It seems there remains a controversy. The doctors that favor aspirin therapy is that many patients that have chronic heart failure and of those patients many patients have underlying coronary disease, and aspirin prevents reinfarction and other vascular events.
Arguments against the routine use of aspirin are that many heart failure patients do not have underlying coronary disease, and that the benefit of aspirin lessens after the first 6 to 12 months after infarction. "Several analyses suggest that aspirin may actually worsen outcomes in CHF patients, possibly because it inhibits prostaglandins, with resulting adverse hemodynamic and renal effects" (have regular tests for kidney disease).
Two recent prospective randomized studies have found that aspirin is associated with more frequent hospitalizations for worsening heart failure, although it did not have an adverse effect on vascular events. These results suggest that aspirin should not be routinely used in CHF patients and be avoided in those with refractory CHF, but that it may be beneficial in patients with recent infarction or multiple vascular risk factors.
Have you talked to the doctor about the benefits and risks of increased aspirin therapy?. Do they check her INR regular? The people on the forum all used anticoagulants and 1500 mg of taurine, so I don`t think this will be a problem.
TAURINE AS A DIURETIC
Inside the cell, Taurine maintains the potassium/magnesium balance whilst keeping excessive sodium out. In this regard its action could be likened to that of a diuretic but without all of the drawbacks of prescriptive medications. Taurine actually improves kidney function and is useful in fighting tissue swelling and fluid accumulation. Due to its effect on removing excess fluid, Taurine can also help lower blood pressure where the cause is related to fluid retention.
As a side note to the issue of blood pressure, Taurine dampens the sympathetic nervous system thereby relieving arterial spasm. When blood vessels relax, blood pressure falls.
Taurine-- has hypotensive and diuretic activity, tempers the sympathetic nervous system, is beneficial in CHF and arrhythmias, and has digitalis-like mentality
Taurine is the most important and abundant of the amino acids in the heart, surpassing the combined quantity of all the others. Under high stress conditions--hypertension and many forms of heart disease--the need for taurine increases to compensate for either an accompanying impairment of taurine metabolism or increased requirements. Dr. H. Kohaski and colleagues (Japan) suggest that entry-level taurine may have been low and, as the stress of hypertension progresses, taurine levels drop even lower (Kahashi 1983; Braverman et al.1987).
Taurine has a diuretic action that benefits hypertensive individuals, as well as patients with congestive heart failure. Taurine elicits much of its diuretic action by preserving potassium and magnesium and by promoting sodium excretion (Atkins 1996b).
Taurine also reduces blood pressure by acting as an antagonist to the blood pressure-increasing effect of angiotensin, a circulating protein that is activated by renin, a hormone secreted by the juxtaglomerular cells in the kidneys in response to a drop in blood pressure (Braverman et al. 1987). When both blood and urine taurine levels decrease, renin is activated and angiotensin is formed. As a result blood vessels vasoconstrict, water and salt are retained, and blood pressure increases. Taurine suppresses renin and breaks the renin-angiotensin feedback loop. Dr. Robert Atkins, a complementary physician with a creditable cardiology background, amplifies the positive results of scientific literature, stating that taurine would be his choice were he selecting a single nutrient to treat hypertension.
Dr. Y. Yamori (a Japanese researcher who established an amino acid-stroke association) studied a strain of rats, genetically susceptible to strokes. Yamori found the rats had a much lower incidence of stroke, dropping from 90% to 20%, if their diet was supplemented with methionine, taurine, and lysine (Yamori et al. 1983; Braverman et al. 1987).
Japanese researchers found that 3 grams of taurine, administered daily to patients with congestive heart failure, was more effective than 30 mg of CoQ10 (Azuma et al. 1992). The Japanese, who use taurine widely in the treatment of various forms of heart disease, found that 4 grams of taurine, given for 4 weeks, brought relief to 19 of 24 patients with congestive heart failure. Taurine appears to act much like the drug digitalis, increasing the contractility of cardiac muscle and the force of the pumping action.
