Personal Framework for |
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Prevention and Control
Make sure your diet is well balanced and contains plenty of fiber. Eat
plenty of raw foods. For protein, eat broiled fish and skinless turkey and
chicken, which are low in fat.
Include in the diet garlic, onions, and lecithin. They effectively reduce
serum cholesterol levels.
Add raw nuts (except peanuts), olive oil, pink salmon, trout, tuna, Atlantic
herring, and mackerel to your diet. These foods contain essential fatty acids.
Do not consume stimulants, such as coffee and black tea, that contain caffeine.
Also avoid tobacco, alcohol, chocolate, sugar, butter, red meat, fats (particularly
animal fats and hydrogenated oils), fried foods, processed and refined foods, soft drinks,
spicy foods, and white flour products, such as white bread.
Drink steam-distilled water only.
If you take an anticoagulant (blood thinner) such as warfarin (Coumadin) or
heparin, or even aspirin, do not take supplemental vitamin K.
Eat more of the following: wheat germ, vitamin E, soybeans, and sunflower seeds.
According to some studies, magnesium supplementation can correct some types or
irregular heartbeat, and could save the lives of many people with heart trouble.
Citrin, an extract from the plant Garcinia cambogia, inhibits the synthesis of
fatty acids in the liver, thus helping to prevent the accummulation of potentially dangerous
fats in the body.
Other herbs beneficial for cardiovascular disorders include barberry, black cohash,
butcher's broom, cayenne (cpsicum), dandelion, ginseng, hawthorn berries, and valerian root.
Avoid the herbs ephedra (ma huang) and licorice; they can cause a rise in blood pressure.
Keep your weight down. Obesity is a risk factor for heart attacks and high blood pressure. Get regular moderate exercise. Caution: If you are over 35 and/or have been sedentary for some time, consult with your health care provider before beginning an exercise program.
Avoid stress, and learn stress-management techniques.
If you experience any of the symptoms of a heart attack, contact your doctor or go immediately to the emergency room of the nearest hospital, even if symptoms last only a few minutes. Half of all heart attack deaths occur within three to fours hours of the onset of the attack, so a person suffering from a heart attack requires immediate medical attention.
Learn all about the drugs that have been prescribed for you. Know what to do
in case of an emergency. Keep emergency and ambulance numbers easily accessible. If
you have a heart condition, someone close to you should know what to do if cardiac
arrest occurs. Make sure your loved one knows how to do cardiac massage and mouth-to-mouth
breathing. The American Red Cross and many local hospitals offer training in these
Medical Options and Precautions
Learn all about the drugs that have been prescribed for you. Know what
to do in case of an emergency. Keep emergency and ambulance numbers easily
accessible. If you have a heart condition, someone close to you should know what to
do if cardiac arrest occurs. Make sure your loved one knows how to do cardiac massage
and mouth-to-mouth breathing. The American Red Cross and many local hospitals offer
training in these techniques.
The use of a test called cardiokymography (CKG) together with electrocardiograms
(ECGs) may help to detect "silent" heart disease. A comparison study revealed that
electrocardiograms alone dismissed 39% of heart disease cases. When CKG was used with
ECGs, only 8% of cases were undetected.
Nitroglycerine, which is sold in sublingual tablet, patch, and lingual spray
form, is commonly prescribed to relieve chest pain and to improve oxygen supply to
the heart. The drug is taken at the first sign of pain. If dry mouth prevents sublingual
nitroglycerine tablets form dissolving, the spray form may be a better choice.
Nitroglycerine has some side effects, including headache, weakness, and dizziness.
These usually disappear with continued use.