Category: Prevention

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/

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

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.

How To Spot A Heart Attack Weeks and Weeks Before It Happens

 

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This is probably the most important article you will ever read. There are several signs of heart attack. Sadly, these signs appear right over the brink of having a heart attack. In this post, however, you will learn how to spot a heart attack weeks and weeks before it actually happens.

You will feel tired and drowsy:

As your arteries gets clogged, less blood passes in and out of your heart. To compensate, the heart works harder. This in turn leaves you tired and fatigue all day. You will start hitting the bed more than usual.

You will be out of breath all the time (if not most of the time):

The arteries are now partially blocked. Therefore, less blood is supplied to the organs than usual. Obviously, your lungs don’t get much oxygen since it gets less blood. And any activity will make you breathless.

You will become Weak:

As mentioned above, blood circulation to all organs lessens. When this happens, muscles and organs and deprived of oxygen. They all function poorly making you weak and fragile.

You will experience dizziness:

When blood flow is restricted to your organs you become. What happens when blood flow is restricted to your brain? Yes, that’s right. You will experience episodes of dizziness. When this happens it is time to take this issue seriously. Talk with your GP and find its real cause.

Tightness of Chest:

Finally, the onset of Heart Attack is heaviness of chest. You will experience chest pain. This pain will pass and return often. It feels as if someone is pressuring your chest or a heavy object has been placed.

Flu or Cold Symptoms:

Most heart attack patients have described that they felt like flu or cold symptoms few days before having a heart attack.

For a complete list of heart attack signs click here.

This Seed Reduces Blood Sugar, Triglyceride & Is An Anti-Oxidant

Foxtail millet (a seed not grain) reduces blood sugar, triglyceride level and is an antioxidant. It is largely grown in China and Southern states of India especially Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu.

We all know to prevent Hear Attack, one needs to keep Blood Glucose and Triglyceride Level in check. And one needs to consume anti-oxidant to counter the oxidation process. Foxtail millet fits all the above.

Japanese Foxtail Millet
Japanese Foxtail Millet

Foxtail Millet in Reducing Blood Sugar

Scientists from Sri Venketeswara  University (India) studied diabetic rats. They induced diabetes in rats and later fed them with Foxtail millet. Within 6 hours, they noticed 70% drop in Blood Glucose level. When they continued feeding diabetic rats for 30 day, their fasting Glucose Level decreased significantly. They also noticed improvement in glycemic control. Moreover, LDL level decreased with increased HDL levels. However, normal rats were unaffected.

Foxtail Millet in Reducing Triglyceride Level

Scientists from Seoul, South Korea, induced hyperlipidemia in 24 rats by feeding them high fat diet. Later they were divided into four groups. Each group contained 6 rats. To see the effect of different grains, a group was fed either white rice, sorghum, foxtail millet or proso millet for 5 weeks. The group which was fed with fox millet showed lower number of triglyceride level.

As you know amount of fat in blood (triglyceride level) is proportional to heart attack risk. Thereby reducing fat level in blood, reduces risk for heart attack.

Foxtail Millet – An Anti-Oxidant

A team of Biochemists from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada analyzed anti-oxidant activity in several variants of millet (kodo, finger, foxtail, proso, little and pearl millets). They found that kodo had the highest anti-oxidant level while proso the least. Although there is no mention as to the level of anti-oxidant level of Foxtail, it can be deduced they have decent amount as it is concluded that all millets have high anti-oxidant levels.

Therefore, don’t forget to include Foxtail Millet in your Diet. It is also a great substitute for rice.

Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20869855

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20534332

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20465288

Is It Heart Attack or Heartburn? Find Out Now

Symptoms of Heartburn and Heart Attack usually appear similar. But both are different. Even experts sometimes have difficulty in diagnosing. However, in this post we will try to sort out the difference.

First lets understand Heartburn and Heart Attack.

What is Heartburn?

Although Heartburn contains the word ‘Heart’ it has nothing to do with your heart. It is simply a problem of your oesophagus.

Heartburn is caused when digestive juices (made up of HCl, an acid) enters the oesophagus. Your stomach is meant to withstand the acid, your oesophagus is not. Hence, the burning sensation.

What is Heart Attack?

Plaque formation within coronary arteries blocking the flow of blood is called heart attack or Myocardial infarction.

Both conditions occurring at chest’s center, a pain caused by heartburn can easily be considered as Heart Attack.

Use these guidelines to find which is which:

  1. Heartburn usually occurs after a meal (usually a heavier one). Heart Attack can occur at any time.
  2. Chest pain caused by heartburn remains around the chest. Rarely it passes to the throat and jaw. In case of Heart attack, the chest pain starts at chest and spreads alongs the arms, jaw, shoulder and back.
  3. If you belch and the pain goes away, it’s heartburn. If it’s heart attack, pain remains even after belching.
  4. If the pain passes away after taking an antacid then its Heartburn.
  5. If pain worsens after bending over or lying down then it’s heartburn. No matter in what position you are, the pain remains the same for heart attack.
  6. If you experience regular chest pain, often in short periods of time then it indicates possibility of heart attack. Chest pain caused by heartburn stays for hours.
  7. Chest pain accompanied by sweating and trouble in breathing is surely Heart attack.
  8. If you experience sourness in your mouth then its heartburn. This occurs due to the rising of acid.
  9. In case of Heartburn over the counter medication solves the problem.

For a complete list of heart attack symptoms click here.

For heart attack symptoms in women click here.

