Month: August 2018

How To Live With Heart Disease

The agony of finding out that you may be suffering from some form of heart disease is usually traumatic. Your doctor has just received the laboratory test results for the battery of tests that you have completed during your recent checkup. From what the results indicate, if you do not stop eating all those fatty foods that you love so much, you are going to require bypass surgery very soon. Do not worry that your quality of life will get worse since there are modern treatment plans that get you on to the road of recovery as long as certain lifestyle changes are made.

Living With Heart Disease

The first consideration is the type of heart disease you are suffering from. Is your doctor tracking your cholesterol levels? Or, is it something a lot more serious? The severity of your heart condition will shed a great deal of light on the kind of lifestyle you can have and how it actually affects you.

If the type of heart disease is currently a very mild form, you should be able to keep a lid on it with medication. But for many people in a state of denial, they will refuse to or do not like taking their medication since they would be admitting to the fact that they are handling with their heart problems well.

So if you have heart medication to take for your condition and you are too stubborn to take it, understand the consequences of this action. Is it better to take a couple of pills on a daily basis or would you prefer to have to go to the extent of requiring heart surgery? Surely no one wants to undergo heart surgery. So think carefully before rejecting medication. It is a lot easier to deal with than other more complicated treatment methods.

Getting adequate amount of exercise on a regular basis is another facet of living with heart disease. If the heart disease in your case is of the more serious kind, you may not want to overtax yourself. If you sit still all day long you have a higher risk of getting blood clots. So get off your butt and get some exercise. Start with brisk walking over short distances and gradually build up.

There are some more difficult aspects to having heart problems. One of them is giving up delicious fatty food and desserts. But then again it all boils down to whether or not you would like to prolong your life. There are trade offs in all situations. Nowadays there are so many more options though. Just a few years ago we could not obtain half the low fat option foods that are available today. Not only are they delicious, they are also healthier options.

Your doctor will be able to provide you with information about heart diseases and the Internet has many reputable websites. Some of the heart health websites host forums where you can communicate with other people suffering from heart diseases.

Living with heart disease is really just about taking your prescribed medication, ensuring that you eat in a healthy manner and remaining active. With research you will find all the information you ever need to know to manage your condition better.

The Progress Of Heart Research

Due to the debilitating effects of various forms of heart diseases, medical technologists around the world are working towards developing more effective treatment methods through heart research.The search for knowledge about what heart problem really is and the pursuit of solutions to use to prevent and treat the disease is extremely vital. There are many companies and organizations that either conduct a research, or support the cause for heart research.

Heart Disease Research Organizations

The Research Center for Stroke and Heart Disease is a non-profit organization established to raise awareness of and find solutions for prevention of stroke and heart diseases. Its reach is worldwide and it concerns itself with all types of heart disease and stroke. The Research Center for Stroke and Heart Disease designs, implements and evaluates projects that educate people with regards to the risk factors for these illnesses and motivates them to practice good habits in the quest for reducing them.

The Research Center for Stroke and Heart Disease operates from Buffalo General Hospital. There are several full-time and part-time staff members and they make use of contractors who have a background in communications, health care management and computer programming for heart research. During the past ten years of their existence the Research Center for Stroke and Heart Disease has built a very good reputation.

Another heart research organization is the British Heart Foundation. This organization is considered to be the British nation’s heart charity. The British Heart Foundation focuses in particular on three very important issues. They invest in pioneering heart disease research, support and care for heart patients and they provide essential information to assist people to reduce their risk of premature death from heart or circulatory related disease.

Harvard Medical School should also be mentioned. It is a center that concentrates its efforts on heart disease research. Harvard Medical School has been in the heart research arena for several decades. They have a vast amount to offer in terms of information and education regarding heart diseases: what it is, what its causes are, up-to-date research findings and many statistics.

Research into heart disease is the only solution that will help to clarify this disease throughout the world today. There is always hope that sometime, preferably in the near future, such research will show the way to completely avoid heart disease for everyone.


Cherishing The Heart

In the world of homoeopathy and indeed healing in general, there is a universal law which attracts to the healer those patients whose symptoms have been in our thoughts or echo our own experiences of dis-ease. I certainly found this to be true in the early years of my practice in Nottingham in the mid eighties. The two sets of symptoms that presented regularly in the first few months of practice were anxiety attacks and heart symptoms. I had suffered dreadful anxiety attacks during my early twenties, with heart palpitations, overwhelming fear of my heat stopping in the night and sharp pains.

