Heart Attack Treatment - Home Remedies

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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

Posted by Anita (Georgetown, Illinois) on 05/22/2007
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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.

Replied by Peggy
Beaumont, Texas


Replied by Sherri
Oak Hill, Wv

Will the ACV hurt the balloon holding the feeding tube?

Replied by Pt
El Paso, Texas

Can I use another honey other than manuka honey with the clove of garlic? I have raw honey.

Replied by Srinivas
Hyderabad, Andhrapradesh

Above Combintion cure heart valve blockage?

Replied by Joanne
Victoria, Canada

Manuka honey is a highly-specialized antibacterial honey. Do not change the honey. You can find it at the health food store.

Replied by Khalid
West Midlands

Best results are for heart problems take one cup ACV (apple cider vinegar) one cup lemon juice (from fresh lemons) one cup garlic juice (from fresh garlic) one cup ginger juice (from fresh ginger) heat up for 30 mins until reduced to 3 cups and when cooled down add one cups organic honey mix well and take one spoon full 3 times a day.
GOD WILLING this will open up the arteries.

Replied by Jamie

If you drink this daily can the patient also take blood thining med as well? cos I'm afraid if take both together might cos internal bleeding.


Posted by Holly (Il) on 08/29/2020
5 out of 5 stars

My loved one had a heart attack a little more than a month ago, LAD blockage, 2 stents. His echo showed about 35% function after that while in the hospital. Normal is 55%. An Indian suggested taking arjuna (Terminalia arjuna), capsules or powder, to strengthen heart muscles. His brother, when terminal at 5%, was able to increase function to 35%. So my loved one started arjuna, and 4 weeks later a new echo showed he was back to normal 55%, to the doctor's surprise. The left ventricle recovered. We believe it was the arjuna!


Posted by Paul (Swatara, Minnesota) on 04/25/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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

Replied by Thor
San Diego, Ca
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Scott
Dallas, Tx

You are so very right. I did not have Heart Attack but close with 2 blocks at 90% and the other at 60%. They also gave me a handful of statins and other drugs. I threw in trash and will not take. Yes ,like most before hand ate bad ect. Now 50 yrs old 6ft 205 workout every day and Will not eat anything with High Fructose or Oils. Done so much research and only other thing I would add is I take 5000 MG Of L-carnitine. Take in powder form with water. I do take a few other Vitamins including Cayenne pepper but stopped taking aspirin. Read a lot of bad things.

Replied by Mima
New Jersey


I am praying you still read this blog... My brother had 7 stents put in last year. Taking a whole bunch of drugs that are affecting his health... I would love to put you in contact with him, so you can share your experience...

Thanks and God bless! Mima

Posted by Tiger Dunn (Jandowae Qld, Australia) on 12/02/2008

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.

Cayenne Pepper

Posted by Doris (Santa Ana, CA USA) on 04/08/2008
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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

Posted by MIKI (HOUSTON, TX) on 07/23/2007
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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

Cayenne, Garlic

Posted by Lynette (Edwardsville, IL) on 11/07/2006
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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!

Posted by Douglas (Monticello, FL) on 09/03/2006
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Posted by Carrie (Kuwait, Middle East) on 08/27/2006
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Replied by Julie
Indianapolis, IN

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

Replied by Rebecca
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

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.

Replied by Gary

Cayenne is the best thing for heart attack as it opens up all the arteries and veins so the blood clot will pass through.

Replied by Julie

My husband has a history of death in his family do to heart attacks/heart problems. He is on high blood pressure medication. This medication has changed many things...not is a positive way.....Do any of you take high blood pressure medication or do you just use the cayenne treatments?

He has tried a few different herbal pills for heart but his blood pressure did not go down which is why he got on the medication....

Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thank you

Port St Lucie, Fl

80 year old male, very active life style, run, walk, swim, wt's, etc., etc. had a stroke, mini, about one week ago. when I got to the hospital my b/p was 116/79. I guess from the Atkins low carb diet. been doing that at least 15 years now. less than 100 grams, 50 better. where did the stroke come from, I'm a looking right here with you. good luck.

