Month: April 2016

How to Interpret EKG – Part 1

You will learn how to interpret EKG or ECG in several series. This is the first one.

In this post, you will learn about EKG paper. 

EKG paper is usually of green or pink color. It has several horizontal and vertical lines.

The horizontal axis represents Time in seconds. The vertical axis represents amplitude (how strong your heart beats) in mV.

Both, horizontal and vertical axis have light and dark lines. Each light line on horizontal axis represent 0.04 second. Each dark line on horizontal axis measures 0.2 seconds.

Each light line on vertical axis measure 0.1 mV. And each dark line measures 0.5 mV.

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How Aspirin Works, Uses, Side Effects & Who Should Avoid

Aspirin was commonly prescribed as pain reliever. Today it is used to manage heart diseases. But, how many of us know how it works, its uses and side effects? Probably most take it for granted.

In this post, we will look into how Aspirin works in preventing and managing heart attacks.

How it Works?

Aspirin works in two ways. First it decreases inflammation (which is root cause for heart attacks). Secondly, it reduces formation of blood clots (which causes heart attacks).

Plaque builds upon inflamed arteries. Aspirin works directly to inhibit inflammation. It blocks an enzyme called cyclooxygenase. This further reduces the production of prostaglandins. And prostaglandins are responsible for inflammatory response.

Heart attacks occur when built up plaque bursts open. Blood rushes to form a blood clot. Blood clots are formed when blood platelets clump together. Again prostaglandins are responsible for formation of blood clots. Therefore, when prostaglandins are inhibited, bloods clots are reduced.

Uses of Aspirin?

Aspirin is mostly used during a heart attack. After you call 911, the operator may ask you to chew one. As you know Aspirin decreases formation of blood clots. Therefore, the damage caused by reduction in blood flow is less. Moreover, it also provides time to reach the hospital.

Aspirin is also taken to prevent heart attacks. People with high risk for heart disease pop low dose Aspirin once a day. The benefit from Aspirin increases with risk. If you are low on risk for heart disease then Aspirin may not be beneficial. People at high risk for heart disease include:

  • smokers
  • diabetics
  • family history of heart disease
  • obesity
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • people who experience Angina.

Read everything about Angina and how to recover here.

Aspirin is also taken to prevent a second heart attack.

How to Take Aspirins?

  • If it’s chewable Aspirin then chew it.
  • If it’s extended-release, do not chew, crush or break. Swallow whole.
  • Do not take Aspirin on empty stomach. Take them after meals. In this way you will avoid upset stomach.
  • Never take Aspirin with alcohol. It increases the possibility of stomach bleeding.

Side Effects of Aspirin:

Every medication has side effects. Here are some side effects:

  • Severe headache as a result of bleeding into the brain.
  • Hives
  • Asthma attack
  • Your throat, lips, tongue or/and might swell
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Nosebleeds
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Bloody stools
  • Bloody urine (it may also appear pink)
  • stomach ulcer
  • nausea
  • Ringing in the ears

Call your doctor immediately, if you notice any of the above symptoms.

Who Should Avoid Aspirin?

  1. Heavy drinkers must not take Aspirin. Aspirin thins your blood and alcohol has the same affect. Taking Aspirin will further thin your blood leading to adverse effects.
  2. People who have bleeding problems (ulcers).
  3. Pregnant women and those trying to get pregnant.
  4. People under age 18 and recovering viral infection should not take Aspirin.
  5. And those who are allergic to Aspirin.

How to Care for Your Heart After Bypass Surgery

After Bypass, the responsibility is yours. You need to work towards healing and getting back to normal life. Usually it takes 6 to 8 weeks. Your doctor must already have given a plan. However, we have  provided some crucial points which will help in getting your health back.

Making Lists:

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As soon as you settle at home do these things:

  1. Have a separate file for all instructions the medical team gave you. It is usually on how to care for yourself.
  2. Note the list of contacts (doctors and family member) incase you need them in emergency. Doctors and hospital emergency contact numbers must be listed. In case, you have any doubts, you can clarify calling these numbers.
  3. Have a Medicine Kit. This medicine must be different from previous ones. It must contain only medications intended after your Bypass surgery.
  4. Have your insurance card in your wallet. In case of emergency it will come in handy.

