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3 Things That Can Reduce The Flow Of Blood To Your Heart And Foods To Avoid

The human circulatory system consists of structures including blood vessels that carry blood away from and towards the heart, arteries that carry blood away from the heart, and veins that carry blood back to the heart. This ensures that oxygen, nutrients and hormones are carried to the cells, and waste products such as carbon dioxide are removed. The heart occupies the central position in this ensuring that the body keeps functioning without glitches.

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However, the mechanism that ensures that blood flows unimpeded to the heart can be affected when there is a partial or complete blockage of the heart arteries, thus leading to a reduced blood flow to the heart, thereby preventing the heart muscle from receiving enough oxygen. When this happens, a medical condition known as myocardial ischemia or cardiac ischemia is said to occur. It drastically reduces the ability of heart muscles to pump blood.

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When it is severe, it can lead to heart attack, and in some cases, can lead to serious abnormal heart rhythms. The most common symptoms of this condition are chest pressure or pain on the left side of the body, a fast heartbeat, shortness of breath when a person is physically active, neck or jaw pain, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, and sweating. Myocardial ischemia would result when the low blood flow decreased the amount of oxygen a person's heart muscle receives.

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Three (3) common conditions that often cause it are blood clots, coronary artery disease, and coronary artery spasm. Some of the risk factors for myocardial ischemia include being obese or overweight, lack of physical activity, smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol levels, and diabetes. Myocardial ischemia or reduced blood flow to the heart can be prevented by indulging in healthy lifestyle choices.

Some foods can also significantly contribute to it and are best avoided. A few examples of such foods are listed below:

1. Butter

2. Fried Foods

3. Processed Meats

4. Potato Chips

5. Ice Cream

6. Pies

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Source: Mayoclinic.org.

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