Heart disease is an umbrella term for a number of different diseases affecting the heart. As of 2007, it is the leading cause of death in the United States, England, Canada and Wales, killing one person every 34 seconds in the United States alone.
The blood vessels consist of arteries, arterioles, capillaries, venules, and veins. All blood is carried in these vessels. The arteries, which are strong, flexible, and resilient, carry blood away from the heart and bear the highest blood pressures. Because arteries are elastic, they narrow (recoil) passively when the heart is relaxing between beats and thus help maintain blood pressure. The arteries branch into smaller and smaller vessels, eventually becoming very small vessels called arterioles. Arteries and arterioles have muscular walls that can adjust their diameter to increase or decrease blood flow to a particular part of the body.

Heart Problems  

In the last newsletter about the anatomy of the heart - primarily to lay the foundations for this problem. Using learned what we in the last issue, we can now explore the

Things can go wrong with the heart.

medical treatments.

restrictions may be established in some of these treatments.

What you can do to change the equation.

Incidentally if you have not read the previous newsletter, anatomy of the heart, you might want to do that now. It is not absolutely necessary, but it will be for a rewarding experience, as you read this newsletter.

Problems the epicardium

As you may remember, the epicardium is the lining that surrounds the heart muscle - both internally and externally. On the inside, it is the endocardium, and on the outside, called the pericardium. Let's start our discussion of heart trouble by looking at the epicardium - not because it is the most important part of the heart, but because it is a simple place to start and allows us dipping our toes into the subject before plunging into deeper that waters.

Problems can occur with the heart pretty much feed can be divided into two categories

Physical damage.


Physical inflammation caused by damage is easy to understand, and usually easy to repair. You're driving in your car, you get in an accident. They slammed against the steering wheel or an airbag. Her body suddenly stops, but your heart, powered by inertia (an object in motion tends to stay in Motion) keeps moving forward and tears the pericardium that, before bouncing back and come to rest. This leads to bleeding into the pericardial SAC, as a buffer between the heart and the chest wall and lungs. The additional liquid (blood) pumps in the SAC under pressure from the enlargement of the SAC, so that the Press and constricting the heart. If the pressure is not relieved, it can build to the point where there is a bottleneck in the heart so much that it prevents him from beating. Herbs and neutraceuticals are not much here. Fortunately, medical intervention tends to be simple and effective in these situations. A catheter into the sac to drain the excess blood and the pressure will usually do the trick - along with stopping the bleeding.

Inflammation (known as "ITIS" in medical terminology) is a little more complex. The primary cause of the inflammation of the heart lining is infectious, both viral and bacterial. Depending on what part of the forage is concerned, it is pericarditis, endocarditis, or epicarditis. The inflammation can cause pain in the chest, difficulty pumps, or fever. These symptoms can be mild, even acute or chronic. Standard treatment includes the use of antibiotics and antiviral drugs. These are "normally" effective, unless the underlying infection is resistant to the arsenal of drugs on your doctor available, is a growing problem. Fortunately, there are natural alternatives, including garlic, olive leaf extract, oregano oil, grapefruit seed extract, etc., can work, even in the case of drug resistant infections.

Problems with heart valves

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, as we discussed last issue, your heart valves are built like parachutes with tendon or cords anchoring it to the heart muscle to hide them from opening too far. Their task is blood to flow from the atria into the chambers and then sealed closed when the pump chambers, so that the blood does not back into the forecourts, but is forced instead into the main pulmonary artery from the right ventricle or in the aorta from the left ventricle. Problems with the valves are easy to understand and generally fall into two categories.

Backflow or regurgitation, is caused by misshapen or damaged valves or breaks in the tendons, the valves in force. These things cause the valves to imperfect seal with each heartbeat, so that the return on atria.

Stenosis or hardening of the valves, through illness or age prevents the valves of the full opening. This reduces the flow of blood into the chambers, so that they can not completely fill in the fraction of a second, the valves are open. Since the ventricle chamber is now partially empty when they pump, it generates less pressure with each beat, ultimately reduces the amount of blood flowing through the body.

There can have multiple causes of both problems.