Taking Care of Incision:

Incisions are common in surgeries. In bypass there are two types:

  1. Traditional incisions and
  2. Minimal Invasive incisions

Traditional incisions are done when open heart surgery is performed. The sternum (middle of your chest) is split open to reveal your heart. After completion of surgery, it is stichted together using sternal wires. The outer incision (your skin) is either stitched traditionally/internally stitched or glued.

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Image showing Sternum and Incision

In Minimally invasive methods small incision is made which do not interfere with sternum.

 Care for Incisions while bathing:

It is okay to bath. However, do not soak in tub. Wash incisions daily with mild soap. Do not use soap directly on incisions. Use soap water to gently rub on incision. After bathing pat dry. The scab on your chest will fall off within a month. Until that time do not use lotion or ointment.

While showering turn your back towards the spray. If you can’t stand get a shower stool. Ask someone to get you in and out of shower till you regain strength.

Signs of Infection:

If you notice any of below infection signs call your doctor:

  1. Swelling on Oozing from incision
  2. Edges of incision pulling apart
  3. Warm feeling over the incision area
  4. Redness around incision
  5. Fever higher than 100F

Other signs (which are not infection) to note are:

  1. when your breastbone moves inside
  2. when you hear a pop or crack while you move.

Coping with Swelling Legs

If a vein was taken from your leg then it will swell occasionally. The swelling is caused due to improper blood supply (since a vein was taken). Here are some tips to cope with leg swelling:

  1. Wear white support stockings daily. Remove it in evenings. Continue until swelling stops
  2. Do not cross your legs.
  3. Whether you are sitting or sleeping rest your legs a little higher. Use pillows while sleeping and another couch while sitting.
  4. Walk daily for increased circulation.

Watching Your Weight

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After surgery some people experience fluid retention. This is caused by improper heart or kidney function. Check your weight daily to eliminate the possibility of fluid retention.

Things to do Daily:

  1. Check your weight daily. Use a digital scale.
  2. Record your weight.
  3. Take the record with you when visiting your doctor.

If you see 3 lb or more increased weight within 2 days let your doctor know immediately.

Activities – Do’s and Don’ts

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First two months after bypass surgery are crucial. The sternum won’t heal like other bones. It is held together by a strong wire. It will only heal if it’s in place constantly. If you do any strenuous activity there are chances of sternum edges being shifted.

Some Do’s and Don’ts:

  1. Do not drive. You can travel as passenger
  2. Do not life weights greater than 5 lb. These include children and trashes.
  3. Do not stand in one place longer than 15 minutes.
  4. Do not push or pull heavy items.
  5. Walk slowly everyday.

Approximately it take 2 months till you can return to your normal lifestyle. Talk with your doctor before regaining normal activities.

Some Tips on Exercising After Bypass Surgery

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Here are some tips to exercise after surgery:

  • Walk daily. Take short walks throughout the day. Do not over exert yourself.
  • Stop immediately if you experience pain or discomfort
  • Have someone walk with you
  • Increase your walking distance daily or weekly
  • Climb the stair slowly, each step at a time.

Changing Your Lifestyle After Bypass Surgery

Surgery alone won’t help. You need lifestyle changes. But the most important ones are below:

  1. Stop Smoking. If you never smoked, congrats!
  2. Reduce your alcohol intake. If possible, avoid altogether.
  3. Eat a healthy balanced meal.
  4. Exercise regularly.

Why Being Fit Won’t Help Your Heart

Fitness and Health are not same. Sadly, they are used synonymously.

Fitness is defined as conditioning of your body. Your ability to work or exercise. Health is defined as absence of disease and abnormality.

Therefore, if you are fit, it doesn’t mean you are healthy.

Take the idea further. You will realize that being fit does not help your heart.

Fit People Who Suffered Heart Attacks:

1. Jim Fixx is a well known runner. He authored ‘The Complete Guide to Running’ which is #1 best seller. In fact, he is responsible for America’s fitness revolution. Unfortunately, he died at 52 while running. Autopsy revealed that one artery was 90% blocked, the other 85% blocked while the third 70% blocked. For a marathon runner this is alarming.

