Coronary Heart Disease, also called coronary artery disease, is the significant reduction of blood to the heart muscle because of the contraction of the coronary artery. It is caused by a build-up of atheromatous plaques inside the arteries that pump-up blood to the myocardium (the muscular tissue of the heart). Most people with coronary heart disease can look well for years before they start experiencing symptoms, often a heart attack.
Chest pain or Angina with physical stress. The pain may spread to the left arm or the neck, back, throat or jaw. Exertional dyspnoea is one of the primary signs. There might be numbness (paresthesia ) or loss of feeling in the arms , shoulders or wrists . The person suffers from severe sweating, vertigo or dizziness. Sometimes it is associated with nausea or vomiting. There are characteristic ischemic ECG changes during stress test.
Causes of coronary artery disease are:
- Diet low in antioxidants
- Consumption of alcohol
- Diet rich in saturated fats
- Men over 60; Women over 65
- Lack of exercise
Tips to remember:
- Eat a nourishing diet that removes all processed foods, poor quality dairy, poor quality oils and hydrogenated oils.
- Increase foods that are excellent for the heart. Use garlic, turmeric, ginger and saffron.
- Include whole grains, pulses and foods high in essential fatty acids such as hemp seed oil.
- Avoid over-eating and eating frequently.
- Eat a light breakfast and dinner. Lunch should be the main meal.
- Milk products, fried foods, cold foods and acidic foods should be taken in small quantities.
- White flour products and foods that contain chemical preservatives and additives should be avoided.
- Animal products, especially red meat, are not good as they take a long time to be digested, and create a lot of toxins in the stomach.