Heart Attack

Praise the Lord to all who read the wellness series, my last article was on hypertension. Now there is a series to coincide with this and it is on the heart. The heart is the heartbeat to our lives. Without a heart how would we be able to survive? These two go together because the heart is needed to pump blood throughout your body.

In this series the discussion will be on heart attacks, strokes, irregular heartbeats, and high blood pressure. It is important to have good heart health, this will keep you living for years to come. But what happens when your heart begins to have problems? Do you go to the doctors or do you brush it off as nothing serious? When discussing your heart in this series, I am going to give you what happens when your heart is ticking properly and when it is not. The first one to discuss is heart attack. The symptoms, what can be done to prevent this, and what to do if this happens to you.

A heart attack usually happens when there is a blockage in one of the arteries of the heart. The symptoms are usually chest pains, jaw, arm, back, and neck pain, stomach pain, teeth hurt, shortness of breath with or without symptoms of chest discomfort, cold sweats, nausea, vomiting, unexplained fatigue, anxiety, and excessive weight gain. There are times when there are no symptoms at all. You never know, it could happen or may have happened and you don’t even know it. Some of these symptoms may begin slowly and you think it is something else.

Saints of God, this is a serious matter not to be taken lightly. It is important that if there is a history of this in your family or you’re having other issues, don’t hesitate going to the doctor, your life could depend on it. Complications from this could be stroke, irregular heartbeat, heart failure, blood clots in the legs, or aneurysm.

What are the treatments for this? It depends on how serious the attack was. Standard treatments for this include:

  •  Morphine
  • Nitroglycerine to expand blood vessels
  • Tenetaplase
  • Emergency angioplasty surgery to remove clot and open arteries
  • Bypass surgery
  • Blood thinners such as heparin, aspirin, or brilenta to prevent blood from clotting

Stop smoking Saints! If you are a smoker, the nicotine decreases oxygen to the heart and increases blood clotting. It also damages the cells that line the coronary arteries and other blood vessels.

To avoid this, here are some treatments:

  • Do not eat fried foods, the grease alone is a problem
  • Eat plenty of fish, chicken, and turkey baked. An occasional burger is fine
  • Veggies and fruits are a great source of what you need
  • Take your medicine as prescribed
  • Do not over exert yourself
  • If overweight, slim down under your doctor’s care
  • Limit your salt intake
  • Have foods with whole wheat and high fiber
  • Choose foods that are low in saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol
  • Eat more foods that have omega 3 fatty acids
  • Limit foods and drinks with added sugar

You don’t have to do all this at once, but you need to begin this as soon as possible because it will make a difference.

Here are some scriptures that are good for the heart: Psalms 27:14, Psalms 28:7, Psalms 31:24, Psalms 73:26, Proverbs 4:23, Proverbs 17:22

Remember, your body is your temple of the Holy Spirit. God wants us to worship Him in spirit and in truth and be in good health.

Be blessed