2. In his book, Dean Ornish describes rushing into emergency room. The man lying on the stretcher had no pulse. Everyone was trying to revive this man. He was muscular and seemed fit. Later someone realized that it was Tony Conigliaro. He was a Major League Baseball outfielder and played for Boston Red Sox.

3. Pete Mavarich was the best basketball player of his time. He is considered as the best ball handler of all time. He played for NBA and other Associations. After retiring due to knee injury he embraced Christianity. While playing basketball at a local church he died of heart failure. He was only 40.

All three examples are proof that fitness level does not guarantee freedom from coronary disease.

But we do not imply avoiding exercise altogether. The usual recommendation of 30 minute moderate exercise, five days per week is good.

Moderate exercise in the form of walking is best. Walk on your treadmill, cross trainer or outdoor. Do not overdo it. Don’t push yourself beyond pain and injury. It is easy to get over exerted.

Many trainers recommend pushing beyond limit and pain. It works to build muscle. However, to remain healthy, moderation is the key.

Use this Speech Test to Know if You are Over Exerting:

Exercise in a moderate manner so that when you speak, you shouldn’t be out of breath. If you feel shortness of breath then lower the intensity. Use this test to ensure you are working out in moderation.

To gain maximum health, you need healthy lifestyle changes.

Important Note: Before starting any exercise regime talk with your doctor. According to your condition, your doctor will prescribe an exercise program. It is more important if you have previous history of heart attack or any heart disease.

12 Foods That Lower Cholesterol Naturally

Lowering cholesterol is vital for your heart. Cholesterol level is measured by the amount of LDL present in your body. It is believed that LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) is the substance that forms as plaque along inner walls of coronary arteries resulting in heart attack. Therefore, by lowering LDL levels you lower your chance of heart attack.

If you had suffered heart attack in the past then you must be on Statins. Though Statins, lower your cholesterol, trying to reduce naturally is best.

Read how Statins works, their different types and side effects.

Here are 12 foods that lower cholesterol naturally:

1.Oatmeal:

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Oatmeals are high in soluble fiber which reduces level of LDL. Soluble fiber cuts the amount of cholesterol absorbed into the blood. Eat at least 10 gm of soluble fiber per day to see significant drop in LDL levels. Other foods which are high in soluble fiber are apple, pear, kidney beans, prunes, barley and banana.

2.Beans:

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Beans and lentils, like oatmeal, are high in soluble fiber. Most important of all they contain a nutrient called lecithin which helps lower cholesterol. Beans are also high in protein and low in fat.

3.Nuts:

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Eat handful of nuts daily to improve your cholesterol levels. Nuts contain Mono and Polyunsaturated fatty acids which keeps blood vessels healthy. Walnut is most preferred of all nuts. Some other nuts include almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pistachio etc. Try eating them eating raw without salting. And don’t overeat them as they are high in calories.

4.Garlic:

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Allicin, the active ingredient present in Garlic helps lower LDL levels. Add them in your food as whole or crushed. Best way to enjoy Garlic is adding them into gravy. Apart from providing heart benefits it also increases the aroma and taste.

5.Blueberries:

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Pterostilbene, an antioxidant present in Blueberries helps to lower cholesterol. Moreover, they are high in soluble fiber and vitamins vital for a healthy heart.

6.Avocado:

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Avocados are high in Monounsaturated fats. And according to a research it has been found that consuming  an Avocado per day reduces the cholesterol levels. Eat them daily to reap benefits.

7.Olive Oil:

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Like Avocados, Olive oil is high in Monounsaturated fatty acids. Replace your regular oil with olive oil. Sprinkle some on salad dressings or use instead of butter. But remember, everything in moderation.

8.Whey Protein:

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Whey protein is one of the two protein found in dairy. Whey protein has shown to reduce LDL as well as total cholesterol. You can purchase whey protein in stores and they come in several flavors.

