Thursday, 19 September 2019

Signs you may have clogged arteries or heart trouble

Each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 735,000 people suffer a heart attack and 610,000 people die of coronary heart disease (CHD). That’s one in four deaths.

Preventing heart disease in patients is a physician’s 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% of heart disease is preventable with lifestyle changes.

Signs that you may have clogged arteries include:
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Calf pain when you walk
  • Tight jaw
  • Lower back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Smoking habit

Signs that you may have heart trouble include:
  • You get easily fatigued doing any physical activity OR you suffer from a shortness of breath
  • Your gums are swollen
  • High blood pressure
  • You have trouble breathing in your sleep
  • Your feet and legs are swollen
  • You have heart palpitations
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Neck or jaw pain

Ways to keep your heart healthy

"Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death for men and women in this country," says Dr. Haythe, who is also the co-director of the Women’s Center for Cardiovascular Health at Columbia. "The key to longevity is to take really great care of your heart."

Dr. Haythe explains that your heart is a muscle and, therefore, like your other muscles, it needs to stay in shape. "It’s also intimately connected with your neurological system," she says. "So your mood and stress levels have a huge impact on how your heart feels."

Heart health tips:
  • Set exercise goals
  • Stick to a Mediterranean-style diet
  • Prioritize healthy sleep habits
  • Try meditation
  • Take care of your teeth

Do muscles deteriorate due to a lack of exercise?

Muscle tissue deteriorates in both size and strength due to a lack of exercise, according to Vicci Hill-Lombardi, associate professor at Seton Hill University's School of Health and Medical Sciences.

This deterioration is known as muscle atrophy. Some muscle atrophy results from disease; however, disuse atrophy - caused from lack of muscle use - is much more common in today's society. Decreased activity, sedentary jobs and injuries leading to casts or slings all contribute to muscle deterioration.

Muscle deterioration is seen most dramatically with bed rest and space travel, where muscles are almost completely at rest. Just one week of bed rest reduces muscle strength by over 30%. Astronauts could not walk properly on Earth after spending a week or more in a weightless environment.

Though muscles get smaller and weaker if you stop exercising for a period of time, they regain their size and strength when you resume your fitness routine.


Ways to Cleanse Your Colon and Preserve Your Youth

Your colon is 5 feet long, but, as large as it is, we tend to give it very little of our attention until it has a problem. Our colons play such an important part in our daily life and because of this, we shouldn’t ignore them.

Here are ways that will keep your large intestine clean and healthy.
  • Add vitamin C to your diet
  • Probiotics, the friendly bacteria that protects your colon
  • Add more resistant starches to your diet. Resistant starches are like fibre, but they are from carbohydrates.
  • Drink more water for digestion and prevent constipation.
  • Eat plenty of high-fibre food
  • Drink herbal tea
  • Try a saltwater flush