Sometimes called a “coronary” or a “heart attack”, myocardial infarction is a condition caused by occlusion of one or more of the coronary arteries. The symptoms include prolonged heavy pressure or squeezing pain in the center of the chest behind the sternum (breast bone). Typically, the patient will describe this by clenching a fist and holding it over the heart to demonstrate the character of the pain. The pain may spread to the shoulder, neck, arm, and fourth and fifth fingers of the left hand; to the back, to the teeth, or to the jaw. These symptoms may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting, sweating, and shortness of breath. The may come and go.
It is important that medical care be obtained without delay. About half of myocardial infarction patients die prior to reaching the hospital. Delaying specific therapy may cause loss of life.
When the coronary arteries that supply the heart with oxygen thicken, harden, and narrow, the heart is deprived of needed oxygen. This deprivation often results in chest pain, called angina pectoris. When damage to the heart muscle is incurred, the individual suffers a heart attack or myocardial infarction. In addition to insufficient blood flow to the heart can cause abnormal heartbeat rhythms called arrhythmias.
A coronary may be triggered by a partial or complete blockage of the coronary arteries, an emotional crisis, a heavy meal, or overexertion from exercise or heavy lifting.
Cardiac failure is a condition resulting fro inability of the heart to pump sufficient blood to meet the needs of the body. Following a coronary, the heart muscles may be damaged or scarred, resulting in the inability of the heart to perform normally. Cardiac insufficiency is the inadequate cardiac output due to failure of the heart to function properly, as in valvular deficiency.
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Nervous agitation, rapid tiring, and “running out of breath” while exerting oneself by climbing stairs or performing physical labor are early signs of heart disease. Palpitations, angina pectoris, difficulty of breathing (shortness of breath), hypertension, edema, dropsy, decline in performance, are all symptoms of the older patient.
Recovery from illness, especially infectious illnesses, or operations, is slow in some people. They can’t quite seem to “get back on their feet”, they feel lethargic and tired, even though they have recovered from the illness. This indicates something wrong with the circulatory system, blood pressure is often low. See the doctor, this may be a sign of heart problems later on in life.
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Choline and inositol and lecithin, taken as directed on the label (these substances aid in the removal of fat from the liver and bloodstream).
Unsaturated fatty acids (primrose or salmon oil), taken as directed on the label, protects the heart muscle cells.
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- Ash, prickly
- Betony, wood
- Bitter root
- Butcher’s broom
- Cherry, wild
- Clover, red
- Cohosh, black
- Cramp bark
- Five finger grass
- Fringe tree
- Ginger, wild
- Ginkgo biloba
- Gum plant
- Hawthorn, berries
- Hibiscus flowers
- Ivy, ground
- Lemon balm
- Heart leaf root
- Indigo, wild
- Moss, Irish
- Pleurisy root
- Primrose, evening
- Radish, black
- Red root
- Rose hips
- St. John’s wort
- Starwberry, wild
- Willow, black, American
- Yellow dock
Diet should be high in fiber. Oat bran is a good source; also add the following to the diet: almonds, brewer’s yeast, grains, raw goat’s milk, and goat’s milk products, and sesame seeds.
Minimize vitamin D intake; do not obtain
Refrain from alcohol use. Avoid cod liver oil. Coffee, colas, tobacco, and other stimulants should be avoided.
Barley water is helpful. Boil
Do not eat red meat, highly spiced foods, sugars, or white flour. Sensible, moderate exercise and a proper diet with nutritional supplements can prevent arteriosclerosis of the coronary arteries and myocardial infarction.
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Drink steam-distilled water only. Consult the doctor.
Hawthorn flower tea:
Pour 1 cup of hot water over
In the morning or after breakfast, drink
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