This condition, which can feel similar to a heart attack, lasts only a few minutes. It is characterized by chest pains that may be felt as a mild tightness or pressure, or may be so extreme as to produce intense aching. Sometimes pain radiates from the chest to the shoulder and down the left arm. These pains are a result of the heart tissue not receiving enough oxygen (due to a diminished blood supply from the coronary arteries) and are often quickly relieved by rest. This is known as myocardial ischemia and is generally caused by arteriosclerosis of the coronary arteries. (Refer to section on Arteriosclerosis) For a first-time sufferer, the distinct resemblance to a heart attack will generally result in great anxiety. Once aware of the condition, the individual can easily deal with it, lessening the overall anxiety experienced.
The person should immediately attempt to relax both mentally and physically. This will help put an end to the pain as the relaxed heart muscle will cause the blood vessels to dilate (open), decreasing the need for oxygen while increasing the heart’s ability to pump blood and deliver oxygen. Adopting a diet low in sodium and high in potassium and adding fresh fruits and vegetables to the diet are essential for long-term relief. Muscle tone and blood vessel flexibility are improved through the use of vitamin E and lecithin, while the entire circulatory system is strengthened by the use of Vitamin C and natural B complex vitamins. Potassium is absolutely essential to proper heart function. Garlic is effective both as an anti-atherosclerotic, preventing build up of deposits on the artery wall, and as a vasodilator by opening the blood vessels. It should be noted that many apparent angina or heart attacks are really gas attacks. The pressure of gas in the intestine can be strong enough to cause pain in the chest.
Single Herbs: Lobelia Extract (relaxant); Elderberry Extract (potassium); Hawthorn Berry tincture (heart food and strengthener); Reishi, Cayenne or Cayenne Extract, Ginger (circulatory tonic and anti-arteriosclerotic); Garlic, Kelp.
Combinations NervaHerb (sedative, pain reliever), CleansaHerb (cleanse blood to prevent recurrence), Reishi Extract.
Nutritional Supplements: Vitamin A, B complex with B12, Vitamin B15 (N,N-Dimethylglycine and Calcium Gluconate, also referred to as Calcium Pangamate), Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Potassium, Calcium/Magnesium, Carnitine (500 mg – three times daily), Coenzyme Q10 (150 – 300 mg daily), Pantethine (300 mg – three times daily) and Lecithin.
Immediate supplements: Lobelia Extract (10 drops), Cayenne Extract (20 drops), or 1/2 tsp. Cayenne pepper in water. Rest for a few days. Slowly increase exercise, such as walking and swimming. Adopt a diet low in sodium and high in potassium with an emphasis on whole grains, fruits, vegetables and a liberal use of garlic. No red meat and limited fowl and dairy products. No refined or processed foods. No sugar, white flour, coffee, tobacco or alcohol. Fish, sprouts, greens, and whole grains are the best foods to eat.
Breakfast: Reishi Extract (three), Elderberry Extract (1/2 tsp), Hawthorn Plus Formula (2-3 capsules), Vitamin E (400 IU), B complex (1 tablet), Vitamin B15 (50 mg), Vitamin A (10,000 IU), Cayenne Plus Formula (one capsule in middle of meals), Calcium/Magnesium (200/100 mg), Vitamin C (500 mg), Carnitine (500 mg), Coenzyme Q10 (100 mg), Pantethine (300 mg).
Morning Snack: Vitamin C (500 mg).
Lunch: Hawthorn Plus Formula (2-3 capsules), Vitamin E (400 IU), Cayenne Plus Formula (one capsule in middle of meals), Vitamin C (500 mg), Reishi Extract (two capsules), Carnitine (500 mg), Coenzyme Q10 (100 mg), Pantethine (300 mg).
Mid-afternoon snack: Vitamin C (500 mg).
Supper: Same as breakfast.
Note: Vitamin E should start at 100 IU daily if it has not been used recently, gradually building up to recommended dosage. Make sure bowels are clean.