9.Tea:

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While Tea is known for its cancer fighting antioxidants, it also lowers LDL levels. In a research, it was found that people who drank black tea had their lipid drop 10% in just 3 weeks. Apart from lowering cholesterol, tea can also help reduce incidence of coronary artery disease.

10.Chocolate:

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Chocolates are great to lower cholesterol and reduce blood pressure. Only dark chocolates are helpful not milk chocolates. Antioxidants present in dark chocolates increase HDL percentage in blood. According to a study, group which was given cocoa powder daily had 24% increase in HDL levels within 12 weeks.

11.Spinach:

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Spinach contains lutein a yellow pigment. Lutein is known to ward off clogging in arteries by cholesterols. It is recommended to eat at least 1/2 cup of spinach to reap benefits.

12.Soya:

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Soya contains low amount of saturated fats. Therefore, when you consume Soya, you automatically ingest less saturated fats. Soya are used as alternatives to meat which in turn reduces your saturated fat intake. Moreover, the protein in Soya is known to affect how the body processes cholesterol.

That’s the end of list and we know it isn’t comprehensive. We will update the above list regularly.

Did we miss something? Would you like to add to the list?

Please let us know in the comments below.

How Sudden Cardiac Death Occurs & it’s Causes?

Sudden Cardiac Death is caused by Sudden Cardiac Arrest (loss of heart’s function). It is estimated that more than 300,000 deaths occur yearly from Sudden Cardiac Death in US. More than half of heart disease is Sudden Cardiac Death. And it’s leading cause of natural death.

Sudden Cardiac Death is Different from Heart Attack:

Sudden Cardiac Death is different from Heart Attack. However, Sudden Cardiac Death may occur in people having a heart attack.

In a Heart Attack, there is blockage and blood flow is prevented to certain area of heart. This results in damage to that area. In Sudden Cardiac Death, the heart loses it’s ability to pump completely resulting in death.

What Causes Sudden Cardiac Death:

Arrhythmia causes Sudden Cardia Death. Arrhythmia is said to have occurred when lower chambers of the heart (ventricles) is unable to pump blood due to disorganized impulses. The heart flutters and becomes unstable. No blood is pumped out and death occurs in minutes.

Risk Factors for Sudden Cardiac Death

Here are some risk factors for Sudden Cardiac Death:

  1. You had previously experienced Sudden Cardiac Arrest
  2. Family history of Sudden Cardiac Deaths
  3. You have suffered a Heart Attack. People who had suffered a Heart Attack have 75% chances of Sudden Cardiac Death.
  4. People with Coronary Artery Disease have 80% chances of Sudden Cardiac Death.
  5. People with heart failure are 9 times more prone to Sudden Cardiac Death compared to common people. Heart Failure is a condition is which heart’s pumping ability is below normal.
  6. Frequent episodes of Arrhythmia.

How to Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death?

Check if you fall under any risk factor. If yes, talk with your cardiologist and get checked immediately.

If you don’t fall under risk factors be on guard for any abnormal rhythms.

What to do if someone is having a Cardiac Arrest?

Quickly give them a CPR. If you are not trained in CPR then just compress the chest until help arrives. The next best is to use AED. Defibrillators can help the heart to beat regularly.

 

How is Coronary Bypass Surgery Done & When?

Coronary artery bypass surgery is done using a healthy blood vessel to substitute damaged artery. When plaques build along the inner walls of arteries they restrict blood flow. A bypass surgery is done to bring the blood flow back to normal.

When is Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Recommended?

This entirely depends on your situation. You, can have angioplasty as alternative. Then again, you need to talk with your doctor.

However, here are some common cases where Bypass Surgery is preferred:

  1. Previously you had Angiplasty and it didn’t work.
  2. The artery is severly damaged and it won’t survive a stent.
  3. Previously placed stent gets blocked, increasing the chance of heart attack.

Depending upon your situation cause will differ.

How is Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Performed?

You will receive a general anesthesia and become unconsious. An incision is made in the middle of chest. Rib cage is then opened up exposing the heart.

A healthy blood vessel usually from leg is taken.

By now, Heart Lung machine is connected. The machine will pump oxygenated blood throughout your body.