Here is How to Avoid HeartBurn

  • Don’t sleep within an hour after a meal. Give it a couple of hours so the food you consumed gets digested.
  • Stand up and walk so gravity can assist in digestion.
  • Avoid citrus fruits at night.
  • Don’t eat a heavy meal. When you eat too much, your body secrets more digestive juice than normal. This can easily result in heartburn.
  • Avoid oily foods.
  • Some medications like aspirin can cause heartburn. Talk to your doctor about it.

Although we have provided some tips to differentiate heartburn and heart attack, do not hesitate to call emergency number when in doubt. It is better to be rushed to the hospital and find it’s heartburn than to be foolish and risk your life.

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3 Steps to A Healthy Blood for Your Heart

A smooth flowing blood is vital for a healthy heart. Make it viscous and your heart needs to pump harder. Increase stickiness of platelets and they clot easily. Finally, if there is high triglyceride level, plaque forms within arteries.

All above factors lead to Heart Attack. 

For blood to flow smoothly, it must be less viscous, low in triglycerides and blood platelets shouldn’t stick easily.

How to Make Your Blood Less Viscous?

Actually, we aren’t going to make blood less viscous. Blood is already in perfect proportion. We will learn not to make it more viscous than normal.

Glucose is our body’s energy source. If glucose level falls low, we become weak. If level is high it leads to diabetes (in the long run).

A high glucose level makes the blood viscous and stickier than before. This results in heart pumping stronger than to keep the blood flowing. Evidently, heart comes under strain not to mention increased in blood pressure.

Therefore, first step is keep your glucose level strictly under control.

But wait, how do I measure my blood’s glucose level?

Well, you don’t need any fancy instrument. Glucose level in blood is indicator of hunger. When the level falls below normal you get hungry. And when level comes to normal you feel full. However, there is one problem. It takes time for the signal (glucose returning to normal) to reach your brain. Hence, you tend to overeat.

Eat slowly. Cherish each morsel. Some doctors recommend chewing each morsel for at least 20 seconds before swallowing. In this manner, you wont overeat when the satiating signal hits your brain.

 How to Keep triglycerides level Low in Blood?

Answer to this question is simple. Avoid saturated fats (animal fats). If you are trying to prevent heart attack then keep saturated fats in limits. Don’t consume more than 7% of total daily calories from saturated fat.

If you had previous heart attack then avoid completely.

Note: There is new research indicating saturated fat has no relation with heart attack. However, it needs validation from respective authorites. Till then we will stick with old rule of blaming saturated fat.

Important note: Avoid liver if you have heart disease.

How to Keep Blood Platelets Less Stickier?

Avoid Smoking. It is that simple.

Smoking makes the blood platelets sticky. Instead of flowing smoothly, they start to clot when there is minor disturbance.

Of course, the ability to clot is necessary in healing of tissue. But we do not want unnecessary clotting.

Moreover, smoking makes the overall resting diameter of arteries smaller. This again hinders flow of blood.

Finally, it makes red blood cells stiff. We know red blood cells are disc shape in size. Hence, they are larger in one side. Now, since they are flexible, these red blood cells can easily pass through arteries. When smoking makes them stiff they are no longer flexible. And passing through arteries becomes hard resulting in minor blockages which are only visible under microscope.

To conclude the three steps required to keep your blood heart healthy are:

  1. Maintain your blood glucose level within normal range.
  2. Limit or avoid saturated fats
  3. Avoid Smoking

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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How Sugar Kills Your Heart Every Day

Sugar is also known as ‘sweet poison’. Most of our modern day disease can be linked to sugar. Sugar is also root cause of Heart Attack. And the only way to keep your Heart healthy is eliminating Sugar.

How Sugar Causes Heart Attack?

In our post Angina warn of a coming Heart Attack, we discuss about how atherosclerosis is formed (the blockage causing heart attack).

First, inflammation occurs within Coronary arteries. To cope with inflammation our body forms plaque deposits. This deposit keeps piling for years. Finally, one day it breaks causing blood clot and resulting in Heart Attack.

Do you know where Sugar comes into play? It causes Inflammation, the very first step in Heart Attack cause.

So What Can Be Done?

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 9 and 6 teaspoon of sugar for men and women per day respectively. Most doctors, however, believe that this level is still high.

The major problem is that most of our food contains sugar. A typical American cereal is 75% sugar. A regular soda can contains 35 gm sugar which is equivalent to 140 calories or 8.75 teaspoon.

Considering American Heart Association recommendation on Sugar men achieve daily recommendation with a regular can of soda while women get an extra 45%.

Add with other processed and refined foods like white breads, rice, tea and coffee you could easily consume more than 100% of daily recommendation.

Think about the risk of heart attack over the years. And if you are among the many consuming high sugar foods, Heart Attack shouldn’t be a surprise.

The only logical step is to cut down on Sugar intake drastically.

How to Cut Sugar intake?

  1. Avoid soft drinks or any sweetened beverage. They contain the most sugar of all. No matter how you feel never get your hands on a sweetened beverage again.
  2. Avoid cookies, cakes, bread and pies.
  3. Avoid dairy desserts such as ice-cream and sweetened milk.
  4. Avoid foods containing high fructose corn syrup. Look at the ingredients list for high fructose corn syrup. Some common foods containing the above ingredient are ketchup, crackers, tomato sauce etc.
  5. Use natural sweeteners like stevia.

If you are a Heart Attack survivor it is more important to reduce Sugar intake. Talk with your GP or Cardiologist on possible ways of cutting on Sugar.

So, how are You going to cut on Sugar?