Numerous disorders fall under the broad category of heart and vascular disease. Here, the discussion is restricted to arteriosclerosis, angina, and heart attack.
Arteries transport blood from the heart and deliver it to other parts of the body. Arteriosclerosis occurs when the inside of the artery wall thickens, leaving a narrower passageway for the blood to travel through. This disorder is often called hardening of the arteries. Arteriosclerosis can affect the coronary arteries - the arteries that lead to the heart-and is usually caused by the buildup of fatty deposits within the arterial walls. This buildup is often the result of poor diet, one that is high in bad fats and low in fiber. Most people who have arteriosclerosis are not aware of it, as it does not trigger symptoms in the body until later in the disease.
Unfortunately, when arteriosclerosis is left untreated, it just gets worse. Without treatment, the arteries will eventually become so constricted that adequate supplies of oxygenated blood can't reach the heart muscle. This oxygen deprivation may result in chest pain known as angina. Angina is often a precursor to a heart attack.
In some ways, people with angina are lucky. Their pain usually leads to a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, and they can then take several steps to slow or reverse their condition before it results in a trip to the emergency room or even death. But for many, a heart attack is the first outward sign of trouble; 25 percent of people who suffer heart attacks have never felt any previous symptoms. A heart attack-or myocardial infraction, as it's called by doctors-is brought on when blood flow to a section of the heart muscle is completely cut off, either because a clot has backed up behind a thickened artery, or because the artery itself has become so narrow that no blood at all can pass through. If you ever suspect that you are having a heart attack, you must receive emergency medical care at once. Instead of having someone drive you to a hospital (unless you are real close), call for an ambulance. Life-saving treatment for heart attacks requires special medical techniques and tools, the sooner professionals arrive with their equipment, the greater your chance of survival.
Heart disease is so prevalent now; most people are surprised to hear that it was actually quite rare until the turn of the twentieth century. Our modern diet and way of life are at the root of most heart problems, and the best way to prevent or reverse heart disease is to change our habits. Because heart disease is caused by a variety of factors, it is best to include several kinds of therapies in your treatment or prevention plan. Eat well, exercise, manage stress and identify and treat genetic susceptibilities that are known to bring on cardiovascular disease.
** All of these prescriptions below have been proven effective; the level of effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when taking any and all supplements.
The top 7 vitamins and supplements have shown to help Arteriosclerosis:
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Super Prescription #1 Multivitamin – High Potency – LifeSource Vitamins
Take as directed on the container. It provides a base of many nutrients and antioxidants that promote cardiovascular health. This vitamin is unmatched, check the label and see. See all of our Liquid, tablet or Powders!
Super Prescription # 2 Garlic (Allium sativum) - LifeSource Product
Take 2,500 mg of aged garlic twice daily. It reduces cholesterol and homocysteine, has a natural blood-thinning effect, and has antioxidant properties.
Super Prescription #3 CoQ10 – Coenzyme Q10 - LifeSource Product
Take 100 to 300 mg daily. This nutrient is used by the heart cells to pump efficiently and with a regular rhythm. Studies show that it lowers blood pressure and helps improve angina, mitral valve prolapse, and congestive heart failure. It also prevents the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
Super Prescription #4 Omega 3 - LifeSource Product - See All of our Capsules and Liquids.
Take a daily dose of a fish oil product. Fish oil reduces inflammation in the arteries, lowers cholesterol/triglycerides, and is a natural blood thinner.
Super Prescription #5 Policosanol - LifeSource Product
Take 10 to 20 mg each evening. This supplement reduces LDL cholesterol and lipoprotein(a), improves HDL cholesterol, and helps angina
Super Prescription #6 Hawthorne Berry - LifeSource Products
Take 500 to 900 mg daily. It improves circulation to the heart and reduces blood pressure.
Super Prescription #7 Magnesium Citrate - LifeSource Product
Take 500 mg daily. The heart, to produce energy for contraction and regular rhythm, uses this mineral. It also relaxes the blood vessel walls, for improved circulation and reduced blood pressure.
In recent years, researchers have found that chronic inflammation in the blood vessels is a central factor in the development of heart disease. This chronic inflammation leads to arterial wall damage and the resulting plaque formation. Although cholesterol levels have some importance, it appears that this substance is not the "villain" that it was once thought to be. While diet and lifestyle factors are root causes of chronic inflammation, there are also genetic reasons beyond inheriting a disposition to high cholesterol levels. They include one's levels of homocysteine and lipoprotein(a) and other heredity factors. Fortunately, these genetic susceptibilities can be reduced through natural therapies. Stealth or hidden infections in the body are also suspected in increasing the inflammatory response. Therefore, it is imperative you are tested for these newer, more predictive markers of heart disease.
Finally, the impact of stress and negative emotions cannot be underrated as a cause of heart disease, in addition to the physical causes.
Symptoms of Arteriosclerosis
There are usually no overt symptoms until later in the disease. See your doctor if you experience any of the following:
- Leg pain that stats after walking a short distance and that goes away with rest
Symptoms of Angina
- Mild to severe chest pain. Often, it feels like the heart is being squeezed.
- There is tightness in the chest.
- Pain may feel worse after exercise or a heavy meal and better when resting
Symptoms of a heart attack
If you have any of the following symptoms, call 911 immediately. Even if the symptoms pass, you need emergency medical attention.
- The classical symptoms are crushing or tight pain in the chest, which may extend to the arms, the back, the shoulders, the neck, or the jaw. The pain may be intense and severe, or it could be mild that you might mistake it for indigestion.
- Women sometimes have heart attack symptoms that are different from the previous ones. The pain may begin in the stomach or the jaw with stabbing pains between the breasts. The symptoms may be more vague than for men.
- Or possible symptoms include profuse sweating, a drop in blood pressure, difficulty swallowing, dizziness or faintness, ringing in the ears, or, more rarely, nausea and vomiting
- Poor diet, especially one that's high in saturated fat and low in fiber and antioxidants
- High blood pressure
- Stress, depression, and anxiety
- Diabetes and syndrome X
- Stealth infections
- Excess of toxic metals