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The most fundamental cardio-vascular issues are being provided by an expert in medicine and the complementary one on a ground of what it can mean for everyone in the context of prophylaxis.
The old cliche "prevention is better than cure" could not be more true when it comes to looking after our health and, particularly, our heart and circulatory system.
It can be protected and, unbelievably, its good condition depends on a few simple rules which all of us can easily follow. Even if we are unlucky to have a history of family (genetic) weakness, we still can look after our health and reduce the risk to an absolute minimum. It is a very small effort for a huge pay-back!

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The heart and circulatory system - how its deterioration can be prevented by aspects of Complementary Medicine. by Dr Jakub S.Malinowski Knowler MD, MSc, CThAMCP, CNHSreg, NHS-DirM,

  1. 1. Heart and Circulatory SystemHeart and Circulatory System- how its deterioration can be prevented- how its deterioration can be preventedby aspects of Complementary Medicineby aspects of Complementary MedicineByByDr Jakub S.Malinowski KnowlerDr Jakub S.Malinowski KnowlerMaster of Science, BiologyMaster of Science, BiologyDoctor of MedicineDoctor of MedicineExpert and Practitioner in Complementary MedicineExpert and Practitioner in Complementary MedicineText & all images CopyrightText & all images Copyright
  2. 2. Are you certainAre you certainthat you arethat you arereally in goodreally in goodhealth?health?• How aboutHow aboutyour heart?your heart?• How is your bloodHow is your bloodcirculation?circulation?• Do not allow yourselfDo not allow yourselfto believe that “itto believe that “itcannot happen at mycannot happen at myage” …age” …
  3. 3. We all know that good healthWe all know that good healthis vital for quality of our life.is vital for quality of our life.Yet, we often do not react toYet, we often do not react tosymptoms as they appear,symptoms as they appear,allowing serious complicationsallowing serious complicationsto develop until the diseaseto develop until the diseaseunexpectedly strikes!unexpectedly strikes!Sadly, often it may be too lateSadly, often it may be too lateto reverse the advancedto reverse the advancedprocess once activated, like anprocess once activated, like aninfarct.infarct.UniversallyUniversallythe Heart &the Heart &Blood CirculationBlood Circulationplay a dominant role inplay a dominant role inmaintenance of healthy bodymaintenance of healthy body& mind...& mind...
  4. 4. Anatomy and general functionAnatomy and general functionofof the heartthe heart are quite wellare quite wellknown to everybody. Theknown to everybody. Theimage of this organ isimage of this organ iscommonly seen in manycommonly seen in manyplaces and aspects. It isplaces and aspects. It isnothing new these days!nothing new these days!
  5. 5. However, bloodHowever, bloodcirculatorycirculatorysystem in itssystem in itsdetail is notdetail is notquite so familiar,quite so familiar,even to someeven to someprofessionals,professionals,both regardingboth regardingmorphologymorphology,,as well asas well asmolecularmolecularphysiologyphysiologyof each part ofof each part ofthe system.the system.
  6. 6. Our heart works as the blood pumpOur heart works as the blood pumpusing the function of blood vessels,using the function of blood vessels,from the arteries to veins & capillaries.from the arteries to veins & capillaries.This explains its priority as the one ofThis explains its priority as the one offour predominant systems supervisingfour predominant systems supervisingwhole organism.whole organism.That is why, once a substance is insertedThat is why, once a substance is insertedor injected it is spread around whole of theor injected it is spread around whole of thebody. This may result in either positive orbody. This may result in either positive ornegative reaction for the health processes.negative reaction for the health processes.Dangerous substances are: pathogenicDangerous substances are: pathogenictoxins, interactive molecules and microbestoxins, interactive molecules and microbesas well some produced by ourselves, suchas well some produced by ourselves, suchas auto aggressive cells, antibodies oras auto aggressive cells, antibodies orcells transformed into oncogenic-bodies –cells transformed into oncogenic-bodies –we need to avoid these at all costswe need to avoid these at all costs..Our heart works as the blood pumpOur heart works as the blood pumpusing the function of blood vessels,using the function of blood vessels,from the arteries to veins & capillaries.from the arteries to veins & capillaries.This explains its priority as the one ofThis explains its priority as the one offour predominant systems supervisingfour predominant systems supervisingwhole organism.whole organism.That is why, once a substance is insertedThat is why, once a substance is insertedor injected it is spread around whole of theor injected it is spread around whole of thebody. This may result in either positive orbody. This may result in either positive ornegative reaction for the health processes.negative reaction for the health processes.Dangerous substances are: pathogenicDangerous substances are: pathogenictoxins, interactive molecules and microbestoxins, interactive molecules and microbesas well some produced by ourselves, suchas well some produced by ourselves, suchas auto aggressive cells, antibodies oras auto aggressive cells, antibodies orcells transformed into oncogenic-bodies –cells transformed into oncogenic-bodies –we need to avoid these at all costswe need to avoid these at all costs..Thankfully, the Immune System protectsThankfully, the Immune System protectsus quite effectively, so majority ofus quite effectively, so majority ofdangers are neutralised and killeddangers are neutralised and killedsuccessfully.successfully.On the other hand it is our conscious andOn the other hand it is our conscious andrational decision to look after ourselves torational decision to look after ourselves tocontrol our body. For that we use our brain,control our body. For that we use our brain,as well as the Central Nervous System.as well as the Central Nervous System.
  7. 7. Talking about our blood vessels, weTalking about our blood vessels, wecould say “as long they are all right wecould say “as long they are all right weare OK.”are OK.”• And this is very true!And this is very true!The health of our whole organism, down to smallest part,The health of our whole organism, down to smallest part,depends on condition of the arteries and veins. Each timedepends on condition of the arteries and veins. Each timethey are damaged, our health deteriorates, influencingthey are damaged, our health deteriorates, influencingpatho-anathomy & patho-physiology of the subsequentpatho-anathomy & patho-physiology of the subsequentcomplications.complications.Eg:Eg: post-inflammative scar or a plaque of smoking deposits,post-inflammative scar or a plaque of smoking deposits,as well as arteriosclerotic changes will inevitably end up asas well as arteriosclerotic changes will inevitably end up asnasty consequences!nasty consequences!Similarly, mechanical or physical shock on the tissue ofSimilarly, mechanical or physical shock on the tissue ofvessels leaves damage not only at the place of shock, butvessels leaves damage not only at the place of shock, butcauses faulty blood stream flow, resulting with a blood clotcauses faulty blood stream flow, resulting with a blood clotblocking blood delivery to all the vessels past the clot. Thisblocking blood delivery to all the vessels past the clot. Thismay result in various possible infection, terrible pain andmay result in various possible infection, terrible pain andoedema –eventually disabling our movemet.oedema –eventually disabling our movemet.Subsequently, if not treated in time, a dislamination of theSubsequently, if not treated in time, a dislamination of theblood vessels’ wall will occur, an aneurism, running a riskblood vessels’ wall will occur, an aneurism, running a riskof serious haemorrhage.of serious haemorrhage. Subsequently this may even leadSubsequently this may even leadto death.to death.