Taurine appears to impact cardiac arrhythmias through various pathways. For example, some forms of cardiac irregularities are helped by taurine because it regulates membrane excitability and scavenges free radicals. In addition, taurine protects potassium levels inside heart cells, which, when imbalanced, can cause electrical instability and cardiac arrhythmias (Braverman 1987; Chahine et al. 1998).
Some types of premature ventricular contractions and arrhythmias respond to taurine because the amino acid tends to dampen activity in the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and the outpouring of epinephrine. As the SNS is quieted, the heart tends to beat less aggressively and the blood pressure is lowered. Lastly, Lebanese researchers showed that the incidence of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia were significantly reduced when taurine therapy was utilized (Braverman 1987; Chahine et al. 1998). A suggested dosage is 1500-4000 mg daily.
About the food,
1. Watch what type of fuel you feed your body
Why do many people buy Super gasoline even though it's more expensive? If they bought the least expensive gas they could save a lot of money. But only in the short run. Car engines run more efficiently with high-quality fuels and the parts deteriorate much faster when you use cheap fluids.
Like your car, your body is comprised of different parts and your heart is the engine. The fuel you use to keep your heart and other body parts running makes a difference in your performance, whether you're at work, at school, or with your family. The Mediterranean diet is proven to be the best fuel available to keep our parts running well until old age.
2. Cut down on processed foods and load up with fruits and vegetables
To have a healthy heart like the Mediterraneans, and maintain normal blood pressure, your diet should be five times higher in potassium than in sodium. Unfortunately in the typical American diet, the amount of sodium is five times higher than potassium.
Why do we have it so backwards? Because seventy-five percent of the salt we eat comes from processed foods. And, since the American public consumes an excessive 4,000mg of sodium per day, the American Public Health Association recently called for a 50 percent sodium reduction in our nation s food supply over the next ten years. It s estimated that such a reduction would save at least 150,000 lives annually.
By eating fruits and vegetables, you are also replacing other foods in your meal that may be high in sodium. Plus fruits and vegetables provide high amounts of potassium, calcium and magnesium so you can have a normal heart beating and low blood pressure.
3. Give yourself a daily dose of olive oil
Butter is rarely consumed in the traditional Mediterranean diet and margarine was completely unknown in the area until recently. People in the Mediterranean countries use extra virgin olive oil, one of the best sources of monounsaturated fat, the kind of fat that does not stick to your arteries. Extra virgin olive oil is also an excellent source of many antioxidants such as vitamin E.
Many people take vitamin E in capsules thinking that they can get the same health results. However, studies have shown that capsules can never replace the real thing. Researchers for the Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation Study found that people who received 265 milligrams of vitamin E daily in the form of supplements did not have fewer hospitalizations for heart failure when compared to those who received a placebo. That's why nutrition authorities recommend 2 to 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil a day as prevention.
4. Eat more legumes
By legumes, I mean dry beans, lentils, chickpeas and garbanzo beans. Legumes, a staple food in the Mediterranean diet for centuries, are packed with fiber as well as minerals such as iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, zinc, potassium, folic acid and some of the B-complex vitamins. They are low in fat and sodium.
Legumes are also very high in soluble fiber that helps you easily get rid of your cholesterol. And to top it all, legumes can help balance your budget because they are very inexpensive. If legumes are not part of your regular diet, you are missing an almost perfect food.
5. Eat more aromatic herbs, garlic and onions
To add the Mediterranean flavor to your meals, replace salt with garlic and aromatic herbs. Garlic is a truly wonder of nature. It has been used for thousands of years as both food and medicine. People around the world, especially those who enjoy few chronic heart diseases, use it extensively in their daily diets.
Why? Because, more than 200 chemical compounds that might protect our bodies have been found in garlic. It has recently been shown that garlic can significantly reduce cholesterol and triglycerides, lower blood pressure and prevent the formation of blood clots. It can also protect our bodies through its antioxidant properties.
Onions and other aromatic herbs work very similar to garlic. They contain about 25 active compounds that appear to help combat heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure and cholesterol.
Those who do not have enough time for good health,
will not have good health for enough time.