The Causes Of Heart Attack

heart-disease-heart-attack-symptomsOn Sunday this week, I got a phone call from my brother that one of our cousins just died this morning.

I asked him, what is the cause of his death, he said: ”He was gasping for breath, and suddenly fell down unconscious, before he was taken to the hospital, he gave up and died”

Later, when I got to see the deceased, I learnt that on Saturday night, he was having some severe chest pain, and a pain in the left arm.

But he did not realize that this is one of the symptoms of an impending heart attack. If he did and rushed to the hospital immediately, he would still be alive today.

It was at that moment that I realized that he suffered a heart attack.

And this young man who is only 38 is not the obese type, but he has a very stressful job which allows him to sleep less than
4 hours every day.

And that leads us to the topic of today.

What Are The Causes Of A Heart Attack?

First before we talk about the causes of a heart attack, we need to first understand what a heart attack is.

What Is A Heart Attack?

According to medical news: “Heart attack is the death of a segment of heart muscle caused by the loss of blood supply. The blood supply is usually lost because a coronary artery, one that supplies blood to the heart muscle, has a blood clot, a blockage (coronary thrombosis).”

So basically, a heart attack happens when blood flow to the heart artery is cut out from reaching the heart.

Now what could lead one to suffer a heart attack, In other words what are the causes.

The Causes of Heart Attack

There are factors that contribute to the unwanted build up of fatty deposits or cholesterol along the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart. When this happens, there is a narrowing of the arteries throughout the body, and this build up of fatty tissues, if not controlled, could block the arteries and stop blood flow to the heart, and when this happens, a heart attack occurs.

You can actually eliminate the chances of a heart attack from happening if you understand the risk factors or the causes.

Here are some of those causes…

1. Tobacco Smoking
Smoking and long term exposure to second hand smoking could increase your chances of having a heart attack. Second hand smoking refers to the effect of smoking on people who don’t smoke, but are always around those who smoke.

For example, a father who smokes, could harm himself and his children, and wife if they are always inhaling the fumes from his smoke around the house.

2. High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can damage the arteries that feed blood to the heart overtime, and this happens because fatty build of tissues
along the walls of the artery may continue if not checked.

3. Lack of Physical Activity
If you are the type that have a sedentary job, this could cause you to have a high level of blood cholesterol and obesity. And obesity contributes to the build of fatty tissues along the walls of the artery, this could increase your risk of having a heart attack.

People who exercise like 2 – 3 times per week decrease their overall risk of having a heart attack because by virtue of their workouts, they build a strong heart muscle, burn some of these fatty build up along the arteries, and becomes more fit. Additionally, regular exercise helps in lowering high blood pressure.

4. People Living With Diabetes
Insulin, is a hormone secreted by the body which helps to manage the presence of sugar in body. When you have diabetes, it means your body is not producing enough insulin or it is not responding to the presence of insulin, and this causes the blood sugar level to rise.

Consequent effect is the poisoning of the blood from toxic or acidic substances resulting from excessive high blood sugar levels, and this could cause the gradual build of tissues along the walls of the blood vessels and increases the chance of a heart attack.

5. Obesity
Being overweight could cause high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and diabetes. Research studies says that loosing just 10% of your body mass could lower your risk of a heart attack.

That means if you weigh 100kg, losing just 10kg alone could lower your risk of a heart attack. The more reason why you should endeavour to lose weight.

6. The Use of Illegal Drugs
The use of stimulants like cocaine, amphetamines, could trigger a spasm of your coronary arteries which could cause a heart attack.

7. Stress
Stress is one thing a lot of people look down on. But in reality, having Stress could cause more damage to your body than you realize. People who have been severely stressed at the work have always had health problems and this could increase your chance of a heart attack anytime.

8. Advancing Age
The chance of having a heart attack also increases with age.  For men, at the age of 45 and above, most men are more likely to have a heart attack if the above risk factors are not taken care of. And for women, from the age of 55 and above.

