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 Dr. George Jacob
Heart Infocenter


Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction)

Common Sense Recommendations for Heart Attack

If you have suffered a heart attack, or if you are considered at risk for a heart attack, modify your diet.

Make sure your diet is high in fiber. Not all types of fiber decrease the risk of heart attack, however. The most beneficial fiber appears to come from whole-grain breakfast cereals.

Eat lots of foods that are rich in vitamins B6 and B12 and folic acid, which are needed to keep homocysteine levels in check. Vitamins B6 and B12 come naturally from leafy green vegetables and fruits. Folic acid can be found in some breakfast cereals, asparagus, spinach, chickpeas, and beans.

Include almonds, brewer's yeast, grains, and sesame seeds in your diet.

Enjoy onions frequently. Onions-especially red onions- contain valuable antioxidants. Chop them and allow them to stand for ten minutes before cooking for optimal benefit.

Add kelp and sea vegetables to your diet for necessary minerals. Drink fresh vegetable juices.

Do not eat red meat, salt, sugars, or white flour. A diet high in red meat can elevate homocysteine levels. Eat soy- based protein foods instead. Soy protein can effectively lower high LDL cholesterol levels.

Avoid salt, sugars, and white flour. Refined sugars produce adverse reactions in all cells by causing wide variations in blood sugar. The high surges are followed by hypoglycemic drops, causing dangerous instability in vital intracellular sugar levels.

Eliminate fried foods, coffee, black tea, colas, and other stimulants from the diet.

Refrain from excessive alcohol use, as it has an adverse effect on the heart. 
Sip barley water throughout the day for its heating and fortifying properties.

Fast three days a month to cleanse and detoxify the body.

To relieve stress and promote relaxation, add a few drops of lavender, sandalwood, or ylang ylang essential oil to a bath, or simply place a few drops on a tissue and inhale the aroma from time to time throughout the day.

Arnica is a homeopathic remedy used to support recovery from a heart attack.

Do not smoke. Avoid secondhand smoke.

Start on a sensible, moderate exercise program. Walking is good. You can do other simple steps like joining a dance class, walking the dog, gentle yoga stretching exercises, etc. Caution: If you are over thirty-five and/or have been sedentary for some time, consult with your health care provider before beginning an exercise program.
See Also:

Take Co Q10: Studies have shown that people who take supplemental coenzyme Ql0 following a heart attack are less likely than those who did not to have a second attack within five years.

Eat walnuts: Researchers have found that eating just an ounce of walnuts a day (about seven nuts) may reduce the risk of a heart attack by 8 to 10 percent.

Reduce your weight if you are overweight: Obesity can result from the combination of limited physical activity and a diet high in fat. It strains the heart.

Stress: Learn how to manage your stress. Regular physical activity is a great way to relieve stress. Other ways include relaxation techniques, a warm bath, and soothing music.

High blood pressure (hypertension): Hypertension can lead to blood vessel damage because the heart has to work harder to pump the blood through narrowed or hardened vessels affected by atherosclerosis. This blood vessel damage can lead to the formation of blood clots inside the blood vessels, which can cause heart attacks. Take steps to lower your blood pressure.

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