Clean Your ARTERIES with GOOD FOOD!

Overtime your arteries can begin to accumulate plaque and if you’re not careful, you may not even notice until the damage is done. Heart disease can creep up on your body and so can the risk for heart attack or stroke too. Detoxing your arteries should be part of your daily ritual and can be accomplished through a healthy diet.
By making certain artery cleansing foods a part of your diet, you can keep your arteries running clean long into old age. Here are some heart healthy foods you should add to your grocery list:
1. Kiwi- Kiwis are loaded with flavonoids that cleanse your blood vessels and decrease inflammation. They’re also loaded with fiber, which reduces cholesterol and reduces your risk of heart disease.
2. Shrimp- While shrimp do have cholesterol, they also contain taurine, an amino acid which protects the arteries from fat crossing the intestinal wall.
3. Avocado- Avocados have been shown to reduce total blood cholesterol by an average of 17 points. A compound called beta-sitosterol does the work. Cholesterol plays a big role in your arteries because high cholesterol levels build up plaque along the artery walls. Blood vessels can become blocked and even rupture, causing heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular disease.
4. Olive Oil- One of the polyphenols in olive oil, hydroxytyrosol, helps protect the cells that line your blood vessels from being damaged by overly reactive oxygen molecules. Therefore, it keeps the blood flowing through your arteries flowing strong.






Silent Signs you may Have Clogged Arteries!

Each year in the United States, more than 700,000 people suffer a heart attack, and almost 400,000 people die of coronary heart disease (CHD).
Preventing heart disease in patients is my main goal, but early detection is the next best thing. This can lead to changes in lifestyle and medical therapies that can delay or deny the onset of a heart attack; almost 80 percent of heart disease is preventable with lifestyle changes. Many of my patients are shocked to learn about the following clues to underlying heart disease.

-Erectile dysfunction (ED) could mean clogged arteries.
Men have a built-in warning system for silent CHD. When achieving an erection is difficult or impossible, it can be a sign of clogged arteries in the pelvis that presents before a heart attack hits.
-Baldness could indicate clogged arteries.
In a comprehensive new study of almost 37,000 men, severe baldness at the crown of the head strongly predicted the presence of silent CHD at any age. In a separate study of more than 7,000 people (including over 4,000 women), moderate to severe baldness doubled the risk of dying from heart disease in both sexes.
-Ear crease might indicate clogged arteries.
One of the stranger markers, a crease in your earlobe (specifically, an angled crease in the ear that runs diagonally from the canal to the lower edge of the earlobe) has been mentioned in medical research reports as a sign of silent CHD for decades. The ear crease may result from poor circulation, including in arteries in the heart.







-Calf pain when you walk might mean clogged arteries.
This is known as claudication (from the Latin for “to limp”). Atherosclerosis can block leg arteries, particularly in smokers, before CHD is diagnosed. This symptom requires an evaluation without delay. Your doctor will examine the pulses in your legs and perform simple measurements of leg blood pressure and blood flow to confirm a diagnosis of poor circulation.

Change your Diet to Clean your Arteries!

During arterial cleansing, it is necessary to change eating habits and preferences by paying more attention to the foods you eat, namely their type, amount, and quality. First of all, you should:
ELIMINATE or LIMIT:
ALL sugars such as…
-concentrated sweets: table sugar (sucrose), cane sugar, brown sugar, Turbinado sugar, Demerara sugar, powdered sugar, honey, syrups (especially high fructose corn syrup as a substitute sweetener for sucrose-table sugar added to fruit juices, sodas, and other beverages), preserves, molasses, jams, jellies, and candies
-desserts-baked goods: pies, cakes, cookies, crackers, frosting, pastries, doughnuts, ice cream, frozen yogurt, and regular or sweetened gelatin
-beverages: fruit juices, fruit drinks, fruit punches, regular sodas, carbonated pop, colas, ades, smoothies, sports drinks, sweetened coffee drinks, mocha, and chocolate drinks
-other foods: sweetened cereals, flavored yogurts, and sports or energy bars
Alcohol such as:
beer
-wine
-hard liquor
-liqueurs
(usually sweetened alcoholic liquors)
LIMIT:
red meat, especially fried, changing it to broiled or roasted poultry (turkey, chicken), preferably free-range.
ADD More:
-dark green leafy vegetables.






Be Aware of Angina Symptoms!

Angina symptoms include:
-Chest pain or discomfort
-Pain in your arms, neck, jaw, shoulder or back accompanying chest pain
-Nausea
-Fatigue
-Shortness of breath
-Sweating
-Dizziness

The chest pain and discomfort common with angina may be described as pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. Some people with angina symptoms describe angina as feeling like a vise is squeezing their chest or feeling like a heavy weight has been placed on their chest. For others, it may feel like indigestion.
The severity, duration and type of angina can vary. It’s important to recognize if you have new or changing chest discomfort. New or different symptoms may signal a more dangerous form of angina (unstable angina) or a heart attack.
Stable angina is the most common form of angina and typically occurs with exertion and goes away with rest. If chest discomfort is a new symptom for you, it’s important to see your doctor to find out what’s causing your chest pain and to get proper treatment. If your stable angina gets worse or changes, seek medical attention immediately.
Characteristics of stable angina
-Develops when your heart works harder, such as when you exercise or climb stairs
-Can usually be predicted and the pain is usually similar to previous types of chest pain you’ve had
-Lasts a short time, perhaps five minutes or less
-Disappears sooner if you rest or use your angina medication
Characteristics of unstable angina (a medical emergency)
-Occurs even at rest
-Is a change in your usual pattern of angina
-Is unexpected
-Is usually more severe and lasts longer than stable angina, maybe as long as 30 minutes
-May not disappear with rest or use of angina medication
-Might signal a heart attack






Why an Angioplasty it’s done?

