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Top 10 Treatments for Heart Problems

According to the CDC, 1 in 4 Americans die from heart disease every year, making it the leading cause of death. Heart disease includes: Coronary heart disease (CHD), coronary artery disease (CAD), cardiomyopathy, and pulmonary hypertension.

These diseases can lead to dizziness, fainting, heart attacks, and ultimately death. If you have heart disease, ther are ways you can treat the symptoms and possibly prevent further damage.

Change Your Lifestyle

Change Your Diet

Filling your belly with natural, organic fruits and vegetables provides your body with the nutrients it needs to fix, fight, and prevent disease. Your body receives the most nutrients from fresh, raw fruits and vegetables. Your plate or meal should be at least 50% fruits and vegetables. If you have trouble consuming the fruits and vegetables your body needs, you should try juicing.

Focus less on meat products to acquire the needed protein for your body. Three great sources of protein are quinoa, almonds, and seitan.

Avoid sugary drinks and caffeine. You should drink at least 9.5 cups of water every day. Water not only helps your body function better, but it also helps you feel full so you snack less.

Get Active

Being physically fit helps your body function better and improves your HDL cholesterol, also known as “good” cholesterol. Increasing your HDL cholesterol lowers your LDL cholesterol, the “bad” cholesterol. Any amount of physical activity is better than no activity, however, moderate aerobic exercise for 150-minutes each week is the tipping-point for health benefits. Take it one day at a time. If you are out of shape, take one more step or walk one more block than you normally would. Most of all, do not overwork yourself and stay hydrated.

Your heart is a muscle, so you should stretch and do strength training in addition to aerobic exercises. Strength training does not have to be weights, it can be yoga or tai chi.

Reduce Stress

Stress triggers a physiological response, affecting your brain and nervous system. Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) released into the bloodstream triggers your adrenal glands to produce corticoids, which stores energy in the body. Your heart rate increases to pump more blood through your system and your blood pressure rises.

The increased blood flow and blood pressure could trigger a heart attack. Managing your stress reduces the physiological response and the strain on your heart.

Stop Tobacco Use

Smoking used to be commonplace when there were smoking sections on airplanes and it was legal to smoke in office buildings. There are reasons for making tobacco use in public places illegal. Smoking is not only unhealthy for you, but for those around you.

The chemicals in tobacco are linked to damaging nearly every organ in your body, particularly your heart. Smoking causes damage to your blood vessels, which in turn aid in developing plaque build up in the heart.

Medications

Several medications on the market treat heart problems, which are occasionally used in combination to maximize results. Always see a doctor before taking any heart medications. You should never self-prescribe or share medications.

ACE Inhibitors

ACE is the acronym for an angiotensin converting enzyme, which helps dilate or widen blood vessels. Increasing the size of your blood vessels helps the body pump more blood through your system and lower your blood pressure.

Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers

Angiotensin II is a chemical with receptors in the muscles surrounding blood vessels, which cause the muscles to contract and narrow the blood vessels. Blocking the receptors prevent the muscles from contracting and the blood vessels stay open.

Aspirin Therapy

John Vane, a British Pharmacologist, published a study in 1971 that described an aspirin treatment therapy for anti-inflammatory drugs and inhibitors. He was later awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology for his work. Since then, aspirin has been used to manage heart disease.

Aspirin blocks an enzyme called cyclooxygenase, which reduces your body’s ability to produce prostaglandins. Prostaglandins facilitate inflammation, inflamed plaque build-up in your arteries can cause a heart attack. Blood platelets can also be caused and lead to blood clots.

Beta-Blocker Therapy

Beta-blockers are known for treating hypertension, however, they are also used to treat congestive heart failure. Heart failure means the body releases a hormone called catecholamines, which includes adrenaline and dopamine. Beta-blockers help to regulate the release and slow your heart rate in order for the heart to fill with more blood before pumping.

Blood Thinners

Blood thinners, also known as Anticoagulants, impede your blood’s ability to clot. They do not thin the blood or aid in the decrease of existing clots.

Diuretics

Diuretics help your body remove excess water and salt enabling your body to control blood pressure. They have also been referred to as “water pills”.

Natural

Even though studies show that the following natural or home remedies work as a treatment for heart disease, it is important that you always consult your doctor before self-prescribing. Combining any of these therapies with prescription medication could have negative effects.

Arjuna

The terminalia arjuna tree, found along the river banks in South and Central India, has been used since the 7th century to treat cardiac diseases. A part of Ayurveda holistic medicine, over 1,000 years old, terminalia, commonly known as arjuna, is considered to have restorative properties for the heart. Studies have shown that water extracted from the bark improves the function of the left ventricle, which is associated with chronic heart failure (CHF).

Medical studies on the benefits and side effect began in the 1990s.

Garlic

Garlic helps the atherosclerosis, which is the hardening of the arteries. Additionally, it helps with high blood pressure and circulation.

Turmeric

A member of the ginger family, Turmeric is a perennial plant native to Southwestern India, more commonly known as the spice curry. Turmeric helps to prevent atherosclerosis, which is the hardening and narrowing of the arteries, according to recent studies. Turmeric may also help reduce plaque buildup and clot formation.

Capsaicin

Capsaicin, found in chili peppers like cayenne pepper, has been found to treat circulatory and heart problems by reducing the reduce of irregular heart beats. You should avoid capsaicin if you have high blood pressure.

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