Other factors include…

  • Family history of heart attacks
  • High blood cholesterol
  • A history of rheumatoid arthritis

Now, what are some of the symptoms of a heart attack. In other words, how do you know that you or someone around you is about to suffer a heart attack?

Some Symptoms of a Heart Attack 3504609_orig

  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in the chest, or a squeezing or aching sensation in your chest which is accompanied with a pain in your left arm (your heart is at left side of your chest).
  • The feeling of sudden dizziness or light headedness
  • Having a sudden cold sweat
  • Sudden exhaustion
  • Heart burn, indigestion, abdominal pain or nausea.

Some heart attack strike suddenly, however in the majority of cases there are symptoms which precede the attack. These symptoms are warnings and they happen hours before the attack, days or weeks in advance.

Most times, the earliest warning signs may be recurrent chest pain (angina), triggered by exertion and relieved by rest. Angina is caused by a temporary decrease in blood flow to the heart.

In the case of the death of my dear cousin, he did not realize or understand the warning sign of a heart attack hours earlier before the attack.

And that is why knowledge of the symptoms of a heart attack is vitally important because it can happen to you or someone you know.

What To Do If You Suspect A Heart Attack

If you suspect you or someone around you is having a symptom of a heart attack, act without delay. Ask someone to drive you to the nearest hospital.  Drive only when there is no option because driving yourself puts you and others at risk.

If you can get to the hospital on time, it could save your life or the person who you suspect is about to have an attack.

Prevention Is Always Better Cure

There are preventive measures that could be taken to avoid any of the health problems we have today.

And one of those preventive measures is learning how to live a healthy life.

And if you are obese and wish to trim down and avoid any risk of heart attack or related illnesses that obesity brings like diabetes and high blood pressure, then take steps to get the weight down.

One way you can do so is using a natural food supplement call Clean-9.

You can get Clean-9 By Clicking Here

And if you have High Blood Pressure or Diabetes, you can order our VITAL5 Pack which sells for N36,500.

Each of these supplements have helped thousands of people around the globe regained and enjoyed an optimum health.

As with every solution in life, it’s always better to attack the root cause of the problem, than treating the symptoms. If you understand what causes a disease condition wouldn’t you take steps to fix it than treat it?

That’s a question for you to answer.

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The Causes Of Kidney Failure!

In recent times, I have been getting emails from subscribers to write on many health problems.

Even though I write extensive articles on fitness and healthy living, I want you to know that everything I publish on my blog is a result of research I do to get these information across to you.

Among the repeating topics I get to write about are the following…

  • Causes of Kidney failure and prevention
  • Causes of Fibroid in young women
  • How to treat infertility in women and help them conceive
  • How to use natural methods to cure stretch marks and black spots

While I’m in no way a medical doctor, I believe that information is power and anyone who is informed is fully armed to save his life and that of others.

So in today’s article, I will be discussing the major causes of Kidney failure and what can be done early to prevent such occurrence from happening to anyone.

I guess the reason for this article is from the fact that many people are suffering from Kidney failures in recent time than in any other times in human history.

What Are The Causes Of Kidney Failure? kidney

There are 3 major factors that can be responsible for the Kidney to stop working. They are…

1. The blockage of the ureters (drainage tubes) which prevents wastes from leaving the body.

2. Medical conditions that slows the blood flow to the kidneys.

3. Direct impact or damage to the kidneys.

Let’s talk about each one of them.

1. The blockage of the drainage tubes (ureters)

Some of the things that causes the blockage of the drainage tubes can be any of the following diseases.

  • Colon Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Kidney stones
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Internal bleeding which can cause blood clots in the urinary tract.
  • Prostrate Cancer

2. The Slowing of Blood Flow To The Kidneys

The Kidneys can suffer from slow flow of blood supply to it due to some medical conditions such as…

  • Heart Diseases
  • Blood pressure medications
  • Infections
  • Liver Failure
  • Blood loss/bleeding
  • Use of Aspirin, Ibuprofen or related drugs
  • Severe dehydration
  • Severe burns

3. Direct Damage To The Kidneys

The following conditions can lead to damage to the Kidneys and lead to acute Kidney failure.

