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
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
Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch, M.D. and
Mark Stengler, N.M.D.
Super Prescription #1
Multivitamin – High Potency
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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.
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Super Prescription # 2
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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
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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
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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
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Take 10 to 20 mg each evening. This supplement reduces LDL
cholesterol and lipoprotein(a), improves HDL cholesterol,
and helps angina
Super Prescription #6
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Take 500 to 900 mg daily. It improves circulation to the
heart and reduces blood pressure.
Super Prescription #7
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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
Symptoms of Angina
Mild to severe chest pain. Often, it feels like the heart is being
There is tightness in the chest.
Pain may feel worse after exercise or a heavy meal and better when
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
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
High blood pressure
Stress, depression, and anxiety
Diabetes and syndrome X
Excess of toxic metals
Bruce Brightman – founder
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