Can you really reverse heart disease after a heart attack?
Did you know that you can reverse heart disease by changing your behaviour? It does take a lot of work but the benefits will be keeping you live healthier and longer. You can get back to the things you love to do. More importantly, you will avoid the all allusive heart attack. Having a heart attack is scary and unfortunately, many times people’s first symptom of a heart attack is death.
Yes, we all know kind of what to do to avoid heart disease. In order to reverse heart disease, it takes a conscious effort of instilling unconscious behaviours. This includes getting your essential physical activity, eating fresh heart healthy foods, and keeping your stress managed through meditation and or yoga. But is this enough?
Many times we hear of healthy people getting heart disease. How can they reverse heart disease? Heart disease is an inflammatory disease and once you are able to control the inflammation and truly understand what is causing that inflammation you can reverse heart disease.
=>The first step to reverse heart disease is to first have the desire and hope to reverse heart disease. It is not all doom and gloom, especially after a heart attack. If you are the right side of the grass you are able to do something. Once you realise that there is hope, there is an answer. Setting the right mindset to reverse heart disease is just like exercising. You have to make a habit of being positive. This right mindset will give you the ability to set goals and more importantly achieve them.
=> Keeping active is important to reverse heart disease. Exercise is your medicine. Anyone can exercise no matter what their situation is. If you have muscle or joint limitations you can exercise with no impact like swimming or biking. If you have limited ability you can start off with something. Everyone can start somewhere and progress from there to reverse heart disease.
=> As important as it is to keep your heart beating, it is important to keep your heart restful. Setting some quite time where you let your body feel the heart beating. This can be done through breath awareness, relaxation sessions or even meditation. And your sleep is important too:
Many physicians unfortunately may lack the confidence in you to reverse heart disease. They will prescribe medications in lieu of prescribing a lifestyle change. It is hard work and they know it so it is easier to prescribe and have you swallow a pill. Medications will not reverse heart disease, getting your heart healthy will.
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Gum Disease has been known to contribute to heart disease or process called atherosclerosis which can lead to coronary artery disease or a stroke. Researchers have found that people with periodontal disease (gum disease) are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without periodontal disease.
Well new scientific statement from the American Heart Association has released a statement on April 19, 2012 saying that although observational studies support this association between gum disease and heart disease they do not support a causative relationship. Well the American Dental Association also agrees with this statement.
The issue according to the statement is nothing really to stress about. They reviewed the literature in this field and were not able to find any real scientific evidence that gum disease causes heart disease or that treating periodontal/gum disease has any long term effect on heart disease.
The message from the lead author from the statement, Dr. Lockhart, is that good oral hygiene is important, however patients should not be distracted by periodontal disease in trying to lower their rates of a heart attack or stroke.
I think what they are trying to say is that it is not a major risk factor like high blood pressure, overweight, physical inactivity, poor nutrition and abnormal cholesterol. It is more important to focus on these major risk factors to heart disease versus treating and focusing on mouth health.
The authors in the statement concluded that the association between gum disease and heart disease comes mostly from observational studies and therefore dose not demonstrate that gum disease is the cause of heart disease.
There are some key factors to consider in that yes gum disease interventions results in a reduction in inflammation and endothelial (inner lining of the artery) dysfunction the researchers concluded that there is no evidence that they prevent atherosclerosis heart disease.
While leading researchers have now put some cold water on this topic of gum disease and heart disease, I still feel that it is important to have a healthy mouth with simple strategies such as brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing and using a mouth rinse. Gum disease is an inflammatory disease and so is heart disease. So when you can minimize inflammation in your body it will help! Remember that 90% of all illness starts in your digestive system and having good oral hygiene will help minimize inflammation elsewhere in your body.
According to the latest research, the WARCEF (Warfarin and Aspirin for Reduced Cardiac Ejection Fraction) trial, neither aspirin or warfarin is superior for preventing a combined risk of death, stroke, and cerebral hemorrhage in heart failure patients with normal heart rhythm. This is NOT for patients with atrial fibrillation, just patients with reduced ejection fraction.
Aspirin or warfarin
Patients with heart failure are at risk for death and stroke due to thromboembolic events or a blood thrombosis.
A thromboembolic event is a blood thrombosis is the formation of a clot (thrombus) in a blood vessel that breaks loose and is carried by the blood stream to plug another vessel resulting in a stroke, heart attack or even a pulmonary embolism (clot to lungs).
In the WARCEF Trial, the head-to-head comparison or warfarin and aspirin was not statistically significant when accounted for the combined risk of death, stroke, and cerebral hemorrhage.
When looking at stroke risk only, those patients taking warfarin had close to half the stroke risk of those taking aspirin. However, warfarin patients had twice the risk of major bleeding. Long term use of warfarin (4+ years) is however more effective in preventing the combined outcome of death, stroke and intracerebral hemorrhage. More follow analysis is ongoing.
It is important to discuss with your doctors the best course of treatment when you have or at risk of heart failure with normal ECG rhythm. Warfarin requires a prescription and regular blood tests and aspirin can be bought over the counter. The biggest key decision to discuss with your doctors is to accept the increased risk of stroke with aspirin or increase risk of GI (gastrointestinal) bleeding with warfarin.
The number one thing to prevent and reverse heart disease in my opinion is setting the right mindset. If you don’t have the right mindset you are not going to be successful. Hang around the right crowd who are going to help you be a success with heart disease. I found this cool video on youtube with Will Smith.
Can you Reverse Heart Disease?
If you think you can or you think you can you are right.
This is a very common question that we get. What should your heart rate be when exercising? I love this question because you are exercising and want to make a difference or wanting to start an exercise program. There are a few points to consider when determining what your heart rate should be when exercising. I will talk about this below. You can get a lot of information out there but it is so important to really understand your cardiovascular risk, precautions and symptoms of heart disease.
What Should Your Heart Rate be When Exercising
1. For starters it is important to understand what you are doing for exercise. If you have never done an exercise program or starting an exercise program then I would suggest starting off with an aerobic exercise routine. This heart rate will be much lower than doing sprints, boot camps, cross fit or weight training. I would never start off with the higher intensity that is something you can work up to. I will discuss what your heart rate should be when performing aerobic exercises such as walking, biking, swimming etc.
2. If you have never exercised before or you are starting an exercise program after a heart event then it becomes so important to receive the correct education to ensure you are exercising safely and effectively. If you have never had a heart attack and are starting an exercise program then I there are a few things that you can do. Again I would start off by receiving the correct education to really understand your cardiovascular risk factors, understand your precautions to exercise and understand symptoms of heart disease.
In either case I would suggest seeing or consulting with a heart health expert like the Heart Fit Clinic over the phone, email or in person.
3. There is a common formula used to determine your maximum heart rate, which is 220-age. It is just an estimate but you can try this to see. This formula does not work if you are taking any cardiovascular medications.
Here is an example if you are 50 years old with a resting heart rate of 70.
step 1: determine estimated maximum heart rate = 220-50(age) = 170
step 2: determine your heart rate reserve = 170 (max heart rate) – 70 (resting heart rate) = 100
step 3: determine 50% of your reserve = 100 x 50% = 50
step 4: heart rate when exercising would be 120.
4. As mentioned above if you are taking cardiovascular medications or have had a cardiovascular event then you will require more education to determine what your heart rate should be when exercising.
Just take the time to educate yourself to be a success with your heart health. As always I am here to help.