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Heart Valve Disease

Aug 18, 2007
The heart is one of the strongest muscles and arguable it is the most important organ in the human body. It is responsible for getting nutrients and oxygen throughout the body by way of the circulatory system. It is divided into two halves, called the atrium and the ventricle chambers. Between these two chambers are a set of valves that lets the blood flows in only one direction. Sometimes these valves become damaged and the person could suffer from some sort of heart valve disease. If left unchecked, this disease can lead to heart failure and even death.

The signs and symptoms of heart valve disease are very hard to determine since many of them are so mild and can be attributed to a number of different conditions including asthma, heartburn, heart attack, or sometimes even pregnancy. The always have a conversation with your medical professional concerning your thoughts and physical symptoms if you believe that you may have any type of heart related disease. Heart valve disease is a serious condition, and should never be self-diagnosed.

There are a few common symptoms of heart valve disease that you should watch out for. If you experience dizzy spells or faintness brought on by physical activity, shortness of breath, or chest pain while doing physical activity, or a blue color under your finger nails, or if your lips have a bluish tinge to them. These are all symptoms that you should to bring up to your doctors attention as soon as possible.

Often heart valve disease is caused by a malformation of the valves, diseases, bacterial infection, or a general weakness of the valves that separate the two chambers of the heart. These deformities can include narrowed valves, and leaking valves.

Narrowed valves that can lead to valve heart disease can be caused by a number of things. One cause of this condition is congenital abnormality, a condition at birth that if it is sever enough has given you problems your entire life. Another cause, one that can be prevented through diet exercise and perhaps medications is degeneration of the valve through atherosclerosis, or hardening of the blood vessels that sometimes occurs in old age. The heart valve can also be caused by damage from rheumatic fever or extensive calcification. Heart valve disease doesn't always cause a life and death situation, although it can lead to major complications with the heart.

Common Vitamins and over the counter products can help with Heart Valve Disease such as Copper, EPA, Garlic, Ginkgo, Iron, and Lycopene.

There is strong evidence that trace mineral Copper is vital to the tensile strength of the coronary blood vessels.

Studies of the Greenland Eskimos lack of heart attacks have show that Eico-Sapentaenoic Acid (EPA) lowers blood cholesterol considerably, even more than polyunsaturated fat does. It also triggers a major drop in triglycerides. Salmon Oil is one of the best known sources of natural EPA.

Garlic can counteract the usual result of high fats in the diet and to help reduce high blood pressure.

Ginkgo Plus supplies a comprehensive range of important nutrients needed for the proper functioning of the vascular system and for improving blood circulation to the brain.

Iron is an essential component of hemoglobin, the oxygen carrying substance in red blood cells. Iron is vital for the production of blood. It enhances the immune system. Iron also aids in growth and repair of both bone and tissue by helping the body produce collagen.

Lycopene is very powerful in quenching free radicals as is L-gultathione. Ultra Antioxidant allows cells to perform more efficiently with less oxygen, enabling sufficient oxygen to be utilized for the
cells and organs that specifically need it.

If you are at risk from Heart Valve Disease then find a good health care professional prior to starting any type of home treatment.

Always consult your doctor before using this information.

This Article is nutritional in nature and is not to be construed as medical advice.
About the Author
David Cowley has created numerous articles on heart disease. He has also created a Web Site dedicated to heart disease and how to treat them. Click on Heart Disease
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