  8. 8. It is unimportant to list here all heartIt is unimportant to list here all heartproblems and diseases, however, weproblems and diseases, however, weneed to know know that heart natural –need to know know that heart natural –biological pump action comprises ofbiological pump action comprises oftwo factors when working:two factors when working:- mechanical, called- mechanical, calledhemodynamichemodynamic;;- other emitting & transmitting bio-- other emitting & transmitting bio-electrical impulses, calledelectrical impulses, calledelectro-cardiological.electro-cardiological.Both are equally responsible andBoth are equally responsible andimportant to our health as, failure ofimportant to our health as, failure ofeach one, would result in the seriouseach one, would result in the seriousand traumatic episodes.and traumatic episodes.• Blood circulation dysfunction may result in inevitable damage toBlood circulation dysfunction may result in inevitable damage toour body, regardless of patients’ age;our body, regardless of patients’ age;• However, we are not utterly doomed to this fate. Our body’s preventativeHowever, we are not utterly doomed to this fate. Our body’s preventativebiological mechanisms usually alert us, provoking a rational reaction and abiological mechanisms usually alert us, provoking a rational reaction and arelevant medical treatment.relevant medical treatment.• This should be a combination ofThis should be a combination of conventionalconventional &&professionalprofessional complementary medicinecomplementary medicine treatment.treatment.
  9. 9. Prevention is better than curePrevention is better than cureAs the saying goes, preventing health problems isAs the saying goes, preventing health problems isunquestionably more sensible and effective thatunquestionably more sensible and effective thattreating problems that have been allowed to develop-treating problems that have been allowed to develop-The same applies to the conditions affecting heart andThe same applies to the conditions affecting heart andcirculatory system.circulatory system.• Rather then relying on professional treatment of theRather then relying on professional treatment of thespecialists of various health disorders,specialists of various health disorders, lets betterlets betterconcentrate on adequate preventive actions, toconcentrate on adequate preventive actions, tomaintain health of our heart and blood vessels asmaintain health of our heart and blood vessels aslong as possible before they may need to belong as possible before they may need to betreated.treated.• Although general rules of hygiene seem to beAlthough general rules of hygiene seem to befamiliar to most of us, yet in reality of everydayfamiliar to most of us, yet in reality of everydaylife they are often forgotten.life they are often forgotten.• Lets not forget the importance of properly lookingLets not forget the importance of properly lookingrather than harming ourselves - we often don’trather than harming ourselves - we often don’tpay enough attention to this and there definitely ispay enough attention to this and there definitely ismore that we need to do to in that respect.more that we need to do to in that respect.It requires a better knowledge of our biology.It requires a better knowledge of our biology.
  10. 10. Although there is a list of diseases which are associated with specific alleles of theAlthough there is a list of diseases which are associated with specific alleles of thegenes, some of them may express their phenotype in the next generation asgenes, some of them may express their phenotype in the next generation as aahereditary health disorderhereditary health disorder ,, like Marfan’s Syndrome (carried by thelike Marfan’s Syndrome (carried by the FBN1gene asFBN1gene asdominant), or the Fallot Tetralogy (dominant), or the Fallot Tetralogy (chromosome 22 deletions) yet majority ofchromosome 22 deletions) yet majority of disorders isdisorders isnot passed downnot passed down to the next generation..to the next generation..However, there are someHowever, there are some predispositionspredispositions to getting certain illnesses, whichto getting certain illnesses, whichmedically is recognized as a higher probabilitymedically is recognized as a higher probability of getting ill in comparison to an averageof getting ill in comparison to an averageperson; such diseases are, for instance, liability to a heart attack or a stroke.person; such diseases are, for instance, liability to a heart attack or a stroke.I want to point out that varicose veins - extremely common today - also have such aI want to point out that varicose veins - extremely common today - also have such acomponent in their epidemiology.component in their epidemiology.We call itWe call it a family recorda family record..Congenital disordersCongenital disorders should today be recognised quite easily, and weshould today be recognised quite easily, and wealways have to be aware of anything that may looks abnormal in a baby or aalways have to be aware of anything that may looks abnormal in a baby or achild. Natural atrophy of the Botal’s Duct is not always successfully recognised,child. Natural atrophy of the Botal’s Duct is not always successfully recognised,so the baby will lack the oxygen in its body, called ischemia. This defect isso the baby will lack the oxygen in its body, called ischemia. This defect iseasily reparable by a surgical correction. However, if not recognised, it caneasily reparable by a surgical correction. However, if not recognised, it canresult in a serious failure in grown up individual. Never ignore your child’sresult in a serious failure in grown up individual. Never ignore your child’sbehaviour and body colour, it struggling with a physical effort or getting bluishbehaviour and body colour, it struggling with a physical effort or getting bluishskin, fingers, and lips – all these may be signs of that problem.skin, fingers, and lips – all these may be signs of that problem.• Great majority of heart & circulation problems are acquiredGreat majority of heart & circulation problems are acquiredailments which, potentially, could be avoided.ailments which, potentially, could be avoided.
  11. 11. The neonatal timeThe neonatal time when our body, including the organs, is created, is one ofwhen our body, including the organs, is created, is one ofthe most vital stages and the correct development at that time will reflect on the wholethe most vital stages and the correct development at that time will reflect on the wholelife of the individual.life of the individual.Sadly, despite frequent repetition time and again to the point of boredom - the young people doSadly, despite frequent repetition time and again to the point of boredom - the young people donot seem to realise how harmful is smoking cigarettes, taking drugs or using alcohol. Equally sleepnot seem to realise how harmful is smoking cigarettes, taking drugs or using alcohol. Equally sleepdepravation, inappropriate food, creating havoc of frequent nervous tension and too much stressdepravation, inappropriate food, creating havoc of frequent nervous tension and too much stressare driving many future mothers to a brink of disaster and, particularly, to the baby in the womb.are driving many future mothers to a brink of disaster and, particularly, to the baby in the womb.After the conception the foetus may be exposed to these harmful factors for too long before anyAfter the conception the foetus may be exposed to these harmful factors for too long before anyserious deviation within foetus’ organogenesis is recognised - by then it may be too late…serious deviation within foetus’ organogenesis is recognised - by then it may be too late…Parents expose not only themselves but also their child which will suffer from possibleParents expose not only themselves but also their child which will suffer from possibleconsequences and abnormalities all its life, be it short or long. The emotional baggage of knowingconsequences and abnormalities all its life, be it short or long. The emotional baggage of knowingthat we are harming our future child should, surely, make people stop and think and yet, this viciousthat we are harming our future child should, surely, make people stop and think and yet, this viciouscircle seems to continue.circle seems to continue.-- Advise? – The answer is obvious, but if we need to spell it, let’s say:Advise? – The answer is obvious, but if we need to spell it, let’s say:- becoming parents we must take more care about what we do.- becoming parents we must take more care about what we do.Many irreversible problems also derive from oral contraceptives, e.g.Many irreversible problems also derive from oral contraceptives, e.g. AlprasolamAlprasolam – the– theone among them, may causeone among them, may cause embolizationembolization (closure of blood vessels), as well as from(closure of blood vessels), as well as frompainkillers, inhaled fumes, not only from passive smoking…painkillers, inhaled fumes, not only from passive smoking…• Regular check-ups at the neonatal clinic are strongly recommended. Once the babe is born,Regular check-ups at the neonatal clinic are strongly recommended. Once the babe is born,rely on a good paediatrician to care for baby’s development. Discuss everything you noticerely on a good paediatrician to care for baby’s development. Discuss everything you noticeas suspicious, new or abnormal. When in doubt, ask for second opinion of the consultant.as suspicious, new or abnormal. When in doubt, ask for second opinion of the consultant.• In that, help ofIn that, help of the complementary medicinethe complementary medicine practitionerpractitioner would be of greatwould be of greatvalue.value.
