The word ‘disease’ means just that dis-ease, i.e. a feeling of not-ease / un-ease, i.e. aches, pains & discomforts. The word ‘disease’ primarily refers to sensations that one feels – sensations of aches, pains & discomforts – DIS-EASE.
Therefore, ‘heart disease’ primarily refers to aches, pains & discomforts that one experiences in the heart (note: sometimes these aches, pains & discomforts are not felt in the heart but in the neighbouring organs: shoulder, head, etc. but still caused by abnormal conditions in the heart).
Simply put, any disease (aches, pains & discomforts) is direct consequence when any one or more organ in the body changes from a healthy condition to an unhealthy condition.
Example: when the eye turns from a healthy condition in an unhealthy condition like cataract, one experiences vision disease (aches, pains & discomforts in vision); when the joints turn from a healthy condition to an unhealthy condition like arthritis, one experiences joint disease (joint aches, pains & discomforts).
Likewise, when the heart turns from a healthy condition to an unhealthy condition like heart-artery atherosclerosis, one experiences heart disease (heart aches, pains & discomforts).
Therefore in simple words, the primary cause of heart disease (aches, pains & discomforts in the heart) is just an unhealthy condition of the heart.
Atherosclerosis refers to the buildup of plaque in blood vessels that cause it to stiffen and narrow, thereby increasing blood pressure & reducing the amount of blood flow through it. Coronary artery atherosclerosis is when this condition happens in the coronary arteries – which are the main arteries in the heart that supply blood to the heart.
Ischemia is a medical term used when the blood flow to any organ is low as compared to normal. Ischemic heart therefore simply means the blood supply to the heart is low as compared to normal.
In most cases, an ischemic heart is caused by coronary artery atherosclerosis, which is why these two terms are used together.
Reduced blood flow to the heart directly results into reduced supply of oxygen & essential nutrients to the heart, because of which one then experiences heart disease (heart aches, pains, & discomforts) – chest pain, & breathlessness being its most common manifestations.
The human heart has valves at different junctions in its cardiovascular system and is the anatomical unit by which the amount and direction of blood flow in and out of the heart are regulated. These valves are bicuspid valve a.k.a. mitral valve (located between left atrium and left ventricle), tricuspid valve (located between the right atrium and right ventricle), aortic valve (located at the exit of the left ventricle and start of the aorta), and pulmonary valve (located at the exit of the right ventricle and start of the pulmonary artery).
Below is a graphic-art that shows the four heart valved from various angles.
Heart valve stenosis is basically the stiffened condition of a heart valve, and is caused by inflammation, blood clots, chronic hyperlipidemia, etc., and results in a reduction of the flexibility & opening of the heart valve, thereby to an increased resistance to blood flow, thereby to increased blood pressure, thereby to increased workload on the heart, because of which one then experiences heart disease (heart aches, pains, & discomforts) – chest pain, breathlessness, palpitations, and chest heaviness being its most common manifestations.
Furthermore, valvular stenosis increases one’s risk to heart valve damage, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and many other complications.
Pericarditis is a term for inflammation of the pericardium. In simple words, the pericardium is the sac which wraps the heart and holds the heart at its right anatomical place. Due to its contact with nearby visceral organs in the thorax, it is prone to various complications such as bacterial and viral infections which are contributing factors to inflammation. When the pericardium has inflammation, it is known as pericarditis.
In most cases, pericarditis is seen to directly result into abnormal heart-beat rhythms called heart arrhythmia. In cases of higher inflammation, pericarditis results in a reduced elasticity of the pericardium and thereby an increased resistance to the diastolic function (expansion) of the heart, thereby reducing cardiac throughput (amount of blood filled into and pumped out of the blood), thereby to reduced overall blood supply, and thereby to increase heart-rate and increased workload on the heart, ultimately resulting into abnormal heart conditions.
