A common symptom of heart disease is shortness of breath which is caused by theblood beingdeprived of the proper amount of oxygen. Another common symptom is chest pain or pain downeither arm. Other symptoms are palpitation, fainting, emotional instability, cold handsand feet,frequent perspiration and fatigue. All these symptoms may be caused by many other disorders.Appropriate tests and studies are, therefore, essential to establish the true nature of thesesymptoms.
The basic causes of heart diseases are wrong dietary habits, faulty style of living andvariousstresses. The famous Framingham Heart Study of the National Heart and Lung Instituteidentified seven major risk factors in coronary heart disease. These are : (i) elevatedblood levelsof cholesterol, triglycerides and other fatty substances ( ii) elevated blood pressure (iii)elevatedblood uric acid levels (mainly caused by high protein diet), (iv) certain metabolicdisorders,notably diabetes, (v) obesity, (vi) smoking, and (vii) lack of physical exercise. Each or acombination of these risk factors can contribute to heart disease. Most of them are of dietaryorigin. These risk factors can be controlled by changing one’s life style and readjustingthe diet.Constant worry and tension stimulates the adrenal glands to produce more adrenalineandcartisons. This also contributes to constricted arteries, high blood pressure andincreased workfor the heart.
The fundamental conditioning factor in all heart diseases is the diet. A corrective dietdesigned to
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alter body chemistry and improve the quality of general nutritional intake can, in manycases,reverse the degenerative changes which have occurred in the heart and blood vessels.The diet should be lacto-vegetarian, low in sodium and calories. It should consist of highquality,natural organic foods, with emphasis on whole grains, seeds, fresh fruits andvegetables. Foodswhich should be eliminated are all white flour products, sweets, chocolates, cannedfoods insyrup, soft drinks, squashes, all hard fats of animal origin such as butter, cream andfatty meats.