There are no alternative treatments that are appropriate when heart attack symptoms are present. Symptoms of a heart attack require immediate medical attention in order to have the highest likelihood of survival with minimal long-term consequences of the heart attack. A heart attack is a life-threatening event and should be immediately addressed by trained emergency medical providers.
However, alternative treatments that involve lifestyle changes can improve your heart health and reduce your risk of a heart attack. Always consult your doctor before trying any alternative treatment methods to reduce your risk of a heart attack. Most importantly, remember that a healthy diet and lifestyle are essential in maintaining a healthy heart.
The following treatments are not to be used during a heart attack, but they could be used to reduce your risk of having a coronary event or be a part of a holistic treatment plan after you experience a heart attack.
Studies have shown that daily meditation can lower blood pressure, one of the risk factors for coronary artery disease and heart attack. Meditation is a relaxation therapy that involves sitting comfortably, closing your eyes, and repeating a word or phrase for approximately 20 minutes. Researchers claim the mind-body connection achieved during meditation can help reduce stress and lower blood pressure.
A healthy diet is a necessary aspect of heart health and crucial in preventing coronary artery disease and heart attack. There are many studies that examine the role of specific foods and herbs on heart health, but in general, maintaining a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins is an effective way to maintain a healthy heart.
In addition, the American Heart Association recommends eating omega-3 fatty acids at least twice a week, as this type of fat is proven to reduce the risk of heart disease. People without existing coronary artery disease should have 500 mg/ day of omega-3 fatty acids, while people with known coronary artery disease should have 1000 mg/day to reduce their risk of heart attack and arrhythmia. Up to 90 percent of Americans do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids from their diets, so supplementation is appropriate to ensure adequate intake.
Phytosterols are chemicals that can be found naturally in plants. Consuming 2 to 3 grams of phytosterols each day, another nutritional supplement, have been shown to reduce bad cholesterol levels by 10 to 15 percent. The average American eats about 750mg of phytosterols per day, so nutritional supplementation is generally required to get full benefit from the effects of phytosterols in the diet.