Heart attack. Not the, “OMG! You gave me a heart attack” but the real heart attack. Its scientific name being Myocardial Infarction. The heart is the most important organ of all the other organs in the human body. The heart acts as a pump, it relies on the constant supply of oxygen-rich blood to function. Without sufficient blood supply, the heart muscle will begin to deteriorate. This is exactly what happens during a heart attack.

Its scientific name or medical term, Myocardial infarction, literally means “heart tissue damage or death.” The attacks commonly occur when one or more of the coronary arteries – a network of blood vessels that supply blood to the heart – becomes inaccessible by oxygen-rich blood. The heart muscle begins to starve for oxygen and nutrients.

Fortunately, there are ways to keep “heart tissue damage or death” at bay. Starting by dedicating your life to living a more active and healthy lifestyle. But before that, we should understand what are the causes that leads to a blocked artery.

The no.1 leading cause of heart attack is coronary artery disease. This means, the narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries which often is the result of build-up of fatty substances, called plaques, on artery walls. Some may question, how does these plaque form and how do arteries become clogged? Throughout our years of living carefreely, not minding the amount of fatty foods we put into our body – fats will build up in streaks on artery walls. Our body’s natural healing response is to release chemicals that will seal these fatty deposits into place – which is inside the artery walls.

Anterior cut view of blood vessel artery and artherosclerotic blood vessel; ACardio_20140401_v0_002.ai SOURCE: cardio_cor-angio_anat.ai

Unfortunately, these chemicals also attract other substances — PLAQUE. Plaque are inflammatory cells, cellular waste products, proteins and calcium. When this occurs, a hard covering will form around plaque deposits while on the inside, they can be soft. With time, plaque can rupture, exposing a fatty interior. In response to this, platelets, blood clotting particles will try to re-seal the rupture. As blood clot forms within the blood vessel, the risk of a block blood flow to the heart, or it will detached itself and flow away from the blood vessel and travel to a smaller artery around the heart. Therefore a heart attack occurs.

There are treatments and procedures for heart attack patients. Among the most common are:

  • Angioplasty and stent placement: A thin, flexible catheter is guided along a blood vessel toward the blocked artery. A tiny balloon is inflated at the catheter’s tip, stretching the clogged artery open and flattening plaque to restore blood flow. To keep the blood vessel open, a stent — a miniature wire mesh tube — may be placed in the blood vessel.
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery: A blood vessel is harvested from another part of the patient’s body and used to go around — or bypass — the blocked coronary artery. Coronary artery bypass surgery is typically performed on patients who have more severe blockages, or several blockages.
  • Clot-busting drugs: You may be given thrombolytic agents, such as tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), which dissolve blood clots, reduce the severity of damage to the heart muscle and ultimately save lives. These drugs are administered by IV drip and do not require surgery.

But isn’t it best to prevent than cure? Aside from a healthy lifestyle and diet, Shaklee has a few products that are able to promote healthy heart and help reduce your chances of heart attacks. Some of the products are;

  1. Vivix supports heart health and cardiovascular function. Trans-resveratrol is the stable resveratrol that supports the healthy heart. It has an anti-inflammatory effect to maintain the vessels of the heart especially the heart arteries from any damages. It can support the cardiovascular function run well.
  2. OmegaGuard contains a full spectrum of 7 naturally occurring omega-3 fatty acids: EPA, DHA, ALA, and more. EPA benefits your heart and joints, while DHA is critical for brain development and function. And OmegaGuard provides the benefits of fish oil without the fishy aftertaste.
  3. CoqTrol Plus contains Coenzyme Q10 which is highly concentrated in the cells of our brain, heart and liver. It converts fats and sugar into usable energy throughout the day. It is also a potent antioxidant, protecting cells from free radical damage. How it works is that the supplement strengthen the heart muscle, making it stronger.

For more info on products that works for your budget and lifestyle, do contact Mommy J for a free consultation and to get the best deals!

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