Sugar may benefit heart attack victims on the road to recovery. Ribose, a simple form of sugar, may help the heart recover faster after an attack. Heart attacks are usually caused by a decreased production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), an energy-carrying molecule in heart cells. Ribose can actually enhance cells production of ATP leading to a quicker recovery. This could be a breakthrough for heart disease research as well as offer hope to recovering heart attack victims, but this is just a small preliminary study.
Either way, if you feel any strange discomfort in your chest – such as behind your breastbone or maybe in one of your arms, or both, or possibly in your jaw, neck, back or upper abdomen, don”t ignore it. Or perhaps it could be that you’re having cold sweats, nausea, shortness of breath or light-headedness. What could make all the difference is to consider that this could be an impending heart attack.
It has become clear in the world of cardiology that the shorter the time from the onset of a heart attack to the time the blocked artery is opened will be the deciding factor in saving a life and limiting heart muscle injury.
THREE LIFESAVING STEPS
- Promptly call 911.
- After you call 911, chew and swallow one 325 mg adult aspirin to help dissolve any clots that might be forming in your coronary arteries. is more effective than swallowing an aspirin. Chewed aspirin hits your bloodstream faster, and starts working in four to five minutes.
- Do not drive yourself to the hospital. Don’t even think about driving yourself or having an anxious mate drive you to the hospital.
If you are concerned with your heart health here are a few quick tips for having a healthy heart.
- Stay Active. It is recommended that you engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise on most days of the week (anywhere between three and five days is the average). It will keep your waistline trim and heart healthy. Even simpler options like walking to work or taking the stairs can end up having major health benefits down the road.
- Eat These Super Heart Friendly Foods: Omega 3 fatty acids, blueberries, and oatmeal are all heart healthy foods that are relatively low in calories and good for you. Be sure to limit your red meat intake and when preparing meats be sure to avoid frying them, as trans fats are a major culprit in heart disease.
- Cut Down on Work Hours: If you work an average of 11 or more hours per day, you have a 67 percent higher risk of suffering from a heart attack than those who work a standard seven- to eight-hour day. A big paycheck is nice, but not if a majority of your money goes to doctor bills.
- Stay Connected with Loved Ones: Heart attack survivors should reach out to friends and family during recovery. Researchers from Ohio State University studied the effect of social isolation on mice after surviving a heart attack. Socially isolated mice that underwent cardiac arrest suffered higher degrees of emotional, neurological and cardiac dysfunction than socially active mice that also underwent cardiac arrest. So don’t be afraid to lean on family and friends during periods of recovery, it just might prolong your life significantly
To maintain optimal heart health be sure to visit the doctor on a regular basis and always consult her before beginning any new diet or exercise plan.