Last Modified on Jan 06, 2014
What Is A Heart Attack?
A heart attack, also known as a myocardial infarction, occurs as the blood flow is blacked through the coronary artery – the vessel responsible for transferring blood to the heart muscle. The disruption in flow is typically the result of a blood clot and causes the debilitating pain associated with a heart attack. As the attack occurs and the flow of blood is ceased, damage can occur and even destroy a segment of the heart muscle.
The symptoms of a heart attack vary, especially between men and women; however, several common symptoms have been identified. The most indicative signs of a heart attack include intense pressure, tightness or pain in the chest which is often paired with a squeezing or aching sensation that radiates through the chest to the arms, neck, jaw or back. Additional symptoms include nausea, indigestion, heartburn, abdominal pain, shortness of breath, sweating, anxiety, fatigue, disrupted sleep, lightheadedness and dizziness.
A heart attack is caused by a disruption in the flow of blood to the heart. Several factors are responsible for this type of block. A blood clot and development of atherosclerosis are just two causes of a heart attack. Additionally spasm of the coronary artery can cease the flow of blood to the heart. This disruption is often cause by drugs or substance abuse.
Natural Heart Attack Treatment and Recovery
The treatment plan and recovery process from a heart attack are dependent upon the severity and cause of an attack. Nonetheless, several natural treatment options aid in better overall recovery as well as decreased recovery time. Effective heart attack treatment and prevention revolves around maintaining the overall health of the body and heart. Apple cider vinegar, honey and garlic can be used to fight infection and support recovery. Cayenne and molasses are also important treatment options. Likewise, lifestyle changes such as eating a heart healthy diet, exercising properly and avoiding stress support recovery and prevent recurrence of heart related issues. Below, discover more remedies and treatment protocols from Earth Clinic readers.
Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, Garlic
[YEA] 05/22/2007: Anita from Georgetown, Illinois: "Just wanted to pass along some exciting results with apple cider vinegar! On June 16, 2006 my 40 year old husband suffered a heart attack and fell into a coma. He remains in a nursing home at this time with brain damage. He has a trach and a feeding tube. For the first 6 months he was back and forth between the hospital and nursing home about every 10 days. He would get pneumonia, MRSA, UTI's and numerous other infections. He was on the maximum antibiotics that Doctors could prescribe and I knew something had to change! In January 2007 I started adding a mixture of _____ apple cider vinegar, manuka honey & freshly minced garlic to his feeding tube (about 1/4 cup each day). Wow - the results were FANTASTIC! It has now been 5 months and he has been COMPLETELY infection free - no hospitalizations at all! His blood work and urine tests all come back with excellent results! I am thankful to God that he has supplied everything we need in nature to heal our bodies! I hope this info will be helpful to others as well. This is the recipe that I mix each week. One cup _____ apple cider vinegar, one cup manuka honey and 8 cloves minced garlic. Put all ingredients in a blender for one minute and store in a glass pitcher in the refrigerator. I give him 1/4 cup each day and flush with 2 oz. water. Please email me and I'll be glad to respond to any questions."Replies
11/26/2010: Peggy from Beaumont, Texas replies: "AFTER MAKING THIS TONIC DO I SHAKE IT UP FIRST, THEN POUR THE AMOUNT I NEED OR DON'T SHAKE IT. PLEASE EXPLAIN"
09/24/2011: Sherri from Oak Hill, Wv replies: "Will the ACV hurt the balloon holding the feeding tube?"
01/15/2012: Pt from El Paso, Texas replies: "Can I use another honey other than manuka honey with the clove of garlic? I have raw honey."
05/30/2013: Srinivas from Hyderabad, Andhrapradesh replies: "Above Combintion cure heart valve blockage?"
[YEA] 04/25/2011: Paul from Swatara, Minnesota: "I had a heart attack on 1/27/2008 in the early hours which is typical as is having a stroke or heart attack in cold climates more often. I woke up soaking wet with pain in my chest and left wrist, it didn't take long to realize what was going on. I got online and checked in here to see what other people did for a heart attack and found cayenne was the key.
So I took a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a glass of room temp. Water (use warm water if you can) and around 5 minutes later I took it again. I then went and took a shower, got dressed and woke my wife up about 3 hours after I woke up. We then drove to the hospital where I got my only helicopter ride, they were acting like it was a big deal and time was of the essence but I felt otherwise. Anyway after a week in the hospital I realized I could of just stayed home. I had no surgery, no stents put in and am on no drugs for proffit. We take vitamins, fish oil, iodine/iodide, use full spectrum salt and eat organic whenever possible. I have never suffered from one episode of angina either. I also had low cholesteral which most heart attack victims have so DO NOT buy into you needing statins, they put me on them for three days till I got home and threw them in the trash. They will damage your body and not help you live one day longer.
