How Ayurveda Treats Ischemic Heart Disease?

According to this shloka, several causes of Ischemic Heart Disease include excessive exercise, intake of spicy foods, loose stools, enema, stress, improper treatment, vomiting, indigestion, improper dietary and lifestyle habits, wounds etc.

According to this shloka, symptoms of ischemic heart disease are skin discoloration, fainting, fever, cough, hiccups, shortness of breath, bitter taste of mouth, thirst, vomiting, excessive sputum, pain in the chest region and loss of appetite etc. 

Ischemia Means “reduced Blood Supply in Arteries”

It is the term given to heart problems which are caused by narrowed heart arteries. When the arteries become narrow and there are less blood and oxygen supply to the heart muscle. This is called coronary artery or heart disease. This may lead to a heart attack.

As Per Modern Aspect

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Ischemic heart disease is a condition of recurring pain in the chest region or any discomfort when the heart does not receive enough blood and oxygen. It mostly occurs during exertion or excitement. In this disease, there is an accumulation of cholesterol particles in the blood which leads to the buildup of plaque (a waxy substance, inside the coronary arteries). These may narrow the arteries that hampers the flow of blood. This decreases the flow of blood and ultimately reduces the oxygen supply to the heart muscle.

As Per Ayurveda Aspect

It is correlated with Hridya Rog. (हृदय रोग) It can occur in groups as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha or in a combination of these doshas. It can arise as a complication called as Krimija hridya rog.

The main cause of ischemic heart disease is Ama and it is comparable to hyperlipidemia. Some other lifestyle factors are अध्यशन (Over-eating), अतिकर्षण (Weakness due to any chronic disease), विषमासन (Irregular dietary habits), अभिघात (Physical and emotional trauma) leads to IHD

What are the Causes of Ischemic Heart Disease?

There are several causes that contribute to ischemic heart disease

  • Stress (तनाव)
  • Smoking (धूम्रपान)
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity (स्थूलता)
  • High blood pressure and diabetes (उच्च रक्तचाप और मधुमेह)
  • Lack of exercise (व्यायाम न करना)

What are the Symptoms of Ischemic Heart Disease?

In early-stage ischemic heart disease has no symptoms and if once symptoms appear, they can lead to serious conditions. When symptoms appear, this may include

  1. Shortness of breath (श्वास कठिनता)
  2. Pain in arms or jaw (बाहुओं में पीड़ा)
  3. Chest pain (उर: शूल)
  4. Fatigue and weakness (थकावट और कमज़ोरी)
  5. Excessive sweating (पसीना अधिक आना)
  6. Nausea (हृल्लास)
  7. Rapid heartbeat (धड़कन की गति तेज़ होना)
  8. Arrhythmia (Heart palpitations) (धड़कन की प्रतीति)
  9. Dizziness
  10. Neck pain (ग्रीवा शूल)
  11. Sleep disturbances (निद्रा न आना)

What is the Diagnosis of Ischemic Heart Disease?

To determine if you have ischemic heart disease, your doctor will start by reviewing the symptoms and other histories and then order one or more additional tests

1. Blood Test

Blood tests check the levels of cholesterol, blood sugar, protein and fats in the blood that could indicate heart-related conditions.

2. Stress Testing

The test is conducted during exercise and if a person can’t do exercise and then medicine is given to them to increase their heart rate. Exercise makes the heart to work hard and beat faster while heart tests are administered.

3. Electrocardiogram

ECG measures the electrical activity of the heart and determines whether any part of the heart is enlarged or damaged.

4. Echocardiogram

This examination uses sound waves to take pictures of the heart’s valves and chambers.

5. CT Scan

This creates images of the aorta, blood vessels, and heart which provide a detailed picture.

6. Angiogram

A catheter (thin tube) is inserted into the blood vessel and dye is injected through the tube and a type of x-ray video is taken to show the functioning of the heart and any heart blockage.

What are the Risk Factors of Ischemic Heart Disease?

1. Hereditary

Men are likely than women to develop CAD at a younger age. A family history of diabetes or any other risk factors may also increase the risk for CAD.

2. Age

Both age and lifestyle factors cause plaque to build up in the arteries. It begins at the age of 45 for men and 55 for women.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Ischemic Heart Disease

Planet Ayurveda is offering the best combination of effective herbal formulations for the treatment of ischemic heart disease such as heart care pack. These formulations contain natural herbs, which are very beneficial in the treatment of heart disease.

This Pack Contains

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1. Arjun Capsules

Arjun capsule is a natural herbal medicine to treat ischemic heart disease. It is totally pure and vegetarian. Arjuna is an antioxidant that reduces cholesterol, reduces BP and useful in treating diabetes also.  As a cardiac tonic, it provides strength to the heart. It is useful in angina and high blood pressure. Its bark contains coenzymes Q10 which reduces BP.

2. Arjuna Tea

Arjuna tea contains several herbal supplements that are beneficial in heart disease.

A) Arjuna (Terminalia Arjuna)

Arjuna is a cardiac tonic, hypotensive, astringent, hemostatic and hypolipidemic in nature. Because of all these properties, Arjuna is useful in treating several symptoms related to heart diseases.

B) Punarnava (Boerhavia Diffusa)

Punarnava is derived from two words “PUNAR” which means again and “NAVA” means new. This herb is 2 to 3 feet long and its stem is used for medicinal purpose. It is pungent, astringent and sweet in taste.

C) Pipal Tvak (Ficus Religiosa)

Pipal tvak is a religious and Ayurvedic tree used for the treatment of cough, diarrhea and skin complexion. Its bark is useful in treating joint swelling and pain. It is useful in treating bleeding disorders such as nasal bleeding, menorrhagia etc.

D) Dalchini (Cinnamon Tamala)

Dalchini is an effective ayurvedic herb which improves the digestion and also useful in lowering the high cholesterol. Its bark and leaves have several medicinal properties.

E) Choti Elaichi (Elettaria Cardamom)

Cardamom is used as a natural herbal supplement with several medicinal properties. This herb is an excellent antioxidant which is useful in treating blood pressure, dysuria and indigestion. It is useful in relieving burning sensation and gastritis.

3. Total Heart Support

A) Arjuna (Terminalia Arjuna)

Its bark is used in Ayurveda for the prevention and treatment of several heart problems such as angina, coronary artery disease, blood pressure, and high cholesterol. It contains co-enzyme Q 10, which maintains the proper functioning of heart muscle.

B) Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera)

Ashwagandha is also called ‘Indian ginseng’. This herb is quite unique with multiple functions. Active compounds present in it are beneficial for the nervous system. It possesses several properties such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumor and rejuvenating in nature. It controls epilepsy and other mental disorders. As a stress inhibitor, it relieves stress, anxiety and also enhances physical and mental performance.

C) Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri)

Brahmi is used in Ayurveda since ages for loss in memory, lack of concentration, stress, and forgetfulness. This herb increases retention power. Regular use of this supplement will provide relief in stress, hallucinations, blood pressure, and epilepsy. It is one of the best herbs which has a cooling effect on the brain.