  12. 12. The circulatory systemThe circulatory system is one of the most exposed to the external factors of theis one of the most exposed to the external factors of thechemicals used in everyday life. Inhaled through upper respiratory track down to thechemicals used in everyday life. Inhaled through upper respiratory track down to thebronchia and the lungs, and eventually to the heart, these chemicals can destroy it.bronchia and the lungs, and eventually to the heart, these chemicals can destroy it.Its endothelium,Its endothelium, a layer of cells lining the inner side of blood vessels vascularising ofa layer of cells lining the inner side of blood vessels vascularising ofall of the air passagesall of the air passages is extremely fragile and sensitive to almost everything.is extremely fragile and sensitive to almost everything.Expecting mExpecting mothers, instead of taking a regularothers, instead of taking a regular antihistamineantihistamine should,should,when coughing or suffering from allergy, treat it with various herbal-basedwhen coughing or suffering from allergy, treat it with various herbal-basedremedies as well as recommended cupping, if bronchitis has beenremedies as well as recommended cupping, if bronchitis has beendiagnosed. Chemicaldiagnosed. Chemical antihistaminesantihistamines should be reserve for use in acuteshould be reserve for use in acutestages only!stages only!A warm aromatherapy bath would also be a good choice.A warm aromatherapy bath would also be a good choice. TetracyclineTetracycline asaswell as other antibiotics can seriously damage foetus’ development.well as other antibiotics can seriously damage foetus’ development.• Juvenile ailments like, for instance, rheumatoidal disorders are known to returnJuvenile ailments like, for instance, rheumatoidal disorders are known to returnin later life as various health problems. Young organism can usually cope within later life as various health problems. Young organism can usually cope withsuch disorders, even with some dull aches and not pay much attention, but insuch disorders, even with some dull aches and not pay much attention, but inadvanced age these complaints will return, often in much more serious form.advanced age these complaints will return, often in much more serious form.• Thus be aware of any damp around the home, as fungus which producesThus be aware of any damp around the home, as fungus which producesatrocious substances will affect adversely rheumatism-related diseases.atrocious substances will affect adversely rheumatism-related diseases.Although Streptococci-derived antigens stimulate B-lymphocytes to produce army of relevant immuno-Although Streptococci-derived antigens stimulate B-lymphocytes to produce army of relevant immuno-specific antibodies, the ones which are responsible for cardiac rheumatism & heart valves damage orspecific antibodies, the ones which are responsible for cardiac rheumatism & heart valves damage orthe blood vessels cusps and also affecting receptors in our joints or in the kidneys – this issue isthe blood vessels cusps and also affecting receptors in our joints or in the kidneys – this issue isdiscussed further ondiscussed further on..• Immunological origins of majority of rheumatic disorders derive from factors weImmunological origins of majority of rheumatic disorders derive from factors wewere exposed to at young age.were exposed to at young age.
  13. 13. Thermal shockThermal shock may be dangerous to themay be dangerous to theorganism. Both extreme heat & freezing coldorganism. Both extreme heat & freezing coldwill result in serious negative consequences.will result in serious negative consequences.• Exposition to the extreme temperatures provokeExposition to the extreme temperatures provoke cyanosiscyanosis oror congelationcongelationrespectively and a serious damage to the blood vessels around the bodyrespectively and a serious damage to the blood vessels around the bodyending with lack of blood delivered to the organs. For the brain it may be equalending with lack of blood delivered to the organs. For the brain it may be equalto thermical death. Taking poorly dressed, barefootto thermical death. Taking poorly dressed, barefoot babiesbabies without a hat in awithout a hat in acold, windy weather as well as leaving them in the sun heat is very dangerouscold, windy weather as well as leaving them in the sun heat is very dangerousand yet very commonly seen in the streets…and yet very commonly seen in the streets…• The same danger of the thermal shock applies to the elderly…The same danger of the thermal shock applies to the elderly…• Let us remember, that very low temperature can trigger the heart infarctLet us remember, that very low temperature can trigger the heart infarctcausing immediate death, not only due to congelation, even in a relativelycausing immediate death, not only due to congelation, even in a relativelyhealthy person.healthy person.• There are numerous ailments which derive from past history of thermal shock,There are numerous ailments which derive from past history of thermal shock,like many rheumatologic diseases which will affect person’s quality of all life.like many rheumatologic diseases which will affect person’s quality of all life.• Staying in a cold room without movement for prolonged periods of time mayStaying in a cold room without movement for prolonged periods of time maynot only cause a cold and inflammation of the respiratory system, but bynot only cause a cold and inflammation of the respiratory system, but bydepriving our body of efficient blood circulation, will degrade the rate ofdepriving our body of efficient blood circulation, will degrade the rate ofmetabolism.metabolism.• In a very high temperature we must drink more than usually – and not onlyIn a very high temperature we must drink more than usually – and not onlypure water as it will not replenish the minerals we are loosing when sweating,pure water as it will not replenish the minerals we are loosing when sweating,and which our body requires for its equilibrium. Fruit juices and fruity drinks areand which our body requires for its equilibrium. Fruit juices and fruity drinks arealways the first choice.always the first choice.