Replied by Kt

Hello John,

Look at the ingredients of any supplements you take. If any contain a calcium ingredient, (i.e., dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, calcium ascorbate) or something processed from corn, (i.e., citric acid, citrate) I believe that could form the plaque in veins. No documented proof...just my heart experience. The "calcium" ingredients I Googled are reported to increase calcium in the blood. Magnesium can help dissolve calcium deposits in blood, kidneys and gallbladder.

It is still important to remember everyone eats and tolerates things differently. Combinations of ingredients vary and can vary responses. There is no one-size-fits-all.



Posted by Sue (SC) on 01/03/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Chewing raw garlic stopped chest pains/noticed tumor shrink.

General Feedback

Posted by Marcia (Loramie, Ohio) on 03/04/2010

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

Replied by Candy
Fort Madison, Ia

Check out hawthorne berry tincture and cayenne pepper.

Ginger Juice

Posted by Jacqui (New Zealand) on 03/06/2015

How do I get Ginger Juice, I have got a juicer, shall I use that? I am on blood thinners and med, awaiting a triple bypass, please tell me what I have to do, thanks, J

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc

To Jacqui;

Ginger juice method....

Yes, use a juicer. But the posts on EC have Ginger juice added to lemon juice, onion juice, garlic juice and cayenne pepper. At least that's one of the formulas. Supposedly that in a glass of water (say a tablespoon of each...with two tablets of the cayenne pepper)...helps open up blocked areas. I've never tried it; I have no blockages.

I've used NATURAL vitamin E... I take about 800 IUs daily with magnesium. Also arginine. I take 5000 mg of arginine.

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile, Tn

HI U JACQUI, , , , , , , , , , , , , if you are in the shape you say you are, then you need to address your situation with a protocol that will immediately help you avoid surgery and that is not some long term juice. It's too late for that. Your best bet is to find a Natural-path, be it an MD or otherwise, that does EDTA IV Chelation. You can do two a week and within a few weeks you will not be well, but can avoid surgery. At two IV's a week you will be out of harms way and clean in 15 weeks.

The procedure will cost you about $3600 dollars total . I did this to avoid what you are experiencing, but in my three years doing this, I saw about 200 people in your predicament and a by-pass was only a band-aid.

They had to get the plaque cleaned out and change their lifestyle. I fear that you don't have the time to clean out your plaque with a lifestyle change. That is your call.

I wish you well.======ORH======

Replied by Betty
Chicago, Il

How can I make Ginger Juice?

Leaky Heart Valve

Posted by Jean (Amarillo, Tx) on 01/12/2012

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

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Jean, read up on cayenne on earthclinic.

Replied by Louwrence
Rustenburg, North West South Africa

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.

Replied by Timh
Louisville, Usa
2112 posts

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.


Posted by Peg (Omaha, NE) on 10/11/2006
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Multiple Remedies

Posted by Robert (Martinez, Ca, Usa) on 03/05/2010

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!

Replied by Neb
Victoria, Bc

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!

Replied by Ruralgirl
Heart Of Tx

Sam Biser, in his book, Curing with Cayenne, featuring Dr. Richard Schulze, medical herbalist, says "no" to packing cayenne in capsules. He says the mouth needs to feel the heat for the stomach to prepare for the cayenne.

Replied by Timh
2112 posts

Using Cayenne in sufficient or tolerable amounts as a spice in food is enough for preventive measure. If one needs therapeutic levels I would recommend using the Cayenne/Ginger caps as these two chi herbs have synergistic action thereby increasing benefits.

Replied by Robert

If you would prefer using capsules, then take with a fat for absorption & after a meal as the cayenne is hot. The formula is from a early researcher & now there are pricey supplements on the market that use extracts of curcumin with piperine which is extracted from black pepper. Both turmeric & cumin contain curcumin, the active isolated compound, however, their potency depends on many variables such as growing methods, date of harvest, etc.