God bless you all
paulbren20009 at yahoo dot com"Replies
[YEA] 02/19/2012: Thor from San Diego, Ca replies: "This man speaks wisely. I have had two heart attacks and two heart surgeries, where five stents were placed in my heart.
Statins; carvedilol; effient; plavix and all prescription drugs are poison and will kill you quicker than taking nothing.
The best course is cayenne; garlic; _____ apple cider vinegar--with the "mother" in it and aspirin. I have not yet tried hawthorn or ginger. I also stand on my head for ten minutes to flood the heart with blood and rest the heart muscle. it is a yoga posture which helps to combat many maladies.
Drinking cayenne tea is a torture and should only be resorted to when one is in the midst of a heart attack. I prefer to smother my food with cayenne powder, which over time becomes quite pleasurable.
I was on lisinopril and amlodipine as well, for over a year and found myself growing progressively weaker, with more angina, tightness in the chest and visible wasting away of the muscles--along with Parkinson-like tremors and countless other negative side effects, like confusion and fainting.
I was a vocational nurse for over eight years, working in major medical centers--over twenty years ago-- so I know enough about medicine to state here that one may have the best surgeon on the planet, but he can still not know the harm of prescribing statin drugs. The main drawback to statins is that they deplete the body's supply of Co Q10 and contribute to the wasting away of the muscles and nerves--including the heart muscle. All cardiac drugs cause the maladies they are ostensibly supposed to relieve. Taking them is a catch-22 situation.
I will not do the research for you; that is something you must do for yourself. Ultimately, the patient is responsible for his own health and well-being. This is something the physician fails to fathom.
Cayenne helps one to wean oneself slowly off of these poisonous medications. Do not stop their use suddenly--except statins--as that could trigger a heart attack, or other episode of distress. The best course is to slowly reduce the amount taken over a two week period. A straight edge razor blade serves to cut the pill down to a smaller dose.
Cardiac drugs are a vicious cycle which leads to death. It is okay to retain nitroglycerin for periodic chest pain, as one withdraws from these drugs. Dr. Mercola is on the net and he gives excellent advice regarding these matters.
I adore the cardiologist who saved my life, but he does not know the dangers of these drugs. I too, threw the statins in the trash and have NOT regretted my decision."
12/02/2008: Tiger Dunn from Jandowae Qld, Australia: "Heart attack relief with Cayenne Pepper:
The thirty second cure from the symptoms of a heart attack coming on: One level teaspoon full of cayenne pepper into a glass of hot water and stir well. when cool enough drink down and wait for some relief if symptions persist have another glass of cayenne pepper the gap should be 15 minutes. If you are not near a doctor or help this will help stimulate the system."
[YEA] 04/08/2008: Doris from Santa Ana, CA USA: "Had 2 slight heart attacks age 28 and 32. Scary one at age 34. Always felt so frail, tho ok health but high stress work and poor diet-sooo much coffee. At 38 yrs was electrocuted by faulty computer eqpmt, lost left-side arm use 1 and half to 2 yrs. During that 1 and half, at about 1 yr, strain from the injury caused a 30-second stroke. I watch clock, fully mentally ok, but was physically immobile entire time, couldn't breath, no heartbeat, nothing. Then it just stopped. I was SO weak always from then on. 3 yrs later married, had child, was always terribly tired. Read in heart surgery book about cayenne being able to stop even a heart attack while in progress. I take a pinch (1/4 tsp) cayenne in 4oz water 2 times wkly. Feel better with 5 minutes - energy stamina breathing is easier, circulation feels ramped up to normal. Still tire, not not as without cayenne. Never regained full strength or mobility from electr. injury but dexterity in fingers did return. Strength is still 3lbs., Best, not nearly so drag-out tired. Cayenne is great - in tomato juice or water. Only a pinch is needed. In V8 or regular tomato juice, cayenne goes easy. I put cayenne on hard boiled eggs, hot flavor hides well in grape or orange juice too. Has improved my cholesterol too."
Cayenne, Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 07/23/2007: MIKI from HOUSTON, TX: "I began reading about cayenne pepper and acv after realizing the pills i take for my heart, high bp, circulation and high colesterol were not working. B4 i started drinking the cayenne pepper tea i could not walk a half a block. Now, i can walk for one mile and my leg does not hurt. I have had heart attack, two leg by-pass surgeries. My energy level is great and I just can't believe my leg does not hurt. I also went to the doctor after not taking my bp medicine for 5 days and drinking the tea 2-3 times a day. Usually if i go that long w/out my medicine, my bp is sky high. This time my bp was norman. I mean normal. I was amazed. I still take my fluid pill to release those fluids but I feel great. thx ever so much"
[YEA] 11/07/2006: Lynette from Edwardsville, IL: "For the past year, I have been suffering from severe headaches, my heart would beat extremely fast just from standing up, and dizziness. I knew that it was serious when my head was hurting so bad one day that I went to lie down and woke up almost 15 hours later. I found this website while looking for a cure for gout for someone else. I sent them the information and then began to read the other parts of this site. After my reading, I wrote out a list and I went to the health food store immediately after work. I have been taking the mixture of the water with ACV, liquid garlic, cayenne pepper and blackstrap molasses for a week now. For the first time in a year, I am feeling so much better. My heart rate has slowed. My headaches are gone. I am using the bathroom on a regular basis now and I am not sleepy all of the time. I am also taking multi-vitamins. Thank you for this wonderful website!"