  14. 14. Standing positionStanding position for prolonged periodsfor prolonged periods is known tois known tobe the worst position of all. Passive gravity of the blood whichbe the worst position of all. Passive gravity of the blood whichflow down to the lower extremities may results in painfulflow down to the lower extremities may results in painfuloedema and swollen tissue. Eventually this will produceoedema and swollen tissue. Eventually this will producenumbness & neurological dysfunction followed bynumbness & neurological dysfunction followed byinflammation of the veins – eventually ending in inability toinflammation of the veins – eventually ending in inability tomove.move.In contrast physical activity is the best way to prevent congestive disorders withinIn contrast physical activity is the best way to prevent congestive disorders withinthe heart, vascular and lymphatic systems - at any age and in every situationthe heart, vascular and lymphatic systems - at any age and in every situation..Keep moving & be active as much as possible!Keep moving & be active as much as possible!However, this does not mean forcing your body to over-strenuous activity,However, this does not mean forcing your body to over-strenuous activity,for instance during training!for instance during training!Jogging & long distance running can cause acute inflammation and painful crampsJogging & long distance running can cause acute inflammation and painful crampsand spasms of leg veins and muscles due to excess production of milk and uricand spasms of leg veins and muscles due to excess production of milk and uricacids. Over extended periods this may affect heart. Administering a remedyacids. Over extended periods this may affect heart. Administering a remedysuch Vit C with magnesium, together with sufficiently high energy drink usuallysuch Vit C with magnesium, together with sufficiently high energy drink usuallyalleviates these symptoms.alleviates these symptoms.High altitude,High altitude, overover 2500m above sea level,2500m above sea level, cancan be dangerous to children underbe dangerous to children under10, as it stimulates the heart muscle to higher beat rate. This can produce heart10, as it stimulates the heart muscle to higher beat rate. This can produce heartinsufficiency due to progressing hypertrophy of its left ventricle. Additionally,insufficiency due to progressing hypertrophy of its left ventricle. Additionally,effort of physical activity in the high altitude will, most probably aggravate it. Thiseffort of physical activity in the high altitude will, most probably aggravate it. Thisdefect usually results in a cardiomyopathy and dysfunction of the heart valves.defect usually results in a cardiomyopathy and dysfunction of the heart valves.Thus predisposing the person to the heart failure in later life…Thus predisposing the person to the heart failure in later life…
  15. 15. ForFor teenagersteenagers it is important to allow the body toit is important to allow the body tocomplete its growing process so that the heart iscomplete its growing process so that the heart isdeveloped to its final size and potency without beingdeveloped to its final size and potency without beingdamaged . It has to serve us for whole long life.damaged . It has to serve us for whole long life.• Smoking and alcohol along with drugs, lower body’s ability to grow and,Smoking and alcohol along with drugs, lower body’s ability to grow and,even if activity of the growth hormone persists, whole physical strength ofeven if activity of the growth hormone persists, whole physical strength ofthe body remains below its full potential making it prone to health failure.the body remains below its full potential making it prone to health failure.• An in-depth examination of whole body carried out around 18 is stronglyAn in-depth examination of whole body carried out around 18 is stronglyrecommended, as this is a last moment to correct abnormalities which wererecommended, as this is a last moment to correct abnormalities which werenot discovered before, including these affecting heart and circulatorynot discovered before, including these affecting heart and circulatorysystem. It is quite frequent that individuals completing high school aresystem. It is quite frequent that individuals completing high school arediagnosed with some heart abnormality.diagnosed with some heart abnormality.• During development, when sex hormones are activated, a truly holisticDuring development, when sex hormones are activated, a truly holisticapproach is required for this bio-medical assessment for both boys andapproach is required for this bio-medical assessment for both boys andgirls.girls.• There are ailments which begin to appear at exactly this period of life. TheThere are ailments which begin to appear at exactly this period of life. Thecondition of the heart with blood vessels have to be taken into considerationcondition of the heart with blood vessels have to be taken into considerationas one of the most vital parts of the body. As an example, there areas one of the most vital parts of the body. As an example, there areprofessions which may not be suitable for individuals with certain healthprofessions which may not be suitable for individuals with certain healthconditions so, to keep them safe, it is vital to check total health of youngconditions so, to keep them safe, it is vital to check total health of youngpeople at the beginning of their grown-up life.people at the beginning of their grown-up life.
  16. 16. AlthoughAlthough the adulthoodthe adulthood beginsbegins with the end of teenagewith the end of teenageyears yet, particularly for men, the final maturing takes place atyears yet, particularly for men, the final maturing takes place ataround 28. This is the time when last shot of growing happensaround 28. This is the time when last shot of growing happenstogether with final stabilisation of a natural body mass.together with final stabilisation of a natural body mass.• The amount of strength and body potential the organism managed to accumulateThe amount of strength and body potential the organism managed to accumulatenow has to last through individual’s lifetime, with all positives and negatives.now has to last through individual’s lifetime, with all positives and negatives.• Although an accident can happen at any time during the life cycle, from thisAlthough an accident can happen at any time during the life cycle, from thismoment of maturity our body is really ready to cope with all complications.moment of maturity our body is really ready to cope with all complications.Therefore our habits, behaviour and lifestyle will have a fundamental impact onTherefore our habits, behaviour and lifestyle will have a fundamental impact onour health, and therefore on condition of the heart and circulatory system.our health, and therefore on condition of the heart and circulatory system.Should there be weaknesses within these parts the individual is more prone toShould there be weaknesses within these parts the individual is more prone tovarious diseases.various diseases.• Infectious diseasesInfectious diseases – seriously affect us worldwide; some of them are quite– seriously affect us worldwide; some of them are quitedangerous, as for instance flu caused by thedangerous, as for instance flu caused by the influenza virusinfluenza virus. As wide medical. As wide medicalevidence shows, this virus can be life threatening, as it attacks almost everyevidence shows, this virus can be life threatening, as it attacks almost everyorgan including the heart – and yet, it is so often ignored as “simple cold”.organ including the heart – and yet, it is so often ignored as “simple cold”.• Cardiac insufficiency circulatoriaCardiac insufficiency circulatoria is another diagnosis which puts life onis another diagnosis which puts life online against death. In majority of cases irreversible cardiomyopathy calls for theline against death. In majority of cases irreversible cardiomyopathy calls for theheart transplantation. In other situations it can damage vascularisation of theheart transplantation. In other situations it can damage vascularisation of thelungs or kidneys etc. - Advise in that case:lungs or kidneys etc. - Advise in that case: if one is potentially exposed to theif one is potentially exposed to theinfection, it is imperative to observe effective hygiene & avoid too close contactinfection, it is imperative to observe effective hygiene & avoid too close contactwith others. Most importantly, the relevant vaccination must be our first decision.with others. Most importantly, the relevant vaccination must be our first decision.Once ill, we must refrain from work, stay in bed with supports of relevantOnce ill, we must refrain from work, stay in bed with supports of relevantremedies, preferably herbal ones , which do not overload already affected body.remedies, preferably herbal ones , which do not overload already affected body.It takes at least a week to heal but recuperation demands one more week toIt takes at least a week to heal but recuperation demands one more week tocomplete the recovery.complete the recovery.