The heart muscle is also called ‘Myocardium’. And ‘Cardiomyopathy’ is a medical term for the abnormal condition of the heart muscle in which the heart muscle becomes thick, thin, loose, or rigid. The types of cardiomyopathy are:
This is basically a loose/weak condition of the heart muscle cause of which the heart is consequently enlarged and the heart muscles thinned; medically called a dilated condition. In most cases, this condition starts in the left ventricle and thenceforth progresses to the right ventricle and then to the atria.
This dilated heart muscle condition causes the heart to not pump well, which results in lowered cardiac output (reduced output level of blood from the heart), and thereby heart arrhythmias, heart valve problems, blood clots, and a plethora of other such complications including heart failure.
This is basically a thickened condition of the heart muscles (medically called hypertrophy).
When the heart muscles are in a hypertrophic condition, the size of the heart chambers (where blood is filled) is greatly reduced, and in many cases grows so thick that it blocks the outflow of blood from the heart; which results in decreased cardiac output (decrease in the amount of blood supply per heart beat); and for compensation of this, the heart is then signalled to beat faster i.e. an increased heart rate, which results in greater workload on the heart, which worsens the hypertrophic condition i.e. makes the heart muscles even more thicker and results into other complications and eventually heart failure or sudden death.
This is basically a stiffened or rigid condition of the heart muscles.
When the heart muscles turn stiff, the expansion and contraction of the heart muscles are reduced; and when the heart muscles expand & contract less, the amount of blood let in is reduced, and the amount of blood pumped out is reduced too; called a reduction in cardiac throughput. For compensation of reduction in cardiac throughput and thereby a reduction of blood supply to the rest of the body, the heart is then signalled to beat faster i.e. an increased heart rate, which then results in greater workload on the heart, which gradually results in other abnormal heart conditions like hypertrophy (thickening of heart muscles) and many other complications like so.
Congenital heart condition is a term to refer to heart abnormalities that develop during fetal development. Among birth defects, congenital heart conditions are the most common. Only those infants with mild congenital heart defects survive, and many of these still need surgical intervention for correcting these congenital heart conditions.
The types of congenital heart conditions known are:
This is basically a narrowed aorta (aorta is the main artery through which blood from the heart is pumped out to the rest of the body).
This abnormal heart condition results in a sustained obstruction of blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body and thereby results in a sustained increased workload on the heart and chronic high blood pressure; which eventually results in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, heart valve abnormalities, cardiomegaly, and many other such complications.
No symptoms are noticed at birth. If CoA is mild, the workload on the heart could be mild too, and thereby no symptoms could be noticed even until adolescent age. But over time chronic high blood pressure starts to develop by which its root cause CoA could be discovered. When CoA is severe at birth, high blood pressure and a congestive heart condition can be discovered within the first week after birth.
This is basically an abnormal condition of the heart wherein holes are present in the upper and lower chambers of the heart. In most cases, these defects are seen in the heart valves between the upper & lower chambers (the bicuspid & tricuspid valves).
When such holes are present in these valves, the result is an uncontrolled blood flow and a mixing of oxygenated and deoxygenated blood, which primarily results in low oxygen & nutrition supply to organs and reduced detoxification, which in-turn increases heart rate (for compensation of reduced rate of oxygen & nutrient supply to organs) and thereby increases workload on the heart.
Chronic increased workload on the heart is seen to results in heart valve damage, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and many other complications like so.
This abnormal heart condition is similar to Atrioventricular septal defect. It is basically a condition wherein a hole is present in the heart, but in this condition is in the wall between the two upper chambers of the heart. In newborns this hole is present and considered normal because it gradually closes, but in cases where it stays open, it is considered an abnormal condition of the heart.
When such a hole is present (in the wall between the two upper chambers of the heart), this allows blood to flow between the two upper chambers (an abnormal condition) which then increases blood flow to the lungs and thereby damages the blood vessels in the lungs and causes severe respiratory problems; and if the hole is large it results in an injury to the heart muscle and thereby to abnormal heart-beat rhythms and enlargement of the heart.
