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Hawthorn: Effective Herbal Remedy for Heart Failure

Hawthorn berries and leaves
Hawthorn berries and leaves

Several recent clinical research studies have demonstrated that the herb Hawthorn (Crataegus Oxyacantha) can be of great benefit to those suffering from heart failure. Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure or chronic heart failure, as described by Dr. Ed Zimney, MD, is “a condition in which the heart muscle cannot pump out blood effectively or efficiently. […] Left untreated, heart failure can become progressively worse because a vicious cycle develops wherein the heart gets further and further behind in its ability to pump the blood, which can lead to worsening symptoms and to acute heart failure requiring emergency medical treatment.”

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Heart Month & Health Goals

Healthy-HeartFebruary is American Heart Month, the month in which we’re reminded of the importance of checking our blood pressure and nagging our loved ones to do the same. But it’s not just blood pressure that affects one’s heart health, though it is the number one predictor of heart attack and stroke.

To quote the American Heart Association,

“Know your health numbers.”

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Yoga for a Healthier Heart – Critical Facts You Ought to be Aware Of

By Joycelyn Graydon

Man doing yoga poseOne of the many health benefits of Yoga for heart health is that it significantly lessens the chances of heart diseases as well as other diseases that accompany aging. The various forms of Yoga improve overall circulation in the body and as such blood pressure is kept at normal limits. Moreover, it is a very good stress-buster. It eliminates stress and calm harmful cytokines that is known to cause heart problems.

A research conducted by a researcher from Ohio State University in 2009 revealed that uncontrolled heart rate due to poor sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system is linked to a higher risk of heart diseases. In the same study Yoga is considered as one of the most effective ways of controlling heart rate variability. Any stimulus that causes the heart to function at an abnormal rate contributes immensely to cardiac problems.

Depression is one of the most common risk factor for heart problems. It can cause tachycardia and other disturbances that alter normal rhythm of the heart. Prolonged or repeated states of depression can damage the heart and increases the chances of heart attacks. Yoga is an effective remedy against stress since it can increase level of gamma amino butyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter in the brain that is linked to depression when it is in low supply in the brain. GABA in the brain is increased after one session of Yoga. Regular practice of Yoga for heart health keeps the GABA at high levels so depression is likewise addressed.

Obesity is another health issue that leads to heart problems. It is a condition that is a result of unhealthy eating and poor food choices. When one is obese, overall circulation gets affected. Fats get deposited in the walls of blood vessels impeding the normal flow of blood in the body. With this, oxygen delivery and absorption is reduced. Yoga can make one overcome food cravings. It puts one in a position where he becomes in total control of himself. By this he can control over-eating and over indulgence to foods that can contribute to unhealthy weight gain.

As one practices Yoga, his or her flexibility is improved. Studies associate flexibility with arterial health. Those people over 40 who are less flexible are more prone to heart attacks. A common yardstick for flexibility is when one is able to reach his toes with his fingers. At the age of 40 to 50, failure to do this means that the body is not as flexible as it is supposed to be in relation to age. This predisposes heart attacks as this suggests poor arterial health.

Exercise in general is beneficial to the body. It increases oxygen absorption and improves overall flexibility. However, for those with existing heart conditions, exercise can be potentially dangerous. The gentle variations of Yoga for heart health can be a perfect exercise for those who have a history of heart diseases. With controlled and fluid movements one still gets the exercise he needs. Circulation is normalized, cardiac function and blood pressure is maintained at normal ranges and overall health is improved. Yoga is a perfect exercise for everyone regardless of age, gender or health.

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Exercise’s Effect on the Heart – 10 Ways it Helps Your Heart

By Everett Maclachlan

Couple with bikesIt is quite common for one to hear about all of the reasons that you should exercise. You typically hear that it is good for your health or can help us to lose unwanted pounds. But, these reasons are a bit vague for those of us who are a bit more scientifically minded.

Specifically, what positive effects does exercise have on the heart? Sure, you know that working out, walking, biking, swimming, and related exercises are good for your heart. But, you may find yourself wanting more facts and details about exercise’s effect on the heart.

If you are wondering about exercise’s effect on your heart, here are 10 ways exercise helps your heart:

    1. Helps you lose weight, which means less strain on your heart muscle:Working out – especially engaging in cardiovascular exercise – burns calories. Over time, along with the proper diet, this has the effect of helping you to lose noticeable amounts of weight. And as the weight comes off, your heart has to work less hard to pump blood through your circulatory system.
    2. Strengthens your heart: Your heart is a muscle. And, by elevating your heart rate to about 60-80% of your target maximum heart rate for at least 20 minutes per day, you can strengthen that muscle significantly.
    3. Reduces bad (LDL) cholesterol: Working out can reduce the amount of LDL cholesterol in your blood. This is the kind that, if it goes unchecked, can lead to the buildup of plaque and hardening of the arteries. In turn, these problems are the main causes of both heart attacks and stroke. Having less than 100 mg/dL of LDL in your blood is optimal.
    4. Increases in good (HDL) cholesterol: Having higher HDL cholesterol levels is also a common result of exercise. Higher HDL can provide some protection against heart disease. An HDL cholesterol of 60 mg/dL or higher is desirable.
    5. Lowers your blood pressure: Blood pressure is simply the pressure that the blood exerts on the walls of your blood vessels. Having high blood pressure puts you at risk for heart attack because it can result in the restriction of oxygen flow to the heart, leading possibly to angina or a heart attack. Exercise can bring down your blood pressure to reasonable or even optimal levels.
    6. Improves sleep, which gives your heart more chance to rest: Studies have shown that working out regularly can help you get more sleep at night. Getting enough sleep is an important way to allow the entire body, including the heart, to get the renewal it needs each night.
    7. Increases your energy level: Anybody who works out regularly will tell you how good they feel when they do. This is due to an overall increase in the body’s energy levels. When you have more energy, your heart does not need to work nearly as hard.
    8. Strengthens your muscles: Lifting weights or doing other forms of resistance training greatly strengthens your muscles. With stronger muscles, you are able to perform physical tasks more easily, which puts less strain on your heart.
    9. Improves endurance: The more you exercise, the longer you will be able to endure any particular strain on the body, from extreme physical exertion to daily moving about home, office, or town. Better endurance means the less hard your heart has to work.
    10. Boosts self-image and self-esteem: The heart responds to psychological and emotional stimuli, as well as to the physical. By exercising, you will start to look and feel more fit, which leads to improved self-esteem and often to more rewarding social interactions. This, in turn, will make you feel happier – a key ingredient to a healthy heart.

Take these 10 positive exercise effects on the heart into account as you find ways to work exercise into your daily routine.

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