What is needed for natural, effective heart disease treatment is easy to understand when the causes of heart disease are explained in simple language instead of medical terminology.
First of all, one of the most common signs of heart disease is hardening of the arteries which is called atherosclerosis.
Hardening of the arteries causes higher blood pressure, but what causes the arteries to stiffen?
Hardening of the arteries or atherosclerosis occurs when cholesterol, fat, and other substances build up in the walls of arteries and form hard structures called plaques.
As plaque builds up on artery walls, it narrows them and makes them stiffer. This makes it harder for blood to flow through them and it takes more pressure to push the same amount of blood through them.
Over time, plaque can block the arteries and cause problems throughout the body, especially in the heart and brain.
Artery walls are elastic tissue so they can expand and contract with the heartbeat and a substance called nitric oxide is what triggers the arteries to contract.
Nitric oxide is produced in the endothelial cells in the lining of the arteries and when the endothelial cells malfunction, not enough nitric oxide is produced to relax the arteries, so they stiffen up.
These cells become damaged because of plaque buildup in the arteries, which stiffens artery walls and damages the endothelial cells, so not enough nitric oxide can be generated.
So, a loss of nitric oxide production causes further high blood pressure damage due to more increase in blood pressure.
So, the approaches used in herbal remedies for heart disease treatment are to help relax arteries, decrease plaque and help to heal the interior of the arteries.
Also, there are nutritional supplements and herbs used to improve the health of the heart itself.
Lowering cholesterol levels can also help to avoid heart disease, since cholesterol adds to high blood pressure by blocking arteries and interfering with circulation.
Cholesterol drugs are also one of the most common drugs prescribed in America.
Statin drugs are powerful and carry warnings on their labels about organ damage. Statin drugs also deplete your heart of a nutrient that is critical for the heart muscle, which sort of sets you up for a heart attack, even though they may help to lower cholesterol - sort of a catch 22.
Damage from these drugs can be avoided when you understand what causes high cholesterol.
Cholesterol, like high blood pressure is caused by internal factors due to lifestyle. That means if you are willing to change your lifestyle, you can reverse the internal conditions that caused it in the first place.
So, reversing the conditions that cause cholesterol will also help in lowering high blood pressure and this approach to heart disease treatment would probably save thousands of lives each year.
Of course, problems with the heart muscle and valve or arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) need to be addressed differently, but the problems above are the major causes of heart disease problems.
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Arterial plaque also carries the danger of blood clots. Clots may form in narrowed arteries, blocking the flow of blood and pieces of plaque can also break away and move to smaller arteries, completely blocking them.
Blocked arteries starve tissues of blood and oxygen and tissues are damaged or can die completely. This is the primary cause of heart attacks! As arteries narrow more and more, the lack of sufficient blood and oxygen flow damage the heart muscle by starving it.
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