If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of heart disease, and you have seen a doctor, you may want to try using some alternative therapies, either in conjunction with medication, or before beginning medication to see if you can control and correct some of your problems in a less aggressive manner. Certainly, if you have serious heart disease and are under the treatment of a doctor for your condition, continue to follow the recommendations that you are given. Many alternative treatments for heart disease will not cause problems with the medical management of your heart disease. Also, if you are experiencing any signs of a heart attack or stroke, call for emergency help immediately.
Diet and Nutrition
If you have heart disease, diet and nutrition are two things that are fully in your control. While most do not think of these two things as treatments, what you eat, and how much you eat, can greatly affect your cardiac disease, and the symptoms involved. First off, if you are obese, or overweight, you need to lose weight. Carrying around too much weight on your body puts an excess strain on your heart.
This may result in high blood pressure, and a greater risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack, and stroke. If you already have heart disease and you need to lose weight make every effort to do it. The more you weigh, the harder your heart has to work. A heart that is already sick or damaged will greatly benefit from the decreased workload that successful weight loss will bring along with it.
Your daily diet should be rich in complex carbohydrates, such as those found in fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. Get rid of junk food, food made with white flour and sugar, and fatty food. Choose meats that are very low in fat, and eat more fish. Add beans to your diet as a substitute for meat. Beans, especially soybeans, help to lower cholesterol and they are full of healthy fiber. Garlic can also help lower cholesterol. If you do not want to eat it, you can take it in supplement form. Drink tea instead of coffee. Tea, especially green tea, is packed with flavonoids, which are antioxidants, These tea flavonoids are stronger than vitamin C.
Take a supplement with vitamin C, as well as vitamin E, and folic acid. All of these vitamins have been found to lower the incidence of heart disease, and if you already have heart disease, they also lower the risk of a heart attack. Taking one baby aspirin a day is a simple way to keep your blood thin which helps to prevent the clots that cause heart attacks and strokes. Coenzyme Q10 is another helpful supplement which may prevent the symptoms of angina, and reduce symptoms of congestive heart failure. A fish oil supplement may be useful in lowering high cholesterol which leads to coronary artery disease.
Exercise for a Healthy Heart
It may be hard to keep in the forefront of your mind, but your heart is a muscle, and all muscles benefit from regular exercise. If you are already on a weight loss program, adding exercise is essential. Walking for 30 to 45 minutes, at least 6 times a week, is excellent for the heart. This is also exercise that does not require any equipment or a gym membership. If you live in an area that gets cold in the winter, ask a local mall to open an hour earlier so that heart patients can walk indoors during bad weather. Many malls already do this.
Yoga is also another type of exercise that is recommended for people with heart disease. Aside from strengthening your body, yoga teaches you how to relax, and can help you to control and reduce the stress that you are under. This in turn, will lighten the load on your heart.
These may seem like common sense alternatives for heart disease prevention and treatment, but as the adage goes, common sense isn’t very common any more. If you have heart disease and want to turn things around, these simple steps are the place to begin. With a good diet and exercise plan, blood pressure can be lowered, as can be weight and cholesterol. If you do the work, you may be surprise at the changes made in your body, and the amount of medical treatment it needs for heart disease.
Common Sense Care for Heart Disease