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Avoiding Heart Attack: The Six Simple But Effective Body Care Practices For The Heart

Avoiding Heart Attack: The Six Simple But Effective Body Care Practices For The Heart .

Preventing heart disease starts with good body care practices. The heart is the most important organ in the body and requires the greatest care. It is simply a very efficient pump. But it can get clogged up and fail to pump effectively. Fatty deposits known as atheroma can clog up the coronary arteries, cutting off the oxygen supply to the heart. When the arteries become partially clogged, a pain known as angina is caused; this is a severe warning sign that should not be ignored at any cost.    


       Complete blockage of the arteries results in a heart attack (myocardial infarction) which is potentially and often fatal. Drugs can be prescribed which open up the coronary arteries to provide pain relief from the angina but bypass surgery is ultimately the only recourse. This is severe and serious. Drugs can also be used to control high blood pressure after a heart attack and to regulate the heart itself. Again severe and serious. It is far better not to let the heart get into such a state in the first place. But what causes it? Research has shown that we can take sensible steps to address the main causes and to give ourselves a chance of avoiding such problems if we:

» cut down on the amounts of salt, sugar, and fat in the diet;

» maintain a healthy, balanced, and sensible diet;

» take half an hour of sustained, vigorous exercise twice a week;

» maintain a sensible weight in relation to body size;

» stop smoking; and

» have the blood pressure checked regularly.


           Researchers at the University of Michigan, widely reported in the press in January 2001, say that consuming plenty of folic acid – either as a supplement or in such foods as breakfast cereals, green vegetables and pulses – is the best way to reduce the risk of heart disease. Folic acid helps to cut down levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that clogs up the arteries and makes the blood more likely to clot. Vitamin B12,found in meat, eggs and dairy products, also helps.

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