First in the series about the chronic inflammation connection to disease, premature aging and how Thymic Protein A helps boost immune response.
Heart disease, which is often preventable, is the leading cause of death for both men and women. According to the Center for Disease Control, one in every four deaths that occur in the United States every year occurs due to heart disease. Of the leading causes of heart disease, heart attack tops the list.
Approximately 715,000 Americans have heart attack every year. Heart attack and additional types of disease of the blood vessels of the heart (coronary artery disease) are responsible for over 100 billion dollars in healthcare costs annually.
Atherosclerosis is the cause of approximately 80% of all sudden deaths due to heart disease. Inflammation, now widely known to be a primary contributor to the disease process, is a significant contributor to atherosclerotic diseases.
With respect to heart disease, some heart attacks are caused by rupture of plaques that, in the process of rupture, injured the lining of the coronary artery. In response to this injury, inflammatory cytokines are released leading to the deposition of platelets and fibrin in the site of injury.
Acute inflammation is a normal and necessary response to pathogens, cell damage and irritations to remove the invader and being healing. Chronic inflammation leads to deposits of different cells and the destruction of tissue at the site of inflammation. This can process can lead to coronary thrombosis and cease the blood flow from that artery into the tissues of the heart. In the absence of blood flowing to the heart tissues, by rupture or blockage, a heart attack occurs.
One common symptom of heart attack is chest pain but according to WebMD, other symptoms are not as obvious, heart burn for example. Women tend to have slightly different symptoms and often confuse an upset stomach with flu or other problems.
Since our immune system’s T-cells play such an important factor in regulating the inflammatory response, it make sense to boost the effectiveness of our immune system by eliminating sources of chronic inflammation, which also increases pain levels, such as low immune function due to aging, certain foods like excessive carbohydrates and trans fats, stress and obesity.
If you are concerned about your inflammation levels, a simple blood test, the C-reactive protein (CRP) will show your markers for inflammation and in particular your risk for heart attack.
According to WebMD, thymus extract can be used in many situations to bolster the immune system in dealing with infection, the effects of aging and for chronic inflammatory conditions.
Of course, any individual with chest pain should report to a doctor as soon as possible for treatment. Patients with cardiac risk factors, such as obesity, smoking, diabetes and hypertension are especially predisposed to having heart attack.
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