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4 Signs That Your Heart is In Trouble

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These aren’t subtle warning signs.

No, far from it.

In fact, they’re downright terrifying.

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If you’re at all worried about dying of a heart attack, you MUST

Know These 4 Signs Your Heart Is In Trouble!

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Heart attack warning: How to save a life – what to do if you haven’t been CPR trained

HEART attacks require immediate treatment, but what should you do if you haven’t been trained for CPR? If you see someone with symptoms of a cardiac arrest, this is what you should do after calling for an ambulance. It could save a life.

  • Heart attacks can lead to a cardiac arrest – where the heart stops pumping blood around the body
  • Cardiac arrest may require CPR
  • Hands-only CPR includes compressions to the beat of Stayin’ Alive
  • Always phone an ambulance before beginning CPR

Heart attacks are a medical emergency that require immediate treatment, according to the NHS.

The condition, which is known as a myocardial infarction, is caused by a sudden blockage in the heart’s blood supply.

A heart attack could lead to a cardiac arrest in some cases. This is where the heart beats abnormally fast, and then stops beating altogether.

What to do if you think someone is having a heart attack

If you see someone collapse in front of you, the first thing you should do is check them over, and see if they’re responsive.

If they’re not breathing, or are unresponsive, then their heart has stopped working and they are having a cardiac arrest, said the British Heart Foundation.

Now, you should call 999 and ask for an ambulance, the charity said.

Once the paramedics are on their way, you should perform Hands-only CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

“Lock your fingers together, knuckles up,” said the British Heart Foundation.

“Then push down, right on the sovereign [middle of the chest]. Push down five or six centimetres.

“That’s about two inches. Push hard and fast about two times a second, like to the beat of Stayin’ Alive.

“Don’t worry about hurting someone. A cracked rib can be mended – just concentrate on saving a life.”

If you’re CPR-trained, you should give rescue breaths, too.

After every 30 chest compressions, give two rescue breaths to the patient.

You should keep up your Hands-only CPR until the ambulance arrives, or if the patient shows signs of regaining consciousness.

If you’re feeling tired, and there’s somebody around to help, ask them to take over while you recover.

Every year, there are around 200,000 hospital visits due to heart attacks in the UK.

Almost a million people have survived a heart attack in the UK.

Heart attack symptoms can include severe chest pain, shortness of breath and coughing.

If you suspect you, or someone else, is having a heart attack, you should dial 999 straight away and ask for an ambulance.

Don’t worry if you’re not sure whether you’re having a heart attack – paramedics would rather be called out to a mistake than be too late, said the NHS.

This article first appeared on https://www.express.co.uk/

Men under 30 years suffer heart attacks more, claim doctors

This article appeared on Times of India

In a worrying find, a group of medical experts said that that young men aged under 30 are increasingly suffering from heart attacks, more than the other age groups. They said women aged below below 40 have also been suffering from heart attacks, contrary to perception.
As per the statistics from January to May this year, almost 30% to 35% of those who have had treatment for heart attacks were below 45 at Apollo Speciality Hospitals in the city. And among those, 80% of them were men. Most of them were smokers. According to interventional cardiologist Dr Kader Sahib Ashraf, evrey month he has been treating at least three patients who are men below 30 years for heart attacks, this year.

While smoking is the most common factor among young men suffering heart attacks, hypertension and diabetes are the other two major reasons. “A man, who we treated for heart attack recently, was just 19. In that particular case, the patient was a smoker for almost five to six years. Among men – especially those who suffer from heart diseases at a young age – smoking is the most common reason. Everyone should be more aware about modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors when it comes to heart attack,” Kader told TOI.

While the modifiable risk factors include smoking, excessive drinking, improper diet and poor lifestyle etc., non-modifiable risk factor predominantly is family history. Cardiologists stated that people, right from when they are in their late teens, apart from not indulging in smoking or using any tobacco products, they should focus on three major practices for healthy heart: proper diet, sufficient exercise and meditation.