- either you were born with a problem. This can be genetic or it can be the result of nutritional problems in the nutrition parents (either before you were conceived, or while they were gestating).

- Over time, as a result of ageing and poor nutrition, the valves shrink and change shape.

- infection caused it to inflame the valves so that they no longer seal perfect.

- diseases such as rheumatic fever and syphilis have vernarbter and hardened valves.

- Valvular tissue can be damaged in the same way as heart muscle tissue as a result of a heart attack.

- Valve May tendon rupture, which means that the valve no longer remains in force, if back pressure created by pressing the ventricles.

The bottom line is that the pumping stations process is less efficient, and your heart has to pump harder and faster to compensate. Treatments can do nothing to deal with drugs to reduce infection and inflammation, surgically replacing the damaged valves with artificial valves.

Doing nothing you might ask? Absolutely! In most cases, this is what doctors do. Why? The heart has enormous capacity reserves. Last issue we mentioned that 70% of your blocked coronary arteries and never any outward symptoms. It does not stop there. Her heart also has an enormous reserve capacity of pumping stations and when called upon can increase output 5-8 times, if necessary. For example, in mitral valve prolapse (a condition in which the mitral "falls down, or prolapses too far into the left ventricle allows reflux into the right atrium), there is usually only a few symptoms or problems. In most cases, only the doctors make it understand and provide for each changes.

On the other hand, sometimes there are symptoms. These may include:

- That Old standby, pain in the chest.

- fatigue and /or dizziness.

- shortness of breath.

- low or high blood pressure, depending on the valve is affected.

- palpitations, by unregelmaige heart beats.

- Even migraine headaches.

In these cases, the valves are often replaced with mechanical valves. At one time, you could actually hear the mechanical valves make a slight clicking sound as they opened and closed 70-80 times per minute. This drove some people crazy when they tried to sleep at night. Newer models have overcome the problem and are silent.

Now you think, since problems with mechanical valves are in the nature, nutrition and supplements would not much play a role in solving them. If so, you would be wrong. Most doctors are not aware of this fact, but there are numerous studies show nutrients matter - and can actually complement the mechanical aspects of the valve function. For example, it has been shown that magnesium plays a role in the mitral prolapse.

Therapeutic effect of a magnesium salt in patients with mitral valvular prolapse and deferred tetany.

Magnesium deficiencies in the pathogenesis of mitral valve prolapse.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. In fact, nutrition and dietary supplements can play a primary role in maintaining optimal heart health - and even reverse many chronic heart diseases. We talk more about this later, but now let's explore problems within the same coronary problems arteries.


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Blutgefae from the aorta, the two coronary arteries, which later split off in many sectors, the heart. These arteries by blocking the development of arterial plaque is one of the most common causes of death. The net result is ischemia, which means a "reduced blood supply." As I mentioned last question, because there is so much redundancy in the branch of the coronary arteries, you can use up to 70% blockade and do not have any obvious symptoms. At some point, but you have a heart attack, also known as myocardial infarction. The myocardium is the name of the heart muscle and heart attack is the "death of tissue." In other words, a heart attack is the result of loss of blood flow to the heart muscle, the death of heart muscle tissue. The severity of the attack is determined by:

Which part of the muscle is damaged. (Some parts are even more critical than others.)

As the extensive damage is.

In some cases, people actually die from their first heart attack. In most cases, but the attacks are progressive - with each attack the killing of more and more tissue, until the remaining heart muscle can no longer bear the burden. Depending on the extent of the damage, standard medical treatments include:

Drugs such as:

- beta-blockers to slow heart rate and blood pressure reduction - and thus a reduction in the demand for heart's desire to oxygen.

- nitroglycerin to open coronary arteries and reduce the hearts of the demand for oxygen.

- calcium channel blockers open coronary arteries to increase blood flow to the heart muscle.

- angiotensin-converting enzyme so that blood to flow easily from the heart, reducing the workload at the centre.

- angioplasty uses a balloon inflated inside the blocked artery to press the plaque against the artery wall, thus clearing the blockade - at least temporarily.

- such as angioplasty stents are on steroids. Instead of a simple pressure on the plaque against the wall of the artery, the balloon will also contribute to the freedom of the press, a wire mesh against the arterial wall to the artery open.

