ATHEROSCLEROSIS KILLS 70 MILLION PEOPLE WORLD WIDE EVERY YEAR
Coronary heart disease (CHD), also known as coronary artery disease (CAD) is a narrowing of the blood vessels (coronary arteries) that supply oxygen and blood to the heart. Coronary heart disease is generally caused by atherosclerosis – when plaque accumulates on the artery walls, causing them to narrow, resulting in less blood flow to the heart.
Plaque is the hard substance that forms and grows inside arteries, causing blood vessels to become clogged and hardened.
Arterial plaque formation often leads to heart attacks and strokes by slowly cutting off the blood supply to vital organs. Blood clots formed by “sticky” platelets and soft plaque that breaks free of the artery walls can block blood flow and cause death.
Arteriosclerosis is a disease that involves plaque buildup in the arteries and is also commonly called “hardening of the arteries.” Plaque is formed by fat, cholesterol, calcium and other substances in the blood. Sometimes a clot may form which can obstruct the flow of blood to heart muscle. Coronary heart disease commonly causes angina pectoris (chest pain), shortness of breath, heart attack (myocardial infarction) and other symptoms. The coronary arteries are called so because they encircle the heart like a crown. The Latin word corona means “crown”.
A myocardial Infarction (heart attack) caused due to coronary blockages leads to permanent or irreversible damage to heart muscle or tissue, thereby decreasing it’s efficiency and in fatal cases leading to failure. Very little is known about the mechanism of this dangerous phenomenon.Cardiomyocyte apoptosis (cell death) has been reported in a number of cardio-vascular disorders, including myocardial infarction, ischemia reperfusion, end stage heart failure, arrythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia and andriamycin induced cardio myothopy. Prevention of myocyte apoptosis has emerged as a potential new target in a multi-model therapeutic approach to cardio diseases.
Prevention of the disease or taking precautionary measures so as to minimise the chances of falling victim to cardiac disorders is fast gaining momemtum. These include life style changes which include dietary modifications, stress management, active physical regime and preventing high cholesterol levels and/or triglyceride levels in the body.
Causes and Probability- Causes are varied depending on various factors, including some such as genetic factors, obesity, sedentary life style,consumption of fat rich diet, smoking/alcoholism, high stress existence, hyper tension,diabetes, negligence or over looking pre signals etc.
‘Natural plant extracts’ and ‘dietary supplements’ offer a very safe and promising alternative to surgical treatments and long term medicine interventions. However, challenges in the use of natural substances pertain to quality control methods, availability of raw material, standardization of the dosage form and dose and lastly safety and clinical efficacy. In this context, “ShimBhala” as a synergistic natural formulation is a powerful tool for the treatment of CHD. It not only helps reduce chances of acquiring diseases such as CHD but also acts as an added prevention tool due to the proven properties of it’s powerful ingredients.