The healthy blood vessel is implanted in such a way that blood flow instead of passing through damaged artery passes through the new vessel.

Surgeons check the functioning of newly placed blood vessel. If everything is alright then you are stitched up.

Risks involved?

Here are some risks which can arise after surgery:

  1. Heart Attack
  2. Bleeding
  3. Blood Clot
  4. Chest Pain
  5. Memory loss (usually temporary)
  6. Infection at incision point
  7. kidney failure
  8. Reaction to General Anesthesia

What are the Alternatives?

There are three main alternatives to Bypass Surgery. They are:

Enhanced External Counterpulsation:

In Enhanced External Counterpulsation therapy blood pressure cuffs are used. They are tied at your lower limbs. When the heart relaxes a compression is sent electronically. The compression increases blood flow to the heart. The increased blood flow provides sufficient blood flow to the heart. As time passes, the heart starts developing branches of arteries to cope with increased blood flow. This new branch of arteries act as natural bypass for damaged arteries.

Angioplasty:

Angioplasty involves using a balloon to compress the plaque and stents to keep the arteries from blocking again. This is most popular alternative for Bypass sugeries. For more infomarion on how Angioplasty is done please read this article on Angioplasty.

Medication:

Medicines too are used to unblock arteries. However, if you depend only on medicine the dosages are strong and you need to follow strict diet for significant changes. Usually, you are put on cholesterol lowering drugs along with other drugs.

Talk with your cardiologist for alternatives and their respective risks. Choose the one with more benefit to less risk ratio.

Note: No matter what alternative you choose your diet is most important. Even after a Bypass Surgery it’s vital to eat healthy diet.

How Statins Work & Their Side Effects

Statins are medication used for lowering cholesterol. 80% of cholesterol is synthesized by human body while 20% come from diet. If cholesterol levels get high, Statins are used to bring it down.

Statins can bring down the percentage of LDL to 50% and increases HDL by 15% within a short period. You can start seeing significant changes in 2 to 4 weeks of taking Statin.

How Does Statin Lower Cholesterol?

Statins help lower cholesterol in two ways:

  1. Statin inhibits HMG-CoA reductase, an enzyme used in production of cholesterol by your liver. The end result being less production of cholesterol by liver.
  2. Secondly it absorbs cholesterol present in your body.

When are Statins Prescribed?

Statins are usually prescribed to people with the following conditions:

  1. Angina pectoris (chest pain) due to atherosclerosis (lesion in arteries)
  2. History of Heart Attack to prevent any further attacks
  3. High risk for heart attack
  4. Increased level of blood cholesterol. If the LDL level is above 190 mg/dL or greater.
  5. People with diabetes and level of LDL between 70 and 189 mg/dL.

What are the Types of Statins?

  • Atorvastatin
  • Cerivastatin
  • Fluvastatin
  • Lovastatin
  • Mevastatin
  • Pitavastatin
  • Pravastatin
  • Rosuvastatin
  • Simvastatin

Each type of statin has different potential. The most potent being Rosuvastatin and Atorvastatin. And least potent being Fluvastatin.

These statins are marketed with different brand names such as Crestor, Lipitor, Lescol, Pravachol, Vytorin, Zocor etc.

Side Effects of Statins

Here are some side effects starting from most common to rarest ones:

  • Headaches
  • Gastro Intestinal problems
  • Muscle and joint Pain
  • Rash
  • Memory loss
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • High Blood Sugar
  • Mental confusion
  • Muscle or Liver Damage

Who Should Not Take Statins?

People with liver disease and women who are pregnant, breast feeding or trying to get pregnant should avoid statins.

Statins react with other medications. Below is a list of medication. If you are on any one of them then you shouldn’t take statin.

  1. Clarithromycin
  2. Diltiazem
  3. Erythromycin
  4. Itraconazole
  5. Fibrate &
  6. Verapamil

How to Get the Most from Statin Drugs?

Best way to achieve full potential of Statin drug is to exercise and eat healthy diet. Depending upon your fitness level the type of exercise you can do will vary. As to diet, consume less amounts of animal fats especially liver.

P.S: My Dad got his third heart attack after eating a plate of chicken liver. 

What are Alternatives to Statins?

Here are some alternatives to Statins:

  1. Fish Oil – Fish oils are known to reduce triglyricides level by 50%. Moreover, it also boosts HDL levels. Most studies show that 1 to 4 gm of Fish oil are beneficial.
  2. Sterols and Stanols – These are supplements which reduce the LDL level by 15%. Experts recommend a daily dosage of 2 gm.
  3. Soluble Fiber – These are present in our food. For every 10 gm of fiber consumed you lower 5% of LDL. It is recommended to take 30 gm of Fiber per day. Most fruits and vegetables contain soluble fiber including oats.

Important: Talk with your doctor for statin alternatives or before stopping statins.

18 Tips for A Healthy Heart

Your Heart is  a non-stop pump. It beats till death. Therefore, it is a priority to keep to your Heart healthy.

Here are some tips to keep your Heart fit as fiddle:

1. Get 8 Hours of Sleep:

It is important to have undisturbed sleep for eight hours. Only while your sleeping can your body relax completely and start repairing process. The same holds true for your heart. Moreover, while asleep your heart beats slower with less intensity. This reduces the strain on your heart.

2: Lower Your Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is resistant to blood flow. Therefore, if there is high blood pressure (greater resistance) your heart tends to pumps harder to counter the resistance. Talk with your GP on how to lower blood pressure. Common advise is to avoid salt, alcohol, smoking and high fat foods.

3: Get Moving:

If you are sitting, walk. If you are walking, run. In short, get moving, Dont succumb to sendantary lifestyle. If you can take the stairs then avoid lift. If you can stand and work, don’t sit. Exercising for 30 minutes a day and resting the entire time wont’ help.

4: Lower Chances of Diabetes:

If you are obese and have a sedentary lifestyle with high blood pressure then you are at high risk for diabetes. Talk with your doctor on how to control diabetes. People with diabetes are more likely to damage their heart and suffer a Heart Attack.

5: Avoid Processed Fruit Juices:

A can of fruit juice is tempting. They may also have nutrients but also contain empty calories. Theses calories do no good apart from increasing weight. This weight gain in turn puts strain on your heart.

6: Quit Smoking (Even Electronic):

Quit smoking now and it will be the greatest gift to your health. Some people prefer e-ciggerates to real ones. Unfortunately, these e-ciggereates. also contain nicotine which are bad for heart.

7: Get a Hobby:

Your daily job will tire you. This will build up stress harmful to your heart. Bring the stress levels down with a hobby. It can be anything. Try gardening, walking your dog, hanging out with friends or even strolling around the block. Do something that will take your mind off from serious issues.

8: Consume Dark Chocolates (Everything in Moderation)

Dark chocolates are healthier for heart. Upon ingestion, the flavanols within dark chocolate form nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide helps in expanding of arteries thereby reducing blood pressure. The result being less strain on your heart.

9: Limit Salt Intake:

Most consume twice the amount of salt than recommended. Just decreasing table salt content in your food won’t help. We get salts from processed and restaurants foods. Hence, avoid restaurants and processed foods completely and watch your regular salt intake.

10: Listen to Lower Tempo

Music has the ability to lower blood pressure. But not all music. Lower tempo music are the ones. Get your iPod filled with lower temp musics and relax for a healthy heart.

11: Use Olive Oil

The antioxidants present in olive oil can reverse and prevent cellular damage. Damage of red cells are part responsible for heart attacks. However, ensure not to heat till the oil smokes. Best way is to drizzle some oil on your food.

12: Eat Fruits and Vegetables Daily:

Eat whole fruits and vegetables. You can juice them and drink. However, most nutrients are gained through eating them whole. Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables and see the increased health of your heart.

13: Cut Down on Sugar:

Sugar is bad for heart and health in total. In fact, it is root cause for Heart Attack. No matter what the food industry tells, sugar is bad for you. According to American Heart Association only 9 teaspoon for men and 6 teaspoon for women are recommended daily. Sadly, most of us consume 22 teaspoon which 4 times the regular amount. To know more about how sugar affects your heart read How Sugar Kills Your Heart Everyday.