- Bypass surgery involves using a vein (usually from the leg) literally circumvent the congested area of coronary artery.

Heart transplants.

None of these options is perfect. Angioplasty and bypass surgery (even if they are in use for years) are actually unproven (for those of you thinking that everything in medicine is a peer review studies). In fact, recent studies suggest that they may actually only slight temporary relief without renewal of life - not to mention an increased risk of stroke. Both stents and angioplasties (and also bypasses for this issue) quickly plug, a problem called restenosis, and must be regularly renewed or replaced. New forms of stents coated with drugs to slow down restenosis, but come with their own set of problems. Bypass surgery results in a dramatically increased risk of stroke, infection and deep depression. And heart transplants force you to stay on immunosuppressive drugs for the rest of your life.

Far and removes the grate problem with all these applications is that they only deal with an expression of the problem, not the underlying cause - the fact that the arteries are blocked in the first place. It is here that alternative therapies excel - both short and long term. For example:

Dietary changes can have profound effects on reversing coronary heart disease as a number of supplements.

Shifting the balance of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids can eliminate a major source of heart attacks.

Hawthorne berries are resources for strengthening the heart, is working to support the relaxation and dilates the coronary arteries and increase the flow of blood and oxygen to and from the heart. In fact, Hawthorne berries work much like prescription drugs, but without the side effects.

Blood Gerinnseln

Another aspect of coronary heart disease, blood clots, or thrombus. (If it is removed and floats free, it is a so-called embolus.) Graeren arteries, a clot will only hinder the flow of blood. In smaller arteries, it can completely block. Most thrombi form in the veins of the legs, where they then float off (now emboli) and by the end of accommodation in and block the smaller arteries of the heart, lungs and brain. There can be many triggers for the formation of blood clots and emboli, but one of the most interesting is deep vein thrombosis - the formation of blood clots as a result of a lengthy meeting in aircraft and cars.

Preventing blood clots reduces the risk of stroke, heart attack and pulmonary embolism. The standard treatment for those who are exposed to a embolism is the use of drugs such as heparin or warfarin (a form of rat poison), the anticoagulants used to inhibit the formation and growth of existing blood clots.

But these drugs are dangerous and require constant monitoring and control, since they can cause internal bleeding. Far safer (and better since it also solve arterial plaque and to promote the repair of arterial tissue) are proteolytic enzyme formulations that deal with specific enzymes as nattokinase.

Problems with the heart muscle - the myocardium

In the end, when you talk about the heart, it is usually on the myocardium - the heart muscle. The risk of coronary heart disease, for example, is that it starves the myocardium of oxygen and kill them. The danger of a valve problem is that the forces myocardial work hard. The risk of a bio-electrical/conductivity problem is that it raises the heart muscle from the rhythm and leads them to lose the beat, or fibrillate. (Fibrillation occurs when a heart-chamber "shaking" due to an unusually fast pace and can no longer pump blood. Fibrillation of the atrium is called atrial fibrillation, the ventricles it is ventricular fibrillation. Ventricular fibrillation usually results in death.) Paraphrase the Clinton Campaign in den'90 's, "It's all about the myocardium."

Problems in the atria

graten part for the problems in the forecourts are not life threatening. Even if the two forecourts completely lose their ability to pump or to weaken and balloon, you lose perhaps 30% of your whole heart function. Without pumps, gravity and sucking is still the most bring the blood into the chambers. There are, of course, how often your doctor wants to address problems, but in most cases, you can live for years with barely functioning atria.

Problems with the Chambers

Ah, but the chambers are a different story. If the left ventricle goes into ventricular fibrillation, we are talking about cardiac arrest. It is time to pull the electric paddle. So what kinds of problems are we talking about?

Myocarditis or inflammation of the heart, is a form of cardiomyopathy (which literally translated as "heart muscle disease"). The problem here is that more blood flows slowly through an enlarged heart that increases the likelihood of blood clots. In addition, people with cardiomyopathy are often in danger of arrhythmia and /or Sudden Cardiac Death. If cardiomyopathy leads to a significantly enlarged heart, the mitral and tricuspid valves may not close properly, which mutters. There could be several possible causes of myocarditis, including viral infection. Common culprits are: flu, herpes, Epstein-Barr, hepatitis, and salmonella.

