In this modern time, everyone is full of tensions and stress, and expectation of a peaceful mind with our unhealthy lifestyle. To prevent these heart conditions, start with a proper lifestyle that helps you to take care of your healthy heart. The heart is a muscular organ which pumps the blood to spread throughout the body to every part. It has two chambers that have been divided like one side of the heart consisting of oxygenated blood and one side filled with impure blood. There are various diseases that are caused due to the deposition of fatty plaques or any kind of blockage, lack of flexibility or lack of the strength in heart to pump the blood or in the arteries. In this article we are going to discuss the prevention of heart diseases or some herbs that are mentioned to take care of the heart from the diseases and improvisation of lifestyle, with a healthy diet.
Cardiovascular diseases are on the top list of the death causing diseases, Indians are highly prone to get Heart Diseases, and a study shows that cardio-vascular diseases have taken approximately 18 million lives every year. Our heart conditions persist in response to various physical and mental stressful conditions, which may result in dysfunction and failure of heart muscles. These conditions may aggravate with the increased intake of alcohol, smoking, poor dietary habits, and lifestyle. Some underlying diseases also result in heart diseases like hypertension, diabetes mellitus, high cholesterol levels and very common atherosclerosis.
What Comprises a Heart Disease?
There are various types of heart diseases that cause various types of health issues that are directly related to the heart. Some common heart diseases are-
- Heart Arrhythmias – Heart may beat slowly or faster or irregularly in different ways, here are some symptoms of abnormal heart beats that can felt by patient like fluttering in chest, tachycardia, bradycardia, pain in chest, dizziness or may fall in syncope.
- Cardiomyopathies – here the heart muscles make it harder for the heart muscles so that they can’t rush the blood to the rest of the body, this condition can lead to heart failure too.
- Heart defects – these are developed when the baby is in the uterus, heart defects can also be developed in adults as the structure of the heart can change anytime in life, or any type of degenerative change can lead to heart defect.
- Heart infections – Infections can be caused due to the bacterias, viruses and parasites.
- Atherosclerosis – this is a condition in which hardening of arteries occurs or may be clogged with plaque. Plaque may consist of cholesterol and many other substances. Due to this condition blood supply decreases and so there is increased risk of causing heart failure.
- Myocardial infarction – also known as heart attack that means interruption of the blood supply to the muscles of the heart that results in damage of heart muscles. Very common condition behind this is accumulation of plaque that causes narrowing of arteries.
- Heart failure – is a condition where the heart is doing its work but not properly. Most common condition behind this disease is Congestive heart failure that can occur from the disability in pumping and relaxing properties of the heart.
- Mitral valve prolapse or regurgitation – prolapse is a condition in which flaps of the valves do not close properly and can lead to heart murmur and regurgitation may occur in which backflow of blood occurs in the heart that results in accumulation of blood into the heart chamber and puts pressure on the heart that leads to heart enlargement and heart failure.
- Aortic stenosis – in this condition a pulmonary valve is involved that cannot be opened properly. It leads to difficulty in pumping the blood from the left ventricle to the aorta.
The symptoms of the heart diseases depend upon the specific ongoing type of anomalies. Common symptoms that occurs in heart diseases are –
- Chest pain
- Breathing difficulties
- Dizziness, fatigue
- Edematous swellings over the feet, ankle
- Fluid accumulation
- Tachycardia / bradycardia
- Heart palpitations
- Choking sensation
Causes and Risk Factors
Heart disorders originates due to the –
- Damage to the heart muscles
- Damage to the blood vessels
- Atherosclerotic condition developed in the arteries
- Improper supply of the oxygen and blood to the heart
- Genetic causes may increase the risk of developing heart conditions
Now, we are going to discuss the Ayurveda measures of controlling heart diseases. Heart is a place of Sadhak pitta, Vyana vata and Avalambak Kapha. These doshas are maintained properly because these help the heart to work properly.
Preventive Measures to Avoid the Heart Diseases are
- Avoid stressful conditions that can exaggerate heart problems.
- Always keep good communication with everyone so it would also give you positive vibes to stay fit.
- Make it possible to eat healthy food only by avoiding the intake of junk and other white refined flour.
- Do exercises everyday at least for half an hour to strengthen the heart muscles and enhance its functions.
- Use various Herbal Remedies to remove the toxins from the heart or its arteries and other vascularities.
Some Beneficial Herbs to Protect the Heart
- Arjun (Terminalia arjuna) – The bark of the arjuna is very beneficial in managing heart diseases. This herb is described as Hridaya by various Acharyas, its various health benefits includes anti-oxidative nature, hypertensive conditions, helps to protect the cardiac muscles, maintain the tone of the heart muscles, helps to enhance the flow of blood to the various parts of the body.
- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) – This herb gives miraculous effects in managing the stress related conditions, it gives wonderful effects in the anxietic patients, have reduced hypertensive conditions, and also helps to strengthens the muscles of the heart or body muscles, and various joint disorders that may develop pain.
- Mandukaparni (Centella asiatica) – it is widely used in cardio-vascular diseases, and balances all the three doshas and it is a cardiac tonic that helps to manage the cardiac muscle weakness and prevents the early degenerative conditions in arteries or any atherosclerotic changes as well as strengthens the blood vessels. This is very helpful for the heart’s health, and has great anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant properties.
- Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) is very helpful in the overall system of the body. It prevents cardiac damage, protects the heart from blockage and is beneficial in reducing stress, dizziness and fatigue and prevents the lipid formation in between the vessels of the heart to avoid various diseases.
- Guggulu (Commiphora mukul) – is a very helpful herb in pacifying all the three doshas. This herb is specially indicated in the atheroscleotic changes or in hardening of the arteries or it can also help to prevent the clots and lipids formation in veins and arteries.
- Garlic (Allium sativum) – is very beneficial in controlling the heart diseases like angina, or thickening of blood, high cholesterol levels, stressful conditions, anxiety attacks, laziness and depressive states.
Follow the Healthy Diet Chart to Prevent the Heart Disorders
Although now we all know that certain dietary factors are responsible for causing heart diseases and changing the lifestyle and diet are often difficult. Now let’s discuss some heart healthy diet tips –
- Control the intake of food like using a small plate or bowl to eat.
- Take a less calorie diet and nutrient rich food like vegetables and fruits that give more benefits to the heart.
- Take less quantity of meat, cheese, snack foods.
- Take whole grains as a meal like whole grain bread, high fibre cereal, brown rice, barley, buckwheat, oatmeal.
- Choose healthy processed articles like monounsaturated fats such as olive oil, canola oil, vegetable and nut oils, nuts seeds, Avocados.
- Choose low-fat protein sources such as lean meat, low-fat dairy products, fish and poultry, eggs, these all are the best source of protein.
- For non-vegetarian people fish is the best source of protein and also a good alternative to high fat meats. These fishes are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which helps to reduce the triglycerides.
- In vegetarian people, making good substitutes for meat are legumes of beans, lentils and peas are good sources for low-fat protein and contain no cholesterol.
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In a nutshell, it is concluded that heart diseases can be managed very well with Ayurveda. Follow the instructions as mentioned above and lead a happy or healthy life. For more queries, you can mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org