Heart Disease

Hello Friends,

In the last few weeks I've heard three tragic accounts from patients who have recently lost relatives due to Heart Attacks. Two of the victims were under forty. Perhaps one of the people would still be alive if he had recognised the symptoms early enough and called an ambulance.

Here are some symptoms that often apply when a Heart Attack is imminent. The person may experience; chest pain - this is sometimes described as a general heavy feeling as that of a weight on the chest. There may be pain down either arm or both arms. There may be a pain in the jaw. There maybe pain high up between the shoulder blades. Sweating can occur and shortness of breath. The patient may express a feeling of impending doom.

Any persistent pain above the navel should be investigated. Where your heart is concerned it is far better to be safe than dead!

Let's look at some of the causes of Heart Disease: Genetic Predisposition, Prolonged High Stress, High Blood Pressure, Badly Elevated Cholesterol, Smoking, Obesity and the secondary factors of Diabetes and Depression and a Sedentary Lifestyle.

After Genetic Predisposition, I have placed Prolonged Stress at the head of my list. I have treated people of very advanced years who have had bad blood pressure and bad cholesterol but I've seen very few who have had the added burden of High Stress. If you want to live a long life, you have to have an antidote to the stresses of the 21st Century. (It is in Chapter 3 of my book - 100% Alive & Happy). In previous newsletters I have spoken of the damaging effects of elevated cortisol and adrenaline in response to stress but there is also aldosterone that directly effects blood pressure. It seems appropriate here to mention the other name for blood pressure - HYPER TENSION.

Not all cholesterol is bad and in fact without some, humans wouldn't exist but too much can kill you as it clogs your arteries. Over Christmas, it would be wise not to feel obliged to eat too much ham or bacon and be particularly careful with hydrogenated fats. They are in things like fried chips ( particularly chips in packets ), biscuits and cakes.

If you smoke you are not serious about staying alive.

If you are overweight, remember, every kilo extra that you carry puts a further load on your heart.

If you care about protecting your heart, cut man made sugar out of your diet wherever possible. If you become diabetic your risk of heart problems is automatically elevated. Sugar kills millions of people every year and is a major culprit in Insulin Resistance - a major player in obesity.

If you are depressed, seek treatment. In previous newsletters, I have explained that I treat depression as Stress Related Inflammation. Inflammation and good functioning of your heart don't go hand in hand and that is one reason why many depressives don't have healthy hearts.

I find it difficult to find an excuse for patients who willingly adopt a Sedentary Lifestyle in Australia. Last week I saw a parrot I couldn't identify in some low scrub bordering the beach where I often walk. As it flew off, the sparkling colours under its wings filled me with wonder. All the chips, pies, and biscuits in the world couldn't have made me so happy.

I hope you all have a happy and safe Christmas.

DISCLAIMER: This information is of a general nature only. As each person reacts differently, the information must not be acted upon without a face to face consultation with your chosen Health Practitioner.

Stephen Zemek ND BN

To make an appointment at either my Brisbane or Sunshine Coast Clinic, please telephone +61 4 2878 9103.

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