Ischemic cardiomyopathy, a weakness in the muscle of the heart due to inadequate oxygen supply to the myocardium, with coronary heart disease is the commonest cause. (Ischemia simply means "reduced blood flow.") Anemia, sleep apnea, hyperthyroidism and may also contribute to ischemic stroke myocardium.

Myocardial literally means the "death of heart muscle tissue." Since heart muscle does not grow back, this has a snowball effect. If you have a heart attack starves that part of the heart muscle of oxygen, so that he dies, the scar tissue does not recover. Now you have a weakened heart, it is more likely to suffer a later attack - leads to more heart muscle damage and increases the chances for a third attack. And so on. It is not too difficult to see where that leads - to a long-term loss of heart muscle cells activity and heart failure.

Congestive chronic heart failure (CHF) is a condition in which your weakened heart can not pump all the blood that flows in it. CHF is the most common cause of hospitalization for people over 65 years. It killed more than 50000 people per year in the United States and the cost of health care for more than $ 50 billion per year. The heart is just like other muscles. If they weakened, it is vergraert and inefficient. This will lead to congestion and flaccid muscle tone. In fact, it may even lead to prolapse of the heart, in which the heart literally "drops" from its original position in the chest. It is not unusual that a stethoscope placed three to five centimeters below the normal range, if you are looking at a weakened heart.

Unfortunately, modern medicine comes just when it comes to problems of the heart muscle. Usually it is only with the heart stops beating aftermath.

If, use the electric paddles to bring it back on track.

If no paddles are in the vicinity, pop nitroglycerin tablet.

Perform a coronary bypass to try and prevent further damage.

Use nitroglycerin tablets to open up the arteries in the emergency and prevent a heart attack.

When it comes to the muscle itself, nothing! But as luck would have it, here where alternative therapies shine.

-All the B vitamins, especially vitamin B4 are crucial for heart health.

- heart failure was strongly tied to significantly low blood and tissue levels of CoQ10.

- with CoQ10 supplementation can literally change the Grae and shape of the heart.

- Studies have shown that high concentrations of heavy metals like mercury correlate directly to a higher incidence of acute coronary events. Regelmaige heavy metal detoxing directly reduced and finally eliminated the risk.

- Studies have also shown a direct link between periodontal disease and acute coronary events. Regelmaige use of avocado soy unsaponifiables, proteolytic enzymes, immune booster, destroyers and pathogens can reduce the risk.

- Incidentally, electric paddles are not the only thing that can be a heart muscle back on track. In an emergency, cayenne pepper can do the trick. A teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a glass of warm water taken every fifteen minutes can the dead.

- And in the end, the heart is a muscle, and like all muscles responds to movement. Cardiovascular exercise, especially interval training, improve the efficiency and the strength of your heart.

Heart arrhythmias

The heart is an unusual organ. He has millions and millions of cells, and each cell has the potential for electrical activity. In normal heart electrical impulses in these regelmaigen intervals. If something goes wrong with the heart of the electrical system, the heart does not beat regularly. Unlike most organs in the body, all cells are wired in the heart, because when a single cell or fires prematurely late, the neighboring cells are activated and mistimed a wave travels through the heart. The unregelmaig beating results in a rhythm disorder, or arrhythmia.

To quick review of last issue.

Each heartbeat begins in the sinus node (SA node) is located in the right atrium. The SA node is "smart" and the body adapts to a total demand for blood and increases the heart rate, if necessary, for example during exercise.

Electrical impulses from the SA node and travel by special roads lead into the hearts of the AV - Node (AV node). The purpose of the AV node is a way for the impulses from the atria to the chambers. It also creates a delay in the implementation of atria to the ventricles. This delay can forecourts to the first contract so that the chambers to fill with blood before they contract themselves.

The delay ensures ordnungsgemae timing, so that the lower chambers have time to fill before it was fully contract.

From the AV - Node, the signal travels down through a group of fibers in the middle of the heart as a bundle branch - and then to the ventricles.