Due to the increased prevalence of heart diseases among youngsters, doctors are urging annual body check-up for those above 30 which initially used to be for those over 40.According to chief interventional cardiologist Dr Senthilkumar Nallusamy, women, even before the post menopause, can suffer from heart attacks. “Based on my observation, many men who are in their 20s are getting heart attacks. But everyone should be aware that even women, in their young age, can get heart attacks. There is a misconception that women, who have not had post menopause, don’t get heart attacks. Most recently, I have seen three cases in which women in their 30s had heart attacks,” he said.

Why Heart Attacks in Women is Often Overlooked by Doctors

A study was conducted on 2009 women and 976 men hospitalized for heart attack in 103 hospitals. It was found that chest pain was predominant symptom for men and women (around 80% for both sexes).

Most women, however, prior to being hospitalized, never thought their symptoms could be related to heart health. It has to do with the fact that women have 3 or more non chest pain symptoms like epigastric symptoms, palpitations, shortness of breath,  pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, arm or between shoulder blades.

When these women sought medical help, the non chest pain symptoms distracted physicians in linking the symptoms to heart. Resulting in the delay of medical care for most women.

These multiple non chest pain symptoms are common in young women.

Worst of all, women took longer than men to go to the hospital. Upon questioning as to what made them wait so long, it was found that they only decided to visit the hospital when the pain was too excruciating or the symptom prevailed for too long.

Physicians are advised to listen carefully especially when they doubt cardiac risk.

Women, on the other hand, should clearly describe chest pain or any other symptoms and especially mention any heart attack history in the family. Important of all, to get medical care as soon as possible.

Read 14 Signs of Heart Attacks

Ibuprofen Leads to Heart Failure – FDA Warns

Ibuprofen & heart disease

Ibuprofen belongs to a class of Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs (NSAID). These drugs are widely used as painkillers and to combat fever.

In 2005 FDA stated that Ibuprofen carried Cardiovascular Disease risk along with Gastro Intestinal bleeding. Moreover, it warned people with recent Bypass surgery to avoid Ibuprofen.

Manufacturers of these drugs were asked to include above warnings within their label.

In 2015, FDA again warned the potential effects of Ibuprofen. It was stricter than the previous statement. It asked all patients to seek immediate medical attention if symptoms such as weakness, chest pain or slurred speech showed up.

Here are some important points to note:

  1. The risk of heart attack or stroke increases within the first week of taking Ibuprofen.
  2. The risk increases with duration.
  3. The risk of heart attack further increases with higher dosage
  4. Patients without any heart disease are also at increased heart attack risk
  5. Risk is much higher in patients with previous heart disease history

Finally, FDA advises to stay alert and report any side effects immediately to Medwatch.

The American Heart Association takes a step further in this issue. It has released this news stating that even common nutritional supplements increase heart failure risk.

Common painkillers like Ibuprofen interfere with diuretic medications. This leads to fluid and sodium retention in the body making high blood pressure medications less effective.

Other drugs for cold and heartburn also contain significant amount of sodium. Unfortunately, sodium is restricted through the use of diet and medication in heart patients.

The American Heart Association also targets alternative medicine which is used to treat heart attack or failure.

Drugs that are dangerous for heart patients according to American Heart Association include:

  1. ephedra
  2. St. John’s wort
  3. Ginseng
  4. Hawthorn
  5. Danshen and
  6. Green Tea

Furthermore, American Heart Association has advised to carry all medications at every visit. Inform your doctor about these medications you take before starting or stopping a drug.

To Summarize, don’t take painkillers and avoid treating yourself for heart disease.

Note: When we mention Ibuprofen it represents all NSAID with the exemption of Aspirin.

Complete List of Statin Side Effects

statin-tablets

Physicians prescribe statins for patients with high cholesterol and decrease heart attack risk. Although statins are very effective, they have been associated with muscle pain, mental fuzziness, and digestive problems. It may cause liver damage on rare occasions. Statins commonly prescribed are; fluvastatin (Lescol), atorvastatin (Lipitor), pitavastatin (Livalo), lovastatin (Altoprev), rosuvastatin (Crestor) pravastatin simvastatin (Zocor) as well as (Pravachol).