  17. 17. Despite immune system’s ability to self- control and itsDespite immune system’s ability to self- control and itshealing abilities,healing abilities, the blood vessels and subsequentlythe blood vessels and subsequentlythe heart are in the first line of attack when in contactthe heart are in the first line of attack when in contactwith many serious diseaseswith many serious diseases ,, like connective tissuelike connective tissuedisease, vasculitis, phlebitis, arterio-/athero-scleroses,disease, vasculitis, phlebitis, arterio-/athero-scleroses,autoimmune disorders, and many others.autoimmune disorders, and many others.• In all these cases, it is strongly advised to not postpone theIn all these cases, it is strongly advised to not postpone thevisit to a medical centre, like cardiovascular clinic, where avisit to a medical centre, like cardiovascular clinic, where ateam of specialists in relevant disciplines can quicklyteam of specialists in relevant disciplines can quicklydiagnose the problem and, working together, agree bestdiagnose the problem and, working together, agree bestcourse of treatment.course of treatment.• It is a right of a patient to take part in decision on treatmentIt is a right of a patient to take part in decision on treatmentchoice, to ask for explanation, discuss an alternativechoice, to ask for explanation, discuss an alternativeapproach and report the results so that the doctors are wellapproach and report the results so that the doctors are wellaware of what does or does not suit the patient.aware of what does or does not suit the patient.• Consider also eventual adverse effects of every treatment;Consider also eventual adverse effects of every treatment;Enquire regarding other relevant options ofEnquire regarding other relevant options of thetheComplementary MedicineComplementary Medicine
  18. 18. Geriatric approach to theGeriatric approach to theelderlyelderly• In relation toIn relation to the advanced age, say 70 +the advanced age, say 70 + (although there is no cut-off age as it is a matter of(although there is no cut-off age as it is a matter ofindividual condition),individual condition), the heart and circulatory system response to environmental condition isthe heart and circulatory system response to environmental condition isslightly different than in younger individualsslightly different than in younger individuals. Different range of physiological parameters. Different range of physiological parametersbecomesbecomes normal for that agenormal for that age. Thus, when dealing with Seniors, medical staff and all. Thus, when dealing with Seniors, medical staff and allpeople around have to take particular care ofpeople around have to take particular care ofat least two factors:at least two factors:– Most of elderly Humans become more vulnerable and fragile both physically as well asMost of elderly Humans become more vulnerable and fragile both physically as well asmentally as time progresses. Their body and also the organs get weaker as the strengthmentally as time progresses. Their body and also the organs get weaker as the strengthebbs away. Immunity drops down, elasticity of tissue is taken over by stiffness andebbs away. Immunity drops down, elasticity of tissue is taken over by stiffness andhardness. Taking blood samples is difficult because the vessels are more prone tohardness. Taking blood samples is difficult because the vessels are more prone tobruising. A natural senile dementia clouds clear thinking; together all these changes limitbruising. A natural senile dementia clouds clear thinking; together all these changes limitelderly individual’s achievement. A simple proposal to go out for a walk or a meal to aelderly individual’s achievement. A simple proposal to go out for a walk or a meal to arestaurant may be rejected or impossible…restaurant may be rejected or impossible…– Despite advancement of aging process the Seniors still need to be active and feel a partDespite advancement of aging process the Seniors still need to be active and feel a partof the situations or decisions they feel are important. They want to be treated as equals,of the situations or decisions they feel are important. They want to be treated as equals,important and needed. A heart failure may limit the range of physical activity, as do aimportant and needed. A heart failure may limit the range of physical activity, as do avascular problem in walking, but it is important to help them keep moving! Even thevascular problem in walking, but it is important to help them keep moving! Even the heartheartattack or a haemorrhage at this age is much less life threatening thanattack or a haemorrhage at this age is much less life threatening than in younger peoplein younger people..With properly care, elderly usually survive such episodes. To prolong relatively active lifeWith properly care, elderly usually survive such episodes. To prolong relatively active lifethey require to be allowed to decide and perform the activities on their own as best theythey require to be allowed to decide and perform the activities on their own as best theycan. This way the whole old body has to exercise, every task being both mental &can. This way the whole old body has to exercise, every task being both mental &physical training. Surprisingly the Seniors show comparatively better stamina and canphysical training. Surprisingly the Seniors show comparatively better stamina and canextend the activity with time and effort.extend the activity with time and effort.• Therefore a proper medical approach withTherefore a proper medical approach with well adjusted doses of medication andwell adjusted doses of medication andsupplementssupplements and check-ups should be supported byand check-ups should be supported by the Complementary Medicinethe Complementary Medicine asasmuch as possible, incl. massagesmuch as possible, incl. massages,, hydrotherapyhydrotherapy,, herbal remedies to limit many ailments &herbal remedies to limit many ailments &senile decline so typical at this age, like indigestion or morning joint stiffness…senile decline so typical at this age, like indigestion or morning joint stiffness…
  19. 19. After surgical treatment on the heart orAfter surgical treatment on the heart orany part of the blood vesselsany part of the blood vessels systemsystema relevant supportive protection comes to it owna relevant supportive protection comes to it own• Depending on the patients’ health problem and the pertinent to it surgicalDepending on the patients’ health problem and the pertinent to it surgicalintervention, the recuperation & recovery will be followed by re-entry to normal,intervention, the recuperation & recovery will be followed by re-entry to normal,healthy and active working and private life.healthy and active working and private life.• Regarding patients’ age & gender, the biology of whole organism requires relevantRegarding patients’ age & gender, the biology of whole organism requires relevantconduct, but disregarding these factors, two aspect play the decisive roleconduct, but disregarding these factors, two aspect play the decisive role– positive psychological attitudepositive psychological attitude to the reality of the situationto the reality of the situation– physical fitness and determinationphysical fitness and determination to maintain the benefits of improved healthto maintain the benefits of improved health ––– Under no circumstances the patients should be treated like disable people.Under no circumstances the patients should be treated like disable people.• Complementary MedicineComplementary Medicine will offer many ways and new solutions to help here:will offer many ways and new solutions to help here:• SuitableSuitable life stylelife style andand a dieta diet along with regularalong with regular check-upscheck-ups will help to avoid the remission ofwill help to avoid the remission ofdisorders or appearance of possible new complications e.g. for those whose heart valves ordisorders or appearance of possible new complications e.g. for those whose heart valves orpart of artery have been replaced,part of artery have been replaced, avoiding allavoiding all suppurative infectionsuppurative infection is the most importantis the most importantissue; similarly with transplant of whole heart or any other organ.issue; similarly with transplant of whole heart or any other organ.• Controlling of blood thickness – the agglutinationControlling of blood thickness – the agglutination INRINR & clot, as well as level of& clot, as well as level of mineralsminerals, mostly, mostlythe cations of Ca++the cations of Ca++ in the blood stream responsible for mineralization of the vessels’ walls andin the blood stream responsible for mineralization of the vessels’ walls andthe heart valves tissue. When hardened, they cause valvular regurgitation in the heart…the heart valves tissue. When hardened, they cause valvular regurgitation in the heart…• Taking care not to allow the LDL accumulation within the endothelium of the vessels so thatTaking care not to allow the LDL accumulation within the endothelium of the vessels so thatatherosclerotic changes are avoidedatherosclerotic changes are avoided• Arresting development of all diseases - like diabetes, rheumatic blood vessels deformities,Arresting development of all diseases - like diabetes, rheumatic blood vessels deformities,hormones balance disturbances…hormones balance disturbances…
