Hypokinesia literally means a slow and compromised heart function due to weakness in a part or whole of the heart. Global hypokinesia means the weakness involves all the heart muscles.
Blockages of one or more arteries may also be involved.
Our heart is four chambered with two atria and two ventricles which are separated vertically by a septum and transversely they are separated by the bicuspid and tricuspid valves on the left and right sides respectively.
The left ventricle of the heart supplies blood to all the parts of the body via Aorta. The efficacy with which the blood is pumped through aorta to all the parts of the body determines the efficiency of the heart. This phenomenon is known as ejection fraction.
Normal ejection fraction varies from 50 – 75%.
An ejection fraction below 37% is considered abnormal.
Global hypokinesia often results in heart failure which may eventually turn into a congestive heart failure and affect all other body parts. It often occurs as a result of cardiomyopathies, ischemic heart disease and heart attack.
Global left ventricular (LV) hypokinesia occurs as a result of the comprised left ventricular function which is accompanied by thickening of its walls and the adjacent interventricular septum.
COMMON SYMPTOMS OF GLOBAL LV HYPOKINESIA
1. Water and fluid retention –
Heart failure causes reduced flow of blood to all the organs of the body. As a result, there is reduced return of blood to the heart. It results in stasis of blood in the extremities and in the abdomen causing bloating, edema, frequent urination, nausea and loss of appetite.
2. Irregular heartbeat/ palpitation –
In order to meet the body’s requirements, a hypokinetic heart pumps blood with more strength and beats faster. This makes the patient feel his own heart beating all the time. A condition known as palpitation.
In this process, the regular rhythm of the heart beat is also disturbed causing irregular beating.
3. Lung congestion –
Lung congestion occurs as there occurs accumulation of excess fluid in all the body cavities including the lungs. As a result, severe patient experiences problems like wheezing, difficulty in breathing while lying down, disturbance in sleep patterns because of that, cough and cold etc.
4. General weakness and fatigue in the body –
Global hypokinesia results in a decreased body strength and the person loses the capability to cope with day to day physical as well as mental wear and tear of the body.
CAUSES OF THE DISEASE
- Previous heart attack
- Genetic predisposition
- Familial history of cardio vascular diseases.
- Metabolic disorders like Diabetes, Thyroid etc.
- Coronary artery diseases
- Excessive alcohol intake and Smoking
GENERAL LIFE STYLE MODIFICATIONS
- Quit smoking, drinking and alcohol abuse.
- Exercise regularly to keep your body fit and healthy.
- The exercise should suit the level of strength and stamina that a patient possesses and accordingly he or she should be guided to perform exercises according to the stage of his disease and his endurance.
- Manage your lipid profile and high blood pressure symptoms by appropriate dietary changes and lifestyle modifications.
- Monitor weight and if you are obese, take proper measures to control it.
- Manage conditions that are the causative factors for your disease e.g. Diabetes, Hypertension, Thyroid etc.
- These modifications apply differently to different patients depending upon the severity of their disease and presence of other disease also.
AYURVEDIC TREATMENT OF GLOBAL LV HYPOKINESIA
Ayurvedic supplements are very renowned for the herbal combinations that they use for heart problems. There are many herbs which strengthen heart function when used regularly and under proper guidance.
Ayurvedic herbal combinations help the patient to recover from the disease in a better way. These are especially beneficial in the initial stages of the disease and with regular use, can help a lot in prolonging life expectancy and reducing the chances of developing grave symptoms in which surgical intervention becomes inevitable.
PLANET AYURVEDA’S HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR THE TREATMENT OF GLOBAL LV HYPOKINESIA
Arjuna is a popular herb that has pure extracts of dried and powdered extracts of Arjun herb which is well known to be a great health tonic.
It is a natural cardiac stimulant which helps to strengthen the heart muscles and the veins and arteries.
Arjuna capsules are also effective for maintaining a normal lipid profile. It prevents arteriosclerosis and other degenerative and age related changes affecting the heart muscles.
DOSE: – Arjuna capsules are to be consumed in the dose of 2 capsules twice daily after meals.
It is a combination of Arjuna, Ashwagandha, Brahmi and Shankhapushpi. It contains a combination of purified extracts of these herbs. All these herbs help to strengthen the heart muscles and strengthen the nervous control.
It is great for a natural support to the heart that is diseased by coronary artery problems, congestive heart failure, hypertension, high cholesterol and general fatigue. As Global LV hypokinesia stems from similar heart conditions, total heart support capsule can be a very good natural alternative therapy for patients of this disease.
DOSE: – The dosage for the capsules is two capsules, twice daily.
Gotukola is also known as Mandukparni in Ayurveda. It is a great nervine tonic and a superb rejuvenating herb. It strengthens the overall body and fights weak and worn out heart muscles in heart failure.
Regular use of this herbal supplement helps to strengthen the heart muscles and improves the cardiac output. It improves general body weakness and fatigue experienced by the patients of this disease.
Regular usage of the capsules helps reduces chances of developing CAD (Coronary Artery Disease).
DOSE: – For best results it should be consumed in the dose of 1 -2 capsules two times daily with milk or Luke warm water.
Punarnava is a natural diuretic herb which helps to remove the excess water that accumulates in the body due to congestive heart failure in global LV hypokinesia.
When combined with Arjuna herbal formulations Punarnava capsules help to provide symptomatic relief and reduce work load and palpitation.
Chest symptoms and breathing are also improved as a result of regular usage of these herbal capsules when combined with appropriate lifestyle and dietary measures.
DOSE: – 1- 2 Capsule twice daily with plain water after meals.
Giloy capsules have pure herbal extracts of Tinospora cordifolia which is a very effective rejuvenating herbal supplement.
It improves the overall vitality of the heart and helps to improve the pumping efficacy of the left ventricle. It improves the immunity and prevents worsening of symptoms in patients who also have metabolic disorders like Diabetes, Thyroid problems etc.
These metabolic disorders not only are the causative factors but also highly compromise the immunity of the body making it prone for secondary infections.
Giloy capsules help to provide accessory support to the heart by acting as a natural health rejuvenating herb.
DOSE: – The dosage for giloy capsules is same as for Arjuna capsules i.e. 1 -2 Capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.