Vitamin C and Lysine help prevent heart attacks
It has been widely talked about for many years so it doesn’t come as a big surprise... heart disease, strokes and heart attacks are at an all-time high, affecting millions of Canadians. In fact, about 8 out of 10 Canadians are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease -a devastating illness that 74,000 people die from each year.
WHAT EXACTLY IS A HEART ATTACK?
When the blood supply to the heart is slowed or stopped because of a blockage, a heart attack occurs. Atherosclerosis, the narrowing of coronary arteries due to plaque buildup, causes more than 90% of heart attacks. A heart attack may also occur when a coronary artery temporarily contracts or goes into a severe spasm, shutting off blood flow to the heart.
Not all people who have heart attacks experience the same symptoms or experience them to the same degree. Many heart attacks aren’t as dramatic as the ones you’ve seen on TV. Some people have no symptoms at all, while for others, the first sign may be sudden cardiac arrest. Still, the more signs and symptoms, the greater the likelihood that person may be having a heart attack. The severity of heart attack symptoms can vary too. Some people have mild pain, while others experience severe pain.
A heart attack can occur anytime – at work or play, while you’re resting, or while you’re in motion. Some heart attacks strike suddenly, but many people who experience a heart attack have warning signs and symptoms hours, days or weeks in advance. The earliest warning of a heart attack may be recurrent chest pain (angina) that is triggered by exertion. Angina is caused by a temporary decrease in blood flow to the heart.
Common symptoms include:
· Pressure, tightness, pain, or a squeezing or aching sensation in the chest or arms. It may also spread to the neck, jaw or back.
· Nausea, indigestion, heartburn or abdominal pain
· Shortness of breath
· Sweating or a cold sweat
· Feelings of anxiety or an impending sense of doom
· Trouble sleeping
· Light-headedness or dizziness
WHAT TO DO IF YOU SEE SOMEONE HAVING A HEART ATTACK?
If you encounter someone who is unconscious from a presumed heart attack, call for emergency medical help If you have received training in emergency procedures, begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This helps deliver oxygen to the body and brain.
According to the American Heart Association, regardless of whether you’ve been trained, you should begin CPR with chest compressions. Press down about 2 inches (5 centimeters) on the person’s chest at a rate of about 100 a minute. If you’ve been trained in CPR, check the person’s airway and deliver rescue breaths after every 30 compressions. If you haven’t been trained, continue compressions until help arrives.
If you are experiencing any warning signs, you should call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number right away, or have someone call for you. Stop all activity and sit or lie down in a position that is most comfortable and try to remain calm until help arrives.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO IMPROVE YOUR HEART HEALTH?
Dr. Linus Pauling, two-time Noble Prize winner, found that taking several thousand milligrams of Vitamin C a day can help to remove artery blockages and help to prevent a heart attack. Prevention is your best strategy for a strong and healthy cardiovascular system.