Why Do So Many Women Suffer from Heart Disease?

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Heart disease kills one in four American women, making it the one killer of women in the United States.

More women experience heart disease than men. It’s harder to diagnose, because the symptoms present differently, and more subtly, than in men. In fact, nearly 66% of women who died of heart disease had no previous history of symptoms.

Causes and Risk Factors

Four main risk factors are identified in heart disease among women:

  • Metabolic-high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high triglycerides, belly fat
  • Stress-mental stress, anxiety and depression can contribute to heart disease
  • Lifestyle-smoking increases the risk of heart disease
  • Hormonal-low estrogen levels, especially after menopause, can lead to increased risk of heart disease.

Women who are African-American, Hispanic, Caucasian, American Indian and Alaska Natives suffer from heart disease more than women of Asian descent.

Other risk factors are:

  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • No physical activity
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)

Symptoms

A heart attack indicates heart disease. Symptoms of heart attack are:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Numbness in the limbs, especially the left arm
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Fatigue

Heart attacks can be caused by blood clots forming in the arteries, restricting oxygenated blood reaching the heart. As a result, cells in the heart start to die. If the attack is strong enough, or the heart disease severe enough, it can cause permanent heart damage.

Heart Diseases

There are more than 50 types of heart disease. The most common type is coronary artery disease.

Coronary artery disease is the hardening of arteries that supply blood to the heart. It’s known by these names are well:

  • Arterioschlerosis
  • CAD
  • Heart disease
  • Ischemic heart disease

The hardening is created by a build-up of plaque along the interior walls of the arteries. As the plaque builds up, artery walls become narrower, which decreases volume of blood flow. Decreased blood flow means less oxygen to the heart.

Many women also suffer from angina pectoris, a stinging pain in the heart when the heart doesn’t get enough blood.

The Symbolism of the Heart

Metaphysically speaking, the heart is the seat of our true inner-self, the doorway of spiritual illumination, the center through which we express our capacity for deep feeling, nurturing, unconditional love, affection, forgiveness, compassion and sensitivity for oneself, others, and life. Our fears of being hurt, insecurity, feeling unloved, broken-hearted, arrogance, insensitivity, intolerance, misplaced affections and desires; long-held hurt, bitterness, anger, hostility, rage, excessive anxiety and stress, heavy-heartedness, resentment, and lack of forgiveness can block the flow of vitality in the heart area.

There are a lot of unhealthy hearts in America. But believe it or not, hurt is actually good for the heart. You can’t know love without knowing pain/hurt. Pain causes the heart to evolve and to blossom. However, for many, pain just leads to hate. While hate is detrimental to the body, it is simply one extreme of the polarity. Hate and love are the same thing in nature or essence, simply differing in degrees, just like ice and steam, both of which are water but differing at degrees. That’s why there’s such a thin line between love and hate, because they are in essence the same thing. Duality exists in all things.

When your heart has been emotionally wounded, the pain stores in the tissues of the heart and can manifest as the physical heart pain that doctors call angina.

Love is the best elixir for a healthy heart and the best medicine for a broken heart.

Natural Healing For Heart Disease

Exercise 30 to 60 minutes a day, at least 4-6 days a week. If you don’t have the time in one block, you still get the same heart health benefits when you break it up into 15-minute segments.

Quit smoking. Enough said.

Maintain a healthy weight. People with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher show higher rates of heart disease. Losing at least 15 pounds can reduce the risk of heart disease.

Reduce anger and emotional stress. Negative thoughts and emotions place the heart under tremendous duress, and contribute significantly to heart disease. Surround yourself with positive people, create a healthy, positive environment where you work and live. Visualize a healthy future, and be kind to yourself with your thoughts and actions.

Get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation is proven to take a physical toll on the body-and the heart is no different. Get at least 6-8 hours of restful sleep each night to ensure the healthiest body possible.

Dietary Intervention

Eat a diet low in saturated fat, salt (sodium) and cholesterol. Add foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids, such as:

Seeds, spices and vegetables

  • Flaxseed oil
  • Flaxseeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Sprouted radish seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Basil
  • Dried oregano
  • Grape leaves
  • Dried marjoram
  • Walnut oil
  • Spinach
  • Spearmint
  • Capers
  • Wheat germ oil
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Arugula
  • Lettuce (butter and bibb lettuce have the highest levels)
  • Peppermint
  • Kidney beans
  • Red bell peppers
  • Mustard seed
  • Pinto beans
  • Broccoli raabFlaxseed oil and flax seeds have higher amounts of omega 3 fatty acids than any fish source. Eating fish isn’t necessary to consume this vital nutrient.