Statins block a compound that the liver requires to manufacture cholesterol. It stimulates liver to get rid of cholesterol. However, if you have been experiencing some side effects from statins, do not stop your medication just like that. Talk to your physician about a change in dosage or request for another form of medicines.

What are some of the statin side effects?

Muscle pain and damage

Many of those who have taken statins have complained about muscle pain. They appear in the form of soreness, weakness or tiredness in your muscles. You might experience some mild pain, or even experience severe pain that makes you unable to work and engage in any active activities.

Oddly enough, there have been numerous studies about statins that show people taking it develop muscle pain the same to those who take the placebo. The research has also shown that about 30 percent of those who use statins report muscle pain and a big percentage of the cease to use the drugs as soon as they experience the side effects.

It is very rare for statins to cause deadly damage of the muscle which is known as rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis usually lead to chronic muscle pain, kidney failure, and liver damage and sometimes even cause death. The risk of very chronic side effects is somewhat negligible and only a small percentage of those taking statins. Rhabdomyolysis usually arises when you use statin with other drugs. It may also occur if you overdose the medication.

Liver damage

Occasionally, the use of statin could stimulate more production of enzymes that cause the liver to swell. If the increase is small, you can still take the drug. Rarely, if the swelling is dangerous, you may be forced to use another type of statin. Although issues with life rarely occur, your physician may order a liver enzyme test as soon as you have started using the drug. However, your body doesn’t require liver enzyme tests unless you start showing signs of problems with your liver. Go and see your care provider as soon as you can, if you have unusual weakness, pain in the upper part of the abdomen, lack of appetite, the yellowing of the skin or eyes and even dark urine.

Increased blood sugar/ type 2 diabetes

The use of the statin can truly lead to an increase in blood sugar, which may trigger the development of type 2 diabetes. Although the risk is nothing to worry about, the Food and Drug Administration-FDA has published a warning on statin labels about diabetes and blood sugar levels.

Statins inhibit the possibility of getting heart attacks in those who have diabetes. Therefore, the small increase in the level of sugar with statins studied in individual patients is not yet certain. The advantages of using statins apparently outweigh the small risk to have the blood sugar level increase.

Neurological side effects

The FDA has also issued a report on its labels that individual patients have developed memory loss while using statins. The side effects reverse once you cease using the drug. There is no sufficient evidence to prove there is a cause-effect. However, communicate with your physician if you experience memory loss while using the medication. But there is proof that statins improve the function of the brain especially in patients with dementia.

But, it is not yet studied that the common problems patients experience when using these medications caused by the drug.  Research has suggested that there are similar side effects in most people. No matter if a placebo or statin is used.

What are some of the few side effects of the statin?

•    Feeling sick

•    Weight gain or losing appetite

•    Experiencing nightmares and insomnia

•    Dizziness

•    Peripheral neuropathy. Which is the loss of sensation in the nerve endings of your hands and feet

•    Memory issues.

•    Problems with the eye visions –if you experience this, don’t use machinery, tools or drive for your safety

•    Persistent ringing in the ears

Memory, thinking as well as concentration

Certain individuals have complained about changes in memory, concentration or attention on statins.  They may find it hard to spell and mention certain words correctly, forget certain tasks they have been doing earlier; and difficulty in concentrating during conversations. Others say that they experience holes in their memory, while there are those who think they are developing Alzheimer’s.

Of course, many of those who use this drug are seniors, and for that reason, they may experience loss of memory, and it is not simple to know if the drugs are responsible.  However, there are those who claimed to have experience improvement in memory and thinking when they cease using statins or development if the dosage is reduced significantly.  These findings prove that statin is responsible.

At the moment, there is two randomized controlled test that studied these drugs. One of the trials was done in 2000 and published the same year in May in the journal referred to as American Journal of Medicine.  Dr. Matthew Muldoon is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh and he stated that statin drugs had been proven to minimize cognition meaning those who were on a statin drug did not do real tests of memory ability and thinking, even though they began at the same time as those who were under a placebo pill.