  20. 20. The Blood PressureThe Blood PressureAlthough it is one of the most common cardiacAlthough it is one of the most common cardiacproblems, it still seems to shocks all who are diagnosedproblems, it still seems to shocks all who are diagnosedwith it…with it…• Physiological norm -Physiological norm - 120 /80120 /80 mmHg +/- 8.3 SDmmHg +/- 8.3 SD, 120mm systolic and 80mm, 120mm systolic and 80mmdiasystolic respectively.diasystolic respectively.• However, in children and the elderly and during recuperation periods it varyHowever, in children and the elderly and during recuperation periods it varyfrom that norm.from that norm.• Medically accepted, as a new norm, isMedically accepted, as a new norm, is 140/85140/85mmHgmmHg +/- 10.0 SD+/- 10.0 SD aboveaboveage of 60+;age of 60+;• For variety of reasons, like intensive sport exercise, exhaustion from work,For variety of reasons, like intensive sport exercise, exhaustion from work,onset of a disease or recovery time - it will change.onset of a disease or recovery time - it will change.• Under pressureUnder pressure Hypotension arteralis,Hypotension arteralis, when lower thenwhen lower then 100/60mmHg100/60mmHg +/-+/-5 SD5 SD, can be equally dangerous whether constitutional or transient, as it, can be equally dangerous whether constitutional or transient, as itaffects whole body causing serious disorder ofaffects whole body causing serious disorder of insufficientia circulatoriainsufficientia circulatoriawithin every organ: from brain to kidneys, from head to feet…within every organ: from brain to kidneys, from head to feet…• It is good to correlate it to the heart rate, measured in beats per minute –It is good to correlate it to the heart rate, measured in beats per minute – thethepulsepulse; Physiological norm:; Physiological norm: 7070bp+/-10 SDbp+/-10 SD• Every 6 months these parameters should be routinely checkedEvery 6 months these parameters should be routinely checkedand, if suspiciously different, should be monitored weekly andand, if suspiciously different, should be monitored weekly andconsulted with your doctorconsulted with your doctor
  21. 21. All too common risk factorsAll too common risk factorsconsidering prevention rather then cure,considering prevention rather then cure,it has to be said that below factorsit has to be said that below factorspresent easy opportunity to succumb topresent easy opportunity to succumb tomany well known derivative disorders.many well known derivative disorders.• InappropriateInappropriate dietdiet in bothin both QualityQuality – fats, sugar, salt as well as– fats, sugar, salt as well as QuantityQuantity. Missing. Missingmeals at the usual meal times or some fashionable diets can also bring on seriousmeals at the usual meal times or some fashionable diets can also bring on seriousmetabolical consequences.metabolical consequences.• SmokingSmoking,, excessexcess ofof alcoholalcohol consumption,consumption, drugsdrugs, too strong, too strong coffeecoffee && teatea andandexcess ofexcess of anabolicanabolic && bio energy stimulants:bio energy stimulants: cola-like drinks.cola-like drinks.• PharmacomaniaPharmacomania, the use of medicines “just in case”… as well as, the use of medicines “just in case”… as well as self-self-administrationadministration of various medicines, incl. over-the–counter ones, very often inof various medicines, incl. over-the–counter ones, very often inmiscalculated doses.miscalculated doses.• Being overstressed and under constant pressure – inability to de-stress and relaxBeing overstressed and under constant pressure – inability to de-stress and relax• Sleep depravationSleep depravation , habitual late bed-times & variable sleeping hours when, habitual late bed-times & variable sleeping hours whenworking shiftsworking shifts• Sedentary lifestyleSedentary lifestyle . Neglecting any form of physical activity. Neglecting any form of physical activity• habitualhabitual rejection of treatmentrejection of treatment when necessary.when necessary.• Disregard for basicDisregard for basic hygienic ruleshygienic rules e.g. regular washing hands, sneezinge.g. regular washing hands, sneezingwithout covering our nose and mouth , dressing inappropriately to the weather…without covering our nose and mouth , dressing inappropriately to the weather…
  22. 22. Controls & TestsControls & TestsJust like other parts of body have to be controlled by periodicJust like other parts of body have to be controlled by periodiccheck-ups, heart & blood vessels’ condition also requires to becheck-ups, heart & blood vessels’ condition also requires to becontrolled so that any possible changes or abnormalities can becontrolled so that any possible changes or abnormalities can bediagnosed at the earliest stages giving us best chance of recoverydiagnosed at the earliest stages giving us best chance of recovery• Listening to the heart soundsListening to the heart sounds && murmursmurmurs is the one of a very basic but extremelyis the one of a very basic but extremelyvaluable examinations from the beginning of everyone’s adulthood- providing the doctor withvaluable examinations from the beginning of everyone’s adulthood- providing the doctor withcrucial information about work of the heart valves and the flow of blood stream through them.crucial information about work of the heart valves and the flow of blood stream through them.• ECGECG although dramatically improved today with the computerised diagnosis, remains still thealthough dramatically improved today with the computerised diagnosis, remains still thefirst attempt of investigation, whenever chest pain or a dyspnoea appears. It gives us enormousfirst attempt of investigation, whenever chest pain or a dyspnoea appears. It gives us enormousdata about both hemodynamic & cardioelectrography of each part of the heart. To be expert indata about both hemodynamic & cardioelectrography of each part of the heart. To be expert inreading the record requires a long time studying and specialising but, once achieved, thereading the record requires a long time studying and specialising but, once achieved, thespecialist is important for correct diagnosis. Tspecialist is important for correct diagnosis. The Exercise ECG = Stress testhe Exercise ECG = Stress test , enhances, enhancesthe examination by additional data obtained when patient performs a physical exercise, so thenthe examination by additional data obtained when patient performs a physical exercise, so thenwe know what are heart responses to the exertion.we know what are heart responses to the exertion. Holter ECGHolter ECG takes record of heart action intakes record of heart action ina continuous test during a period of time, usually from 24hrs to a few days.a continuous test during a period of time, usually from 24hrs to a few days.• Echo cardiographyEcho cardiography,, X-rayX-ray,, MRIMRI,, CTCT,, catheterizationcatheterization andand nuclear cardiographynuclear cardiography, help, helpus to diagnose the heart and arteries in every detail giving cardiologist and the surgeon basis tous to diagnose the heart and arteries in every detail giving cardiologist and the surgeon basis toprecise treatment.precise treatment.• Lab – biochemical testLab – biochemical test , CPK, CPK-MB, AST, LDH, Troponin, ions: K+ ,Na+, Mg++, Cl-, O2-, CPK, CPK-MB, AST, LDH, Troponin, ions: K+ ,Na+, Mg++, Cl-, O2-saturation along others, all belong to the screening test during heart problems.saturation along others, all belong to the screening test during heart problems.• FlebographyFlebography // arteriographyarteriography and a contrast X-Ray of the vessels’ network is anotherand a contrast X-Ray of the vessels’ network is anotherrelevant examination of the blood peripheral vessels.relevant examination of the blood peripheral vessels.• For a general assessment of the heart and peripheral blood circulation networkFor a general assessment of the heart and peripheral blood circulation network the pulsethe pulseraterate andand Blood PressureBlood Pressure BP, as well as temperature of local part of the body will be taken.BP, as well as temperature of local part of the body will be taken.• Regular blood test of theRegular blood test of the cholesterolcholesterol && triglyceridestriglycerides level will be performed if a body masslevel will be performed if a body masssuggests necessity or in patients above middle age.suggests necessity or in patients above middle age.
