Being prepared for any kind of a disaster is important. What about a survival situation with your health? Most people know that chest pain or angina and numbness in the left arm are the classic signs of a heart attack. But in reality most of the warning signs are much more subtle than that, especially in women. They are easy-to-ignore symptoms, such as indigestion, breathlessness, pain in the shoulder blades and arms, profuse sweating, fatigue, and trouble sleeping.
Heart disease is becoming more common in younger people now even in their 30s. I have two cousins from the same family that both had stents put in their arteries while in their mid-30s. With the standard American diet, full of sugar, trans fats and processed foods, combined with genetics, it is no longer an old person’s disease. This type of diet clogs the arteries, causes inflammation and triples the risk of heart attack.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer today, along with cancer and diabetes. Women have a tendency to take care of everyone else but themselves. Symptoms in women are much more subtle than in men. Women are less likely to visit a cardiologist. And when they do, the cardiologists are not as aggressive at treating women compared to men. And women are less likely to call for help until it is too late.
Smoking and breathing secondhand smoke raises the risk of heart attacks. If you do smoke and quit, your risk reverts back to normal after 20 years of not smoking.
Symptoms Of A Heart Attack
If extreme fatigue when doing the simplest things causes you to need to rest, it could be a sign of a heart attack coming on.
- Flu-like symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness and dizziness.
- Shortness of breath, for no obvious reason.
- Upper-back pain and pressure in the chest area, or muscle strain.
- Sleep deprivation can bring on heart palpitations. Chronic lack of sleep and trouble falling asleep or unexplained insomnia could also be a sign of a heart attack.
- A grayish-colored skin tone along with cold and clammy skin and sweating could be a sign.
What To Do
The main thing is that you know your body better than anyone else. If you do not feel right, do not just hope the symptoms will go away. Trust your instincts and pay attention to your body signals. Be proactive and take preventive measures.
In the case of a potential heart attack, every minute counts.
- Call 911 first.
- Chew an aspirin.
- Lie down.
- Administer CPR (if necessary and if you know how to do it).
It is very well-known that a baby aspirin a day helps thin the blood and is prescribed by doctors for people who have had heart surgery or problems with blood clots. Aspirin is a blood thinner.
Cayenne Pepper Capsules
In a previous article I wrote about taking cayenne capsules or cayenne tincture if you feel like you are having a heart attack. Cayenne pepper, aka Capsicum, dilates the blood vessels and improves circulation. Cayenne also shocks the heart into beating again if it has stopped. I have been taking cayenne capsules to see how I react to them, and I get sick to my stomach when they start to dissolve. I have been sipping on milk to soothe the burning, which seems to be fine. If someone is having a heart attack, they may not feel like taking cayenne; but if they can get it down, it will help. A small bottle of hot sauce such as Tabasco will help also. Just take a swig of it if you feel chest pains coming on.
Keep it in your purse unopened in case you need it.
Magnesium is very good for the heart. Magnesium calms the nerves and is powerful in prevention of blood clots. Magnesium has strong blood vessel-dilating properties and is effective in blocking dangerous heart rhythms.
I keep magnesium/calcium tablets, aspirin and cayenne capsules in my purse at all times because I have tachycardia. My heart will race every so often, and I start to black out. I breathe deep and get oxygen into my lungs, and I come back around quickly. When this happens, I take magnesium/calcium, an aspirin or cayenne capsules. They are all good for dilating blood vessels or thinning the blood.
Things You Can Do To Lower The Risk Of A Heart Attack
- Drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, then you need to drink 75 ounces of water per day. That is about nine 8-ounce glasses of water per day.
- Walking every day for 30 minutes or other equivalent exercise may reduce your stress level and help your heart.
- Quit smoking or breathing secondhand smoke.
- Reduce the inflammation in your body, especially if it is from an infection or arthritis.
- Eat only small amounts of red meat. Eat fish such as salmon. Do not eat fish or animals that have been grown in fish farms or farms where they are fed genetically modified foods.
- Cut out sugar, fats and modern processed foods. These include pasta, chips, white bread, potatoes and anything that is prepackaged such as cake mixes, cookies and any foods that come in bags or boxes. Sugar and fat together do the most harm.
- Eat more oats, beans, legumes, vegetables and fruits, especially berries.
- Strawberries and blueberries, eaten three times per week, may lower the risk of a heart attack.
- Eat more fish such as Alaskan salmon that provides omega-3 fatty acids. If you do not like fish, you can supplement with fish oil in capsules from the health food store that have been cold pressed and are certified to be mercury-free.
- Increase intake of nuts and whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, millet and amaranth.
- If you are gluten intolerant, cut out all wheat, barley and rye products and make sure the oats you eat are pure oats that have no cross contamination with wheat (certified GMO-free). You can get them from the health food store.
- Eat only oils that are cold pressed from plants, seeds and nuts such as olive, coconut, grape seed, avocado and palm oil. Eat Smart Balance, which is a non-dairy butter substitute that is made from palm fruit oil. It stays solid at room temperature and allows for better shelf life without additional trans-fats. Palm oil is loaded with tocotrienols (vitamin E) and beta-carotene, which are potent antioxidants. Use these oils as a salad dressing without cooking them.
- Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant that strengthens the function of the heart muscle.
- Grape seed extract improves circulation and blood vessel flexibility.
- Aged garlic extract is a great supplement for heart health.
- Taking a probiotic twice a day helps digestive health. Eat plain yogurt that contains acidophilus because it builds up the friendly flora in the digestive tract, which helps build a healthy immune system.
- If you are diabetic, it is imperative that you eat right and exercise every day. Diabetes that is not taken care of properly can lead to heart disease.
- ION (stabilized oxygen) is a product I highly recommend. It is important to get more oxygen into your blood every day. I take 50 drops of ION per day in a glass of water or juice to boost my immune system and get more oxygen into my blood. This helps the heart function better.