Heart Circulation Health

How A Heart Attack Happens

Question: What is the first sign of a heart attack? A heart attack! Or… is it?

There are several factors that create stress for the heart and circulation. The primary factor is hypertension, or the tension caused in how we respond to our environment.

When the body is under relentless stress from the realities of daily life, such as lack of quality sleep, lack of sufficient dietary nutrients (poor digestive absorption), an inability to detoxify (secondary to the stress response), or posture alterations (e.g. text neck, seated posture), it will produce cortisol. This stress hormone will cause blood vessel constriction. If constriction is constant, the effect on the heart (the pump for circulation) is to beat faster and stronger to push blood through the shrunken blood vessel channels out to the capillaries. We are left unable to get oxygen and nutrients to distant tissues. If the pressure continues to increase, the system will eventually fail, which looks like a heart attack, arrhythmia, ventricular contractions, or [insert medical diagnosis of your choosing].

All of this assumes the blood cells themselves are being efficiently created and removed. We have a wide range of red blood cell sizes often overlooked on common blood labs. These will indicate your body’s ability to create blood, which is important because it is your body’s vessel for carrying oxygen and nutrients to tissues and cells as well as removing carbon dioxide and waste/toxins out of cells.

As we damage the walls of these tubes, cholesterol begins to build in the arteries as an attempt to barrier off the damage, further restricting the blood vessel. Inability to carry oxygen, nutrients, and waste through the system causes more backups. Now that our body is really under stress, we begin to show signs of liver and gallbladder congestion (e.g. elevated liver enzyme panels, cholesterol, weight begins to accumulate around the midsection) and even kidney problems (e.g. low back pain, kidney stones).

Ever see those care engine oil commercials where the viscosity causes built up in the engine leading to ultimate failure? Similarly, the more our body is under stress, the smaller the tubes are for blood to flow.

So, while a heart attack comes on rapidly, there are in fact many signs and symptoms to watch out for ahead of a potential heart attack. You may experience midback problems, jaw tension, shoulder tension, low back pain, immune problems, chronic anything, stress from life, and never have a heart attack. However, with US rates of heart attacks at more than 1 per minute, do you want to wait till you have one to do something about it?

If you feel tension in your body, get a massage. It’s great way to help you relax. But in addition to the temporary relief we can experience from a massage, we can also maximize our nervous system’s ability to handle the stress when we leave the massage table.

Patients often come in thinking that the pain they have been dealing with for 5 years is normal — tension, lack of energy, or an inability to process information quickly, accurately, and efficiently. If that is your reality, then be sure to make an appointment with your Brain Based Chiropractor as soon as possible.

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Overwhelm and Stress

How is Stress affecting you?

Emotional stress, physical stress, and spiritual stress can all contribute to leaving you feeling overwhelmed, and spent. Stress is an ever evolving system response to the changing stimulus of our environment.  We can feel stressed by our jobs, personal conflicts, project deadlines, demands of time or money. It may surprise you that the feelings of stress may have nothing to do with the stress in your life.  Poor posture, prolonged sitting, and accident, or an old injury can all lead to spinal stress. Chronic pain and muscle tension can cause you to experience nervousness and irritability,or nervousness and irritability can cause chronic pain and muscle tension.  We can help you unravel this catch 22.

Chiropractic care can help give your nervous system a greater capacity to adapt to stress. Like a vacation, in just a 15 minute appointment.  Chiropractic can be similar to exercise by reducing tension in the nervous system, improving your ability to tolerate and adapt to the stresses of modern life. We seem to exhibit stress and strain in the weakest area of our bodies. That area will be the first to go, like the weakest link in a chain. Finding the weak links in your spine and helping restore better function, can make a profound difference in your response to stress. Stress can show up as an upset stomach, recurring headaches, back pain, or muscle stiffness. Others may have nervous twitches, allergic reactions, or chemical sensitivities. Regardless of how your body responds to stress, your nervous system is involved, which is why chiropractic is such an important adjunct to your busy life.

The chiropractic approach to stress is to help normalize the function of your nervous system by removing interferences caused by spinal joint dysfunction.


Word of the Week: Renewal!

Word of the Week:




Earth is reviving herself with rains, blossoms and babies. It can be a rewarding time to check in with yourself, also. We all can get habituated, and its important to check in with the self through meditation. Its time to tune in, and tune up! Take time to sit quietly and reflect on these, or other important questions.  Remember the intuition only contains positive and uplifting self talk.  Your guidance for change will come to you like the advice from a perfect parent.  Reassuring, understanding and truthful.  You will know the answers when  you come upon them.

How are you doing?  What do you need to thrive in this upcoming year? Is your body sending you signals to adapt your diet, adapt your health practices, or adapt emotional fluidity?  What is calling to your spirit for renewal?

Once arriving at some positive, helpful answers, making an action plan will help you adapt to the changes your life is asking for.  Decide on what changes can be made today, and the goal of these changes happening a month, six months, and a year from now.  Imagine the details of how your health, emotional and spiritual well being will unfold.  Spend a few minutes with this, and maybe write some of these images down.

Now that you have assessed your inner wellness, and made an action plan, its time to get involved!  Ask for help from your spouse to work out with you, or help by encouraging healthier eating. Tell your friends that you committed to thinking more positively about your life so they can catch you when you fall. Get your family involved by being outside more together, or making play dates with friends at parks, instead of at the house. Spend some time with your favorite holistic chiropractor to discuss these changes, keep you accountable, track your changes and help you along the way.  Your spine plays a vital role in keeping you healthy.  As the house of our nervous system, spinal alignment affects everything your body does.  Keeping proper spinal alignment is critical to our continued renewal and regeneration.  Commit to yourself today!  Have the courage and faith to make positive change in your life!