  • High cholesterol deposits that block blood flow to the Kidney.
  • Blood Clots in the veins and arteries around the Kidneys
  • Medications such as some chemotherapy drugs, antibiotics, and the use of some drugs use to treat Osteoporosis (Arthritis related) and high Calcium levels.
  • Cancer of the blood plasma
  • Some chronic skin infections affecting connective tissues
  • Toxins such as Alcohol consumption, heavy metals and Cocaine
  • Inflammation of the blood vessels caused by free radicals in the body.

What Are Some Risk Factors That Could Accelerate Kidney Failure?

Before a Kidney failure occurs, there are other related diseases or conditions that could trigger the shutdown of the Kidney if these conditions are not properly managed.

Some of these medical conditions are…

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart failure
  • Advanced Age
  • Kidney diseases
  • Liver Diseases
  • Being hospitalized for a serious medical condition requiring intensive care.

When acute Kidney failure occurs, it usually results to complications such as permanent Kidney damage which requires that permanent dialysis be carried out on the patient if he must live or a Kidney transplant be done.

And these two processes are so expensive and death is the immediate result if any of them is not carried out immediately.

How to Minimize The Risk Of Kidney Disease

It’s very important that you make a healthy lifestyle a priority. And that means a large chunk of the foods you eat must be natural. Minimize to the barest minimum the consumption of processed foods and Alcohol – if at all.

And it is always a healthy alternative to supplement your foods with herbal supplements to supply the body the necessary ingredients lacking in some of our foods for a healthy existence.

Periodically (at least every 3 – 6 months) clean your body of existing toxins that are as a result of the build up of free radicals that could cause inflammations along the arteries and veins which links to the Kidney.

One product that could help you to detoxify, Cleanse your colon and help you trim down and avoid diseases is Clean-9.

You can get Clean-9 from here.

It’s always a wise decision to maintain a healthy lifestyle to avoid the threat of Kidney failure.

And if you have any medical condition such as Diabetes or High Blood pressure that could trigger Kidney failure, it’s always a good choice to try as much as you can to work with your doctor and follow instructions as regards taking your medications.

Extreme caution should be exercised when taking drugs like Aspirin, Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen as high doses of these medications could trigger acute kidney failure.

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How To Stop “Excuses” From Making You Unhealthy!

no-excuses-300x225Excuses, we make them all the time, sometimes, these excuses are not even strong enough and are self-imposed excuses.

How many times have you promised yourself this: “I’m going to start eating healthy, exercise and lose weight!”

I’m sure you have told yourself that, on several occasions but yet, here you are still looking big, not in the shape you want.

For some people, they are still very sick because of not living up to their goals of living a healthy life.

The reality is, making excuses comes handy, and it’s easier than taking the time to form a good habit that will benefit us health-wise.

The secret to dispel excuses and make progress in achieving our goals all come from our state of mind. Yes achieving your goal of a healthy life is possible if you take complete control of your life.

You Need To Be In Charge Of Your Life!

Being in charge of your life means being the boss of your own life. You will deliberately force yourself to do what will turn your life around. You will cease allowing “how you feel” or your feelings control you.

Your doctor has told you that you need to lose weight so that your blood pressure can go down, your aching back pains will stop, and you know he is right.

Your loved ones, colleagues have made comments about your size, your spouse has pleaded with you to lose weight, and as you sympathetically listen to these (nagging suggestions), you know they want what’s best for you.

And from time to time, you read in the news, and hear from TV broadcasts about health warnings talking about increasing rates of death from those living unhealthy lifestyles. You’re awed and you make a decision to do something about your state of health.

But for some reasons, moments after those news have died down, you are unable to do anything about it.

If you are in this situation, you’re not alone!

The reality is…

Your doctor can tell you all the advice you need to get healthy, your loved ones and people who care about you can give you all the nudge and tips to live healthy, until you have TRULY make up your mind to live a healthy life, nothing happens in your life.

