Don’t Go Breaking my Heart: Heart Attacks

April 10 2017

Jacqueline Rosenhek


Our cardiovascular system is responsible for blood flow in our bodies. It permits our blood to circulate and transport nutrients like amino acids and electrolytes as well as blood cells, oxygen, carbon dioxide, hormones and blood cells throughout the body.  It is affected by how active you are, what you eat, drink, what your daily habits are, your mental health, basically everything can affect your heart rate in some way, so what causes a heart attack? When we go into cardiac arrest, it is basically the heart suddenly stopping its job, a sudden stop in effective blood flow from the heart and if it not treated soon after it starts it typically leads to death. You can identify an oncoming heart attack from the following symptoms:

  • Chest pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Cold sweat
  • Nausea
  • Lethargy
  • Shooting pain in left arm

If you or someone you know is experiencing this, this is an emergency and you must go to a hospital immediately. Heart attacks are mostly present in those who already suffer from a heart conditions like clogged coronary arteries that have blood clots which rest on top of coronary plugs of plaque in the heart which rupture and cut blood flow to the heart off. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, poor eating habits, sedentary lifestyle and drug and alcohol abuse or even genetics are all big contributing factors towards heart attacks.  So how can you prevent this from happening? The biggest part of having a healthy cardiovascular system is taking your health into your own hands. Your age is a factor for your heart’s state of health. It is important to know that as you get older you need to pay closer attention to certain details in your diet and day to day habits. Quitting cigarettes if you are in the habit of smoking is another big factor for preventing heart problems. It is also important to keep your stress levels, junk food binges and lazy, inactive days to a minimum. High blood pressure is a huge risk factor for a heart attack so it is important to keep active, especially by doing relaxing yet impacting activities like yoga, pilates or jogging to improve your heart rate. It is also important to eat a variety of different vegetables and fruits containing heart healthy antioxidants! Swap your trans-fats with good fats like olive oil, fatty fish like salmon and nuts. Combine those with natural, healthy fibres like beans and flax seeds and you have a pretty healthy, heart conscious diet! Opt for natural remedies that incorporate ginseng (fantastic for eliminating stress related fatigue and helps with high blood pressure) hawthorn (one of the most renowned for heart health in the medicinal plant world) or valerian root (helps with anxiety and high blood pressure). Your heart is one of your most important parts of your body; please make sure to take care of it.



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