Most cardiovascular diseases can be prevented by addressing behavioural risk factors. It is important to detect cardiovascular disease as early as possible so that management can begin.
Coronary Heart Disease
Coronary heart disease is the term that describes what happens when your heart's blood supply is blocked or interrupted by a build-up of fatty substances in the coronary arteries.
Over time, the walls of your arteries can become furred up with fatty deposits. This process is known as atherosclerosis and the fatty deposits are called atheroma.
Coronary heart disease occurs when the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle is blocked or reduced.
This puts an increased strain on the heart, and can lead to:
angina – chest pain caused by restricted blood flow to the heart muscle
heart attacks – where the blood flow to the heart muscle is suddenly blocked
heart failure – where the heart is unable to pump blood around the body properly
Atherosclerosis can be caused by lifestyle factors, such as smoking and regularly drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.
You're also more at risk of getting atherosclerosis if you have conditions like high cholesterol, high blood pressure (hypertension) or diabetes.
What are cardiovascular diseases?
Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels. They include:
coronary heart disease – a disease of the blood vessels supplying the heart muscle;
cerebrovascular disease – a disease of the blood vessels supplying the brain;
peripheral arterial disease – a disease of blood vessels supplying the arms and legs;
rheumatic heart disease – damage to the heart muscle and heart valves from rheumatic fever, caused by streptococcal bacteria;
congenital heart disease – birth defects that affect the normal development and functioning of the heart caused by malformations of the heart structure from birth; and
deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism – blood clots in the leg veins, which can dislodge and move to the heart and lungs.
Heart attacks and strokes are usually acute events and are mainly caused by a blockage that prevents blood from flowing to the heart or brain. The most common reason for this is a build-up of fatty deposits on the inner walls of the blood vessels that supply the heart or brain. Strokes can be caused by bleeding from a blood vessel in the brain or from blood clots.
About Our Programme
Cardiovascular disease is escalating in recent years and remains as a leading cause of mortality. The global burden of this disease has made it as a public health goal for us at the Citter Clinic.
The Ancient Citter System of health & wellness practised till date in Tamil Nadu emphasises various herbs with significant cardio protective action. As mentioned in its classical literature, in the modern era, focuses on various natural cardio protectives that are obtained from phytoconstituents of plant sources like carotenoids, triterpenes, flavonoids, cardiac glycosides and alkaloids proving as potent antioxidants for cardio protection.
The choice of life style, obesity, diabetes mellitus and hypertension are causative factors of cardio vascular diseases.
Citter Cardiology, is to categorise the Cardiac problems on the basis of derangement of vatham, pitham and kabam. This can further help in the selection of herbs in particular for specific complaints thereby alleviating the sufferings of Cardiac patients without any side effects.
Role of Vatham - Myocardial contractility, Valvular function, Conduction of impulses. Derangement of kabam results in collection of plagues of cholesterol inside a coronary vessel resulting in atherosclerosis.
Our System of treatment is based on the imbalance of vatham, pitham, kabam and the treatment is based on the choice of herbs which is able to correct the deranged humour by its nature of opposite action due to its suvai (taste), Veeryam (Potency) and Taste after digestion (Vipaakam). Any dietary food or liquid supplement is classified by its taste, potency and after taste as follows. Each taste is the combination of two or more basic elements and influences the specific humour.
In this way coronary issues are dwelt with by us.