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Emergency Cardiac Medicine Part 4

Posted on December 14, 2009 at 3:17 AM

Maybe you're familiar with a scene of a heart patient taking a nitroglycerin tablet under the tongue to stave off an attack of angina, a medical condition involving contraction of the coronary blood vessels. It is believed that vasodilators such as nitroglycerine undergo transformation in vascular smooth muscle cells to form nitric oxide.

The nitroglycerine is metabolized to nitric oxide, which relaxes these vessels, restoring blood flow to the heart. If you've been reading this blog for a while, then you're probably expecting me to bash nitroglycerine and you would be right!


While nitroglycerine is very helpful in emergencies, the herb, Terminalia Arjuna reduces angina episodes much more effectively. On top of that, nitroglycerin works less effectively over a period of time, yet terminalia arjuna just keeps on working.

When terminalia arjuna was compared against nitroglycerin, it proved superior everytime it was tested. Terminalia arjuna is nothing new, it's just not taught in medical school and it's no wonder why--there's no money in promoting it.

Terminalia arjuna goes far beyond protecting against angina, it is a powerful anti-inflammatory and protects against incidence of heart attack as well. It's a must have herb for advanced heart disease.

When some of the major arteries are occluded, it's indicative that a large portion of the smaller vessels have already lost 60% of their diameter. This is largely due to the diminished capacity by the body to produce nitric oxide. A major factor behind a shortage of this gaseous molecule is high glucose-induced cellular senescence.

In English, that means age-related decay of important biological systems caused by the types of food that spike insulin levels. Nitric oxide can prevent age-related dysfunction of the arterial system. The ingestion of nitric oxide boosting substances, can largely prevent decay under high glucose conditions.

Given the importance of nitric oxide, it is crucial in emergency medicine to incorporate nitric oxide boosters in addition to terminalia arjuna. The most effective way to keep arteries expanded around the clock to use is a patented form of sustained arginine, called Perfusia-SR®. Taken twice daily will dilate arteries up to two and a half times in diameter. The effective dose is 3 grams twice per day.

L-arginines effect on arteries has been well documented and in fact, researchers Robert F. Furchgott, Louis J. Ignarro, and Ferid Murad were awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Medicine with respect to nitric oxide as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system.

Most of us have probably heard of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Research shows it's just not appropriate most of the time and even mainstream medicine is taking notice.

Alternatively, a better technique called, cardio-cerebral resuscitation (CCR), is much more likely to save lives than CPR. The difference between CCR and CPR is avoiding the use of breathing into a heart attack victim's mouth.

Cardio-cerebral resuscitation or CCR works by only focusing on blood flow (the chest), what's important is to get blood to the brain via chest compressions. An interruption in blood flow for the sake of lung ventilation can spell death. Moreover, if the victim has any lodging in their airway, breathing into their mouth could make it much worse.

The key with chest compressions is to keep them fast and steady, and it must be maintained for several minutes without any pause. In order for sufficient blood flow to the brain, even a short rest can cause crucial pressure to fall flat.

Research confirms that heart attack victims will surive 300% greater when CCR is used instead of the old fashioned CPR, and without concern or worry about germs as an added bonus.

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