On average the effects were termed as negligible, but of course, there are those who don’t have alteration, while there are those who get a huge loss when it comes to memory and thinking.  The second study which was done by Dr. Muldoon shared similar thoughts.  However, in a separate test of the drug, there were no effects on cognitive function.  That study, individuals aged 70 above, was not expressly meant to assess the effect of the medication thinking, but there were some indications on cognitive function.

Depression and Irritability

Some people have experienced in the mood on statins on things such as loss of interest in activities as well as a loss of interest in social involvement.  There have patients who have claimed about Frank depression. However, there is no report that the side effects of statin are more common in patients taking statins than in those who don’t.  However, individual patients lose their moods while on the drugs and better when not using the drug.  It is possible that there are patients who show an improvement in their mood with low cholesterol, although it has not sufficiently been proved.  In rare occasions, psychosis, violence, as well as suicide, have been witnessed.

Pain

Although muscle pain is a side effect of the drug that is well known, there have been other pain effects that have been reported by those who are using statins, but have not been researched on extensively include joint pains, headaches as well as abdominal pain.

Peripheral Neuropathy

Studies have also shown that peripheral neuropathy may occur to those under statins medication.

Rare side effects

•    visual problems

•    bruising easily or bleeding

•    jaundice

 Who can experience the side effects of the statin?

•    Using several drugs to lower your cholesterol

•    Being a female

•    Having a small body

•    Age 65 and above

•    Having liver or kidney disease

•    Taking excess alcohol

•    Food and drugs that the drug causes the effects to statin

Grapefruit juice features a chemical that can affect the enzymes that metabolize the statin in the digestive system. While it is not a must to eliminate grapefruit entirely from diet, talk to your physician about how much grapefruit you can have.

The following drugs that may be associated with statins also may cause side effects, and they include

•    Amiodarone – a medication for irregular heart beats

•    Lopid- another type of cholesterol drug

•    Protease inhibitors, such as ritonavir (Norvir) and saquinavir

•    Certain antifungal and antibiotic and medications, such as itraconazole, and clarithromycin and such as cyclosporine- Gengraf, and Neoral,

Their hundreds of drugs that associate with statins, so make sure that your physician knows all the medicines you take when being prescribed with statins.

What causes statin side effects?

No one knows what causes the side effects of statin, sorer the muscle pain.

Statins work by reducing the speed of production of cholesterol in your body. Your body manufactures only the cholesterol it requires by digesting food and building new cells. When this production is slowed down, the body starts to draw the cholesterol it requires from the food you consume, lowering the amount cholesterol. Statins may not only affect the ability of the liver to produce cholesterol but also various enzymes in muscle cells that promote muscle growth. The effects of medication on th the proteins and cells may be lead to muscle aches.

How to relieve statin side effects

To alleviate the effects of statin, your physician will recommend various options. Talk about the steps with your care provider before trying them: Take a small break from statin therapy. At certain times you can easily tell whether the muscle aches or the issues you are facing are as a result of statin side effects or just as a consequence of aging. Taking a brief break can help you know if statins or other factors cause your aches and pains.

Switch to another type of statin drug. 

It may happen, although not likely, that a given statin have side effects on you while a different type of statin would just be okay. People think that Zocor may use lead to muscle pain as a side effect. Reducing your medications may reduce some of the side effects, but it may also compromise a few cholesterol-lowering benefits the drugs have. You can also take the drug on a daily basis

Be easy when exercising because vigorous exercise may increase the risk of muscle injury in patients who are taking statins. It is wise to have changes in your exercise routine each step at a time. Training lead to muscle pain as well. So, it may be hard to know whether the pain is caused by the statin or the exercise in a person who has just begun working out.

