Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Coronary ByPass Surgery

Coronary bypass surgery is a procedure where the arteries that normally supply the heart with blood, oxygen and nutrients are replaced, or bypassed, using veins from another place in your body. Heart ByPass surgery is used as a way to reroute the blood around the blockage. Typically the veins from your leg, arm, chest, or abdomen are used for this procedure. Unfortunately, veins have no muscle in them. Veins rely on the force created by the muscles in the arteries to push the blood through them, and back to your heart. This lack of vascular muscle is why exercise is required after bypass surgery. In some cases stents are also used to open up restricted arteries by placing a metal coil into the artery to reduce the probability of it shrinking again.

The concern with these types of treatments for Cardiovascular Illness is that they do not clear the blockage, nor do they make the arteries that supply the heart and other organs more healthy. In the instances where stents are used, they may hold the artery open, but they are a factor in causing future blockages. The calcium that sticks to the walls of the arteries and cause blockages can get "hung-up" on these stents more readily than they do to the inside of healthy arteries. The better option would be to avoid the stent placement, and clean out the blockage. "You are only as old as your arteries."

Healthy arteries and veins are the key to heart health. There are several factors that must be discussed when we talk about heart health:

First of all, eating nutritious foods and making sure that you are getting a variety of different foods is important. Along with protein and healthy grains you should eat at least one raw vegetable a day, and you should implement a practice of eating a variety of colored fruits & vegetables. Each various colored food group supplies different benefits, including natural fiber, anti-oxidants, quercitin and many more... Eating a variety of foods also reduces the possibility of creating food sensitivities (or allergies) due to repetitive eating.

Secondly, exercise is very important to all of our body systems. It causes us to use and "work out" our arteries. When we exercise, our muscles need more oxygen than they do when we are sedentary or at rest. The act of exercising forces the arteries and vessels to work harder than they do normally, and in turn makes them stronger. This is the case with all of our body parts. You must use them or they get weak and tired, and do not function as well as they should.

Thirdly, the cause and treatment of your specific heart health should be discussed with a Doctor who understands the cardiovascular system, and how it can be repaired naturally. When you pull a muscle, or sprain a joint your body heals the damage over time. Your heart and arterial system are no different from your other muscles or organs. Humans were created to be able to heal themselves if they are supplied with the correct nutrition, water and oxygen. If you provide your body with the correct amount of nutrition (which may require supplementation) and exercise it can repair itself, healthfully.

If you are concerned about the level of your cardiovascular health, you may opt to have some tests completed to find out what your current status is. Our office offers Doppler testing, which tells us if you have any blockages that need to be cleared, and demonstrates the elasticity of your venous system. We also offer EKG and blood panels to determine the level of your cardiovascular and overall health. If a blockage is found or if you wish to do some preventive treatments, we offer chelation therapy, too.

1 comment:

  1. It is very important to stay on top of your health and have a check up at least once a year to ensure that you remain healthy. Many health problems are curable but you need to catch them in time