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Rule Out Risk Of Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack)

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What is Myocardial Infarction?

Myocardial infarction is the medical name for a heart attack. It is a life-threatening condition that occurs when oxygen rich blood flow to the heart muscle abruptly stops. This is mostly due to blockage in one or more coronary arteries. This blockage is due to plaque, a substance mostly made of cholesterol, calcium and other cellular waste. A heart attack in some cases may be fatal and result in death.

Symptoms of Myocardial Infarction

Tightness or squeezing sensation in the chest

Pain or aching sensation that comes and goes in the chest, back, jaw, and other areas of the upper body

Rapid heart rate


Shortness of breath



Nausea and Vomiting

Chest pain is the most common symptom.

What increases the risk of Myocardial Infarction

High blood pressure

High cholesterol levels

High triglyceride levels

High blood sugar levels


Lack of physical activity




Family history

Test to rule out the risk of Myocardial Infarction

There is a simple exercise test you can do to see if you’re at risk for a heart attack.

First check your resting pulse rate on your wrist or neck (A).

Then do high intensity exercise for one minute and again check your pulse rate(B).

It will be increased.

Then relax for one minute and again check your pulse rate(C).

This is your recovery pulse rate. To calculate how fast your pulse rate comes down

B – C = D

This is the measure of how fast that pulse rate comes down after exercise. If it comes down less than 12 beats you are at risk for a heart attack or myocardial infarction. If your numbers are between 13 to 20 then you are at moderate risk. If the numbers are between 21 to 40 then you have minimum risk. If your recovery numbers between 50 to 60 then you are in top shape like athletes. This is one of the best indicators of for health and cardiovascular function.

The sympathetic nervous system raises your pulse rate when you exercise. As soon as you stop the parasympathetic nervous system kicks in to bring down your pulse rate by relaxation. This system also helps in repairs that the body does when we sleep.

Resting is a part of workouts that we ignore. Short workouts should be done with resting. That will make the system stronger.

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The Real Mechanism of Heart Failure

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Our heart can be compared to the central warehouse of a nationwide supply chain system. The fleet of vehicles is our blood, transporting oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body. The arteries and veins are the highways with secondary roads connecting cities. Normally the system is working efficiently. But what would happen if the supply was disrupted. Trucks with goods would be jammed and empty trucks would be stranded at remote areas. Customers would not get supplies. This is what happens during heart failure.

Disease, injury, and years of wear and tear take a toll on the hearts pumping ability. When the muscles of the heart struggle to circulate blood efficiently, a cascade of physiological changes is set in motion. Heart failure is not a disease. It is a set of diverse symptoms.

Working of the healthy heart

The heart contract and relaxes approximately 100,000 times a day. The cardiovascular system comprises a complex network of channels that convey oxygen, nutrients and waste products to and away from your organs. Your heart, the size of two fists, propels a Herculean 2,000 gallons of blood daily. Extending from the heart is a network of blood vessels that reach to the farthest areas of the body. Laid end to end, these vessels would stretch more than 60,000 miles.

What is the mechanism of heart failure?

The mechanism of heart failure may start with injury from heart attack, develop due to damaged valves, or be brought on by an infection or a disease. Many times, it is a product of years of toil against high blood pressure and clogged arteries.  Heart failure culminates in a progressive weakening of your heart’s ability to pump. Consequently, blood circulates through your heart and body more slowly; your cells get less oxygen and nutrients. Outward signs may remain hidden for months or even years while heart failure advances. To compensate for its weakened state, the heart undergoes a series of structural transformations known as cardiac remodeling. To expel blood more forcefully the walls of the left heart chamber thicken, or the chamber may dilate and take on a rounder shape, which allows it to hold larger amount of blood. Levels of stress hormones, which signal the heart to beat faster and harder in times of need, rise. Blood vessels constrict to keep blood pressure stable even though lower quantity of blood is being pumped out. Circulation is diverted away from the skin and other less important tissues so that the heart and brain receive a steady supply of oxygen and nutrients. The reduced flow of blood to the kidneys activates a set of hormones that prompt the body to retain sodium and fluid to supplement the total volume of circulating blood. These fixes enable the heart to deliver a near-normal level of blood to the tissues. This is a temporary solution. The heart’s modified shape increases the stress on the muscle as it attempts to consume more oxygen. The faster heartbeat and narrowed blood vessels amplify the hearts workload, and the costs of the additional yield outweigh the advantages of increased output.