No major signs & symptoms are seen when this hole is small; but in larger holes symptoms include bluish skin & lips, shortness of breath, and abnormal heart-beats.
In a normal healthy heart, two different blood vessels (or trunks) attach to each of the two lower chambers – one trunk is the Aorta (which attaches to the right lower chamber and supplies blood to the whole body), and the other trunk is the Pulmonary Artery (which direct blood first to the lungs for oxygenation).
In this abnormal heart condition Truncus Arteriosus though, just one trunk (artery) is attached to the heart (instead of the two separate ones – aorta & pulmonary artery) in between the two lower chambers; i.e. the blood from both lower chambers exit in this one trunk instead of two separate ones in a normal healthy condition.
The presence of this condition results in a mixing of deoxygenated blood and oxygenated blood and thereby reduces the overall concentration of oxygen in the blood which is to be supplied to the organs in the body for their proper function. When the overall concentration of oxygen in the blood is low, this calls for a higher rate of blood supply to the organs which then causes the heart to beat faster and increases the workload on the heart. And if this condition is not treated and thereby the increased workload on the heart turns chronic, it results in other abnormal heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, heart valve abnormalities, cardiomegaly, and many other such complications.
The major symptoms of Truncus Arteriosus include bluish skin & lips, shortness of breath, and fatigue.
This is an abnormal condition of the heart which is basically a combination of four major heart defects together. These four defects are; pulmonary valve stenosis (stiffened pulmonary valve), ventricular septal defect (hole in septum), overriding of the aorta (aorta attaches to both the right and left ventricles, instead of just the left ventricle), and right ventricular hypertrophy (thickened heart muscle in the right ventricle).
The consequences of this condition can be summarised thus: First, low concentration of oxygen in the blood (due to mixing of oxygenated & deoxygenated blood), which consequently increases heart rate (to compensate for the reduced level of oxygen supply due to the lowered oxygen concentration), and thereby an increased workload on the heart. If this condition is not treated and thereby the increased workload on the heart turns chronic, it results in other abnormal heart conditions such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, heart valve abnormalities, cardiomegaly, and many other such complications.
The major symptoms of Tetralogy of Fallot include bluish coloration of skin, nails & lips, shortness of breath, sudden loss of consciousness, fatigue, and poor weight gain.
At this point, I hope you comprehend & understand the difference between words "disease" & "conditions". But just to help you recall - The word "disease" simply means aches, pains & discomforts (DIS-EASE / UN-EASE); while "abnormal condition" of the organ is the changed condition/state of the organ from healthy to abnormal, and this change is what causes aches, pains & discomforts, i.e. dis-ease.
While it could be reckoned that the associated consequences of each type of abnormal heart condition (listed above) could be different, the fact is that all abnormal heart conditions have quite similar consequences.
Following is a sequential list of all the known associated consequences that manifest after any abnormal heart condition:
(prolonged organ overwork & overload results in organ abnormalities & damage)
Heart abnormalities:Pericarditis (inflammation in the heart’s pericardium), Heart valve injuries/rupture, Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (enlargement, thickening and thereby stiffening of the heart muscles), Cardiomegaly (enlargement of the heart).
Blood vessel abnormalities:Inflammation, Atherosclerosis (plaque accumulation), Stiffness, Damage, Blood clots
Brain & nerve degeneration
Digestive system abnormalities:Gut disbiosys (imbalance in gut bacteria, and polluted gut environment), leaky gut syndrome, acid reflux
Inflammation in adrenal glands, thyroid gland, adrenal burnout
Immune system abnormalities
Muscle tissue breakdown; thereby decrease in muscle mass
Increase in visceral fat accumulation, including increase in plaque build-up
Bone tissue breakdown; and thereby osteoporosis
(prolonged organ abnormalities & damage results in organ failure)
As already listed and explained above, there are various types of heart abnormalities; and while it could be thought that the symptoms for each type of abnormal heart condition could be different, the fact is that the symptoms to all abnormal heart conditions are quite similar.
