Information and facts on Angina - Heart Disease

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Angina is a syndrome of squeezing or heavy pressure-like pain in the chest caused by an insufficient supply of oxygen to the heart muscle. It can also be experienced as pain in the left shoulder blade, left arm, or jaw. The pain usually lasts from one to twenty minutes. It is typically brought on by physical exertion or stress and subsides with rest, because exertion and stress increase the heart's need for oxygen. Angina is usually a precursor to heart attack, although many people have angina for years without experiencing damage to the heart itself. Angina is almost always caused by atherosclerosis, the buildup of cholesterol containing plaques in arteries. In people with angina, atherosclerosis narrows and eventually doses the coronary arteries, the blood vessels leading to the heart. Blockage of the coronary arteries in turn reduces the supply of blood (and therefore oxygen) to the heart. When the flow of oxygen to the heart is substantially reduced, or when there is an unusually high demand for oxygen in the heart, angina is the result. Angina can also result from extreme hypoglycemia. That is because hypoglycemia can lead to increased production of hormones associated with stress, which can put a strain on the heart. There is another, rare form of the condition known as Prinzmetal's variant angina, which is essentially a migraine affecting the blood vessels serving the heart rather than the blood vessels serving the brain-that is, the blood vessels are periodically narrowed by spasms rather than by a buildup of plaque.


Nutrient / Supplement Importance
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Helpful notes
Carnitine 10 helps in the transporting of long chain fatty acids which aides in prevention of heart disease, angina, high blood pressure, and other cardiovascular disease. Often is combined with a omega fatty acid and flax seed supplements.
Coenzyme Q10 10 increases oxygenation to the heart and has been shown to prevent recurrences in people who have had a heart attack.
Multi-vitamin and mineral 9 vitamin B complex, inositol, selenium, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin E all serve to help lower blood pressure and reduce its effects.
Magnesium 8 low intake of magnesium has been linked to high blood pressure and a good source of magnesium is a quality multi-vitamin & mineral supplement especially one with calcium, zinc, and garlic.
Calcium 7 important for proper functioning of the cardiac (heart) muscle and is a companion to magnesium see above.
Omega fatty acids 9 important for reducing blood pressure and also increasing blood circulation as well as preventative aid on general heart health. Fatty acids are found in omega fatty acids from fish, and from plants in flax seed and borage seed.
Arginine 8 important amino acid for cardiovascular health 
Hawthorn 9 herb that helps both the heart and cardiovascular system nd can help stop chest pain after exerting yourself
Guggul 9 herb from India that lowers cholesterol levels and protects against the development of hardening of the arteries. 
Lecithin 8 acts as a fat emulsifier
vitamin C 8 vitamin C helps high blood pressure, hypertension, heart, and cardio-vascular problems by improving adrenal function. Can be taken in a good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement.
vitamin E 8 strengthens the immune system and heart muscle, improves circulation, and destroys free radicals
Dandelion 8 herb that can be helpful for many cardiovascular disorders like angina and heart disease
Potassium 7 needed for electrolyte balance especially if you take blood pressure medication.
Selenium 7 low intake of this mineral has been linked to heart disease and cardiovascular problems a good source for selenium is a natural multi-vitamin with complete mineral supplementation.
Garlic 9 garlic has been shown to help lower high blood pressure and help with other cardiovascular disease.

While severe angina can be relieved surgically, treatment for mild angina focuses on controlling high blood pressure and on lowering high cholesterol through diet. Nutritional management of angina and coronary artery disease (CAD) consists of two strategies: removing the dietary factors that lead to angina and adding dietary supplements that prevent it. The presence of cholesterol cannot be completely eliminated, since some cholesterol is absolutely necessary to the normal functioning of every cell in the body, but the activity of compounds that promote the formation of cholesterol plaques can be greatly reduced. These compounds include excessive amounts of iron and copper, which create harmful free radicals that activate immune cells known as macrophages. The macrophages form a platform, called a foam cell, on which cholesterol can accumulate and later calcify in the artery wall. Dietary restriction alone may take two to five years to have an effect, but herbal medicine can help speed the process. Herbs can also help to prevent angina pain and reduce the frequency of attacks. People with angina must be especially careful, however, to take note of all precautions regarding the use of herbs and other prescription medications that can produce interactions with nitroglycerin, which is used to treat acute attacks. 

Note: women who have hyperthyroidism have increased risk of developing blockages in their aorta.


Other Changes To Make

  • drink 6-8 glasses of steam distilled or filtered water a day

  • eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables (organic is best)

  • nuts, seeds, and whole grains are good

  • juice is good (make your own with a juice machine)

  • do not worry as much about calories as eating the right foods

  • carrot and celery sticks are good to use as a snack

  • a colon cleansing can be very helpful - (do several times each year)

  • do not drink coffee, alcohol, soda pop, other junk food drinks

  • do not eat processed foods white sugar, white flour, etc...

  • use stress relief like going for walks in the park (or the 10/90 rule - see Stress)

  • brown rice is good to eat

  • avoid red meat and animal fats

  • reduce dairy products cheese, milk, and others

  • fast a few days a month

  • get at least 8 hours of sleep 

  • exercise light to moderate amounts

  • avoid artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and NutraSweet

  • do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke

  • do not skip meals - just eat better and not as much at each meal

  • do not chew gum - it can cause you to feel hungry

  • do not watch too much TV try reading a book or something else


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