Effective Natural Remedies for Heart Attack Recovery

| Modified on Jan 07, 2024
Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, Garlic
Posted by Anita (Georgetown, Illinois) on 05/22/2007

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.

Posted by Paul (Swatara, Minnesota) on 04/25/2011

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

Posted by Thor (San Diego, Ca) on 02/19/2012

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.

Posted by Michael (Dallas, TX USA) on 11/11/2023

Are you still alive?

I am 56 and have never been hospitalized before. In early June 2023, I went to the ER with pain and numbness in my left arm that was not going away after a couple of hours.

They did an EKG and said I was having a massive heart attack (no other symptoms other than the arm pain, numbness and sudden fatigue.

I was wheeled into the cath lab where they said I had 100% blockage in my LAD (How was I able to walk into the hospital ER with 100% blockage). They found a second blockage in the LAD and stented both (I'm not sure how you can have 2 100% blockages in the same artery).

I spent the night in the ICU and was cleared the next morning to go down to the heart floor. However, there was no room so I spent another night in ICU. The next morning I was moved to the heart floor. I spent one more night there.

I have always refused statins, but I agreed to 40 mg of Atorvistatin. It wasn't long before I realized some of the negative side effects. Muscle pain, weakness, brain fog, back pain, awful smelling urine and weak flow, and occasional dizziness to the point I thought I was going to black out.

After a revisit to the cardiologist 4 months later, losing 55 lbs (I was 355 at the time of my HA), and everything looking great, I asked to lower the dosage. They refused, but ordered a lipid test.

I got the results back from the lipid test about 3 or 4 days later. My total cholesterol was 92, HDL 31 and LDL was 46.

At that moment I started splitting the statins in half, and taking 20mg. Within days the brain fog lifted, the dizziness was less, and the other symptoms reduced or gone.

Then I started just taking every day, and have not experienced any dizziness.

6 weeks after seeing the cardiologist last, I still have not heard back from them on the lipid results. I just decided I am going to have to be my own doctor. It is hard to split a capsule more than once without it disintegrating. I expect I will just quit before the end of the year.

I'm currently researching for a new cardiologist. One with a brain and open mind.

Hawthorn Berry, Cayenne
Posted by Julie (Melbourne) on 10/03/2019

In January 2018, my husband had a major heart attack, following triple bypass, four weeks prior.

As he had been taking hawthorn berry tincture for several years, there was no heart damage. This herb protects it from the consequences of oxygen starvation. In his case, the triponin level rose to a disastrous 2,200, and the doctors were shocked at the absence of damage.

Two of the three grafts were 100% blocked with blood clots and the doctor said there was no proven way of dissolving them.

Our son told me to put him on cayenne pepper and that would certainly work. He was right! Within a month he was back to walking up steep hills with no problems at all. I grow the very hot peppers myself, so I know there is no mold in the powder when I blend it - and they are organic.

He has 1/4 tsp of powder in 1" of water in the middle of a meal. He was taking it three times a day but after twelve month, now only takes it once. I love God's pharmacy and all it provides. It definitely saved my husband's life.

Cayenne, Garlic
Posted by Carrie (Kuwait, Middle East) on 08/27/2006

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!

Posted by Holly (Il) on 08/29/2020

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!

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

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 Ronald (New Hampshire) on 06/14/2021

To stop a heart attack immediately, you have to have made a tincture of African bird peppers (350,000 heat units if you can find them) by taking a handful and blending it in a blender using wood alcohol as your liquid (vodka! ). Blend the peppers well, for a minute or more.

Put in mason jar, cover, and leave for 14 days. It is ready. When you have an attack, you put one full eye dropper full under the tongue and oh, it burns! But it stops the attack.

Keep a small bottle with an eye dropper in it so that someone else can get hold of it and give it to you if you have passed out. Carry one in your glove compartment.

Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 11/11/2023

Get off the Statins… They are killing you.

Follow the cholesterol remedies here on EC and you will be successful.

I make a Herbal Tonic for my patients and can drop LDLs by 100 points in 3 months with no side effects except it tastes like smelly gym socks...lol

The Cholesterol Level Scam

Here are a few surprising facts about cholesterol:

  • Those with high cholesterol run the same risk of heart disease as people with low cholesterol.
  • The human body needs cholesterol to be healthy.
  • LDL and HDL are not types of cholesterol but lipoproteins that transport cholesterol through the bloodstream.

Here are some facts about statin drugs, often prescribed for lowering cholesterol.

  • Statins are prescribed with the promise of offsetting the risk of heart disease. In reality, they're HUGE moneymakers for the health industry. The top three most common are Lipitor, Crestor, and Zocor. Lipitor alone pulls in $8 billion a year.
  • One out of five people who take these drugs experiences their side effects.
  • The FDA has reported that statins raise blood pressure and cause memory loss. Yet they leave them on the market.
  • After a simple blood test reveals high cholesterol, millions of healthy people are put on statins to prevent heart attack or stroke—a practice called primary prevention—meaning there are millions taking a drug they don't need.
  • Statins block the creation of enzyme COQ10, which is an antioxidant found and needed in every cell of the body.