So when it comes down to it, it is really “WHAT” motivates you to make the effort to live a healthy life that would really move you to action to start planning your meals and start life-saving exercises, even when “obviously” there is no time for it.

So the question is…

What REALLY motivates you to live healthy? In other words, what is your REASON WHY?

You Must Have a “Reason Why”

Everyone has their own story. What is your story? What is the reason why you want to lose weight and live healthy?

  • Is it to lose weight, improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle?
  • Is it to feel attractive to your spouse?
  • Is it to look and feel confident of yourself before your peers?
  • Is it to prevent or treat illness?
  • Is it to just live a long and healthy life?

You must have a reason why you need to lose weight, and this reason must be strong enough before you can take the necessary steps to lose weight and live healthy.

Because no matter what you read or hear in the news, or even the advice of your doctors, or loved ones on the unhealthy state of your life, only a good “Reason Why” you should do it will motivate you to move forward and make it a reality.

So you need to make effort to find out what your reasons are.

Sadly though, even when we have identified the reason why, and we start on a journey to lose weight, sometimes we give up even before we start seeing results.

Why is that so?

It is because we always have “a long list of excuses” which we allow to dominate our lives and take control. But your state of health, for better or for worse, is your personal responsibility.

And because of this, our need to be healthy should be stronger than whatever “excuses” we might have because at the end of the day, our lives depends on the choices we make today.

Reasons To Expel “Excuses” From Your Life!

Here are the reasons why you should learn to Eat right and Exercise regularly.

  • You’ll feel proud of yourself for making healthy choices.
  • You want to look as fabulous on the outside as you are on the inside.
  • You want to reduce your joint and back pain, (and even that “nagging” pain).
  • Your heart will thank you as your breathing becomes fresher and easier
  • Your body will feel lighter, better as more calories are burnt.
  • Because sitting in one place all day is very unhealthy.
  • Your sex life will improve as you feel and look younger
  • Your risk of cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure will plummet.
  • You’ll keep more money in your pocket (by spending less on doctor visits and prescription drugs).
  • Your muscles and immune system will be stronger to battle diseases
  • Because time spent on your health yields greater rewards than those spent in front of your TV. or computer.
  • Because when you look down you want to see your shoes, and not your belly.
  • Because you’re tired of feeling hopeless and depressed.
  • Because you are capable of setting and achieving your goals.
  • Because being healthy feels awesome, and you can… and you are definitely worth it!

As you can see, the rewards you get from getting up, taking action to actually exercise, eat nutritious foods that will help you to live a healthy life far outweigh any excuses you might have that is preventing you from living a healthy life.

Even with a long list of excuses for taking the easy-way-out when it comes to diet and exercise, when it comes down to it, you know that taking care of yourself is a choice you won’t regret.

So take your time, think of how best to battle the present obstacles or “Excuses” that is preventing you from owning your life, and create a daily ritual of regular food planning and exercise, and trust me, once you’re able to do this the first 30 days successfully, exercise and taking caution in eating nutritious meals will become second nature to you.

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The 7 Key Factors To Control High Blood Pressure

blood-pressureHigh Blood Pressure, those 3 words scare me each time I hear them.

Do you know why?

It is because I’m a victim of this disease. High Blood Pressure took my two parents away from me.

My father died of a Cardiac arrest while working in the field because he had a long history of high blood pressure, almost 10 years later my mother followed suit dying of Cardiac failure resulting from the same illness. Both parents died before the age of 60.

Yes, I have a history of HBP in my family, and most doctors will tell you that this is one of the reasons why children are susceptible to the same illness, because their parents have it.

Presently, I’m not Hypertensive yet at 37, and I do not pray to be because I’m doing my best to live a healthy life because of the tough life lessons I have learnt first hand from the bad effects of obesity in my family.

My blood pressure readings is always around 112/59 or sometimes, 115/68 and at other times 118/78 thereabout.

I’m working hard so that I control my blood pressure at all times. Yes,  High Blood Pressure is called the Silent Killer for a good reason, it snatches the lives of its victims when they least expect it.

