Yoga For Heart Attack
21 Mar

Yoga For Heart Attack

What is Heart Attack?

The heart is a muscle as same as other body parts. Arteries in the heart supply oxygen-rich blood so that it can push blood to the rest of the body. When there isn't enough oxygen flow to a muscle, its function begins to suffer. It blocks the oxygen supply entirely, and the tissue starts to die in the body.

Heart Attack Risk Factors:-

·        A family history or heredity

·        Cigarette smoking

·        High blood pressure

·        High cholesterol

·        Diabetes.

Symptoms of Heart Attack:-

·        Know the Symptoms

·        Chest pain or discomfort

·        Unusual upper body discomfort

·        Shortness of breath

·        Breaking out in a cold sweat

·        Unexpected or unexplained fatigue (tiredness)

·        Light-headedness or sudden dizziness

·        Nausea (feeling sick to the stomach)

·        chest pain associated with shortness of breath.

·        Profuse sweating, and vomiting.

·        Indigestion.

·        Jaw ache.

·        The pain only in the shoulders or arms. 

Current Scenario of Heart Attack:-

·        India saw as diabetes and coronary heart disease capital of the world.

·        According to current estimates, India will soon have the highest number of heart disease cases in the world.

·        According to the Indian Heart Association, "50% of all heart attacks in Indians occur under 50 years of age, and 25% of all heart attacks in Indians occur under 40 years of age.

·        Heart disease is increasing in the younger generation with significant risk in both males and females.

·        Problems faced by young Indians that increases heart risk are:

1.     No preference is given to Health

2.     No time to exercise

3.     Stress

4.      Junk food

5.     Obesity and smoking

Yoga For Heart Attack:-

1.    Padangusthasana: Big Toe Pose:-

How to do:-

·        Stand tall with feet hip-width apart, place hands on the hips.

·        Inhale, then exhale folding forward to grab your big toes or hang ahead and grab your opposite elbows.

·        Draw the belly in and lift your sit bones towards the sky.

·         Activate the quadriceps and allow the neck and head to relax down.

·        Bend your knees slightly if your hamstrings are tight.

·        If flexible, draw the torso toward the legs. Hold for 5 to 10 breath cycles.

Benefits of Padangusthasana:-

·       Strengthens the thighs and stretches the hamstrings and calves.

·       Calms the brain, relieves stress and reduces anxiety and mild depression. Therapeutic for high blood pressure.        

2.    Janu Sirsasana A: Head-to-Knee Forward Bend:-

How to do:-

·        From a seated position with legs extended forward, bend the right knee outward to a 90-degree angle and press the right foot into the inner left thigh.

·        Grab the left shin or foot, inhale, square the hips, and lengthen the torso over the straight leg.

·        Exhale, fold forward slowly from the groins.

·        Extend the spine and lengthen through the chest.

·         Keep your back long and flat; you want to avoid rounding off the end.

·        Pull left toes back toward you and extend through the left heel while firmly pressing the right foot into the left thigh.

·        Allow your sit bones to push down toward the floor. Stay here for 5 to 10 breath cycles and switch sides. 

Benefits of Janu Sirsasana: -

·        It Stretches the spine, shoulders, hamstrings, and groin.

·        Calms the brain, relieves mild depression, reduces anxiety and fatigue, and alleviates headaches and insomnia.

·        Therapeutic for high blood pressure.

3.     Setu Bandha Sarvangasana: Bridge Pose :-

         How to do:-

·        Lie on your back.

·        Bend your knees with your feet on the floor hip-width apart.

·        Bring your feet as close to the sitting bones as possible.

·        Inhale; press your feet and arms actively into the floor and lift your hips up.

·        The firm, but do not harden the glutes.

·        Clasp your hands together, walk the shoulders down, and press into the floor with your feet and arms.

·         Open the chest and reach the front of your legs and pelvis toward the sky.

·        Hold for five breath cycles, exhale down, and repeat 2 to 3 more times. 

       Benefits of  Setu Bandha Sarvangasana:-

·        It Stretches the chest, neck, and spine.

·        It Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression.

·        It Stimulates the abdominal organs, lungs, and thyroid.

·        ItReduces anxiety, fatigue, backache, headache, and insomnia.

·        Therapeutic for high blood pressure.

What food to eat during a heart attack:-

1.    Serve more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes.

2.    Limit saturated fat.

3.    Avoid artificial trans fats as much as possible.

4.    Serve a variety of protein-rich foods.

5.    Serve the right kind of carbs.

6.    Eat regularly.

7.    Cut back on salt.

8.    Encourage hydration.

So here are some yoga asanas and food to eat while suffering from Heart Attack.

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