Congestive Heart failure (CHF) refers to the condition of
the heart being incapable to move the blood forward into the arterial system
resulting in blood backing up in the lungs and/or large venous system draining
the lower part of the body especially. Symptoms are shortness of breath
(dyspnea) and fluid retention (edema esp. in the ankles and feet). The causes
are many including heart muscle damage due to infection, clogged arteries,
structural or valvular abnormalities and nutritional deficiencies. Regardless
of the cause, the use of specific nutrients that promote the energy production
of heart muscle cells is helpful. Improving oxygen and blood delivery is
helpful. Surgery to correct leaky or narrowed valves is sometimes needed but
can be delayed with nutritional and hormonal support. Anabolic hormones may be
helpful to strengthen the heart muscle which is loaded with testosterone
receptors. In my experience, I have had patients come to me with severe heart
failure who have had a return to completely normal pumping action of the heart
after beginning my program. Their cardiologists are, without fail, unwilling to
acknowledge that the improvement was a result of nutrients. There are numerous
studies documenting the effectiveness of most of what is recommended here.
Diet and Lifestyle
See my Diet for Life, and Essential Supplements section. The heart needs adequate protein, taurine (poultry), good fats like butter and olive oil, and lots of raw produce to energize this hard working organ. The heart works much harder after eating a large meal of dead cooked heavy food. What is dead food?? Excess 'yang' foods (meats, cheeses, shrimp, hard boiled/fried eggs etc.) especially at bedtime is a bad idea! My leafy green/ berry smoothies between meals or as a meal are a good idea! Do not over eat in the evening if you don't want to wake up short of breath.
Like any muscle, if you don't use it, you will weaken it. But note that over taxing the heart can accelerate the decline in function; so listen to your body. Get plenty of rest with an empty stomach as stated above.
Coenzyme Q10: 300 mg daily before a meal that has some oil or fat. First thing in the AM is good. Do not waste money on Ubiquinol as 98% of typical Coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone) is converted into the ?nol form within 5 seconds of absorption. Any slight difference in absorption does not offset the greater cost of Ubiquinol.
DHEA: An anabolic or tissue building adrenal hormone. 10-25 mg in women and 25-100 in men. Women should beware of acne or extra facial hair/hair loss with the higher dose. We sell lots of DHEA to women with only benefits (see handout on DHEA). For more information please read Heart Failure by the American Heart Association... http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/114/17/1829.full
L-carnitine: 500-2000 mg daily. This helps the heart burn fat for energy. The heart's mitochondria or energy factories inside cells cannot get fat to burn without the Carnitine Shuttling fatty acids inside the mitochondria.
D-Ribose Powder: This is a sugar molecule that is the building block for building ATP or the cellular energy 'currency' that drives all reactions requiring energy. The dose is 1-3 tsp in a liquid daily. It tastes a little sweet and is used by athletes.
Taurine: This is an amino acid (the building blocks of proteins) that is especially needed for heart muscle to be healthy. Note that cat food has this added to prevent heart failure in cats.
Magnesium: This is needed for energy production by the heart and to reduce the likelihood of having an abnormal heart rhythm which can be fatal. Diuretics deplete magnesium and potassium.
Potassium: It is a good idea to take 200-300 mg of this especially if on a diuretic. Note that some meds like those that act on Angiotensin may raise potassium. Many patients will need Rx strength potassium if they are severely low from their diuretics. Consult with your physician.
Hawthorne Extract:? 1-2 caps on empty stomach before a meal twice
daily. This has been used for generations for heart failure. Hawthorn in the treatment of cardiovascular disease http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3249900/
Strenuous sex; As Clint Eastwood states in a Dirty Harry movie "A man's got to know his limitations".
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