It can kill you even before you know you have it. And for those who know they have it, if they are careless it can kill the person.

There’s Goodnews

The goodnews is that High Blood Pressure can be reversed and better still you can live your life without taking drugs even if you’re hypertensive once you have learned the secrets to naturally control it.

There are 7 Factors or Levers that controls how bad or good your blood pressure can become. Controlling just one of these 7 factors can reverse years of damage in your body.

Those 7 HBP Factors Are:

  1. The Amount of Blood in your body
  2. Your Blood Thickness
  3. Blood Vessel Damage
  4. Your Heart Strength
  5. Your Body Weight
  6. Your Heart Beat Rate
  7. Your Blood Vessel/Artery Flexibility

And if you want to effectively control your Blood Pressure, whether you’re Hypertensive or not, here are the 6 things to do to help you.

The 6 Pillars Of Effective Blood Pressure Control

  1. Adjust Your Diet To Nutritious Meals Only
  2. Introduce Smart Supplements
  3. Reduce or Burn Your Excess Body Fat
  4. Exercise Regularly
  5. Reduce Your Stress Levels
  6. Eliminate Toxins through Detoxification. If you want to detoxify, The 4-Week Detox Diet can help you.

I just found an Infographic online which clearly explains what I’m trying to say in this article.

Check out the image below to see it. If you want to ENLARGE the image so that you can see it clearly, here’s what to do.

Step ONE: Click on the image below, it will open in a new page.

Step TWO: Click again on the image in the new page, it will enlarge itself and you can find 5 minutes to study the image.

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Nutrition Skills For Successful Weight Loss!

In the previous articles I have written on how to model our ancestor’s lifestyle to lose weight, I have revealed the popular myths surrounding weight loss, given you the working principles that govern effective weight loss doing it the “old” way of eating.

In today’s series, you’ll be learning the nuts and bolts of it and how applying this principles will help you to achieve your goal of losing weight.

Remember food quality, quantity and timing all play a role in sending the right signals to activate the proper metabolism that will trigger fat burning in the body.

In view of that, I’ve prepared a 4 week weight loss contest using the principles of this “old” way of eating and lifestyle.

One Week At A Time

We’re going to be using a weekly plan which has an accountability program built in. At the end of every week, you’ll measure your results and make needed adjustments.

Using a weekly progress chart help us to measure the effectiveness of the program. Consistency and perseverance would be our watch word during this period of contest.

During the contest we will be using the following natural high quality food contents. Protein foods, All carbohydrate foods will come from vegetables, and fruits, not processed grains, sugars or processed foods.

Fats will come from healthy alternatives like olive oil or coconut oil or even healthy nuts like Avocado.

Understand The Role Of Insulin To Weight Loss

Insulin is one component we want to keep in mind when we are going through this program. We want to ALWAYS understand that “When Insulin is high, fat will rise, when insulin is low, fat will go”

Since Insulin is responsible for storing fat in the body when foods high in sugar enters the blood stream, we want to focus our attention on how we put such foods into our body and control it so that lesser Insulin is found in the body.

That would also mean keeping our daily allocation of carbohydrate foods relatively low during this period.

Intermitent Fasting

Another element we will be employing is the use of Intermittent fasting to turbo charge our weight loss efforts. Research studies have shown that short fasts of 16 – 18 hours done at least once every week can be very powerful in activating and increasing our metabolism to burn fat rapidly.

It’s not hard to do, especially since most of the fasting period will be while we are asleep, it becomes a mental exercise.

16 – 18 hours fasting can be done from 8pm of your dinner and you eat by 12 noon or 2pm of the next day. It’s easy to get used to once you have started.

Reward Eating Every Week

At the end of every week, we will need to reset our metabolism by eating a higher amount of carbohydrate one day in the week.

We want to remember that during the entire period of the week, we will be very low on carbohydrate foods, and this is to allow the insulin level in the body to be very low.

But keeping insulin level too low for a very long time could trigger the body into a starvation mode, instead of burning fat, it will hold on to the fat in hope of using it at another time, thus lowering our metabolism rate.

