We need to learn more about heart disease and how to prevent and naturally treat this condition and its complications as it is one of the fastest-growing causes of death in the Western world, where the United States takes the lead. An estimated 5.3 million Americans live with heart failure and 660,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.
And heart failure, of all cardiovascular diseases, is the only disease that is increasing in incidence.
The disease is hitting older people especially hard. According to a new 27-year recent study heart failure in people over age 65 increased 131 percent, with women showing the greatest increase. Among younger people, men are the ones more likely to suffer heart failure. When conventional treatments are used, about 50 percent of both sexes will die within five years of diagnosis
The main cause for the high death rate is that people with heart failure are twice as likely to die from a stroke. The link between heart failure and stroke is especially critical within a month of a diagnosis of heart failure. People have a 17-fold increased risk of having a stroke after a diagnosis of heart failure.
There is strong evidence of link between chronic inflammation to heart failure and stroke. Further evidence comes from another new observation that soon after having a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, the incidence of heart failure begins to rise.
Recognize The Symptoms
It can be life saving to learn how to recognize what the symptoms of a stroke are before the stroke hits you.
The warning signs which you can experience of an impending stroke happen SUDDENLY, and you can experience one only or all of them. Learn them. They are:
- Sudden lack of coordination. You become dizzy and feel you are loosing your balance.
- Sudden mental confusion that make it difficult for you to speak clearly, to think logically and to understand what you are being told.
- Sudden vision problem from one or both eyes.
- Sudden general weakness and numbness in the limbs (arm and legs) and the face. This generally happens on one side of the body.
- Sudden very painful headache.
You could also experience what is called a mini-stroke which is basically a TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack).
A TIA is a quickly happening stroke of very short duration of 3-5 minutes and causing minor damage: just a brief interruption of the blood flow to the brain. And a person will be himself again within a few hours.
It is believed by the medical establishment that stroke is a loose blood clot that has broken free and flowing along the blood stream to the brain reaches a vessel too small for its size thus blocking it. If the blockage dislodges by itself or is dissolved by the body quickly you have experienced a TIA, if the event does not resolve by itself it will be a full-blown stroke.
Though it doesn’t leave any damage to your brain and it ends so quickly, TIA must not to be ignored because it means that your cardiovascular system is compromised by atherosclerosis.
TIA is a serious warning that you have 80% chances to suffer a major stroke within a year, according to the American Stroke Associaticion.
If TIA occurs to a cardiac patient who has already suffered a full-blown stroke, it means that the treatment he is following is not correct and should be revised immediately.
Warning: If you experience stroke symptoms you have to seek help immediately at the nearest hospital where the stroke can be stopped and its damage reduced. But call immediately paramedics for help. Do not try to drive yourself or others in need to the hospital.
Because strokes require the most urgent attention, where every minute counts, paramedics in the USA are prepared to follow a specific protocol to take patients to specialised hospitals for stroke treatment where a trained team, alerted by the paramedics, will be ready to receive and treat you.
What To Do If You Experience Stroke Symptoms
But while you are waiting for help there is just one thing that can do or have done for you: if there’s magnesium oil in the house you can:
- rub magnesium oil all over your body or
- get quickly in a bath loaded with 2-5 pounds of magnesium chloride flakes, or
- simply make a drink of magnesium chloride.
Researchers believe that magnesium slows the chemical process that can kill up to 12 million brain cells per minute during an untreated stroke, leading to long-term disability and death. So every moment is crucial to outcome.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the most common cause of adult disability. Each year 700,000 Americans suffer a stroke.
And stroke is the most common cardiovascular problem after heart disease killing an estimated 5.7 million people worldwide each year. Nearly 25 percent of stroke survivors die within a year from lack of appropriate treatment.
Stroke survivors remain with serious disabilities that affect daily living.
List of disabilities of patients age 65, or over, six months after they suffered a stroke :
- 50 percent suffer paralysis on one side of their body.
- 35 percent have symptoms of depression.
- 30 percent can’t walk without assistance.
- 26 percent need help with daily activities.
- 26 percent are living in nursing homes.
- 19 percent have speech or language problems.”
How To Prevent A Stroke.