  23. 23. Additional tests and examinations can be performed in particular need, on theAdditional tests and examinations can be performed in particular need, on theaffected organ, as its vascularisation is usually involved in such failure.affected organ, as its vascularisation is usually involved in such failure.FromFrom the complementary medicinethe complementary medicine point of view, thesepoint of view, theseexaminations are of unprecedented value. Yet some professionals may take aexaminations are of unprecedented value. Yet some professionals may take aspecific assessment by focussing on conductivity of impulses along the limbs,specific assessment by focussing on conductivity of impulses along the limbs,or want to concentrate on character of sounds or on palpation of peripheralor want to concentrate on character of sounds or on palpation of peripheralcentres of the pulse. These examination neither interfere nor contradict abovecentres of the pulse. These examination neither interfere nor contradict abovelisted medical procedures, and they do not replace them.listed medical procedures, and they do not replace them.• The serious risk in every case of the heart and blood vessels disorder requiresThe serious risk in every case of the heart and blood vessels disorder requiresthat complementary professionals give the priority to the conventionalthat complementary professionals give the priority to the conventionalmedicine.medicine.• Nevertheless, once the correct path of treatment is decided by conventionalNevertheless, once the correct path of treatment is decided by conventionalspecialist, the complementary one may support it from more general approach,specialist, the complementary one may support it from more general approach,in monitoring the progress of recovery and offeringin monitoring the progress of recovery and offering some herbal remediessome herbal remedies,,which can be agreed at the discussion with the specialist, in regard to whichwhich can be agreed at the discussion with the specialist, in regard to whichremedy, in which form and what doses should be administered.remedy, in which form and what doses should be administered.• In consideration to cardiac arrhythmia problem and increased BP some herbalIn consideration to cardiac arrhythmia problem and increased BP some herbalspecificsspecifics areare entirely excluded,entirely excluded, for instance: foxgloves =for instance: foxgloves = DigitalisDigitalis, teophyline -, teophyline -cocoa beanscocoa beans also in a strong teaalso in a strong tea, hawthorn =, hawthorn = CrataegusCrataegus, lily of the valley =, lily of the valley =Convallaria, St John’s Wort = Hypericum and a few more; it is whyConvallaria, St John’s Wort = Hypericum and a few more; it is whyexperienced complementary medicine practitioner must be aware ofexperienced complementary medicine practitioner must be aware ofbiochemical interaction of various remedies and potential danger. When inbiochemical interaction of various remedies and potential danger. When indoubt ask the pharmacist, or a herbalist and only use qualified specialistsdoubt ask the pharmacist, or a herbalist and only use qualified specialistswhen seeking treatment or advice.when seeking treatment or advice.
  24. 24. In a mild cardiac and blood vessels dysfunctionIn a mild cardiac and blood vessels dysfunction thethecomplementary medicinecomplementary medicine offers many herbal remedies with veryoffers many herbal remedies with verypositive and helpful effect on healing. The therapeutic facilities ofpositive and helpful effect on healing. The therapeutic facilities ofthese are already very well known & confirmed. Almost free fromthese are already very well known & confirmed. Almost free fromside effects, therefore preferred to stronger, pharmaceuticalside effects, therefore preferred to stronger, pharmaceuticaldrugs…drugs…PharmacognosyPharmacognosy , a branch of pharmacology, informs us about bio, a branch of pharmacology, informs us about biochemical compounds and their medical facilities in plants-relatedchemical compounds and their medical facilities in plants-relatedmedications, which are listed inmedications, which are listed in pharmacopoeiaspharmacopoeias of majority of countriesof majority of countriesin the world. It tells us what we can expect from each one.in the world. It tells us what we can expect from each one.for instance:for instance:• a specific derivative from Cuckoo-flower =a specific derivative from Cuckoo-flower = Cardamine pratensisCardamine pratensis – is quite effectively– is quite effectivelybeneficial, for boosting the heart muscle.beneficial, for boosting the heart muscle.• opposing specific, setwall =opposing specific, setwall = Valeriana officinalis -Valeriana officinalis - has natural relaxing and calminghas natural relaxing and calmingeffect.effect.• horse chestnut =horse chestnut = Aesculus hippocastanumAesculus hippocastanum is well known for its pro-veins facilities.is well known for its pro-veins facilities.• as natural diureticsas natural diuretics CeleryCelery andand ParsleyParsley, also have blood thinning effect similar to, also have blood thinning effect similar to75mg aspirin. Taking these be carful if administering warfarin or sinkumar75mg aspirin. Taking these be carful if administering warfarin or sinkumar drugs fordrugs forthrombotic and blood clots preventionthrombotic and blood clots prevention at they willat they will changechange the INRthe INR value!value!• Comfrey =Comfrey = Symphytum officinaleSymphytum officinale - has a good reputation as anti-inflammatory- has a good reputation as anti-inflammatoryeffect , especially for the leg veins when inflamed.effect , especially for the leg veins when inflamed.The alternative plants in world herbarium exist - thousands of various species -The alternative plants in world herbarium exist - thousands of various species -but their effect is of similar on the cardiovascular disorders.but their effect is of similar on the cardiovascular disorders.Apart from these, there also exist many herbal essential oils which, if applied rationallyApart from these, there also exist many herbal essential oils which, if applied rationallyas aromatherapy, would be very helpful to both heart and blood vessels.as aromatherapy, would be very helpful to both heart and blood vessels.
