Stand-Up for your Heart!
Updated: Apr 13, 2022
If you find yourself planted behind a desk or stuck in the car for much of your day, you’re not alone. Thanks to the convenience of technology and our modern lifestyles, people are more inactive than ever.
Believe it or not, India is home to 30 million heart patients and has the most heart failure deaths in the world. For the last several decades, aging has been associated with heart attacks or failing hearts – typically affecting men 50+ and women 65+. Now, young adults in their 20s, 30s, and 40s are seen falling victim to these cardiovascular issues and subsequent failures.
Your lifestyle plays a major role in your healthy or not so healthy heart!
In recent times, there is a noticeable upsurge in the number of patients under 50 years of age, being admitted for cardiovascular issues including heart attack as well as heart failure. This noticeable upsurge in heart problems in younger adults can be attributed to cigarette smoking, inadequate exercise, poor nutritional choices, lack of proper rest and work, or non-work-related stress.
Due to busy work lives and a lack of work-life balance, many of us are forced to lead a more sedentary lifestyle. Being inactive can lead to fatty material building up in the arteries (the blood vessels that carry blood to your organs). If the arteries that carry blood to your heart get damaged and clogged, it can lead to serious issues like stroke or even a heart attack.
So, when should you go see a doctor?
Sometimes heart disease may be ‘silent’ and not diagnosed until a person experiences signs or symptoms of a heart attack, heart failure, or arrhythmia. Some of the early symptoms of a probable heart issue include –
Chest pain – Feeling pain, pressure, or tightness in your chest.
Nausea, Indigestion, Heartburn, or Stomach Pain – Some people experience these symptoms during a heart attack. Women have been seen to experience this more than men.
Pain that spreads to the Arm – It’s a classic sign that radiates on the left side of the body, mostly starting from the chest and going outwards.
Feeling Dizzy or Lightheaded
A cough that won’t go away
Your leg, feet, and ankles are swollen
What does Ayurveda have to say about heart disease?
As per Ayurveda, Cardiovascular issues are caused due to the imbalance of the three doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. As per Ayurveda, there is a herb in nature for every aliment or disorder in the human body. Consuming these herb help balance the dosha and cure the disorder or disease. Herbs like Sunthi (Dried Ginger), Arjuna bark, and Shuddha Guggulu are considered very beneficial for preventing blood clots in the blood vessels of the heart.
Arjuna Bark also contains an enzyme Q10 which helps unclog the fats clogging the arteries as well as reduce cloth formation. Arjuna also assists in strengthening the heart muscles. Sunthi which is a dried ginger powder is well researched and documented herb for its multiple health benefits, including those related to Cardiovascular disorders including hypertension. Shuddha Guggulu is a resin extracted from the Mukul Myrrh tree, which is processed and purified to make it fit for consumption its benefits include reducing the cholesterol uptake in the liver and intestine, and reducing the LDL cholesterol levels, preventing clogging of arteries and hardening of arteries.
Ayurveda is a lifestyle and not just medicinal science that recommends a combination of exercise or yoga, meditation along with dietary changes.