IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING THE WARNING SIGNALS OF A HEART ATTACK YOU SHOULD
- Call 911 or your local emergency number for help, or have someone call for
you (It's a good idea to keep a list of emergency numbers near the phone at
- Stop all activity and sit or lie down, in whatever position is most
- If you take nitroglycerin, take your normal dosage.
- If you are experiencing chest pain, chew and swallow one (1) adult 325 mg
ASA tablet (e.g., Aspirin®) or two (2) 80 mg tablets. Do not use
pain medicines like acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenolâ )
or ibuprofen (e.g. Advil®).
- Rest comfortably and wait for emergency medical services (EMS) (e.g.,
ambulance) to arrive.
If you are with someone who is experiencing the warning signals of a heart
- Help the person with all the activities listed above.
- Expect denial. You must take charge and call 911 or your local emergency
- If the person becomes unresponsive (no normal breathing, coughing, or
movement), start CPR.
In the event of cardiopulmonary arrest (no normal breathing, coughing or
movement), call 911 or your local emergency number, attach an Automatic External
Defibrillator (AED) or begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) immediately and
continue until emergency help has arrived.
- Check the scene for safety.
- Determine unresponsiveness (no normal breathing, coughing or movement).
- Call 911 or your local emergency number.
- Get the AED or ask someone to get an AED if there is one close by, and
attach it to the person immediately.
Early intervention in the case of a cardiac emergency can mean the difference
between life and death. The flow of oxygen to the brain can be sustained and the
amount of permanent damage can be reduced. A survival rate as high as 90% has
been reported when defibrillation is achieved within the first minute of
collapse. Every minute that passes reduces the chances of survival by 7- 10%.
What are the causes of heart disease?
It is an interesting fact that heart disease is not known among mammals and is most predominant in western countries.
It has therefore often been said that heart disease is due to our modern lifestyle.
Some of the causes of heart disease are:
High blood pressure (hypertension)
Gender - Men are more likely to get heart disease than women
Heredity - Genetic factors play a role in increasing the risk of the disease
Obesity - Since overweight people tend to have high cholesterol and blood pressure levels, they are more likely to suffer from heart disease.
Lack of exercise plays an important part in contributing to heart disease.
Lack of vitamin C and antioxidants have also been shown to cause heart disease
Some cholesterol medications tend to weaken the heart muscles
Excessive exposure to free radicals originating from toxic chemicals such as pesticides, chlorinated water and air pollutants is a strong risk factor for cardiovascular disease
High levels of the amino acid, homocysteine, in the blood increases the risk of cardiovascular disease very significantly.
It has also been shown that mercury is a potent initiator of heart disease and risk increases with the number of amalgam tooth fillings.
How can heart disease be prevented, stopped or reversed?
A heart healthy diet is the best way to prevent and reverse heart disease. Less than 10% of the daily energy intake should be in the form of saturated fat and the daily cholesterol intake should not exceed 300 mg. However the fat content of the average American diet is 40-50% of calories consumed and is mostly saturated fats
It is important to cut down on meat products and switch to a largely vegetable based diet. A study in Germany showed that the death rate among male vegetarians due to cardiovascular disease was only 39% of that of the general population while the death rate of female vegetarians was only 46%.
Herbal remedies - Arjuna herb is considered very heart healthy owing to its content of COQ10. Arjuna is considered beneficial in conditions of arterial plaque build-up, strengthening heart muscles and improving blood flow.
Abana - an ayurvedic blend of over 40 herbs and minerals is also recommended as a daily heart tonic.
Reduce cholesterol by changing your diet and with herbs like Guggul that maintain healthy LDL-HDL levels
Reduce blood pressure and hypertension - Hypertension can be reduced by reducing salt intake, reducing weight, and lifestyle changes. Arjuna herb helps to maintain normal blood pressure levels. More on natural ways to reduce hypertension
Start an exercise regimen such as yoga. It has been shown that brisk walking at the rate of 3mph for at least 3 hours a week significantly reduces the risk of heart disease for women
Give up smoking - Smoking causes arteries to narrow and damages them, obstructing blood flow.
Smokers who quit lower their risk of stroke by 27% two years after stopping. Their risk reaches the level of non-smokers after about four years.
Reduce stress and anxiety : Take up stress reducing activities such as yoga and fun hobbies. Herbs such as Ashwagandha help to rejuvenate and relax.
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