The coronary artery is the main blood vessel that supplies the heart muscles with blood, nutrients and oxygen which it needs to function. When fat droplets contained in the blood deposits on the walls of the coronary artery over an extended period of time this can cause the artery to narrow or constrict. If constriction results the individual can experience pain or an unbearable feeling of pressure in the chest. Relief from this discomfort can be obtained by resting from physical activity or taking nitroglycerin or other Doctor prescribed medication. However, if the obstruction becomes complete in one of the coronary arteries a heart attack or myocardial infarction can result.
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is highly recommended after suffering a heart attack. The antioxidants present reduce neurosis or cellular death in the heart muscles. In the medical field it is widely believed that Arteriosclerosis, or the condition that causes heart attacks can be reversed. Research shows that after twelve months of a healthy diet along with the appropriate lifestyle there is usually a ten percent reduction of stenosis or narrowing of the coronary artries. Such a diet includes the following foods: five portions of fresh fruits per day; a fresh vegetable salad dressed with olive or seed oil; two or three portions of legumes per week; whole grain bread or pasta, instead of white bread or refined pasta; reduced salt and sugar consumption. Water and fluid intake is also very vital to physical health. Enough to keep the urine pale and at least two liters a day which is adequate to flush out body toxins.
Health and Medical Experts have concluded through research that a diet based on fruits, oil bearing nuts, vegetables, legumes and whole grain simply prepared and eaten regularly gives the best results for heart attack prevention. In addition to proper dieting it is important to exercise at least three times a week for forty minutes on each occasion to maintain a healthy heart and it is highly recommends that the use of coffee and tobacco smoking be avoided at all times.
Many statistical studies have shown that drinking between one half to one small glass of red wine a day is very good for the heart because it lowers the risk of death from coronary constriction that can cause a heart attack. Consumption of white wine however, does not produce the same results. Such an effect in any case only seems to affect men who are at least fifty years of age. Research also shows that when more than the amount of red wine recommended is consumed, the mortality rate due to cardio-vascular diseases increased along with symptoms, conditions and other health disorders.
As someone gets older the body gets less efficient at absorbing nutrients and the immune system gets less effective. For example Zinc: for good digestion; vitamins A, C and E: to counteract damage by free radicals and important supplements such as Ginkgo Biloba which helps to maintain physical and mental functioning.
Omega 3 oils can be very useful in the prevention of a heart attack and other heart conditions. Some sources of the oil include: oily fish such as herrings, mackerel and salmon; flaxseed/linseed; hemp; sunflower seeds; pumpkin seeds and walnuts. Omega 3 fats are used to produce cell membranes, sex hormones and hormone like chemicals known as series 3 prostaglandins. They perform various functions in the human body including thinning the blood and breaking down blood clots. They are known to reduce harmful fats in the blood which contributes to the risk of heart attacks.
Garlic is also very important in the prevention of heart conditions. It is an antioxidant and antiseptic and helps to fight infection. Garlic keeps body circulation healthy by reducing the level of blood fats and lowering blood pressure thereby helping to protect someone against heart diseases and stroke. Nutritionist recommends that one clove of garlic or its equivalent should be consumed daily.
High blood pressure is also a major threat to a strong and healthy heart. With high blood pressure the force which the blood presses against the arteries as it circulates around the body is greater than normal. Thus causing the blood vessels to become narrower with thicker walls and put strain on the heart. The lifestyle changes that can reduce blood pressure include no smoking, choosing low fat diets, losing excess weight, reducing alcohol consumption and regular exercise.
The following vitamins are very useful:B3 which lowers raised blood pressure; vitamin C:reduces blood pressure; vitamin D: assists in calcium absorption which helps reduce blood pressure and vitamin E which helps to thin the blood. Minerals too are very important. Calcium: stabilizes blood pressure. Magnesium: dilates blood vessels reducing blood pressure. Potassium: helps to flush excess sodium from the body and Selenium: increases the effect of vitamin E.
In addition to the above mentioned foods the following can be added to the list: oily fish such as sardines and mackerel, oats, onions, low fat dairy products, ginger and celery. Other vital nutrients: omega 6 oils: evening primrose oil lowers blood pressure. Co-enzyme Q10 strengthens the heart and. Bioflavonoid increase the action of vitamin C.
Please be well advised that refined and salty foods contribute to raised blood pressure and danger to the heart and body.
Written by Peter Fevrier 10th May 2012