[YEA] 09/03/2006: Douglas from Monticello, FL: "Garlic and Cayenne Pepper cured my rapid heart beat & high blood pressure. Cayenne pepper stops bleeding and heals the wound, even one that the bone could be seen in the heel of the hand. The scar is almost nil."
[YEA] 08/27/2006: Carrie from Kuwait, Middle East: "I had a heart attack 1 and half years ago. 3 nights ago I experienced pains and was hospitalized and found to be suffering once again with a heart condition. I searched the internet and came across your site. Thank you for an amazing treasure of cures and remedies. I used 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and a tablespoon or two of honey in rather large glass of boiling water. I found the taste really delicious! I swallowed crushed clove garlic with this drink and truly my heart settled almost instantly and my BP is normal! To all heart sufferers, this is an amazing remedy to try, you only benefit from it. I intend having this daily probably for the rest of my life!"Replies
09/19/2008: Julie from Indianapolis, IN replies: "Carrie -- I tried your method. I am having a hard time drinking this. It s so spicy hot, my mouth was on FIRE! any suggestions??? Thank you, Julie"
07/27/2009: Rebecca from Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania replies: "Personally, I don't really like spicy foods. But after feeling ache and heaviness in my chest, I wanted to try the cayenne pepper remedy. So I mixed 1/2 teaspoon of crushed pepper with 2 tablespoons of applesauce. I also had a glass of V8 fusion handy with a garlic pill. The pepper and applesauce was very easy to swallow. And any spicy taste was washed away quickly with the _____ [tomato juice]; which I had planned to drink anyway with my garlic pill."
[YEA] 01/03/2007: Sue from SC: "Chewing raw garlic stopped chest pains/noticed tumor shrink."
03/04/2010: Marcia from Loramie, Ohio: "My friend was told that his main artery in his heart is no good and that he probably had had a heart attack. is there anyone out there with a very bad arota and has had a heart attack and what did you take to get your life back? thanks"Replies
03/05/2010: Candy from Fort Madison, Ia replies: "Check out hawthorne berry tincture and cayenne pepper."
Leaky Heart Valve
01/12/2012: Jean from Amarillo, Tx: "I have several small heart attacks since the '80's, a stroke that caused damage to show up on CT scan, and a CHF on '08 and told I have a enlarged heart.
Now I'm told I have a leaky valve (don't no which one) and I was told I was good because it's not worse than when I had my chf. All I'm doing is taking cinnamon and honey and herbs for my lungs- should I be doing something different now that I have a valve problem? Should I go back to using apply cider vinegar again? Oh I started taking cordyceps extract 2 months now. Help please! jean"Replies
01/13/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Jean, read up on cayenne on earthclinic."
01/13/2012: Louwrence from Rustenburg, North West South Africa replies: "Hi Jean, 1stly cut out all starches as they tend to make your body acidic. 2ndly start taking high dosages of digestive enzymes to get rid of inflammation, look up Dr William Wong for the digestive enzymes on the net."
01/13/2012: Timh from Louisville, Usa replies: "Jean, to strengthen your heart take some CoQ10 w/ Vit-E and L-Carnitine. To repair the heart valve take Glucosamine Sulfate. Hope this helps."
[YEA] 10/11/2006: Peg from Omaha, NE: "I was low on potassium, and having heart arrhythmia because of it. 1 tbs each morning, and occasionally another tsp in the early evening keeps it away!"
03/05/2010: Robert from Martinez, Ca, Usa: "Heart attacks
Disclaimer of course applies to seek allopathic treatment. A clinician M.D. whose name escapes me once stated in an interview & used the word 'cure', that to relieve angina take the following formula: E=MC2
E= double the largest dose of off the shelf Vit E(natural). M=magnesium & dbl avail dosage as above using mag citrate, malate, etc(not oxide),C2=carnitine,& CoQ10,as Ubiquinol, & adding Taurine.This formula should relieve the pain in a short time, & it is only used once.