What's more, in a study, French women between 60 and 75 with cholesterol levels of 160 were 5 times more susceptible to heart disease versus women the same age with a cholesterol level of 260.

Back in the early 1980s, the normal range was 200-300 was considered safe. Today that number has dropped to below 200, I wonder why?

Here are some side effects of statin drugs:

Source: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/statin-side-effects/art-20046013

  • muscle pain
  • fatigue
  • exercise intolerance (muscles too painful and weak to exercise)
  • memory loss
  • tingling, numbness or burning pain in limbs
  • irritability
  • sleep problems
  • sexual dysfunction
  • cancer
  • stroke
  • diabetes
  • autoimmune diseases
  • digestive problems
  • kidney disease
  • liver issues
  • lung problems
  • weight gain

and many more….

Statin Intolerance: Not a Myth (over 300 drugs are known to interact with statins)

Source: https://www.acc.org/latest-in-cardiology/articles/2015/08/11/09/16/statin-intolerance-not-a-myth

Common side effects

Side effects can vary between different statins, but common side effects include: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/statins/side-effects/

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • feeling sick
  • feeling unusually tired or physically weak
  • digestive system problems, such as constipation, diarrhoea, indigestion or farting
  • muscle pain
  • sleep problems
  • low blood platelet count
  • being sick
  • memory problems
  • hair loss
  • pins and needles
  • inflammation of the liver (hepatitis), which can cause flu-like symptoms
  • inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), which can cause stomach pain
  • skin problems, such as acne or an itchy red rash
  • sexual problems, such as loss of libido (reduced sex drive) or erectile dysfunction
  • muscle weakness (myopathy)
  • loss of sensation or tingling in the nerve endings of the hands and feet (peripheral neuropathy)
  • tendon problems (tendons are tough cords of tissue that connect muscles to bones)

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

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

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 KT (Usa) on 11/17/2018

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 Jeanne G. (Colorado) on 03/31/2023

Glad what you are doing is working for you, and also letting us know more about statins. It is known that statins cause atrophy of muscles, including the heart muscle. So a bit of logic here goes a long way. Statins are extremely profitable for the industry and known to help only a very small percentage of males.

Posted by Scott (Dallas, Tx) on 11/13/2014

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.

Posted by Dano (North Carolina) on 01/07/2024

Do not ever use wood alcohol. Vodka is NOT wood alcohol. Wood alcohol is poisonous and even small amounts cause permanent blindness by destroying the optic nerve. Many people have died from ingestion of wood alcohol, also known as Methanol and methyl alcohol. Vodka is ethyl alcohol.

Posted by Linda (Wi) on 09/27/2020

Was he on blood thinners and or other heart drugs when he started taking the Arjuna? And, was there any side effects or bad interactions?

Also, did his Drs know he started taking it and approve? Thank you.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Ruralgirl (Heart Of Tx) on 10/01/2014

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.

Posted by Sue (SC) on 01/03/2007

Chewing raw garlic stopped chest pains/noticed tumor shrink.

Posted by Peg (Omaha, NE) on 10/11/2006

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!

Cayenne, Garlic
Posted by Douglas (Monticello, FL) on 09/03/2006

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 Rob (Kentucky ) on 05/29/2022

Amazon search shows 67 seller results....

Posted by Linda (Wi) on 09/30/2020

How much did he take?

Posted by Gale (Davis, Ca) on 04/11/2021

I hope Holly replies to the questions.

Leaky Heart Valve
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 01/13/2012

Jean, read up on cayenne on earthclinic.

Leaky Heart Valve
Posted by Timh (Louisville, Usa) on 01/13/2012 2064 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.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Robert (Ca) on 10/14/2015

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.

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, Garlic
Posted by Joanne (Victoria, Canada) on 11/03/2014

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

Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, Garlic
Posted by Khalid (West Midlands) on 03/13/2017

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.

Cayenne, Garlic
Posted by Rebecca (Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania) on 07/27/2009

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.

Cayenne, Garlic
Posted by Gary (Australia) on 03/17/2017

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

Posted by Gail (El Paso TX) on 05/29/2022

Any idea where I can find African Bird Pepper at 350000 hu?

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

Ginger Juice
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 03/07/2015

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.

Ginger Juice
Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn) on 03/07/2015

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======

Ginger Juice
Posted by Betty (Chicago, Il ) on 08/31/2017

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

Leaky Heart Valve
Posted by Louwrence (Rustenburg, North West South Africa) on 01/13/2012

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.

Posted by Nonnu (Home Sweet Home) on 03/31/2023

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Posted by Mima (New Jersey) on 01/05/2017


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 Sam (Miami ) on 04/01/2023

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