The first patient who came for homoeopathic treatment of breathlessness and angina in 1985 was a striking tall, heavy boned woman in her fifties. Analysis of her case showed her base remedy to be Calc Carb, she was quite fearful but put on a good front as she didn’t want others to know that she wasn’t really coping with her illness. As I had only recently qualified so I was not confidant that Calc alone would address her heart symptoms, I spent many hours researching the ‘smaller’ heart remedies to see which fitted her symptoms best. Through that research I found a wonderful group of medicines which, case after case, earned they way onto my ‘reliables’ list and were used to good effect many times over the subsequent years in practice. This group includes Spartium Scoparius, Craetegus, Strophanthus Hispidus, Kalmia Latifolia and Aconite.

My patient’s general symptoms responded well to a monthly dose of Calcarea and her heart symptoms to a daily dose of Craetegus. She was able to reduce her allopathic medication and as her ‘constitution’ strengthened so she regained her confidence in her heart’s ability to keep pumping. Although I no longer recall her name, I do remember vividly how very pleased she was that her breathlessness was markedly improved, especially as she lived at the top of a steep hill, and the painful attacks of angina diminished in frequency and power.

Then, a few years ago I had one of those years from hell, stress levels were through the roof and I was hardly sleeping or taking care of myself at all. Suddenly my heart again became the centre of my attention. I knew that my blood pressure was probably high but I had studiously ignored the thought until a routine check up brought me up sharp. My GP thought we should check out whether there had been any long term damage, and soon after I found myself lying on a hospital bed with a clinician running an imaging transmitter up and down over my whole heart area. The monitor showed surges of color, red, purple, violet, yellow, blue and orange moving around inside me. It was reminiscent of those in-vitro photographs taken of my children when I could never see anything resembling a child in the jumble of shapes. Now I couldn’t make out the shape of my heart or the complex of veins and arteries. However, as the nurse pointed out the oxygenated blood coming in from my lungs and being pumped out at reassuring force, gradually the shape emerged.

It was one of those times when we are brought sharply into the moment and the memory of that event is as clear as if it was yesterday. I saw my heart, pumping. In myself, I had always thought of it as the seat of love and affection, the source of feelings of happiness and sadness, the poetry I write and music I am affected by. I hadn’t really ever regarded it as a mechanical pump or a muscle, in spite of having learned the structure for exams in anatomy classes. My anxiety about its ability to keep pumping caused me to begin to think of it as an object, that I had to take for a walk or a swim for exercise, and for a while it lost all its metaphoric connections. Fortunately though, these have returned but I now hold more respect for it as an instrument whose tubes and passages need to be kept clear and toned.

Here are some of the key indications for two of my favorite homoeopathic heart remedies, Strophanthus and Craetegus. They can be taken alongside allopathic heart medication, regularly and in a low potency and can work wonderfully well to strengthen and tone the heart muscle.

Strophanthus is a cardiac tonic that can be used where there is muscular debility of the heart with pains and breathlessness. It has palpitations, ailments from smoking tobacco, enlargement of the heart, clogging up of the arteries and fatty degeneration. If the heart flutters weakly or feels as though it was going to cease beating, Strophanthus could be helpful.

Crataegus has a weak and rapid pulse, breathlessness and water retention, the person feels their heart may falter from the least exertion. Moreover, they are irritable, angry and depressed. It is considered to be a great heart tonic and there are many cases of its use documented from the 19th century in which Crataegus was used for cardiac pathology.
Of course, these days we would not use it alone in Western medicine, but an important remedy like this can still hold its place as a support for many heart affections.

Recently I have found myself become increasingly interested in the connection between the heart and the brain, thoughts, emotions, memories and biochemistry. Roberts Sardello said that “the heart has its own intelligence. It knows what to do without orders from the brain. The heart has reasons that may or may not find sympathy from the brain. It has its own style, beating with special force, in states of passion as in anger and sex. The brain thinks cool thoughts about cold reality, while the heart thinks in heated rhythms.”

This view resonates with my own. We are all our own healers, and as such we must be careful to take care of the pump and to nourish the organ. Exercise, stopping smoking, eating less fatty foods, reducing the weight of fat that may have accumulated across the heart and chest area.. all of these are well known physical actions we can start to take today. Go into a health food shop and buy a tub of lecithin granules to sprinkle on your cereal each morning and you will be adding a component which, studies show, can scour the insides of our arteries and reduce the likelihood of an embolism forming.

But we must also remember to nourish and strengthen our metaphoric heart, putting money into our ‘deposit account’ by adding droplets of pure joy, passion, gratitude, elation and love into its memory banks whenever we can. Take time to revisit your happiest memories and feel the pleasure of those times again, for as you do, biochemists now assure us, the peptides which are released by those pleasurable feelings act as antioxidants of the most powerful kind, fighting disease and strengthening cells.


