Ischemia.  Transporter Of Heart Damage!

“When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied”  Herophilus

Ischemia is the silent assassin that leads heart disease to the spot as the top killer of men and women in America.  Time  after time we read about someone suddenly dying when they seemed fine just a little while before.  Then we hear the autopsy report.  A massive heart attack.  Usually it is too late to do much when this killer strikes.  But not always.  And the odds of survival increase when we know how to prevent or reverse the causes.

Most of the time, bad diet, lack of exercise, obesity, or high blood pressure are the original culprits in bringing  on bigger problems.  Usually.  A little further down, I'll present another transgressor.

Ischemia is caused by a restriction in blood flow to tissues and organs, causing a shortage of oxygen.  This condition is usually caused by fatty deposits clinging to the walls of your arteries.  The next step occurs when the body attempts to fix this problem on it's own which can lead to inflammation.  As these deposits grow, the arteries begin to narrow which reduces the flow of blood to your heart, brain, and other vital organs. 

Existing Factors That Raise The Risk Of Ischemic Attacks

There are some usual characters involved in raising the likelihood of an ischemic event.  We've covered many of them in other health pages at  But they certainly warrant repeating here.

* Diabetes

* Smoking

* Elevated triglycerides

* Stress

* Physical trauma

* Heart disease

* An inactive lifestyle

Several of the conditions listed above work against different areas of our body.  In fact they tend to break down multiple organs and systems.  Diabetes leads to heart disease.  Stress and lack of physical activity contribute to nearly all types of ischemia.  And the constant threat of inflammation lurks nearby whenever these samples are coupled with bad diet choices.

Smoking is a major contributor to nearly all the listed types of ischemia.  It's amazing that we are even talking about tobacco usage anymore.  The facts are in and they are indisputable.  Smoking causes death.  Slow painful death.  Ischemia is just one of the transporters. 

There are serious health implications involved with ischemia.  But we're focusing on the positive results that will be achieved by following a proven plan.  Just below are classifications of ischemia.  Following that will be the simple methods of escaping these dangers.

Types Of Ischemia

There are forms of this malady that have the same effect on other parts of the body.  When it happens in the brain, the result is most often a stroke.  The mesenteric version is the result of gradual narrowing of the visceral arteries.  The intestines are the victims of this condition.

Myocardial ischemia is the specific name for the condition that causes a partial or complete blockage of the arteries supplying blood to the heart.The next problem is often a heart attack.  This can cause severe damage resulting in a less efficient heart muscle.  Your heart will actually not be able to pump enough blood to keep you healthy. 

The two biggest causes of the myocardial form are blood clots and atherosclerosis.  Atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries is the result of that plaque buildup.  The walls then lose elasticity and begin to narrow.  Blood clots occur when part of this plaque build up breaks away and then blocks blood flow to the heart.

While types vary in areas in which damage is inflicted, the root causes are nearly always the same.  Which means the solutions are also similar. 

There is one exception.  There is one type that wasn't brought on by lack of physical activity.  And while the victims were certainly in stressful situations when they were exposed to this unique cause and effect scenario, they faced an entirely unforeseen ischemic danger.  And we're discovering that some of their descendants are becoming second generation victims.  The next block will describe this incredible health dilemma.

A Continuing Wartime Legacy

There is another cause of that myocardial condition.  Agent orange is a highly toxic defoliant that was widely used during the Vietnam war to clear vegetation and undergrowth.  The severe health risks of agent orange are similar to those of asbestos.  It has taken many years to learn just how much it really has affected so many soldiers and civilians. 

The VA website has some great information for veterans regarding available treatment .  It also gives some basic information about agent orange that could be of help.  I included a link to that page.

I would suggest that everyone check out that page, because it is becoming evident that we haven't learned from past mistakes.  Amazingly, some major corporations are working on ways to apply one of the main toxins used in Agent Orange on to the food supply of the world.

Proponents of allowing this chemical toxin named 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, suggest that it wasn't the only poison found in Agent Orange.  Just one of them.  Well, that makes it OK to dump it on crops to knock out the super weeds which have overpowered the not quite as toxic chemical, glyphosate.  Are they kidding?

As we lead into the final section of this page, which centers around avoiding and reversing the risks of ischemia, it's important that we become aware of behind the scenes efforts to increase corporate profits by adding 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid to the soil in the form of widespread weed killer.

Action Steps To Lower Risks

We know that high blood pressure and inflammation are leading contributors.  We also know that better diet choices, better exercise regimen, and no tobacco can help prevent all the rest of the forms of this condition. 

The Launching Pad

Regular readers at know that I consider the Mediterranean diet to be the best weight loss program available.  I also believe it is the best food choice plan to follow as we work to avoid ischemia, stroke, and all the cardiovascular system diseases.

As we've learned from reading "Fix It," the excellent book by Dr. Chauncey Crandall, the results  of bad diet, lack of exercise, and obesity are very predictable.  And we also learned how to reverse or avoid those challenges.  That is the great thing about books.  We pay once when we buy the book, but we get to use the information for free all the rest of our lives. How long that will be is often the result of choices we make when we have the information in hand. 

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