Symptoms of heart failure

Mental confusion

The brain doesn’t get enough oxygen.

Lung congestion

Excess fluid backs up from the heart into the lungs.

Shortness of breath

Fluid in the lungs causes difficulty in breathing.

Coughing and wheezing

Fluid in the lungs causes these problems.


Less blood reaches the muscles.

Loss of appetite

Accumulation of fluid in liver and stomach causes feelings of nausea.

Weight gain

The build-up of fluid causes an increase in body weight.

Change in skin color

Blood is diverted to vital organs, causing skin to get cold and take on a bluish color.

Swelling in feet, legs and abdomen

Excess fluid settles in tissues.

Causes of heart failure

The defining characteristic of heart failure is a malfunctioning cardiac muscle. This can happen due to many reasons.

Coronary artery disease

Two out of three cases of heart failure can be traced to coronary heart disease, the narrowing of arteries that feed the heart muscle cells.

Dying heart disease

When one of the fatty deposits on the inside of the artery wall bursts open, the blood forms a clot. If the clot is formed in one of the arteries that feed the heart muscle, it can cut off the flow of oxygen to the tissue beyond the clot. This is called a myocardial infraction, or heart attack.


The higher the blood pressure, the harder the heart must work. The heart muscle thickens in response to pumping against extra resistance. The thickened muscle consumes more oxygen. It also cannot fully relax between contractions. Then the heart muscle gradually stops beating as forcefully as it should. High blood pressure precedes heart failure in 75% of cases.


This is a term used to describe a number of diseases that result from damage to the heart muscle.

Heart valve damage

Faulty heart valves that don’t open or close efficiently put additional strain on the heart.


Over time, uncontrolled Diabetes weakens the heart muscle by causing coronary artery disease.

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Heart rhythm disturbances

An abnormally fast heartbeat can produce structural changes in the heart’s left ventricle.


Our heart is a very important organ because it supplies oxygen and nutrients to all parts of our body. Whether you  are suffering from heart disease, or Diabetes or even cancer, you heal yourself, that too without any medicinal intervention.

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The Real Cause Of Heart disease

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We have been told repeatedly that cholesterol is the cause of heart disease. The new guideline advises that everyone over age 40 should consider taking statins regardless of whether they have a history of cardiovascular disease. This has expanded the universe of statins which benefits pharma companies. The villain here is cholesterol.

But by lowering cholesterol levels does heart disease disappear. In the Cochrane report 20ll, the authors reviewed data from 14 trials involving 34,272 patients. Outcomes in patients given statins were compared with outcomes in patients given placebo or usual care. Results suggested that there was not enough evidence to recommend the widespread use of statins in the primary prevention of heart disease.

Researchers have discovered that LDL or bad cholesterol can be distinguished into two categories based on their size i.e. small LDL and large LDL. The small LDL is damaging, because of their small size they penetrate into the endothelial wall of the arteries resulting in inflammation and arterial damage. This means that two patients with the same amount of LDL may not have the same risk of heart disease.

So basically, cholesterol is not the real cause of heart disease. The real cause is inflammation. Refined food, meat, trans fat cause this inflammation in the artery. This inflammation takes time to repair. But if you keep eating the same food which is causing inflammation then the repair work is not going to be completed. Deposition of plaque and cholesterol will take place over a period of time. Statins do not do anything to reduce or repair the inflammation. They also have a lot of side effects. But once a patient starts taking these drugs, he is hooked for life.

In fact, 75% of cholesterol is produced by the body. It is required for the production of hormones. Cell walls are made of cholesterol. Even the brain requires cholesterol. So instead of trying to put out the fire which is inflammation, we are trying to put off the smoke.

So when did all this start?

Ancel Keys was paid to study the relation between fat and heart disease. So he included some countries and purposely excluded some countries and came to the conclusion that fat and cholesterol was a threat. Then someone took the same data and came to the conclusion that sugar was the real villain. Also, lots of research papers show omega-3 fatty acids are good, but then there are papers suggesting the opposite.

To free yourself from the clutches of medicine you must follow the lifestyle recommended in “The China Study”. No matter how severe your health condition may be it can be reversed.

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What not to eat?


Dairy products


Sugar, salt, and refined products.

Make food your medicine and you will remain healthy.