Effects of Heart Disease
Fatal and Deadly

The ultimate effects of heart disease are heart attack and/or heart failure. This means you can die, often in the prime of your life. What caused the heart to become diseased in the first place? And what are the characteristics of a diseased heart?

Full-blown heart disease takes a lifetime to develop. It is the result of a continual buildup of plaque within the walls of the coronary arteries of the heart and when these arteries are sufficiently damaged, heart disease becomes inevitable.

Heart disease deals with specific medical conditions of the actual heart itself and its accompanying system of blood vessels. So a diseased heart starts with the compromising of the integrity of its system of blood vessels – a resulting occurrence of a plaque invasion into the coronary arteries.

So what are the effects of heart disease?

The ultimate effects are heart attack and/or heart failure. When the heart fails, it is unable to supply enough blood to the body. With a heart attack, the organ is unable to receive adequate blood flow for its internal functioning.

And before this occurs, several debilitating health issues will manifest throughout some or all bodily systems as the rest of the body and its organs go through a more stressful experience in receiving fresh oxygenated blood.

For that’s the primary function of the heart muscle, one beat at a time, to circulate oxygenated blood throughout the body. And within this circulation is the movement of cellular nutrients and wastes.

A diseased heart is like a bedroom window that can open unto a mountain range of cardiovascular diseases that includes some jagged peaks like: arteriosclerosis, hypertension, the arrhythmias, valvular and Syndrome X.

NOTE: Syndrome X sufferers can have any combination or all of: high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high triglyceride levels, low HDL – good – cholesterol levels and obesity. (Balch, page 300)

Further effects of heart disease:

  1. Hindrances to the functioning of the immune system.
  2. Increased acidity of bodily fluids conducive to infectious bacterial activity.
  3. Minimized impact of available antioxidants on free radicals.
  4. Increased levels of homocysteine that become a toxic threat to the vascular system.
  5. Elevated triglyceride levels that can lead to atherosclerosis.
  6. Changes in mental and emotional states making the individual susceptible to depression and anxiety…

The effects can be so far ranging and are not limited to the above. Dietary preferences, physiology and biochemistry per individual influence the nature of the effects of heart disease.

Information sources:

  1. Balch, Phyllis A., Prescription for Nutritional Healing 4th ed.
  2. Campbell, T. Colin PhD and Campbell II, Thomas M., The China Study, Paperback ed. 2006

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