So what can go wrong?

by natural aging process or diseases, the SA node begins to lose function, not the correct number of signals with the correct rate.

The AV node usually has a group of cells through which the electrical impulse travel. Due to ageing or heart disease, it is possible that the AV node to develop two or more groups of conductive cells. Because of the additional cable channels, may your heart to beat faster than normal.

The bundle branch (see above), "blocked" due to a heart attack damages the inner heart muscle and nerves. This will prevent the signal from travelling in the AV node to the ventricles. From left to their own devices, the chambers, their own rate of around 20-40 beats per minute. That is far too slow for health and leads to weakness, fainting and shortness breath.

Valve stenosis (stiffness) caused increased pressure on the forecourts (since blood never completely deletes), which causes ballooning of the walls of one or both of the forecourts (aka atrial Dilation). Because the atrium is now graer, it increases the distance signal to travel. The growing distance means it takes longer for the signal to reach its final goal of discards from the pace of treatments heartbeat.


Typical medical treatment includes medications such as adenosine, calcium channel blockers (such as diltiazem, verapamil), short-acting beta-blockers (eg ESMOLOL), and digitalis.

The other possibility is, of course, the cardiac pacemaker. The pacemaker electrodes used with the heart, that the takeover of the SA node to control the heartbeat. The pacemaker is a small computer installed in the body. Modern pacemakers are from the outside and can be programmed for selecting the optimal pace modes for individual patients. Some can even regulate and adapt to changing requirements, such as stress or effort. And some combine a pacemaker and defibrillator in a single device.

Drugs pacemaker working reasonably well to keep heart, but still the problem after the fact. Remember that in most cases the rhythm of the heart was lost by reducing based on nutrition or disease. Installing a pacemaker does not address the problem, but merely handled. On the other hand, it is possible to undo many of these conditions nutritionally and thus reverse many of the related problems.


particularly mineral deficiencies in calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, and many of the trace minerals can be a profound effect on the electrical efficiency of the heart, because they are responsible for the operation. Supplement with liquid minerals and trace minerals can make a profound difference.

Supplementing with CoQ10 can significantly improve the energy level of each cell in the hearts and improved so that its ability to react to an electrical impulse and give the signal to its neighbours in a timely manner .

Shifting the balance of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids can eliminate a major source of potassium imbalance can lead to heart attacks.


Let's take a break here and in the next issue we will conclude our discussion of the heart, by signing what happens in your Doctor's Office:

- What does your doctor tests run?

- what do they mean?

- What can we expect from them?

- What questions you should ask your doctor if you are the results?

For now, it is worth reviewing a key concept:

Although many problems with the heart seems to be biomechanical in nature and beyond the jurisdiction of nutrition and supplements, that is not necessarily the case. As we have seen:

- magnesium supplements may take the form and condition of the heart valves.

- The B vitamins can help rebuild the heart.

- CoQ10 can reenergize each cell in the hearts and can literally remold the Grae and shape of the heart after the occurrence of congestive heart failure.

- The use of omega-3 fatty acids can reverse damage caused by wrong.

- Proteolytic enzymes can nutritional support for your body, how it works cleanse the coronary arteries and repair of damage to epicardial tissue around the heart.

- The use of chelating agents heavy metal such as cilantro and chlorella can reduce the risk of acute coronary event.

- Regelmaige addition to a tonic with cayenne and Hawthorne Berry rebuild the strength of the heart.

- a good dental care and the use of soy unsaponifiables avocado and proteolytic enzymes may increase the incidence of periodontitis, which reduces the chances of an acute coronary event.

- Regelmaige use of immune enhancer and destroyer agents decreases the risk of most inflammatory heart disease and the emergence of viral and bacterial infections that might affect the heart.

- and regelmaige movement can strengthen the heart and improve its efficiency in your eighth and ninth decade of life.

As usual, it is not just about drugs and surgery. According to the principles of the basic line of the health program can your heart's content� and your prospects for long-term survival.


Jon Barron's Baseline of Health Newsletter and the Barron Report are read by thousands of doctors, health experts, and nutrition consumers in over 100 countries.

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