Before I answer this question, let us understand what is heart disease? Heart disease is normally the gradual built up of excess fat inside arteries, tubes which transport blood throughout the body. These blocks build up very slowly, and when they close 70-80% of the arteries, the heart cannot get adequate blood – leading to chest pain, choking, suffocation or breathlessness. The condition becomes aggravated when the patient is walking or running. This is the prime cause of heart diseases.
There are of course other types of heart diseases like valve defects, or holes in the heart, but these are rare and the patient is usually born with it, whereas in most cases heart disease is acquired through poor lifestyle choices – lifestyle choices which lead to formation of blockages in the tubes which carry blood to the heart, the coronary arteries. These coronary arteries transport 70-80% more blood than the heart needs. This 70-80% is in reserve, but when fat accumulates in the arteries, it disturbs the free flow of the blood and the heart cannot get an adequate supply. The accumulation of fat is a slow process and depends on the lifestyle and genetic disposition of the person.
A person who has a low fat, varied diet and an active lifestyle is less likely to develop this condition than someone who is afflicted. This understanding about the cause of heart diseases has led many to explore noninvasive ways to treat heart problems.
The reason is simple; the human body is a complex machine where even the least invasive of surgeries pose several risks of side effects. Surgical interventions can do more harm than good. This is why even after a bypass or angioplasty the patients cannot return to his normal life.
Non-invasive lifestyle adjustment is a more logical method of treating heart disease if the condition is discovered early enough. This is true to the body’s ability to heal itself from almost everything. When a problem comes we should not try to bypass it, but we should look into the cause of the problem and try to correct it. You scratch the paint on a car it does not heal, but a scratch on your skin will heal itself quickly. Same thing can be said about nearly every component of the human body, it will heal given enough support and time.
Lifestyle treatments are noninvasive and provide the correct atmosphere for the body to remove the blocks or at least stop the growth of blockages. So lifestyle treatment is more logical.
Most surgeries occur due to a sense of panic, which is normally artificially created by physicians looking to eliminate the issue as swiftly as possible. There is no reason to panic or feel fear after receiving a heart disease diagnosis. Most of the operations of bypass is done under the threat of an impending heart attack. This is unnecessary risk created by doctors who pressure the patients and their family member for economic reasons. The patient needs to know what a heart attack is, why it may happen and what ways it can be avoided. Lack of information make patients vulnerable.
In summary, heart disease is primarily caused by poor lifeless choices and diet. Most of the current treatments involve surgeries, but in recent times experts are advising an alternate path of modifying the food habits and life style of the patient. The results have been encouraging.