Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the US, yet a hundred years ago they were a rarity. Artiosclerotic heart disease is a preventable disease that is nearly always reversable by living a health lifestyle. Heart attacks are an epigenetic disease caused by an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, insufficient sleep, being overweight, being exposed to toxins in the enviorment, and stress. Only on rare occasions are there genetic factors ectched in stone that will ineveitably lead to heart disease. Inflammation is what starts the cascade of the events that lead to plaque formation in our arteries and makes our blood sticky, and there is a lot we can do to prevent it.
Once the heart is compromised by a significant heart attack, There is a lot that caan be done in modern medicine to stabilze the angina, congestive heart failure and rythms that charactorize heart disease from progressing. These options range from drugs to high tech surgical procedures. What modern medicine fails to recognize and deal with is the importance of lifestyle and it's amazing technology. Nutition of the heart is ignored most of the time. We must remember that the disease process is directly related to a defiecneny in energy production and that it is usually possible to improve energy production through lifestyle stratigies.
Heart Attacks Overview
The causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and consequences of heart attacks are reviewed. Laboratory tests to assess the extent and dangers of arteriosclerosis are described and mainstream and alternative forms of treatment offered. Prevention and reversibility are reviewed.
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If you have had a heart attack it is necessary to deal with the reasons why this happened. Our Heart Attack Health Assessment will explore this as well as managing complications, supporting heart nutrition, considering tests that are infrequently done in the mainstream that are very important for both treatment and for predicting future problems, and looking into disorders that can predispose to heart attacks.
It is still important to work with a qualified cardiologist to assess the complications of heart disease that include angina, congestive heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, and factors related to disease progression. Dr. Saputo also recommends a complete integrative program that includes lifestyle, diet, and supplements to support optimal cardiac function. Mainstream medicine deals primarily with the acute defects in cardiac function very well, but could do much more to support the cellular biochemistry of heart tissue with these strategies.
L-Carnitine Improves Outcome After a Heart Attack
A study in the April 2013 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings documented that the amino acid L-carnitine significantly improves cardiac function after a heart attack. Apparently, l-carnitine is depleted after a heart attack and, if corrected, results in a 27% reduction in all-cause mortalitiy, 65% fewer dangerous ventricular arrhythmias, 40% reduction in the development of angina, and a smaller sized infarct. It probably also reduces the number of re-infarction, and the development of congestive heart failure.
So, what does l-carnitine do? The heart gets the vast majority of its energy from burning fat! L-carnitine transports long chain fatty acids into the energy-producing part of heart cells, the mitochondria, and allows it to metabolize them to produce energy (ATP). It has been shown that in a heart attack, levels of l-carnitine are depleted quite quickly, so it should be replaced.
Heart Attack Prevention
Heart attacks are preventable through a healthy lifestyle. An unhealthy lifestyle leads to inflammation and the development of arterial plaque. Tests for early detection and risk factors are reviewed. Approaches for prevention are described.
Low HDL Cholesterol Does Not Cause Heart Attacks
Even though there is abundant evidence that people with low protective HDL cholesterol are at risk for heart attacks, a large new study refutes this myth. People with high HDL in this study of 70,000 people had a much lower incidence of heart attacks, but people with a genetic defect in producing HDL and had a low level in this study did not have an increased incidence of heart attacks. Thus, HDL by itself is not protective for heart attacks.
People with low HDLs often have other associated risk factors such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure that might explain why low levels are associated with more heart attacks. Raising HDL may not be such a good idea and may explain why drugs that raise HDL cholesterol have increased all cause mortality and have not prevented heart attacks.
Bisphenol A Increases the Risk for Heart Attacks
A study published in the journal, Circulation, in February of 2012 showed that over a 10 year follow up period, that people with the highest BPA levels had 33% increase in the risk for heart attacks. The study compared BPA measurements in 758 people who were initially healthy but later developed heart disease with 861 people who remained heart disease free. They found that the risk for heart attack over 10 years was much higher in those patients with the highest BPA found in their urine.
Environmental Toxins Linked to Heart Attacks and Strokes
Environmental toxins such as dioxins, PCBs, and pesticides can increase the risk for heart attacks and strokes. These fat soluble toxins accumulate in blood vessel walls and are slow to be excreted. We need to clean up our environment and practice intelligent detoxification if we want to deal with this potentially massive issue.
Can Probiotics Help Prevent Heart Attacks?
Research in the prestigious FASEB Journal suggests that the types and levels of microbes in the intestinal tract may predict a person's chances of having a heart attack. It further suggests that modifying this microbial flora may help reduce the likelihood of having a heart attack. This is a revolutionary milestone in the prevention and treatment of heart attacks and highlights the impressive role of the microflora of the gut and its influence on the biochemistry and physiology of the rest of the body.
Studies in rats showed that the level of a hormone produced in fat called leptin was closely associated with the risk of heart attack; the lower the level of this appetite suppressing hormone the lower the risk for heart attack. The question arises about whether or not certain microbes in the gut worsen or protect against having a heart attack and perhaps many other diseases!
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