Introduction to Heart Disease Also known as cardiovascular disease (CVD), it is the leading cause of death in civilized society.
More men and women die from CVD than from cancer. CVD covers a variety of diseases that involve the blood vessels (called arteries) on the heart and the heart itself.
One of main heart disease that can be avoided is blocked arteries of the heart. The scientific name is coronary artery disease (CAD).
Blocked arteries are caused by plaques (made of cholesterol, proteins and calcium) building up on the walls of the blood vessels.
This process is called hardening of the arteries or atherosclerosis.
Below is a comprehensive table outlining which natural remedies people around the world have used to help prevent or treat heart related disease.
Naturally, you will find overlapping recommendations on herbs and supplements for treating various types of heart related disease.
Keep in mind that, although taking supplements may prove to be helpful, ultimately, lifestyle changes must be implemented as well.
These include a sensible diet and regular physical activity.
Of course, control of excessive stress and bad habits like smoking and drinking to much need to be addressed as well.
|Natural Remedy||What Experts Say About Them|
|See Natural Remedies for Heart Disease for details on research studies and recommended dosage to use.|
|Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10 or Q10)||to|
|Fish Oil (Omega-3 Fatty Acids)|
|Vitamins & Minerals||What experts say about them|
It is a general term that can be used to describe many different types of ailments that affect the blood vessels and heart.
And indeed, a person might suffer from more than one type at the same time.
Here is a small list of the kinds of diseases that affects the heart:
Coronary artery disease (CAD) - Hardening of the coronary arteries in the heart causing blood supply to the heart muscle to be cut off.
Congenital Heart Disease - Defect at birth leads to a poor heart function.
Heart failure / Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) - The heart is failing and is unable to pump enough blood to supply the needs of the body.
Arrhythmia - Irregular heart beat causes poor circulation of blood to the body. It also increases the risk of blood clots which can block circulation.
Pericarditis - This is a condition of inflammation of the tissue surrounding the heart. It is usually caused by an infection.
Heart Valves Disease - Heart valves that do not close or function properly lead to very poor pumping and circulation of blood by the heart.
Heart Block - Blocked transmission of the heart impulses leads to the heart having a difficult time keeping a regular pattern of heart beat.
Cardiomyopathy - This refers to the breakdown and failure of the heart muscle to contract properly or with sufficient strength.
Left Ventricular Hypertrophy - Also known as enlargement of the heart. The enlarged heart does not circulate blood well. Eventually, it will lead to heart failure.
Just what causes coronary heart disease? There are many known and some unknown risk factors. The fact is there are many known and controllable causes.
Major risk factors are divided into two parts, the ones you can control and those that you cannot. If you have more than one risk factor, risk of getting this disease and dying from it increases dramatically.
|Risk Factors you can control||Risk factors you cannot control|
|High Cholesterol||Family history|
(high blood pressure)
(Men at higher risk than women)
(lack of exercise)
|Stress and anxiety|
The negative effects of having coronary artery disease (CAD) are very unfortunate and well documented. Not controlling CAD will eventually lead to heart attack, heart failure, blocked coronary arteries, angina (chest pain), fatigue, shortness of breath and swelling in your feet.
Ultimately, the following situation will appear:
Often there are no signs or symptoms at the beginning. However, if you show any of the following early warning signs, check with your family doctor to get a full check-up.
We will admit right up front that the easiest things to do are also the hardest things to do when trying to cure this disease. Firstly, the basic treatment plan must include controlling all the controllable risk factors.
Here's what you'll need to do to prevent this:
There are many different ways to avoid this deadly disease. We suggest making small and slow changes; don't try to change everything at once. You are more likely to succeed and keep with the plan if you do it slowly and change one thing at a time.