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Natural Treatments for the Most Common Chronic Heart Disease Symptoms

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Chronic heart disease typically happens when hard deposits called plaque buildup on the artery walls. The blood flow is restricted and the heart must work hard to move blood throughout the body. In many cases the heart is not getting the oxygen it needs to function properly. When the heart does not function properly other organs don’t get enough oxygen to function properly. This can lead to a whole host of symptoms.

Angina

One very common symptom is call angina. Angina is a pain, usually in the chest but can also be felt in the back and neck. Some describe it as a pressure that feels like being squeezed and others describe it as though there is a weight bearing down on them. Nitroglycerin is commonly used to quickly relieve angina. However, nitroglycerin can have unfavorable interactions with other drugs. Nitroglycerin can work quickly, but the best way to fight angina is to prevent the attacks in the first place. Supplements contain a variety of natural herbs, vitamins, amino acids and enzymes that can improve the body’s natural function and help reduce symptoms.

Dr. Wong a naturopathic doctor writing for About.com Alternative Medicine, suggests hawthorn for reducing blood pressure and preventing angina and an amino acid L-Carnitine which reduces swelling that can constrict arteries. L-Carnitine can help those who experience stable angina tolerate exercise. Dr. Wong also sites a 1999 study that found yoga improved heart health and may prevent angina by reducing stress.

Heart Attack

Heart attack can result from chronic heart disease. Heart attacks happen when blood is completely restricted in the arteries and prevented from getting to the heart. Heart attacks cause long term damage to heart tissues and if not treated immediately they can be fatal. Prevent heart attacks by removing or preventing blockages in the arteries. In an article for Biomedic Labs RX, Dr H. A. Nieper discusses how systemic enzymes serrapeptase and nattokinase work to eat away at fibrin. Fibrin is what makes the hard deposits of plaque in arteries. A product by Biomedic Labs RX called Serracor-NK blends serrapeptase, nattokinase and other heart healthy herbs, amino acids and Coenzyme Q10. In addition to eating away fibrin, the supplement can reduce blood viscosity, bring down blood pressure and encourage healthy inflammatory responses.

Lowering Cholesterol

Ensuring healthy cholesterol levels will also help prevent serious symptoms associated with chronic heart disease. NHS Choices suggests eating fewer saturated fats and healthy small portions of unsaturated fats and oils. Examples of saturated fat include butter, hard cheese, and fatty meats. Unsaturated fats can be found in olive oil, nuts, seeds, and oily fish. They also recommend that those who suffer from chronic heart disease should limit salt intake to less than a teaspoon per day to prevent water retention. In addition to eating wisely, supplements can help balance your good and bad cholesterol and keep your triglycerides within a healthy range. CholestSure uses natural ingredients such as red yeast rice and artichoke leaf extract to help your body maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

Work With Your Doctor

If you are experiencing any symptoms of chronic heart disease, you should see a doctor. Always discuss diet, exercise, and supplement regime with your doctor. You can be informed about all of your options and discuss with your doctor what are the best methods of managing your chronic heart disease. Supplements are different than medication because they encourage your body to respond in a natural manner. Drugs introduce foreign substances that force your body to act in a specific way to fight chronic heart disease. Drugs can be effective, but they can also have many negative side effects. If you have tried a number of medications and still feel you aren’t getting the results you desire, try incorporating natural supplements into your daily routine of caring for your body and holding chronic heart disease at bay.

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