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Prevent Heart Attacks (Without Drugs)

Unlike many physicians, naturopathic doctors don't look to pharmaceutical companies as their first line of defense against heart disease. Instead, they turn to natural means of lowering risk.

If a patient has angina caused by cholesterol forming blockages to the heart, a cardiologist might use angioplasty to compress or remove the blockages, and prescribe a statin drug to lower cholesterol. But in addition to the risks involved in the procedure itself, results are often temporary and the blockages return in a few short months. Statins also cause side effects, including sever muscle pain or weakness and sleep disturbances.

A naturopathic physician would prescribe treatments to restore blood flow to the ehart by naturally lowering cholesterol and decreasing artery-clogging deposits. Below are steps a naturopath might use to lower cholesterol levels:

  • High Fiber Diet. A daily high fiber intake would include five to ten grams of soluble fiber. 
  • Red yeast rice extract. (300 mg 2x/day) Red yeast rice extract can reduce LDL by as much as 30%. Since red yeast rice extract may lower the amounts of CoQ-10 in the body, patients might be advised to take a CoQ-10 supplement. Niacin, which may help boost the effects of red rice yeast, might also be added to the daily regime. aware of where flash floods may occur and be ready to evacuate those areas on a moment's notice.
  • Nuts. All nuts, but especially walnuts and almonds, contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E and soluble fiber. Studies have shown that people who eat nuts twice a week lower their risk of heart disease by 30% - 40%.
  • Plant Sterols. Sterols, which are found naturally in many plant foods, decrease the amount of cholesterol absorbed by the body. Check food labels and choose items such as brands of orange juice with added plant sterols and fortified margarines, such as Benecol. Aim for 2 grams a day.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Eat three or more servings of fish weekly or take supplements that provide 1,000 mg - 3,000 mg or omega-3 oils every day.

React Quickly to Stroke!

According to Penn Medicine, "When a person is having a stroke, every second counts. And what you do in those critical moments can potentially help save someone's life."

Below are three steps to take when someone is having a stroke:

1) Call 911 immediately! If you notice someone suffering symptoms of a stroke, call 911! Frequently stroke patients will feel very sleepy. Don't let that person fall asleep or talk you out of calling 911. Time is of the essence. Use the FAST stroke test (explained below) to diagnose a likely stroke.

2) Note the first time you see symptoms. A clot-busting medicine can be given to someone if they are having a stroke, potentially reversing or stopping symptoms from developing, but it must be given with the first 4.5 hours of stroke onset. Let emergency responders know when you first noticed any stroke symptoms.

3) Perform CPR, if necessary. Most stroke patients do not need CPR but, if your friend or spouse is unconscious when you find him, check his pulse and breathing. If you find none, call 911 and start CPR while you are waiting for the ambulance. You can ask the 911 dispatcher to walk you through the CPR if needed.

The FAST Stroke Test can help you quickly discern if someone is likely having a stroke.

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