Diseases which affect the heart and circulatory system (commonly known as cardiovascular disease or heart disease) are the leading cause of death worldwide. There are a great many different kinds of cardiovascular diseases. Heart attacks or cardiac arrests are when the heart does not receive enough oxygen but heart disease starts far before that point. Most often heart attacks are caused by coronary heart disease (also known as coronary artery disease), where the condition creates plaque (made largely of cholesterol) within the arteries which leads to blockages. This is why you are told that foods containing cholesterol are not good for your heart.
The next biggest issue with heart disease is the creation of blood clots. This generally occurs when there is a plaque buildup which restricts blood flow and the artery breaks from excess pressure. The broken artery bleeds and creates a blood clot, just like when you receive a cut and the blood coagulates to seal the wound. These blood clots can block an artery or travel along the blood stream until it blocks circulation somewhere in the body. Blood clots are both a heart and a circulation issue. And that is why exercise is recommended to prevent heart disease. Exercise can help lowers blood pressure, improves circulation and strengthens the muscles of the heart; all of which help prevent blood clots.
Natural and Homeopathic treatments for the Heart and Circulation in Orland Park
It takes many years for plaque to build up in the body but it is never too early or too late to seek out natural and homeopathic treatment. Dr. Van Lopik will evaluate your heart and circulatory system and a natural treatment strategy which is suited to your specific needs. Regular consolations with your cardiologist are always recommended. For emergencies, always contact 911.
Symptoms of heart and circulation disorders
If you experience a one or a combination of these seek out a medical professional.
- Nausea/ lack of appetite
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid or irregular pulse
- Spontaneous sweating
- Swelling (usually in feet, ankles or legs)
- Fatigue and/or Weakness