To combat this, we introduce what we call a Cheat day to prevent this from happening so that the body’s fat burning will continue every day of the week.

So these are what we need to have in mind before we start the 4 week weight loss contest.

Here’s where our foods will come from: Meats, Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, Eggs.

You’ll be augmenting your foods with Oils, Seasoning and Spices, and Liquids.

The food lists is actually very large and I have included a very comprehensive food lists in the contest program. The only excluded list are heavily processed and modified foods which makes insulin control impossible.

How Much Food Should I Eat?

The amount of food we eat every day is the most important factor in our weight loss journey, because this is the major determinant of weight loss or weight gain.

In the contest, I will tell you exactly how much food you need to eat every day, for a week, and for the entire 4 weeks.

The goal is to get everyone on the contest to lose 5kg – 8kg at the end of the 4 week period and if you’re satisfied with the result, you can repeat it on your own to lose more till you get to your desired weight.

However, to successfully participate in this contest, there are nutrition skills you need to be familiar with, without them, you may not succeed in this journey.

So here they are:

1. Learn To Recognize When You Feel Hungry

Many times in a day, we feel like eating something. Sometimes, it could just be that we’re eating simply because we like the food, or a friend just served us a meal or we’re eating out of emotions.

It’s important we learn to listen to our body and know we truly feel hungry.

If we feel hungry and we’re in doubt whether we are truly hungry, one way to determine it is by taking a glass of water and waiting for 15 minutes. If you still feel like eating thereafter, you can now eat.

Don’t just eat because you feel like eating because at the end of the day, your losing weight will be determined by the total calories you consumed in a whole day.

And if you’re not creating a calorie deficit, at the end of the day, you’ll not lose weight.

2. Learn To Recognize When You’re Full

Every human has an in-built food regulator. The thing is, each time we eat, there’s a feeling that we experience when we had enough. The problem is many people ignore this feeling and continue eating.

If you must lose weight, you must as a matter of fact, LEARN TO LISTEN to your body. When you do, at the moment you feel full, just stop eating.

If you learn to stop when you’re full, you’ll avoid over eating. Take note that over eating does not happen only when we start feeling uncomfortable because of too much food. When we ignore the initial feeling of ”fullness”, and continue eating, we are already over eating.

3. Recognise When You’re Thirsty

Sometime we we feel hungry, our body may actually need water. In other words, we need to be fully hydrated all day long.

If you’re not hydrated, you’ll suffer from dehydration and some of the symptoms are:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Low energy
  • Dry skin and lips
  • Constipation
  • Sunken eyes

You should be able to consume at least 3 litres of water every day to be hydrated and avoid the above symptoms.

In the contest, you’ll be getting an accountability exercise book, a food journal and I will be showing you how to make records of your Weekly eating schedule, you’ll know what Glycogen loading day is within the week.

I will also give you a list of natural foods that will help you “mimic” our hunter gatherer ancestors.

In it I will give answers to such vital information as:

  • How much Protein you should eat per meal
  • How much Carbohydrate per meal
  • How much Fat per meal
  • How much water should I be drinking?
  • When should I eat my meals?
  • How to do a basic meal planning

I’m starting a weight loss contest again which starts exactly 3 days from today.

It’s an online contest. Meaning I will be sending you day by day what to do and as we do it, you’ll be tracking your results till the end of 4 weeks.

If you’ve been struggling to lose weight and wish to lose a minimum of 5kg to 8kg within this time period, you may join us in this contest.

Actually, I have done this contest before and the same materials that I used to help some of my readers to lose as much as 4kg – 6kg will be made available to you as well.

The registration for this contest starts as soon as you receive my email announcing it.

And the registration fee is only N5,000.

The link to register from and participate in this contest will be available from the next email which mentions the contest.

If you or anyone you know is interested, you may prepare yourself to join while this contest is open because the window for participation and registration will be open again for about 6 days.

Once that period comes and go, that’s it.

It’s not a book, an ebook, or an online membership you can join anytime.

This is a timed program. It will come and go and nothing like an extension.

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