Consider other cholesterol-lowering options. But statins are work effectively and are very good at reducing your cholesterol. You can also purchase other forms of the drug in the stores. Using several types of cholesterol drugs can give you the same result. You can as well use coenzyme Q10 supplements. This is because they are known to reduce the side effects of statin in certain individuals, though there is extensive research that needs to be done to determine any benefits of statins.

Weigh the risks and benefits

Although the side effects of the drug can be irritating, taking into account the benefits of taking a statin before choosing your preferred medication. Statins drugs help to reduce heart attack and stroke, and the risk of getting deadly diseases.

Although the side effects may annoy you, don’t cease using statin medication at any point without communicating to your physician.  The doctor will share with you a plan that can lower your cholesterol irritating side effects.

If you feel as if the drug causes the effects, ask your care provider to do a test in which you stop taking the medicine, or minimize the medication.  If you and your care provider think that it is safe to try out, the symptoms may come back or worsen once you start using the drug again. You may use another statin medication or a non-statin drug.

Sources

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/statin-side-effects/art-20046013

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Cholesterol-lowering-medicines-statins/Pages/Side-effects.aspx

https://www.statineffects.com/info/adverse_effects.htm

Atorvastatin (Lipitor) Side Effects and Safety Information

Lipitor is a cholesterol lowering drug. It is prescribed to adults and children above 10. In cases where the cholesterol numbers won’t come down even after low fat diet and exercise Lipitor or commonly known as Atorvastatin is used.

Here are side effects of Atorvastatin (Lipitor)

Muscle Problem:

Lipitor can cause serious muscle pain and damage. It can also lead to kidney failure. The chance of muscle damage increases if you take other medications with Lipitor.

Liver Problems:

People with liver problem should not take Lipitor. Therefore, your doctor should run a blood test before prescribing Lipitor. Below are symptoms of liver problem and you should call your doctor if you notice any of them:

  • feeling tired and weak
  • skin or eyes turning into yellowish color
  • if your urine is amber color
  • pain in upper belly
  • loss of appetite

Other Side Effects of Lipitor

Other noted side effects of Lipitor are Diarrhea, upset stomach, joint pain, memory loss, confusion, tiredness and tendon problems.

Call Your Doctor Immediately If you Notice Any Below Signs

  1. Unusual muscle pain and weakness. This may or may not be accompanied with fever
  2. Muscle pain or general problem which does not pass away even after stopping Lipitor
  3. Swelling of face/tongue/nose resulting in breathing difficulty
  4. Nausea or Vomiting
  5. Dark colored urine
  6. Allergic skin reaction
  7. skin or whites of eyes turns yellow
  8. Abdominal Pain

Who Should Avoid Lipitor

  • Anyone who is allergic to Lipitor
  • People with Liver Problems
  • Women who are trying to conceive, are pregnant or nursing

General Safety Information before taking Lipitor

  • Tell your doctor about your health condition
  • Let your doctor know if you are taking any other medication
  • If you have diabetes tell your doctor about it. Lipitor are known to increase blood sugar levels.
  • Your doctor must do a blood test prior to prescribing Lipitor to ensure liver’s function.

Source:

http://www.lipitor.com/side-effects

17 Foods To Lower High Blood Pressure

Salt is linked with high blood pressure. Reduce salt intake and you should be fine.

Minerals like potassium, calcium and magnesium also help to lower blood pressure. Therefore, people with high blood pressure are advised to eat below listed fruits.

Eat these 17 foods rich in potassium, calcium and magnesium.

1.Beet Juice:

When Beet is eaten raw, it converts into Nitric Oxide (NO). This relaxes and softens your arteries. Therefore, after drinking beet juice, you can notice a pressure drop of 4 to 10 mm of Hg.

2.Extra-Virgin Olive Oil:

A study was conducted to compare the benefits of olive oil. 23 participants were included. It was found that extra virgin olive oil reduced blood pressure by 48%.

3.Berries:

Berries contain flavonoids. And a study concluded that flavonoids prevent high blood pressure and possibly reduces it. Of all Berries, blueberries have highest content of flavonoids.

