Home and Natural Treatment for Heart Cardiomegaly

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Home And Natural Treatment For Heart Cardiomegaly Cardiomegaly cannot be treated overnight, but here are the lists of things you can do to just get by when this situation arises:  Get adequate rest and sleep. Avoid stressful situations and events that will get you anxious.  Avoid fatty, oily, and salty foods. They would only result to worse conditions such as hypertension.  Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption.  Take the medications prescribed by the doctor to you religiously to prevent other further complications.
f you have high blood pressure, don't skip doses of your medication Check your blood pressure every day:

Cardiomegaly Home Care
Home care for an enlarged heart includes: y y y o o Stop smoking Avoid exposure to secondary smoke Eat a healthy heart diet: Limit your intake of fat to 30% of your total calories. 10% to 15% of your total calories should be in the form of monounsaturated fats, such as Low cholesterol diet. Low salt diet. Eat foods rich in omega-3 fats If you have been prescribed medications to control high cholesterol, so not skip doses. Follow an exercise plan developed with your doctor Weight loss if you are overweight. Take any prescribed heart medications as directed: Don't miss doses of your medications Be aware of potential drug side effects Learn how to take your blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, don't skip doses of your medication Check your blood pressure every day: Keep a log of your results. Report elevated blood pressure to your doctor. If you have diabetes: Check your blood sugar every day. Keep a log of your results.

olive oil, canola oil and peanut oil. o o o y y y y o o y o y o o y o o

-limit iron intake to prevent risk of atherosclerosis liver shrimp lean beef sardines o y y y y o o Take your diabetes medication as directed Learn how to take your own pulse. Control chronic stress and anxiety Let your doctor know if you are suffering from severe or prolonged depression. Avoid alcohol, or drink alcohol in moderation: For men: no more than 2 alcoholic beverages per day For women: no more than 1 alcoholic beverage per day

Cardiomegaly BP Checks
Regular blood pressure monitoring is important for anyone with cardiac enlargement. Early detection and treatment of high blood pressure can help prevent heart damage. Taking your Blood Pressure A number of devices are available for home blood pressure measurement. Digital blood pressure devices are easy to use: they automatically calculate the pulse and display the systolic and diastolic pressures. However, a simple blood pressure cuff with a stethoscope is the most accurate way to measure blood pressure. Tips for Obtaining an Accurate Blood Pressure y y y y y y y y y y Remain seated or lying flat with the arm supported at heart level. No smoking or caffeine for 30 minutes prior to measurement. Rest for 5 minutes before taking your blood pressure. The blood pressure air bladder should nearly encircle the arm: persons with large arms may Apply cuff 1/2 inch above elbow crease. Locate brachial pulse and place the stethoscope bell at this location. With the valve closed, pump up cuff bulb to approximately 210 mm Hg, or a point where no Open the valve slowly (2-3 mm Hg per second) and listen for the point where the tapping sounds Then, listen for the point where the tapping sounds stop. The corresponding reading on the dial is Perform two more readings per session, separated by 5 minutes.

require an extra large adult cuff. Cuffs are usually marked to indicate the acceptable size range.

sounds are heard through the stethoscope. are first heard. The corresponding reading on the dial is the systolic pressure. the diastolic pressure.


The blood pressure must be elevated during at least 3 separate sessions to

diagnose hypertension. Systolic Pressure Guideline for Adults

Systolic Blood Pressure 120-139 Over 140-159 160 or higher

Assessment Prehypertension Hypertension Stage 1 Hypertension Stage 2

Diastolic Pressure Guideline for Adults

Diastolic Blood Pressure Below 80 80-89 90-99 100 or higher

Assessment Normal Prehypertension Hypertension Stage 1 Hypertension Stage 2

Cardiomegaly Diet
It is important to follow a healthy diet at home if you have cardiac enlargement. Heart Healthy Diet Dietary guidelines for those who have heart disease include: y o y o y o o o Control calories: Eat just enough calories to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Eat quality fats: Use virgin olive oil and other unsaturated, low-cholesterol fats. Eat the right amount of fats, carbohydrates and protein: Limit your fat intake to 20 or 30 percent, but don't substitute simple carbohydrates for fat. Less than 7% of the day's total calories from saturated fat. Up to 10% of the day's total calories from polyunsaturated fat.

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Up to 20% of the day's total calories from monounsaturated fat Avoid fad diets: Eat a well-rounded diet instead. Eat small, frequent meals. Avoid large and heavy meals. Limit cholesterol in diet: To less than 200 milligrams a day. Limit iron intake: Too much iron can increase atherosclerosis. Eat enough dietary fiber: Whole grains are best. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables Reduce salt in your diet Optimal: no more than 1,500 milligrams per day. Check with your doctor about supplementing your diet with B vitamins: Vitamin B1 (thiamine) Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) Vitamin B3 (niacin) Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) Vitamin B12 (cobalamin)

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