Risk factors that you can control. Though there is no guarantee that you will not suffer it. By controlling these risk factors you will considerably lower the chances of more than 50 percent:
1. Basically adopting a healthy lifestyle -which is also effective against all the afflictions brought by the metabolic syndrome, is almost all you can do and the best existing fighting strategy to prevent a stroke event.
Please read the 18-Point Guideline For General Health.
As I have already previously stated, if you can implement all the points of the guideline you will not only maintain your health and avoid all life threatening diseases but you will cure them too.
In Finland, a country than in the 60s had the world’s highest death rate from heart disease and stroke, the government launched prevention program to promote a healthy lifestyle inviting people to quit smoking, reduce dietary fat and salt and eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, get adequate exercise and monitor their blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
The program was launched in 1972 and by the end of that decade the incidence of heart attack and stroke had fallen 75 percent.
2. Taking action against obesity with diet and engaging in a more active lifestyle with physical activity like weight training and walking.
3. Quitting smoking. Nicotine overtime causes the narrowing of arteries thus contributing to damage the cardiovascular system. This will increase the need for the heart to pump harder leading to hypertension. Combination of smoking and use of contraceptive medications increase the risk of stroke in women.
4. Adopting a mediterranean type diet with low intake of saturated fats and transfats and moderate consumption of salt and alcohol.
If you were to try to design a diet to cause heart attacks and strokes it would look exactly like the Western diet — high in sugars and high-glycemic carbohydrates, high in omega-6 oils, low in omega-3 oils, low in other protective oils and containing very few high nutrient-dense vegetables.
Here’s what you should do instead:
• Eat at least 5 to 10 servings of high-nutrient dense vegetables and a few fruits (mainly berries). This should include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, greens, onions, garlic, celery, shallots, and kale. Blenderizing them is the best way to get the full bene t of the nutrients.
• Drink at least 6 to 8 12-ounce glasses of water a day. Avoid fluoridated water. Drink three cups of white tea a day. Add blueberry, peach, or pomegranate to the tea to improve the taste. Avoid cow’s milk and soy milk.
• Eat mainly organically raised chicken and turkey, and no more than four ounces of red meat once or twice a week — always with a vegetable.
• Carbohydrates consumed should be low on the glycemic index. Potatoes, breads, cakes, cookies, and other sweets should be avoided.
• Do not eat omega-6 oils or processed foods that contain them. These oils include corn, peanut, sa ower, sun ower, soybean, and canola oils.
• Do not cook in omega-6 oils or use nonstick sprays containing them. Use only coconut and extra virgin olive oil for cooking. Add turmeric and pepper to the oil.
• Avoid all processed foods containing glutamate additives with names such as MSG, hydrolyzed protein, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, soy protein extract or isolate, whey protein extract, autolyzed yeast, enzymes, carrageenan, natural avor, stock, and broth.
• Avoid excess cheese, mushrooms, and foods containing stock or broth. All are high in glutamate.
• Avoid protein shakes and protein bars, which are high in glutamate.
5. Avoiding prolonged psychological stress. The hormones adrenaline and cortisol released by the body under stress cause hardening of the arteries.
(Most people think that taking aspirin every day will prevent clot formation and help prevent stroke but what aspirin can do is that it may prevent stroke in only 3 of 100 women and does not seem to prevent stroke in men at all. Besides, aspirin causes gastrointestinal bleeding in eight out of 1,000 people and is sometimes fatal).
6. Supplement with Magnesium Chloride.
Because, in general, magnesium deficiency plays a critical role in the development of cardiovascular disease because magnesium is needed within the cells for the production of energy, which is essential for our heart muscle, take magnesium chloride daily.
One of magnesium most important functions is to control the heart’s excitability, which relates directly to one’s risk of arrhythmia. It does this by suppressing the glutamate receptors. Low levels of magnesium are associated with stress damage to the heart, including sudden cardiac death.
Magnesium also plays a role in reducing heart inflammation and raising glutathione levels in the heart. Both are essential for protecting the heart from free radical damage.
Unfortunately, magnesium is one of the most overlooked minerals in medicine. Doctors add potassium to an IV, but do not add magnesium, despite the fact that it is one of the most common mineral deficiencies in both diabetics and cardiac patients.
Go to Natural Remedy for Diabetes Disease to learn more about Magnesium supplementation, benefits and dosing.