4.Potatoes:

Potatoes are rich in potassium and magnesium. Both are essential to reduce blood pressure. They also contain fiber, necessary for your diet.

5.White Beans:

A cup of white beans contain 13% calcium, 30% magnesium and 24% potassium of daily requirement. All of which is require to lower blood pressure.

6.Avocado:

An Avocado contains 2% calcium, 10% magnesium and 20% potassium of daily requirement. They are also rich in healthy fats. Try integrating them in your diet daily.

7.Broccoli:

Broccoli is rich is magnesium and also contains potassium and calcium. It is also known to fight cancer.

8.Bananas:

Bananas are rich in potassium. They also make a healthy snack. Whenever you feel hungry grab one.

9.Kale:

Kale is usually known as superfood because it is an anti-oxidant. It contains 9% calcium, 6% magnesium and 9% potassium of your every day requirement.

10.Green Tea:

Again green tea is a powerful anti-oxidant. Catechin, a type of polyphenol in green tea has shown to  improve blood pressure and blood flow.

11.Turmeric:

The main ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. A study was conducted in which 500 mg of turmeric was supplemented thrice per day. In the end, subjects had blood pressure reduced drastically. Turmeric is a great spice. Add them in your curry everyday.

12.Almonds and Cashews:

These nuts are rich in magnesium. Take a handful of them every day for optimal health.

13.Skim Milk:

Skim Milk is an excellent source of calcium. Drink morning and evening. They are also low in fat. Two reasons to replace your regular milk.

14.Oatmeal:

It is high in fiber and low in sodium and fat. Oatmeal makes the best breakfast. Eat them daily. Do not add sugar instead add berries to sweeten.

15.Kiwi fruit:

Kiwi fruit is available throughout the year. It contains all three minerals (calcium, potassium and magnesium). It is also rich in vitamin C.

16.Quinoa:

Half cup of cooked quinoa contains 15% of daily recommended magnesium. It is rich in protein and gluten free.

17.Garlic:

Eat two cloves of garlic daily to reduce blood pressure.  A study found that results from eating garlic were similar to prescribed medication.

What is your blood pressure? And what steps have you taken to reduce it? And which of the above step are you going to follow?

Sources:

http://www.prevention.com/food/13-power-foods-that-lower-blood-pressure-naturally/slide/11

http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/foods-good-for-high-blood-pressure

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/11-foods-scientifically-proven-to-lower-your-blood-pressure.html

Must Read for All – It Will Save Your Life

We won’t discuss heart attack cause.

We won’t advice you to take or avoid medication.

And we certainly won’t ask you to buy anything.

But this one tip will save your life

‘Avoid all processed foods.’

Our bodies are not meant to handle anything processed.

Ice-creams are marketed as healthy because they contain milk. But they are processed and fats like trans fat are created which our body cannot handle.

Cakes seem harmless but they too contain trans fat.

Oils seem natural and pure but hit a search on how oils are processed. You will be blown away.

Meats are good only if they are grass fed.

What is The Relation of All These to Heart Attack?

There IS A RELATION not only with Heart Attack but with all diseases.

The moment modern (processed) foods came into our lifestyles these diseases became household names. Yes, there were cases of Heart Disease before industrialization but not so much as it is today.

If Cholesterol is the Culprit then why isn’t Heart Disease numbers reduced? Why are there more and more people succumbing to heart attacks?

We are not against the cholesterol theory, nor do we support it.

All We want to say is ‘avoid processed foods’.

Avoid any food that comes canned or packaged. Eat fresh veggies and grass fed animals. As far as possible, don’t use too much oil (yes, even olive oil). And avoid fried foods.

If you are a heart patient then follow this guideline for a week and notice the difference. Continue with your medication and all the advice your doctor gave. But ensure to eat organic.

Food from nature —-> Industry Process ——> Humans —– DON’T EAT

Food from nature —-> Humans ——- SAFE TO EAT

Note: We are not going to argue with people as to which is right or wrong. If you need proof, go 100% organic for a week and see the difference for yourself.

Try going organic for a week and let us know your experience.