For general daily maintenance take 2 tsp turmeric & 1/2 tsp of cayenne which potentizes the turmeric & mix both with a fat as tumreric needs fat for absorption. This can be coconut milk, olive oil, etc. If the cayenne heat is too much, eat an apple or take apple juice.The turmeric & cayenne is taken daily & will act as 'Roto-Router' for the cardiovascular system. Herbally, I like to use hawthorne berries which is a very good heart tonic as a tea or extract. Cheers!"Replies
04/15/2013: Neb from Victoria, Bc replies: "Hi, I was wondering if it would be good to mix Turmeric and Cayenne Pepper and pack in capsules - then take them as any other capsule? Thanks!"
11/29/2011: Doll from Noida, U.p, India: "My mother is 62 yrs old. A month ago she had severe heart attack, after angiography it was revealed her one artery was 100% blocked, second one was 40 - 60% blocked and third one was 80% blocked. A stent was put in artery with 100% blockage. For rest she's being prescribed Aspirin along with other heart medicines. Her cholestrol is normal, her B.P. is normal. Please advise something to clear the rest of her blockage. Is apple cider vinegar helpful in her case?"Replies
11/29/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Doll, there are some great remedies under the heart disease section of this website.
11/29/2011: Rob from Manhattan, Ny replies: "Nattokinase might help... read the testimonials here and decide..
11/30/2011: Pamela from New Braunfels, Tx replies: "This is a good article: http://systemicenzymes.net/articles/heart_inflammation.html
I know garlic can help too."
12/01/2011: Jerry from Seal Beach, Ca replies: "From my long experience with hawthorn, I am going to guess that alcohol-free liquid hawthorn extract will slowly unclog the blockage, provided that she does not eat any appreciable volume of fats. The hawthorn should be taken in fairly high dosage. It takes its time but it is thorough. About an inch of eye dropper per dose. I suspect you can get it at any large health food store.
Nowadays they use hawthorn berry, leaf, and flower, instead of hawthorn berry. It's fine. Also tea made from hawthorn berries is a way to go. About a heaping teaspoon. Fill a cup with boiling water, drop in the hawthorn, and let it steep ten minutes before drinking. Easiest if you use the hawthorn in a strainer, so you can remove it after ten minutes. Three cups of hawthorn tea a day."
11/28/2011: D. from Vancouver, Canada: "Hi Ted, Hi EC,
First of all, I don't know how to thank you for this invaluable site, like everyone, it's been a blessing since I've found your site few years ago.
My dad had an infarct-heart attack last year and has been put on couple of dangerous drugs such as Crestor, Lipitor, Metropolol, Romidirpil, etc and I start seeing these lawsuit action announced on CNN explaining how so many people got ALS or Kidney Failure and basically how they start dying in the aftermath.
I've found couple of good advices like the one of Dr. Mercola to instantly start taking CoEnzyme Q10 to avoid depleting the body's reserve but now since I'm moving with my dad in the Caribbean, I'm looking forward to transition him on a natural diet to correct everything.
What should be the protocol? Should it be gradual? He's alreayd eating full garlic, turmeric, ginger, gingko, eat his oatmeal in the morning, Omega3 & Omega 6, supplement of B12 and so on, and he eat a lot of vegetables and fish, any thoughts ?
Am I missing something? Please let me know; he's my beloved Dad and I want him to be able to move forward back to optimal health! Thank you and God bless you all! D."Replies
11/28/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Magnesium is something that is missing from your list. Magnesium is needed by the heart to keep the arteries relaxed. A deficiency will contract the heart muscles and even cause spasms that lead to heart attack.
Transdermal magnesium (through the skin) is a quicker way to get magnesium into the body. Magnesiumforlife.com is a great website for more info, also the magnesium section on this website.
Also cayenne pepper is a must to take regularly."
12/01/2011: Jerry from Seal Beach, Ca replies: "For heart problems I would add hawthorn tea (one heaping teaspoonful of hawthorn berries into a cup of water just boiled, leave for ten minutes, then withdraw) three times a day, or alcohol-free hawthorn extract, about an inch to 1-1/2 inches three times a day in the eye dropper in the bottle. A good herb store should have both. Expect slow but thorough results."
12/02/2011: Timh from Louisville, Usa replies: "During an acute phase of aplastic anemia I had enough energy to visit my parents but not enough to get back home, until I remembered I had saved one 500mg capsule L-Carnitine in my carry-on. I took the C, sat on the sofa about 15 min, got up and made it home (which included a long flight of steps); personally validating the efficacy of this nutrient for heart conditions. A few yrs prior I was suffering from liver/gallbladder problems (later diagnosed by a chiropractor using kenesthesiology). I was working the hard labor fields the best I could, but my heart was hurting and beating erratically. I read about magnesium, tried it and it helped but I was still suffering and fearing a heart attack. I read about CoQ10, tried it with profound results; I could work again; personally validating the efficacy of this nutrient for heart conditions."