Risk factors on which you have no control:
Age. Two thirds of strokes happen in people over 65
Race. African Americans, Native Americans, and Alaskan natives are at higher risk of stroke. With African American having double the risk of first ischemic stroke because they have a higher incidence of hypertension and diabetes.
Gender. Men have d25 percent higher chance of stroke then women however women die more then men of stroke. young women are more at risk if they take birth control pills.
Family history. People with a relative who has had a stroke are at higher risk.
Personal History. People who have already had a full blown stroke or a TIA ar at higher risk for another stroke. Those wha have had a TIA are at a 10 times greater risk.
How To Treat A Stroke.
The most effective treatments of acute ischemic stroke are only those that can be given within the first three hours after a stroke has occurred, when the benefits of neuroprotective acute stroke therapies are likely to be greatest. So doctors need to know when your symptoms started because this is crucial in terms of effective window of treatment.
Magnesium chloride is first aid for the heart. If you are the hospital with a heart attack, IV (intravenous) magnesium could save your life, if they have it, if you ask for it, if they want to give it ot you.
A 1995 study found that the in-hospital death rate of those receiving IV magnesium was one-fourth that of those who received standard treatment alone.
A follow-up study of 2003 of these same patients revealed an enduring effect of magnesium treatment: nearly twice as many patients in the standard treatment group had died compared to those who had received magnesium, and there were considerably more cases of heart failure and impaired heart function in the placebo group.
In addition to increasing survival after heart attack, IV magnesium smoothes out arrhythmias and improves outcomes in patients undergoing angioplasty with stent placement.”
In Los Angeles they have a so called FAST-MAG trial (Field Administration of Stroke Therapy-Magnesium), where the ambulance personal can inject magnesium quickly upon arrival at the site of the stroke victim.
The FAST-MAG trial is a sponsored study whose goal is to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of field-initiated magnesium treatment in improving the long-term functional outcome of patients with acute stroke. And addresses the crucial factor of delayed time to treatment.
By utilizing field delivery via the ambulance (basically magnesium is injected within 1-2 hours of onset of stroke), medical scientists are conducting the first neuroprotective study ever performed in the 0-2-hour window.
Most stroke patients typically don’t receive treatment within these brief windows, they arrive at the hospital too late, and the consequences as such are heavy.
The FAST-MAG Pilot Trial has demonstrated that field initiated treatment with magnesium in acute stroke is feasible, safe, and potentially efficacious.
Multiple Stroke and The Risk Of Dementia
According toDr. Sarah Pendlebury, a senior clinical fellow at the Stroke Prevention Research Unit of John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, “there is a clear relationship between having multiple strokes and the risk of dementia. If someone has multiple strokes at the same time, that person has a strong risk of becoming demented in the first month. Second, the data suggest that the presence of complications after stroke—such as hypertension, low oxygen saturation, cardiac events, and seizures—also increases the risk of developing dementia”
A recent British study suggests that the way to reduce the chances of developing dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease after a stroke is to prevent a second stroke by concentrating on all the known stroke risk factors.
Magnesium Benefits For The Cardiovascular System and Stroke Treatment
Magnesium plays a significant role in relaxing the blood vessels, an effect generally proven to help lower blood pressure. When blood vessels are not relaxed the heart works harder to pump blood through the body, causing blood pressure to increase.
In general, magnesium deficiency plays a critical role in the development of cardiovascular disease because magnesium is needed within the cells for the production of energy, which is essential for our heart muscles.
ATP, the central high-energy compound of the body has to be bound with magnesium to create the energy normally used by specific enzymes of the body to make protein, DNA, RNA, or transport sodium/potassium/calcium in and out of cells, etc.
But ATP without enough magnesium does not function properly and leads to cell death. In fact, deprivation of cardiac energy is the most important factor in developing heart failure and irregular heart rhythm. The human heart is a muscle that requires huge amounts of bio-energy to support its beats (100,000 times per day for life) and to provide strength to recycle the blood through the body.
This energy is produced in our cells in the form of ATP molecules and our heart uses about 12 pounds of ATP per day.
The heart need the right fuel for optimum performance and program magnesium seems to be just that: it lubricates and facilitates its functions and as soon as magnesium levels drop, the chances of our heart muscle seizing up increase.
Though magnesium deficiency is threatening to all major systems of the body, it strikes hardest and most suddenly against the cardiovascular system.
Until next time.