Heart disease at a young age is not due to natural reasons but our own poor lifestyle and eating habits. Heart is the primary organ in the body performing the vital function of blood circulation.
Ayurveda emphasizes on not only its physical role, but spiritual role also. Ayurveda maintains heart care is really important for a healthy living.
Causes of Heart Disease
According to Ayurveda the heart is located in the heart chakra (anahata chakra). This is a physical heart. Mind (mann), emotions & soul also reside in anahata chakra. That is why there is not only physical organ heart or physical things like eating habits that causes heart disease. But there is more to that which unfortunately is not much considered in modern world. As mind is also located in the same area, mind also affects the physical heart.
Today we are more stressed, hectically occupied with our work, we don’t have time to relax and rejuvenate. We need to take care of mind in order to take care of heart. There are three properties of mana (mind) – satva, rajas & tamas. Satva is the property which keeps it quite, relaxed & healthy. When mind has rajas & tamas guna, it is stressed, negative and this is not good for our heart. Same has been proved through research that stress & negativity creates a negative pressure on heart & many times it leads to cardiac arrest. That’s why we have to live healthy & think healthy. Eat satavic ahaar, follow satavic lifestyle, satavic thoughts for a healthy heart.
Cardiac diseases have many components, but the main aspect is the physical, structural deterioration of the vessel walls. This deterioration of structure can be of three main types:
- Clogging of vessels with cholesterol and plaque
- Damaged areas due to increased blood pressure and free radical activity
- Thickness of the walls of vessels decreases
This structural deterioration of vessels renders individuals to a variety of symptoms including pain, weakness and shortness of breath (at times breathlessness), palpitations and faintness. Due to poor oxygen supply to the tissues other issues can also arise, some might be life threatening disorders.
In addition to hereditary factors the main risk factors for cardiac disorders are:
- Excess stress and over-activation of the “fight or flight” response
- Overweight, obesity and less physical activity
- Too much saturated and trans fats in the diet
- Sugar intolerance and diabetes
- Uncontrolled blood pressure
- Cigarette smoking & too much of alcohol consumption