  25. 25. Medicines & herbal specifics to preventMedicines & herbal specifics to preventthe heart attack as well as thrombosis –the heart attack as well as thrombosis –a blood clot inside of the affected blooda blood clot inside of the affected bloodvesselvessel• AspirinAspirin plays preventive role as anti aggregative factor to thrombocytes inside bloodplays preventive role as anti aggregative factor to thrombocytes inside bloodvessels.vessels. It prevents blockages (blood clots) of coronary arteries of the heart and allIt prevents blockages (blood clots) of coronary arteries of the heart and allperipheral blood vessels, eventually saving us from an infarct. It is proven that its benefitsperipheral blood vessels, eventually saving us from an infarct. It is proven that its benefitsfar outweigh risk of bleeding and stroke, as in dose offar outweigh risk of bleeding and stroke, as in dose of 75 – 80 mg “the baby Aspirin”75 – 80 mg “the baby Aspirin”should not trigger these processes in normal conditions, as extensive trials confirm .should not trigger these processes in normal conditions, as extensive trials confirm .Therefore it is strongly recommended to everyoneTherefore it is strongly recommended to everyone over 45 years of ageover 45 years of age .. NB. For younger,NB. For younger,who reveal symptoms of a chest pain the used dose is usually 300mg.who reveal symptoms of a chest pain the used dose is usually 300mg.• Herbal remediesHerbal remedies play part in this prevention very well and provide us with manyplay part in this prevention very well and provide us with manypositive effects on vessels walls. Some of them act as antiarhythimics and vaso-positive effects on vessels walls. Some of them act as antiarhythimics and vaso-contracting or vasodilatativescontracting or vasodilatatives == relaxingrelaxing ., thus as blood pressure modulators. Among., thus as blood pressure modulators. Amongthem let’s name: Arnica tincturethem let’s name: Arnica tincture== Flos ArniceFlos Arnice , Hawthorn, Hawthorn== Flos CrategiFlos Crategi ATC:C01 EBATC:C01 EB , Valerian, Valerian==Radix ValerianaeRadix Valerianae,, RauwolfiaRauwolfia== Radix Rauwolfiae=AimalinumRadix Rauwolfiae=Aimalinum ATC: C01 BAATC: C01 BA ,, Ginseng=Ginseng=EleutherococcusEleutherococcus== Rhisoma/ Radix EleutherococciRhisoma/ Radix Eleutherococci ,, AloeAloe flos recens extractflos recens extract/ tincture/ tincture -- the last twothe last twoas biogenic stimulant & anas biogenic stimulant & an analepticanaleptic, a restorative & invigorating herbal medicine, a restorative & invigorating herbal medicine• Those, which are commonly known shouldn’t be taken freely, but only afterThose, which are commonly known shouldn’t be taken freely, but only afterconsultation with yourconsultation with your complementary medicine doctor and pharmacist.complementary medicine doctor and pharmacist.
  26. 26. Health assessment of heart & circulatory systemHealth assessment of heart & circulatory systemcondition highlights possible symptoms and thecondition highlights possible symptoms and thedegree of their inefficiency should it appear.degree of their inefficiency should it appear.Classified as four stages byClassified as four stages by the NYHAthe NYHA is todayis todaycommonly known and used worldwide:commonly known and used worldwide:• II -- AA heart & circulation problems seem to exist, often without any visibleheart & circulation problems seem to exist, often without any visiblesymptoms either when moderately active or while resting. Only verysymptoms either when moderately active or while resting. Only veryintensive activity reveals and indirect examinations confirms the onset ofintensive activity reveals and indirect examinations confirms the onset ofthese problems.these problems. At this stage the Complementary Medicine is mostAt this stage the Complementary Medicine is mosteffective.effective.• IIII -- Certain moderate deficiency, like difficulty in breathing and pain in theCertain moderate deficiency, like difficulty in breathing and pain in thechest while climbing stairs or running for the bus comes to light.chest while climbing stairs or running for the bus comes to light. My advise:My advise:control it and manage the symptoms with low doses of appropriate medication.control it and manage the symptoms with low doses of appropriate medication.• IIIIII -- a physical disability at every exertion, however symptomsa physical disability at every exertion, however symptomsdisappear shortly after rest. Physical efforts are evidently very limited.disappear shortly after rest. Physical efforts are evidently very limited. TheTheexact time to treat the problem as serious and remain under cardiologist’s regularexact time to treat the problem as serious and remain under cardiologist’s regularcontrol.control.• IVIV -- strong persisting chest pain and dispnoe,strong persisting chest pain and dispnoe, insufficientia circulatoriainsufficientia circulatoria ofofthe coronary arteries and peripheral blood circulation, even when at rest.the coronary arteries and peripheral blood circulation, even when at rest.Patient is entirely confined to bed.Patient is entirely confined to bed. Radical and effective immediate treatment isRadical and effective immediate treatment isrequired. At this stage there is highest risk of death.required. At this stage there is highest risk of death. Holistic support ofHolistic support ofComplementary Medicine comes to its own at that stage: preventingComplementary Medicine comes to its own at that stage: preventingbedsores, edemas, indigestion, insomnia & nervous stress.bedsores, edemas, indigestion, insomnia & nervous stress.
  27. 27. Augmentative role of medical treatmentAugmentative role of medical treatmenton the heart & bloodon the heart & bloodvessels.vessels.• Amongst the key methods of the Complementary Medicine,Amongst the key methods of the Complementary Medicine,hydrotherapyhydrotherapy && balneologybalneology provide undisputed benefits for everybodyprovide undisputed benefits for everybodyin preventionin prevention as well as during later stages of recovery process.as well as during later stages of recovery process.Additionally, combination of various types ofAdditionally, combination of various types of massagemassage,, hydrotherapyhydrotherapy ,,herbal compressesherbal compresses andand physiotherapyphysiotherapy contribute to regaining healthcontribute to regaining healthat every point.at every point.• Today, as never before, people value these types of treatments and theirToday, as never before, people value these types of treatments and theirproviders. Well equipped clinics have fantastic equipment and fullyproviders. Well equipped clinics have fantastic equipment and fullyqualified professionals to provide the most specialistic procedures.qualified professionals to provide the most specialistic procedures.Benefits far exceed placebo effect, as many ignorant people claim – asBenefits far exceed placebo effect, as many ignorant people claim – aswe commonly known worldwide.we commonly known worldwide.• Complementary medicine resorts are fully pre-booked and really busy,Complementary medicine resorts are fully pre-booked and really busy,from very famous, like Karlove Vary, Vichy, Heviz or Wiesbaden andfrom very famous, like Karlove Vary, Vichy, Heviz or Wiesbaden andTrentino to equally beneficial, even if much less famous, like distant spasTrentino to equally beneficial, even if much less famous, like distant spas(f(füürdos) in Hungarian countrysiderdos) in Hungarian countryside
  28. 28. ForFor the heart & bloodthe heart & bloodcirculationcirculation, there is a, there is alot of evidence thatlot of evidence thatbothboth conventionalconventional &&complementarycomplementarymedicinemedicine come out ofcome out ofa common stem ofa common stem ofknowledge, all basedknowledge, all basedon humans’ biology.on humans’ biology.Therefore, especially for theTherefore, especially for thecardiovascular systemcardiovascular system ,,a close co-operationa close co-operationbetween all specialists isbetween all specialists isinvaluable and extremelyinvaluable and extremelyimportant..important..Particularly today, when it isParticularly today, when it isimpossible for one doctorimpossible for one doctorto be an expert in everyto be an expert in everydiscipline.discipline.
  29. 29. Now, that you are more awareNow, that you are more awareof the facts, before you beginof the facts, before you beginto worry about your health,to worry about your health,seek second opinion byseek second opinion byasking the most reliableasking the most reliablespecialist.specialist.Do not tryDo not tryany treatmentany treatmenton your own,on your own,as it is too risky and mayas it is too risky and maycausecauseunexpectedunexpectedproblems…problems…For a consultation contact the author :For a consultation contact the author :www.drmalinowskiknowler.co.ukwww.drmalinowskiknowler.co.uk

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