Following is a list of all the known symptoms that one could experience from any abnormal heart condition:
The common school of thought prevalent in modern medicine is that the causes to all diseases are either pathogens (bacteria & viruses), and/or genetics; and is considered to be true for heart disease too.
While the above is true, it is not the complete truth. In my over 15 years personally practicing integrated & holistic medicine and over a combined 500 years of all my fellow doctors practicing integrated & holistic medicine, we discovered that disease are caused by much more than just pathogens and genes.
I summarise the root causes to abnormal heart conditions (and most other adult onset chronic abnormal conditions) into just 10; which I call 10 Pillars of Health.
I call these 10 Pillars of Health because, good health is just a natural consequence of all these 10 pillars being in normal condition; and on the other hand all diseases are just a natural consequences of any one or more of these 10 Pillars being in an abnormal condition.
A house that has all it’s foundational pillars strong is always strong, while a house that has any one or more of it’s pillars in a weak condition experiences frequent damages & breakdown (I hope this analogy helps you comprehend why I call these 10 Pillars of Health).
The 10 Pillars of Health
The root cause to any abnormal heart condition and heart disease thereof, is just an abnormal condition in one or more of the 10 Pillars of Health; i.e. when any one or more of the 10 Pillars of Health are WEAK, the result is an abnormal heart condition and heart disease:
Abnormalities in the 10 Pillars of Health
On the other hand, normalising all the 10 Pillars of Health by appropriate treatment, naturally results in effective treatment of most abnormal heart conditions, and further results in holistic healing (restoration of the whole body to good-health). When all the 10 Pillars of Health are treated & STRENGTHENED, the result is holistic healing:
Normalisation in the 10 Pillars of Health
If you are new to integrated medicine, the above principle could sound greek to you, for which cause I need to expand on this and explain to you the 10 Pillars of health in more detail. Notwithstanding, I will not go too much in depth here in this lesson, but will go in-depth in the other dedicated lessons later in this education series. Until then, all you need to understand is this summary:
When any one or more of the 10 pillars are weak (abnormal), it results in an abnormal condition in the heart, blood vessels & other organs; and when the heart, blood vessels & other organs are in an abnormal condition, that’s when you start to experience heart disease – symptoms of aches, pains & discomforts. Therefore, the root cause to all abnormal heart conditions & heart disease thereof, is abnormalities in one or more of the 10 Pillars of Health; that’s all and nothing more. The graphic below illustrates this principle.
Any one or more of the 10 Pillars are in an abnormal condition.
The condition of the heart & blood vessels transform from healthy to abnormal.
The individual experiences heart disease - i.e. aches, pains & discomforts.
The logic behind choosing the tests is to first be aware of & understand all the possible abnormal conditions of the heart, and then select the tests that can most accurately diagnose those conditions.
All the known abnormal conditions I already listed and briefly explained above. The following table gives a easily comprehendible summary of all the abnormal heart conditions with the appropriate test that can most accurately diagnose each condition.
In most heart patients, one abnormal heart condition inevitably leads to manifestation of other abnormal heart conditions (ex. coronary artery atherosclerosis could give rise to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, cardiomegaly, heart valve rupture, etc.). Therefore, It is best that you always do all tests necessary for diagnosis of all known abnormal heart conditions, so to help your doctor to get a comprehensive view of the condition & function of your heart, and thereby administer the most effective treatment possible.
As you probably noticed, many tests listed above are used for diagnosing more than one abnormal heart condition, i.e. each tests is not specific nor exclusive for diagnosing any one abnormal heart condition.
