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Heart and its basic functions

Heart is a muscular organ about the size of the fist. It has the responsibility to pump blood to the rest of the body parts without a miss. The heart beats continuously right from the third week of pregnancy (fetal age 3 weeks) and stops only once and for all at the time of death.

It also helps to distribute pure and impure blood to their respective destinations (whole body and the lungs respectively).

Heart diseases – common causes

Heart diseases commonly occur due to blockages in the coronary arteries supplying blood to various muscles of the heart.

There are other reasons for the occurrence of heart diseases. These include, congenital malformations of the heart, valvular heart diseases in which there is a defective functioning of the heart.

The nerve fibers supplying the heart muscles also get diseased and result in heart blockage and cardiac arrhythmias.

Among all these, coronary artery blockage is the most common cause of improper heart function.

What is atherosclerosis?

Atherosclerosis is a common condition that occurs due to the deposition of plaques in the lumen of the coronary arteries.

The plaques may form as a result of a high blood cholesterol level and result in hardening as well as blockage of coronary arteries.

Risk factors for developing heart diseases related to raised serum cholesterol levels

  • Age – Progressive narrowing and weakening of arterial walls and heart musculature increases the risk of contracting heart diseases.
  • Males – Studies have found that heart diseases affect men more commonly than women. However, after menopause this risk increases manifolds in women also
  • Family history - People with a family history of heart diseases are naturally inclined to suffer from heart problems at some point in their life.
  • Smoking – It causes contraction of the blood vessels causing atherosclerosis.
  • Poor diet – Highly greasy diet, over eating, eating at odd hours all have adverse effect on the development of heart disease.
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • High blood cholesterol levels
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Stress
  • Poor hygiene – This can precipitate many heart infections.

Ayurveda and heart diseases

Ayurveda is an old system of managing health by taking natural measures like balancing the diet and lifestyle of the body.

According to Ayurveda, heart diseases are known as "Hridya roga" in Ayurveda.

There are four types of Hridya roga in Ayurveda according to the predominant dosha or body energy namely, Vata, pitta kapha and krimija (due to infection) Hridya roga.

Can Ayurvedic treatment cure heart diseases?

Ayurvedic treatment is not a sure shot cure for any kind of heart ailment.

By following the principles of Ayurveda, one can manage his way of living in such a way that he gets an overall support in maintaining a healthy heart.

What is the difference between good cholesterol and bad cholesterol?

HDL (High density lipoproteins) is the good blood cholesterol and LDL (Low density lipoproteins) is the bad cholesterol in blood.

HDL helps to flush out the bad LDL cholesterol from the blood thereby preventing it from depositing in the lumen of the various arteries which may lead to cardiovascular problems.

What is the normal blood cholesterol level?

The normal level of total blood cholesterol is <200.

What can be done to lower blood cholesterol levels without medication?

Blood cholesterol levels can be managed to a large extent by maintaining a regulated diet routine and increasing the level of physical activity.

  1. Diet is the most important thing that can directly control your lipid profile. Stay away from Trans fats and triglycerides and look for healthy fat options for consumption. For example – vegetable oils like olive oil, avocado oil, almond oil etc., but only in moderation.
  2. Prefer boiling, baking and roasting food items that you otherwise fry.
  3. Maintain a healthy intake of fresh fruits and vegetables
  4. Maintain physical fitness by exercising according to what suits your body.
  5. Reduce weight
  6. Stop smoking if you are a smoker.

Are natural supplements helpful in maintaining blood cholesterol?

Many Natural supplements and dietary supplements are available in the market which help to support healthy blood cholesterol levels.

They should be carefully selected and checked for the presence of any additives or artificial agents and should be a product of an authentic manufacturing unit.

There are numerous companies in the market supplying a wide range of nutraceutical preparations. It is for the consumer to decide and choose which is best suited for him/ her.

Is there any ayurvedic treatment for high blood cholesterol?

Ayurveda is a system of medicine that helps to manage the overall health and wellbeing. There is no ayurvedic treatment that can cure high blood cholesterol levels.

It only helps to provide dietary and general lifestyle modifications to support healthy blood cholesterol in males and females.

1. Arjun tea

The Arjun tea of Planet Ayurveda contains pure Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) in it.

Pack size: Each pack contains 125 g of tea in it.

Dosage: 1 cup two times a day.

2. Total heart support

The total heart support capsule of Planet Ayurveda contains the extracts of four ingredients in it. These ingredients include Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) and Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis).

Pack size: Each bottle contains 60 capsules in it.

Dosage: 2 capsules two times a day, with plain water, after meals.

3. Arjuna Capsules

The Arjuna capsules of Planet Ayurveda also contain the pure extracts of arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) in it.

Pack size: Each bottle contains 60 capsules in it.

Dosage: 2 capsules two times a day, with plain water, after meals.

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