Angioplasty is used to treat a type of heart disease known as atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is the slow buildup of fatty plaques in your heart’s blood vessels. Your doctor might suggest angioplasty as a treatment option when medications or lifestyle changes aren’t enough to improve your heart health, or if you have a heart attack, worsening chest pain (angina) or other symptoms.
Angioplasty isn’t for everyone. If the main artery that brings blood to the left side of your heart is narrow, if your heart muscle is weak or if you have multiple diseased blood vessels, then coronary artery bypass surgery may be a better option than angioplasty. In coronary artery bypass surgery, the blocked part of your artery is bypassed using a blood vessel from another part of your body.
If you have diabetes and multiple blockages, your doctor may suggest coronary artery bypass surgery. The decision of angioplasty versus bypass surgery will depend on the extent of your heart disease and overall medical condition.






Break Up with Soda!

An astounding 180,000 people die each year, worldwide, due to the consumption of sugary drinks, and about 45,000 of those deaths are from heart attacks. Heart disease might set in because people who drink many soft drinks tend to gain weight, become diabetic, and suffer premature heart blockages.
Soft drinks also elevate blood sugars, which coat proteins and fats, rendering them into a harmful form that damages your arteries. Harvard researchers, who have been studying more than 40,000 physicians and 88,000 nurses for more than two decades, found that women who consumed more that two servings of a sugary beverage a day were 40 percent more likely to develop heart disease than women who drank fewer. Men who drank the most sodas were 20 percent more likely to have a heart attack than those who drank the least.
Give up soda. If you drink several a day, be realistic. Start by swapping one for iced tea. Or water it down by mixing half a glass with seltzer. Over time, drink less and less soda until you get to zero.






What is a Stent?

A stent is a small, expandable tube. It is permanently inserted into the artery during angioplasty. The stent keeps the artery open.
During angioplasty, the balloon is placed inside the stent and inflated, which opens the stent and pushes it into place against the artery wall to keep the narrowed artery open. Because the stent is like woven mesh, the cells lining the blood vessel grow through and around the stent to help secure it. Your doctor may use a bare metal stent or a drug-eluting stent.
Drug-eluting stents. All stents have a risk that scar tissue will form and narrow the artery again. This scar tissue can block blood flow. To help prevent this blockage, drug-eluting stents are coated with drugs that prevent the scar tissue from growing into the artery. Drug-eluting stents may lower the chance that you will need a second procedure (angioplasty or surgery) to open the artery again.
A stent is designed to:
-Press the plaque against the artery walls and open up the artery, thereby improving blood flow.
-Keep the artery open after the balloon is deflated and removed.
-Seal any tears in the artery wall.
-Prevent the artery wall from collapsing or closing off again (restenosis).
-Prevent small pieces of plaque from breaking off, which might cause a heart attack.






Alternative Medicines for a Healthy Heart

There are several alternative medicines that may be effective in lowering cholesterol and preventing some types of heart disease, including:

-Blond psyllium
-Coenzyme Q10
-Flaxseed
-Oats and oat bran
-Omega-3 fatty acids
-Plant stanols and sterols, such as beta-sitosterol and sitostanol

As with any alternative medicine, talk to your doctor before adding any new supplements to your treatment regimen. Even natural medicines and herbal supplements can interact with medications you’re taking.






Brisk Walking: The Best Medicine

Don’t Indians walk for even 30 minutes in a day? If a recent survey conducted by the Public Health Foundation and the World Heart Foundation is to be believed, the answer is that they do not.
The foundation, which interviewed 1,021 adults above 18 years of age, has found that 46 per cent of the people they spoke to did not walk for 30 minutes every day. Not only that, they didn’t understand the concept of brisk walking.
Brisk walking means walking four kilometers in 60 minutes and breaking into a sweat. When this happens, the heart muscles become strong and are able to pump blood to all the parts of the body. The concept of brisk walking is to also evaluate the physical fitness of the body. Physical fitness is when the body does not get exhausted or tired too easily after walking three to four kilometers. Sometimes, some people become breathless while climbing stairs, a sign of “poor physical fitness”.
Earlier studies have shown that walking reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases as it makes the heart muscles strong.






Worldwide Rising of Peripheral Artery Disease!

The number of people with peripheral artery disease — a debilitating condition that can lead to heart attack and stroke — rose nearly 24 percent, from 164 million to 202 million worldwide, over the past decade.

An analysis from 2000 to 2010 found that although rates of peripheral artery disease are increasing in all parts of the world, 70 percent (140 million) of sufferers live in low- or middle-income countries, mainly in southeast Asia (54 million) and western Pacific regions (46 million).
Peripheral artery disease is caused by plaque accumulation in arteries that carry blood to the limbs. The condition increases the risk of heart attack and stroke and severely limits walking ability.
The analysis of published studies on peripheral artery disease also revealed that the number of people with the condition increased nearly 29 percent in low-income countries and by 13 percent in high-income countries, mainly in Europe, where there were 40.5 million cases in 2010.
Longer life expectancy and changing lifestyles appear to be driving this dramatic rise. There was a more than 35 percent increase in cases among people older than 80, and peripheral artery disease now affects one in 10 people aged 70 and one in six people older than 80.
Rates of the disease are higher among men in high-income countries than men in low- and middle-income countries, and it may be more common in women — especially younger women — than in men in low- and middle-income countries, according to the findings, which were published July 31 in the journal The Lancet.
Many of the main risk factors for peripheral artery disease — such as smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol — are the same as those for other major cardiovascular diseases and can be prevented and treated, the analysis confirmed.