Heart Burn and Indigestion

There are many people who suffer from the symptoms of heart burn and indigestion. These symptoms may result from the foods we eat, the beverages we drink or our lifestyles, but symptoms of burn heart indigestion may also be related to other medical conditions and chronic symptoms should be reported to your doctor. Choosing a burn heart medication is a choice to be made by you and your doctor. Here is a look at some of the common heart burn medications and the side effects associated with them.

One of the most highly advertised heart burn medications is Prevacid. Prevacid burn heart medication should not be used by persons with liver disease or certain allergies. You have probably seen the commercials and may have heard the side effects associated with this popular treatment for burn heart indigestion. If your heart burn symptoms are mild, the side effects may not seem worth it. Constipation or diarrhea may occur when using Prevacid.

Another common burn heart medication is Pepcid. It should not be used by persons with liver problems, kidney disease, stomach cancer or those with certain allergies. Side effects that may be experienced include headache, constipation, diarrhea or dizziness. There are serious side effects that are rare, but have occurred in persons using Pepcid to treat burn heart indigestion symptoms.

Prilosec is a prescription medication used to treat heart burn symptoms. Users of this burn heart medication may experience constipation, cough, dizziness or back pain.

Any over the counter or prescription burn heart medication may cause unwanted side effects. Only you and your doctor can decide if the benefits outweigh the possible risks. The symptoms of burn heart indigestion may be relieved by certain botanicals or health supplements and possibly prevented changing the diet and lifestyle.

Some people who experience chronic symptoms of burn heart indigestion have other more serious diseases which may not be relieved by changes in eating habits or lifestyle. These include acid reflux disease, hiatal hernia and diseases of the esophagus. In addition, any non-burning chest pain, pressure, heaviness or nausea associated with chest pain could be related to the heart, rather than the throat and stomach. It is important to err on the side of caution whenever chest pain is involved. It could be simple burn heart indigestion or something much more serious.


Cholesterol Lowering Drugs – 3 Different Heart Medications Compared

Cholesterol lowering drugs are very important for people suffering from high cholesterol. If your doctor has advised you to lower your cholesterol, you are not alone. Every year, thousands of people are told that their cholesterol is too high.

You can make big changes to your life by eating healthy foods, but your mission to control your cholesterol is not complete without the right drugs. Cholesterol medications are very common these days, so let us explore the drugs your doctor might prescribe to you.

1. Statins are the most common drugs on the market. They are relatively new to the market, and physicians rave about the effectiveness of these drugs. They alter the liver production of cholesterol, and they are relatively safe. People with any types of liver problems should avoid these drugs.

2. Selective cholesterol absorption inhibitors are the newest drugs on the market. Your doctor might prescribe these drugs if your LDL cholesterol is too high.

3. Resins are another common drug that also lowers your LDL cholesterol. When you take resins, the drug helps the liver dispose of more cholesterol. Cholesterol makes bile, and bile will help you digest food. You cannot take resins and digest food at the same time. They are not recommended for people with digestive problems.

These are just some of the cholesterol lowering drugs on the market. All of these drugs have side effects. For that reason, I recommend that you buy natural cholesterol control supplements to help you control cholesterol in your body. Natural remedies can work just as well as cholesterol medications, and they do not have all of the side effects of expensive medications.


About Sacred Heart Diet (Sacred Heart Medical Diet)

This diet has a program of seven days where each day the dieter will be eating different food, at the same time eating the sacred heart soup.

This diet has claimed to be making the dieter loose about seven to 10 pounds in seven days. Apart from that, the diet would have some detoxification effect on the dieter’s body. However, the weight loss of the dieter could be temporary if the dieter does not have proper diet after having this weight loss diet. The reason is most of the pound that loose is water weight.

There are saying that this diet is originated from Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital. Nevertheless, the hospital denied the saying and issuing statement not recommending this diet.

For the people who wants to lose seven to 10 pounds in seven days. This is the recommended diet. But this type of diet should not be practiced as part of every day lifestyle.

To practice this diet, the sacred heart soup has to be prepared before starting of the diet. There are a few ways to prepare the soup. The ingredients of the soup are mainly vegetables, celery, tomato, beans carrots, and mushrooms. Some onion, bell pepper, herbs and spices would be added to the soup for flavor and taste. The prepared soup is to be eaten in seven days with some solid foods recommended in the meal plan.

There are always pros and cons while taking any diet. This diet is not exceptional. It is always best to consult your physical health care practitioner on individual’s suitability before picking up any weight loss diet.

Some of the risks and disadvantage for the diet are restricting of foods on each day. This may make the dieter taking not enough nutrition during the diet period.

This diet does not recommending any exercise. Generally, exercise is an essential fraction of any weight loss program.