Can I Reverse Heart Attack Damage?

Having a heart attackWorking closely with your doctor at The Bethencourt Group in Long Beach, CA and making lifestyle changes can greatly improve your heart health after a heart attack.  Experimental research and clinical studies believe it may even be possible to reverse the damage done by a heart attack. This was not thought possible at one time, but recent discoveries and new procedures can strengthen a once weakened heart.

We will look at what you can do to help strengthen your heart, and what may be coming soon for reversing heart damage.

What Happens During A Heart Attack

Approximately 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. It occurs when the proper supply of blood to the heart muscle is blocked.

Our hearts consist of millions of heart cells and blood vessels. During a heart attack a percentage of the heart muscle dies, and those dead cells are likely to cause a scar.

The weakened heart tries to compensate, but it may lead to further heart disease and congestive heart failure.

Changes YOU Can Make in Fountain Valley, CA After A Heart Attack

We hear about “heart healthy” this and that everyday. It has become part of our vocabulary, so we should all consider making changes to help prevent heart disease and a potential heart attack. 

Dr. Bethencourt will make certain recommendations after a heart attack, and they will obviously concern our diet and maintaining a healthy weight. Our heart health depends on what we consume and how much.

Add these foods to your daily diet to lower your blood pressure and your cholesterol intake.

  • Salmon and its Omega 3 fatty acids contain anti-clotting effects to keep the blood flowing.  It also lowers triglycerides to reduce the fat leading to heart disease.
  • Include nuts like walnuts, pistachios, and almonds in your weekly diet.
  • Oatmeal, olive oil, and fruits like raspberries are all good for heart health.
  • Dark chocolate and wine in moderation are a welcome addition. Dark grapes are a good substitute.   

At the same time it is important to reduce the amount of sodium consumed and stop smoking.

Exercise More

Walk at least a half hour a day or a full hour for 3+ days a week. Try to control stress through yoga, meditation, and other types of exercise.

Experimental Studies

It was thought that once a heart was damaged, there was no recourse. Now there are a number of clinical studies that look quite promising.

One such study in the US is taking stem cells from the heart of a heart attack victim and infusing them back into the heart. They are also using healthy cells from donors to compare the results. The stem cells trigger new tissue and new muscle development.

Another study in England is growing new blood vessels for both weakened hearts and cancer research. It may pave the way to replace coronary bypass surgery.

Instead of trying to reverse the damage of a heart attack, avoid one and contact Dr. Daniel Bethencourt for ways you can improve your heart health before a heart attack.