    Fruits

  • Blackberry juice
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Guava
  • Lemon
  • Acerola (Indian Cherry)

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    The article of the month for Dherbs.com September 2009 Newsletter is "Heart Problems" and will be up this week. It goes into much detail pertaining to your inquiry.

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    I HONESTLY DO NOT RECOMMEND THAT A PERSON TAKE BOTH DRUGS (POSION) AND HERBS SIMULTANEOUSLY. HERBS ARE CLEANSING AND WILL CLEANSE THE BODY OF POISONS AND DRUGS ARE POISON. DRUGS WILL NEVER HEAL HUMAN BEINGS. THE BIBLE TELLS US GOD CAUSED THE HERBS TO GROW FOR THE SERVICE OF MAN (PSALM 104:14) AND TO SERVE AS "MEDICINE" (EZEKIEL 47:12), AND TO SERVE AS HEALING FOR THE NATIONS (REVELATION 22:2). BUT TODAY WE ARE FOLLOWING MAN AND WONDER WHY WE DON'T HEAL. WE MUST RETURN TO GOD'S NATURE. THE DRUGS COULD BE MAKING YOU GAIN WEIGHT.

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    Please read the article "I'm Thin, Will I Lose Excess Weight During the Detox." Visit our articles section. You guys have nothing to worry about. You will only release weight if you NEED to do so. Just read the article for more insight and understanding. The Full Body Detox and drinking the Hearty Heart tea will tremendously help your friend. He needs to do something and fast though.

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    Beloved, with the ailments you described, you cannot afford to wait around to be convinced about a product, your life is on the line. Your husband is right, I/Dherbs can greatly help you if you are willing to help yourself.

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    Performing the Pancreas kit and regimen as much and as often as you can and you'll get your desired results.

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    I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT YOU PERFORM THE FULL BODY DETOX FIRST AND FOREMOST.

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    Q: My father (age 56 who's between healthy and sick. jogs every morning, but doesn't eat healthy) has pain traveling from knee, back to shoulder, I, myself am very health conscious! but I can't put my finger on this one! His (history) no high blood pressure, non-diabetic, no history of heart attics, stroke etc... but loves to eat sweets.. cakes, cookies, milk, ice cream, etc....I believe this could be a combination of many things, like yeast build up, gas, arteries clogged. Can you help me?

    A:

    The best way to find out is have your father (or someone on his behalf) to schedule a health consultation so we can get at the root of the problem. While there could be a host of things causing the problem on the physical level, I'm more interested at getting at the emotional root of the problems. Product-wise, I would have your father start with the FULL BODY DETOX.

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    Q: I am writing you with concern for my father. He is 54 years old, and was just diagnosed with an enlarged heart. He is very worried, and to be honest I am too. I told him that he immediately needs to go on the Full Body Detox. Start a raw foods diet that includes no meats, and no dairy. Do you think he should get a colonic? Should he get it first? He began running this morning, and has been walking in the evenings. He has a HUGE stomach. It looks as if he is about 8 months pregnant. SOLID! We live in the Philadelphia Area and we are Muslim. The only person we know that is GOOD as far as colonics is a female, and he has some reservations about that. My mother always says "Do what you gotta do". What steps should he take to heal his body? In what order? I know it may be kind of hard to diagnose, or give steps to a third person. I am really concerned, and afraid that his concern may cause more damage to his heart. I am almost certain that my father would not mind talking to you. He may be impressed with your knowledge. All the herbalist we know thus far have been women. As soon as he told us of his illness I immediately thought of you. I pray that you can help us. We all as a family need to get our health together. PLEASE HELP US the best way you can. . . . .

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    It's the easiest thing to take care of. Detox the body with the Full Body Detox followed by the 10-Day Electric Greens Cell Food Cleanse. He will drink Hearty Heart tea during both cleanses. The man has eaten himself into this condition via poor diet so reversed diet is the way out. More raw foods (fruits and vegetable), vegetable juice.

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    Q: What do you recommend to heal Acid Reflux. I also get heart burn and pain with it if I do not take medication. Please recommend a natural remedy that will cure my Acid Reflux.

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    First perform FULL BODY DETOX and then follow it up with a daily regimen of ACID BUSTER, AFTER-DINNER TEA, and ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD.