Alternative Treatments for Heart Attack
Alternative treatment is not appropriate when heart attack
symptoms are present. Symptoms of a heart attack require immediate medical
attention. A heart attack is a life-threatening event and should be immediately
treated by trained emergency medical providers.
However, alternative treatments and lifestyle changes can improve
your heart health and reduce your risk of a heart attack. Always consult your
doctor before trying any alternative treatments. It’s important to ensure that
they will not interfere with medications you may be taking. Remember that a
healthy diet and lifestyle are essential in maintaining a healthy heart.
The following treatments are
NOT to be used during an actual or suspected heart attack. They might be
used to reduce your risk of having a heart attack or as part of a holistic
treatment plan after you have experienced a heart attack and received
appropriate medical attention and treatments.
Studies have shown that daily meditation can reduce stress and
lower blood pressure. Stress and high blood pressure are risk factors for
coronary artery disease and heart attack. There are many forms of meditation,
- guided meditation
- mantra meditation
- mindfulness meditation
- tai chi
Any of these might be beneficial. It’s not necessary to follow any
particular form of meditation. You might just sit comfortably, close your eyes,
and repeat a word or phrase for approximately 20 minutes. The idea is to quiet
your mind and to let mind and body connect and relax.
A healthy diet is a necessary aspect of heart health and is crucial
in preventing coronary artery disease and heart attack. There are many studies
that examine the role of specific foods and herbs on heart health. In general,
maintaining a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean
proteins is an effective way to maintain a healthy heart. Stay away from processed
foods, as well as those that are high in fat and sugar.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends eating
omega-3 fatty acids at least twice a week. This type of fat may reduce the risk
of heart disease. These fats are found in cold-water fatty fish like salmon,
herring, sardines, and mackerel. Up to 90 percent of Americans do not get
enough omega-3 fatty acids from their diets. Supplements might be appropriate
to ensure adequate intake.
Supplements of omega-3 fatty acids should be taken only with your
doctor’s supervision. High doses can cause bleeding. Use with caution if you
have a bleeding disorder, bruise easily, or are taking drugs that interfere
with blood clotting such as warfarin or aspirin.
is important for maintaining heart health. It helps lower blood pressure,
cholesterol, and control weight. It doesn’t need to be strenuous exercise.
Walking for 30 minutes five times a week can make a noticeable difference. Talk
to your doctor before starting an exercise program. If you have had a heart
attack, you want to be sure your heart is ready for exercise.