Knowledge–Coronary Artery Disease
The things we feed our mind have just as much impact on our health as what we feed our bodies. Therefore, awareness of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) as a diagnosis and not taking steps to understand how it develops is dangerous. Understanding contributing factors and failing to initiate the knowledge to the best of our ability, is true folly.
The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.”
CAD is a complicated process that develops over time. It is plaque that forms in the arteries of the heart. The plaque fills the opening of the artery overtime and impedes blood flow, causing areas of the heart to lose necessary blood flow and cause, ischemia, or pain. Angina is a frequent occurrence for many heart patients. If this continues for an extended period of time, an infarction can occur, damaging the muscle of the heart even further.
There are times plaque has a tendency to break off the lining of the artery, initiating the immune response; blood cells rushing to the site to repair and clot the damaged tissue cause further injury to the muscle. That is why all heart patients are placed on blood thinners after their event.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA) the leading risk factors for heart disease are:
***High LDL Cholesterol (we’ll cover numbers day 8)
***Low HDL Cholesterol
***High Blood Pressure
***Post menopausal (for women)
***Older than 45 for men
Family history and aging are out of our control, but the remaining factors we can change to our advantage.
Symptoms are typically chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, and even fatigue. Some have a sudden break out with a cold sweat and become lightheaded, while women sometimes have back pain, or nausea.
The AHA has great videos depicting this process click on the attached link describing Heart Attack. It really helps to understand what really happened and ease the fear of the unknown. Please know, you are not alone……and there are many resources available to help you along your path to recovery.
God bless you today and give you peace. Remember the old man in the book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon, looking back on his life and seeing all his mistakes. He lived a good life, he was known as the wisest man of his time. He enjoyed every luxury, built the temple of God, was very rich, he loved many women. Moreover, he ate wonderful food, drank to his fill, and realized at the end of his life all of it was meaningless without God.
Listen closely to his words in these verses as you contemplate gaining knowledge in your situation:
“I also saw under the sun this example of wisdom that greatly impressed me: There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siege works against it. Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man. So I said, “Wisdom is better than strength.” But the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.”
Picture your heart as the small city, Cardiovascular disease is the powerful king that came against it. Knowledge of the disease is the poor man, yet the words are either despised or not heeded, in many cases. Moreover, we cannot live forever, physically in this body. Yet, the quality of life we live can be productive and effective. A life that gives hope to others who may be suffering. Take advantage of your second chance. Be wise, avoid folly and give back.
Salt has been discussed, daily allowance, and numbers:
Know the AHA’s salty six:
1. Breads and rolls
2.Cold cuts and cured meats
Keep walking every day! At least 20-30 minutes per day. Air conditioned malls are the best way in the summer heat or winter cold!