trans fats, salt and sugars will almost certainly also have high cholesterol.
High cholesterol in your body also puts you at an increased risk of contracting one or more cardiovascular diseases. Cholesterol, a fatty-wax like by-product, when building up in your arteries puts additional strain on your heart, because it has to work harder and less oxygen can get to your heart.
You would think that this is reason enough to start eating healthy. Sadly, that is not the case with most adults. They wait until a serious problem does happen, like high blood pressure or angina, before they will make changes to their lifestyle. Unfortunately, for some it is often too late, because the damage has already been done.
Heart Health Poll
Do you know what a 'healthy lifestyle' means?
- Relief from high blood pressure
- Reduce the risk of stroke
- Lower blood pressure
- Improved circulatory biology
- Improve general health
So, what can you do to protect yourself from coronary heart disease?
Be pro-active, not reactive.
Educate yourself on living a healthy lifestyle. It does not take a lot of effort, however it can be a mental mind game if you've been used to snack, junk and processed foods for most of your life. But don't worry, your dedication to living a long and healthy life will prevail. It must, or you risk the consequences of poor health.
Don't wait for your circulatory system or your heart to start malfunctioning. You have one life, one body and one heart. You don't have a back-up, you don't have a replacement. Most of the time, if something goes wrong with one of your major organs, you must undergo dangerous surgery to correct the problem. I've had more than my fair share of operations, and i've seen way too many surgical theaters. Not because of the way I lived, but because I was in a near fatal car wreck.
I do recommend nattokinase for protecting your heart system. It has helped me, and countless other suffers, live a more comfortable life. This supplement really is a protector of the heart - shielding the body from the risk of stroke, high blood pressure, varicose veins and even protecting the elderly from the effects of Alzheimer's.