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4 Signs Your Heart Is Quietly Failing
By S.A. Nickerson
He was only 48 years old — and quite fit for his age.
He didn’t smoke, he didn’t have diabetes, and heart disease didn’t run in his family.
But by the time he was lying on an emergency room gurney writhing in pain, he understood full well why they called his type of heart attack a “widow-maker.”
Because he didn’t think he could be having a heart attack, he hesitated to seek treatment until it was nearly too late. Fortunately, this case had a positive ending. Emergency heart surgery saved the man’s life.
His delay in pursuing treatment was not unusual. In fact, a recent study out of Duke University Medical School found that up to 60% of people fail to recognize they are having a heart attack. And these so-called “silent” heart attacks are associated with a shockingly high risk of death.
The government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also warns that many Americans fail to act promptly enough when faced with potential heart attack signs. Sadly, too many victims die because they do not know the most dangerous warning signs that a heart attack is near — and their heart is quietly failing.
Because statistics show a clear link between a delay in heart attack treatment and death or disabling heart damage, renowned cardiovascular expert Chauncey Crandall, M.D., wants the public to become more aware of this life-threatening issue.
To reach as many Americans as possible, Dr. Crandall has prepared a video presentation: 4 Signs Your Heart Is Quietly Failing.
This powerful video reveals some of the most ominous warnings of frequently unrecognized heart attacks. Watch it now.
Despite what you may believe, heart attacks rarely happen “out of the blue.”
In fact, your body may be trying to warn you of an impending heart attack for days, weeks, perhaps even a month or two before it occurs. Unfortunately, by the time you actually recognize you’re suffering a heart attack, it could be too late to prevent death or debilitating heart damage.
Dr. Chauncey Crandall, chief of the cardiac transplant program at the renowned Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Palm Beach, Fla., practices on the front lines of interventional, vascular, and transplant cardiology.
When it comes to America’s #1 killer, Dr. Crandall has seen it all. His decades of clinical experience have afforded him the chance to detect little-known warning signs and symptoms like the ones he addresses in the complimentary video.
Dr. Crandall, medical editor of the Newsmax publication Heart Health Report, has a positive message: You don’t have to be a sitting duck for a deadly heart attack. In fact, according to Dr. Crandall, heart disease can be prevented — and even reversed — with the right information and simple lifestyle adjustments. He delves deeper into the simple solution to heart problems in the video.
Anything you can do to assist you in the early warning signs of a heart attack is a good thing. It is especially important to do so if you have a family history of heart disease. I recently found out that I am much like my father who had several heart attacks, but his started in his 40’s whereas I have been fortunate until just recently. Women tend to become more stressed over things than men do so there are studies being done at this time or trials, one through the University of New York which I am in and one at UF. It has to do with the small branches of the arteries, where a camera has not yet been made or cannot be made so small to research those arteries. But with lisinopril and a statin lipitor, it opens up these small branches so women no longer feel pain.
As happened to me and I switched doctors, many women will complain about chest pain and their doctors who are not involved in these current studies call them crazy and that they possibly may need a psychiatrist. Yet these pains are real. and when you over exert or are tired even when you are young and not old like me, you may be one of the women they are trying to assist medically.
I guess I am a real wierd test subject because I did not go to the doctor with my initial heart attack which may have been caused by pericarditis. Instead I was so cold I took some aspirin and laid down with heavy blankets in spite of the room being warm. By morning I felt better but seemed to be wore out because I also was suffering from cardiac arrhythmia but that too passed as did the elephant sitting on my chest. A week or less later, the Elephant on my chest was back and I could not breathe. It was hard to talk and I went to Lakeshore where I was deemed to have had a heart attack per their tests, and shipped by heliocopter to the UF Heart and Vascular Hospital Intensive Care Unit. I believe my heart was as strong as it was and is because I have been a vitamin supplement taker from the time I was in my 20’s and that for some reason I became an anomoly especially to the nurses. Although persons having heart attacks have trombosis, for some reason I did not, which if that transpires and the blood doesn’t go through fast enough and clots so the clot can go up to one’s brain and cause a stroke. That is the anomoly that I had no trambosis and the nurse had to contact her supervisor because she had never seen that happen before. Even if you are a female, I would suggest that you take multi amino essential acids. The following are also great: vitamin E or Co Q10. Vitamin B Complex with B12, Tumeric with Pepper and especially Magnesium, These are all great for the heart. Aminos have many more benefits which you can read up on, including taking away depression if that is something you may have.
And if you have pain in your chest, it may not just be indigestion and especially if you feel an elephant is sitting on your chest not allowing you to breathe and you do not have COPD.
Karin for the blog
Dr. Chauncey Crandall, M.D., writes:
There is evidence that magnesium can help prevent sudden cardiac death (SCD), the largest cause of death in the United States.
One study, published in 2011, looked at data collected from the Nurses’ Health Study of 88,000 women who were followed for 26 years. Researchers analyzed the data to learn whether magnesium played a role in preventing SCD.
Their report, published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed that the risk of SCD was significantly lower in women in the highest quartile of magnesium consumption. Women with the highest blood levels of magnesium had a 41 percent lower risk of sudden cardiac death.
A major complication of heart attacks, congestive heart failure, can also occur with aging. Two complications of heart failure are vasoconstriction — narrowing of blood vessels that puts an additional strain on a weak heart — and heartbeat irregularities.
Magnesium can ease both of these complications.
In a study that looked at Finnish male smokers ranging from ages 50 to 69, the men who consumed the most magnesium had a 15 percent lower risk of ischemic stroke over a 14-year follow-up period.
Ischemic stroke, which occurs when a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked, is the most common type. The research was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
When most people cite the causes of high blood pressure, they talk about smoking, lack of exercise, and a diet high in salt as the major contributing factors. Rarely is magnesium mentioned.
But studies show that magnesium deficiency is a very common cause of high blood pressure. Magnesium helps relax the muscles that control blood vessels. This allows the blood to flow more freely, reducing blood pressure. In addition, magnesium helps equalize the levels of potassium and sodium in the blood, which also lowers blood pressure.
In a study published in 2012 in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers from England reviewed 22 clinical trials involving 1,173 people to assess the effect of magnesium on blood pressure.
They found that magnesium supplementation resulted in a small but significant reduction in blood pressure, and that the more magnesium that was taken, the greater the reduction.
Dr. Chauncey W. Crandall is author of Dr. Crandall’s Heart Health Report newsletter. He is a Yale graduate and is chief of the Cardiac Transplant Program at the world-renowned Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He practices interventional, vascular, and transplant cardiology.