Therefore, following is a summary of all necessary tests for diagnosis of all known abnormal heart conditions:
I will first make a bold statement that you probably never heard of before – The key to achieving holistic healing (complete recovery; not just relieving chest pain & breathlessness), recurrence prevention, and long-term wellbeing, is this: Do not solely focus on treating just the abnormal heart condition, but rather do this:
Treat the abnormal conditions of the heart, blood vessels & other organs for restoring them back to normal condition.
Treat the root causes to that abnormal heart condition, and restore them to normal.
Rehab the whole body (all organs) for restoring all organs to normal condition.
Let me now explain what I mean so to help you see clearly.
If you experience heart disease (aches, pains & discomforts in the heart area), that’s because your heart is in an abnormal condition. That abnormal condition did not just magically happen, rather it happened as a consequence of other abnormalities in your body that happened first – referred to as ‘Root Causes to your abnormal heart condition’. Furthermore, when your heart is in an abnormal condition, the consequence is a negative effect in your other organs too – inducing an abnormal condition in them too.
If you have the abnormal heart condition Coronary Artery Atherosclerosis (blockage of your heart arteries by plaque accumulation) and thereby reduced blood supply to your heart, this plaque did not form in your coronary arteries magically, but formed in a consequence to liver toxicity, blood acidosis, low vitamin c levels, lack of essential nutrients, sympathetic overdrive, etc., which are referred to as root causes to the abnormal heart condition. Furthermore, because of the lowered function of your heart & blood vessels, your other organs are also negatively effected and changed into an abnormal condition and thereby their reduced/abnormal function (kidney problems, digestive system problems, endocrine system problems, etc.).
Now, if you just focus on clearing off the plaque accumulated in your heart arteries so to just restore normal blood flow in your heart, but do not treat the root causes to that plaque formation, and do not treat all your other major organs to restore them to normal health, what’s going to happen is that you shall end up getting just a temporary relief from heart disease – For some time after your treatment (surgical or another), you could experience relief from chest pain & breathlessness and could feel totally normal again; but within a few months or years, those symptoms could recur because of a recurrence of plaque formation in your coronary arteries, which happened because the root causes of plaque formation were not dealt with, neither were your other organs restored to their normal function. In fact, this is what undoubtedly happens to most heart patients.
On the other hand, if you first clear off the accumulated plaque, then treat the root causes to that plaque formation, and finally rehab your whole body to restore all your organs to normal health, then the results you get by doing so is holistic healing (complete recovery; not just suppress symptoms of abnormal heart conditions), recurrence prevention, and long-term wellbeing; which I think you surely want.
Furthermore, doing so can help eliminate or reduce to the minimum the use of medications (when your heart, blood vessels and all major organs are restored to normal, root causes treated, and all your other major organs restored to normal too, then your whole body functions normal, and then obviously you have no need for medications).
In the tables below, I list the various available treatments for each abnormal heart condition, treatment for the 10 root causes to abnormal heart conditions, and treatment for whole body rehabilitation:
A combination of multiples treatment procedures & therapies to treat the abnormal heart condition, treat its root causes, and then rehab all the other major organs in the body is necessary. And this type of treatment is called an Integrated & Holistic Treatment.
This lesson was an overview for heart disease and I hope you got enough information from what I presented to you here to get a nice basic understanding of all aspects of heart disease and its treatment.
In my following lessons I go deeper into explaining in detail everything a heart patient (or the caretaker) needs to learn & understand: detailed explanation of symptoms, abnormal heart conditions, root causes, diagnostic tests, treatments, etc.
I urge you to go through the information with much diligence & attention cause after you do so, you shall be equipped with enough power to make the best decision for choosing the most effective heart treatment that can help you achieve: holistic healing (whole body healing), recurrence prevention, and long-term wellbeing.
My well wishes to you.
Angina (chest pain) | Coronary artery disease | Heart attack | Heart failure | Palpitations | Congenital heart disease | Arrhythmia | Cardiomegaly (enlarged heart) | Cardiomyopathy | Mitral regurgitation, Mitral valve prolapse (heart valve diseases) | Pulmonary stenosis | and more…
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