14: Eat Nuts:

Nuts are great. Eat any type of nut or have a mix of all. Add them in salads and just eat them. Next time you want that cookie or chips get a handful of nuts instead.

15: Eat Fish:

Fish are good for your Heart and overall health. Swap red meat for fish and have them at least twice a week. Eat any type of fish you like. The Omega-3 in fish helps your heart to stay young. Oily fishes such as Salmon, Tuna and Sardines contain higher amount of Omega-3 fatty acids.

16: Start Your Day with a Healthy Breakfast:

How you start your day will decide the rest. Same holds true for food. Start your day with junk food and you will end up eating more junk foods. Start your day with healthy food and you will eat more healthy foods. A great break fast is oats and omelette. Though egg contains cholesterol evidence show that dietary cholesterols have no harmful effects on heart.

17: Add Beans to Your Diet

Adding beans to your diet lowers LDL cholesterol according to researches from Canada. After analyzing data from various clinical trials they found that after consuming half a cup of beans per day for six weeks reduces LDL by 5%.

18: Try Plant Based Diet

A report in the Journal of Family Practice confirms that it is possible to improve conditions of heart patients and completely reverse heart disease. 189 patients were asked to follow plant based diet. The result saw an astonishing 89% improve their condition while 22% saw complete reversal of heart disease.

That’s all folks!

Do you have any tip for a healthy heart? Let us know in the comment section.

How Vitamin C Prevents and Reverses Cardio Vascular Diseases

We know the cause of Heart Attack is formation of lesion within coronary arteries. These formation of lesions, according to Dr Linus Pauling, occurs due to deficiency in Vitamin C. When one consumes large doses of Vitamin C, Heart Attack or any other Cardio Vascular Disease is prevented.

Who is Dr Linus Pauling?

Dr. Linus Pauling is an American Biochemist who has received two nobel prizes. He is well known for his Vitamin C against Cardio Vascular disease. He has written more than 1200 papers. He is especially known for his unified theory (one solution solves all) on cardio vascular disease.

The Root Cause of Heart Attack:

In the beginning, we stated that lesions are root cause of Heart Attack. These lesions are also known as atherosclerosis. Before it was believed that these lesions were entirely composed of LDL (commmonly known as bad cholesterol).

In recent times, it is found that the lesions are made of Lipoprotein (a). These are another form of LDL.

Why Lipoprotein (a) gets Deposited in the first place?

Well, Dr Linus Pauling states that the Lipoprotein (a) is deposited as a measure to strengthen the arteries. This in turn blocks the arteries resulting in less blood flow and finally to cardio vascular disease.

Vitamin C, interestingly, is responsible for strengthening arteries. When the body becomes deficient in Vitamin C, blood vessels become weak and burst open. A condition commonly known as scurvy.

When enough vitamin C is present in our body it keeps the artery strong. Therefore, no lesions occur. And if there are lesions, Vitamin C can help in reducing.

To support this statement, it is found in people with Cardio Vascular disease, containing lower amounts of Vitamin C.

What Should People with High Risk for Heart Attack Do?

As per Dr. Linus Pauling instruction, people at risk for Heart Attack should supplement their diet with Vitmain C. The reason to supplement is that our body does not produce Vitamin C. He points that nearly all mammals produce their own Vitmain C.

He states that, we humans, must have lost the ability to produce Vitamin C. Hence, it is necessary to supplement oneself.

His recommendation is as follows. For people who are at risk of Heart Attack should take 1000 mg of Vitamin C daily. And for those with previous Heart Attack should take 5 to 6  gms per day.

What are the Scientific Evidence to Back Dr. Linus Pauling Statements?

None. No study has been carried out as of yet. The entire recommendation of Dr. Linus Pauling is based on theoretical assumptions. Practical evidence using controlled study is yet to show significant result.

Dr. Linus Pauling has gained recognition among several consumers and most of them are following footsteps by popping Vitamin C daily. These followers state that they have seen significant changes in their health. There are praises for his books and various other works.

For more information by Dr. Linus Pauling and Vitamin C read How to Live Longer and Feel Better

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