One in every 4 deaths in the United States is because of heart ailments. Approximately 2 heart patients die of some heart disease every minute in the United States. And even more shocking truth related to cardiovascular diseases is that almost 90% of the heart diseases are preventable. If you want to analyze the direction in which your health is going and also for how many years you would live, just look at the health of your heart. It will tell you the complete story. Trust me there is no organ as important as heart, and also there is no part of your body that works as much as your heart does. Still there is a lot of misinformation about this vital organ spread everywhere. Heart diseases today are so common that each and everybody since childhood should be aware of what problems you can have related to heart, what can be the solution, and before solution you should know how to prevent these problems from happening.
The lack of which is very common, cardiovascular health is the key to a healthy, long and happy life. If you do not have it yourself by luck, you must know someone near you struggling from the problem.
One heart supplies blood to 75 trillion cells in human body.
Yes, your only heart has the responsibility to send blood to so many cells in your body. In fact if we leave corneas, all the others get blood supply from heart. This enables the supply of oxygen and other nutrients to all the tissues and also removal of carbon dioxide and other wastes in done. If at all heart fails to supply these essential components to various parts of your body, the tissues and hence organs will die. Heart is the life of all the tissues and organs of your body. Can you now imagine your life without a heart? You can manage diabetes and other diseases, but when it is about heart remember you cannot take any type of risk. The fist sized organ weighing approximately 10 ounces has such a great responsibility of giving life to your entire body.
Common heart problems
Most commonly occurring heart problems are coronary heart diseases, cardiac arrest, congestive heart failure, peripheral artery diseases, congenital heart disease, and stroke. All of them only revolve around your 24×7 functioning heart. When a waxy substance accumulates inside the coronary arteries, what happens is called coronary heart disease. A cardiac arrest happens when your heart stops pumping blood around your body. If someone has suddenly collapsed, is not breathing normally and is unresponsive, it is due to cardiac arrest only. Congestive heart disease is somehow related to the chambers of your heart. Peripheral artery disease is a situation in which sufficient blood do not reach you limbs due to narrowing of the arteries due to some reasons. When you are born with some problem in your heart, that defect is named as congenital heart defect. Heart stroke is the worst of all of them, when blood supply is blocked due to a clot formation. All of these are deadly situations which you should pray should never ever happen to you. But along with prays and wishes, you need to do something constructive. Let us first talk about the cure for all these heart issues, and then we will tell you how to deal with prevention of these diseases. Chest pain due to any reason in severe cases can sometimes lead to heart attack or the patient may also end up paralyzing himself. For these reasons any heart related problem should not be taken lightly. Majority of the heart patients go through chest pain which is sometimes light and the other times acute, breathlessness, choking and burning sensation. Other typical symptoms of any problem in heart are pain in the upper central abdomen, back, neck area, jaw or shoulders as well as nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath, sweating and dizziness.
General causes of heart problems
As it is stated earlier also, almost 90% of the problems related to heart can be avoided. This clearly indicates that heart problem is the outcome of our own deeds. If you have a heart problem, you must have something that if you had not done, you would not have been suffering from the critical heath problem. In the 10 % of the cases where we do not have any control we have congenital heart disorders, and some other type of heart issues. Rest everything can be molded according to your health preferences. For instance you heart health depends on whether you smoke or not. And if you are a chain smoker, let me tell you your heart is suffering a lot. Smoking is the real killer for your heart. Using tobacco or smoking can cause serious harm to all the parts of our body, but it affects heart the most. Not only smoking but our day to day eatables containing saturated fat and trans fat are known for increasing blood cholesterol and coronary artery disease. . If you have high blood pressure, this higher pressure puts extra strain on your heart and blood vessels. Over time, this extra strain increases your risk of a heart attack or stroke. If your blood pressure is higher than 140 over 90, consistently then you should take it as an alarm. Common causes or contributing factors of high blood pressure or hypertension are obesity, genetic factors, excessive drinking, and high salt intake, lack of aerobic exercise, stress, birth control pills, pain relievers, kidney disease, and adrenal disease. Hence to avoid future complications related to heart, you are bound to control your blood pressure and to achieve this, you need to change your lifestyle which is causing it to fluctuate.
Conventional treatments for heart problems
Heart diseases are nothing new as there are evidences of 3000 year old mummies dying of heart attack. From thousands of years, the heart diseases are bothering mankind, and the only change is drastic increase in the number of patients and methods of curing the problems. There are medicines but not for treating heart related problems, only to mask the symptoms. All the medicines prescribed under the pretext of treating heart diseases actually can do the following.
- Medicines can reduce the pressure of work on your heart, and give you some relief in the symptoms of coronary heart diseases.
- If you regularly are on pills due to heart problems, you actually are decreasing your chance of having a heart attack or dying suddenly. Unfortunately pills only lower down the risk but cannot nullify it. You can still a heart attack but with less probability.
- Pills can lower your LDL cholesterol; reduce your blood pressure, and other risk factors that may lead to heart failure.
- The main cause of deaths is heart attack, and the main cause of heart attack is blood clot. Although you may have a heart attack due to many other reasons, but medicinal cure can avoid this clot formation.
- If you need a surgery due to some complications in you heart, with help of medicines you can always postpone it. But keep in mind surgery cannot be replaced by pills, one day you will have to go through it and you also know that the sooner the better.
Heart is the centre around which our healthy and happy life revolves. We find it convenient enough to go to the medical store and buy our so called health package. Even when it is about our heart, we don’t have time. If at all you would have tried to find the solution in something else, the turn over of the medicinal firms would not have reached to this level. Our heart health would not have continued to deteriorate despite of spending sufficiently large amount of money on medicines.
Some useful tips
If you think of getting things done through medicines all alone, then you are expecting the very impossible thing. For treating your heart problems you need to change your lifestyle, change your food habits, and change your way of living. Just taking a bunch of medicines is not going to do any help, but you will have to add to it your own efforts. The most effective heart disease prevention and treatment is free. As heart is the pillar of overall health, the same way exercise is the key to heart health. You can control your heart health by controlling your stress, emotions, food habits and lifestyle. Very stressful situations can cause sudden chest pains that feel like a heart attack. The heart’s normal pumping is disrupted temporarily.
For maintaining a good heart health, you need to control a few other health imbalances that have a great role in initiating the pain. If you are overweight, not only heart diseases will be a more common problem for you, but you are at a potential risk of serious health issues. If you have a lot of fat accumulated surrounding your abdomen and area around the hips, this fat will cause many health complications for your body. Choose a right weight loose method in order to shed those extra pounds. Modify your diet and get some workout time daily. Make small efforts on your own rather than relying on just medicines. For instance you will have to get the cholesterol in level and would have to avoid taking stress completely. Completely stay away from mutton and other such high cholesterol products. Also reduce the amount of dairy products you take in daily. Go for fresh and green vegetables. These are good for your overall health and at the same time work for many diseases, specifically heart diseases.
Try to keep in mind that laughter is the best therapy. Happiness lowers down the risk of heart attack. Yes, just by being happy most of the time, you can cut down the chances of having a heart attack. In order to save yourself from all these complications you should take steps before it is too late. Your heart do continuous work, more than any other organ can do for keeping you alive, and hence it requires special attention, care and consideration. Taking into consideration its importance, it is time we should start valuing it.