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Body Systems

The Anatomy of the Respiratory System

Back in 2007, I wrote a four part series on the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system. The idea behind the series was that by looking at the basic anatomy and physiology of the various body systems from a doctor's perspective, we gain a unique perspective.

HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE

This one is serious...Let's say it's 5:17 p.m. and you're driving home (alone of course) after an unusually hard day on the job. Not only was the work load extraordinarily heavy, you also had a disagreement with your boss, and no matter how hard you tried, he just wouldn't see your side of the situation. You're really upset and the more you think about it the more up tight you become.

All of a sudden you start experiencing a severe pain in your chest that starts to radiate out into your arm and up into your jaw.

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10 Facts About High Blood Pressure & the Natural Healing Process

Do you suffer from high blood pressure or know someone that does? HBP, high blood pressure, also termed hyper-tension, occurs even though many people are unaware of its presence and dangers. Here are ten things you may want to know to help you initiate the natural healing process.

1. High blood pressure is not a disease!

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Cardiovascular System

The cardiovascular system, responsible for distributing the ambient fluid, circulates and delivers essential substances to the cells. It also aids in the removal of unwanted metabolic by-products by transporting them for excretion. Consisting of the heart to pump, and the miles of vessels for the delivery, most herbs in this category act as tonics to the pump itself, making the blood easier to flow (by decreasing resistance) or affect the vessels by strengthening, dilating, contracting or decreasing free radical damage The latter effect lends the herbs to other therapeutic applications.

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HIGH BLOOD CHOLESTEROL

The American Heart Association Diet

The following are the dietary guidelines put forth by the American Heart Association. They are designed to prevent heart attacks, stroke, and other manifestations of cardiovascular disease from occurring in healthy adults.

1. Total fat intake should be less than 30 percent of daily calories.

2. Saturated fat intake should be less than ten percent of daily calories.

3. Polyunsaturated fat intake should not exceed ten percent of daily calories.

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Cholesterol Low, Borderline, High--What Do the Numbers Mean?

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), total levels of blood cholesterol under 200 milligrams per deciliter represent a low risk for coronary heart disease. Levels between 200 and 240 are considered to be borderline risk, and over 240 is considered dangerously high risk. While total levels of blood cholesterol are considered important, other factors come into play, as well. For example, if someone has a borderline-high total cholesterol level, but has very low levels of HDL, the "good" cholesterol, he or she may still have a high risk of heart disease.
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