Heart disease remains the number one killer in Canada, despite the fact that billions of dollars are spent each year treating cardiovascular disease. Personal prevention should be exercised to eliminate / control several risk factors of heart disease including high blood pressure, obesity, stress, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, and elevated cholesterol levels.
Many heart patients take blood thinners, such as aspirin. Research has shown that the risk of a first heart attack can be reduced by as much as 50% by taking aspirin regularly. However, 70% of long-term aspirin users experience intestinal bleeding and ulcers. As well, aspirin consumption can have other serious side effects such as:
Protein loss due to impaired transport through intimate lining.
Reduced immune function due to binding of certain prostaglandins important for normal immune responses.
Impaired ability of white blood cells (part of immune system) to absorb vitamin C, which is essential for their proper functioning.
Worsening of food sensitivities / allergies due to the damage to the intestinal wall.
Worsening of asthma, kidney problems and anemia in sensitive people.
Heart disease is greatly influenced by nutrition. The minimal nutritional requirements for reducing risk factors include the elimination of red meat, animal fats, fried foods, spicy foods, processed, and refined foods from the diet.
Increased consumption of cardio-protective foods (fish, not seafood) is recommended. Additionally, a well-known nutrient beneficial to heart disease pronone patients is Alllicin. It is especially useful in cases of high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Allicin can be found in garlic, and while the increased consumption of garlic is beneficial, garlic tablets from a reputable source ensure the necessary intake of Allicin.
Also from a nutritional standpoint, people prone to heart disease should be limiting the intake of foods high in vitamin K, which increases blood clotting (alfalfa, broccoli, cauliflower, egg yolks, liver, spinach, and all dark green vegetables) and increase the intake of foods that enhance the effects of anticoagulants (wheat germ, vitamin E, soybean and sunflower seeds).
To complement the above dietary improvements, supplements, herbs, homeopathy, and acupuncture can all work in a synergistic way to help the heart function normally again.
Please remember that these suggestions are general; for an individual approach to your specific condition, consider our on-line treatment option.
Remember: Heart disease is not an aspirin deficiency. Even though aspirin is the drug of choice, there are many other natural alternatives for a heart attack survivor.