The Real Cause of Heart Attacks

There can be no better way to raise the heart rate of a Consultant Cardiologist than to title an article: “The Real Cause of Heart Attacks” – and with a bit of luck, in one go… he’ll get it !
For those who have not “got it” after that first sentence, this is the slightly longer version:
Let’s start with a bit of anatomy
These are two very good explanations of how the heart works:

and this is a video about the vagus nerve, which explains the cardiac plexus – a nerve bundle – right behind the heart where sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves join to form a nerve bundle and from here send nerve instructions to the heart to slow down it’s speed, reduce it’s strength of beat and constrict the coronary arteries when the signal is parasympathetic dominant and the opposite when the net signal is sympathetic dominant:

The takeaways from these two videos are that:
1) The heart is “very very electrical”
2) The heart has it’s own pacemaker – the Sinoatrial Node – SA node – that, even when the heart is removed from the body, will cause it to still beat.
3) But there are external inputs that change that rate:
___i) Messages from the Parasympathetic Nervous System – the “Rest & Digest” System – that slow down the heart beat and constrict the Coronary Arteries & 
___ii) Messages from the Sympathetic Nervous System – the Fight & Flight System – that speed it up and dilate the Coronary Arteries.

Too many people have the idea that a heart attack is when “the heart stops beating”, it’s not. A heart attack is usually
the heart “beating all over the place at the wrong time” so it is “pumping” but it is not pumping blood around the body – well not very much anyway.
Defibrillators don’t re-start a stopped heart, they shock the heart to stop it so when it restarts itself it does so in a co-ordinated manner. 

This gets us very quickly to “The Real Cause of Heart Attacks”: which is this:

Weak signals from the Sympathetic Nervous System – due to a congested back – especially the neck in this case (the Stellate Ganglion)  – mean that the Parasympathetic signal is too dominant and the net effect is that the Coronary arteries constricts too much due to this parasympathetic dominance. So much so that it causes it to spasm and reduces/blocks off the supply of blood to the heart, which causes the heart to go haywire and mis-beat. A clot may or may not then form in the arteries as a result of the heart attack… rather than as the cause of it.

The title of this article I have written, has gone into the brain of your friendly neighbourhood Consultant Cardiologist – he’s very sensitive: he is meant to be a world expert on hearts and demands a monopoly on treatment, yet heart attacks have been the biggest killers around for decades – aka he’s not doing his job very well and so he’s pre-stressed and he knows it.
This will have upset his brain, this will have stimulated his Sympathetic Nervous System and this will have affected his heartbeat – so hopefully, by now he will have “got it” and if he has not got it… I’m sure ‘she’ will ! – Your Heart has an external feed and when this external feed goes wrong, you can have a heart attack.

The standard idea of a Heart attack is: “A heart attack, also called a myocardial infarction, happens when a part of the heart muscle doesn’t get enough blood and then goes into shock and beats in a non-coordinated manner”. This, they say, is caused by a blood clot blocking a coronary artery.

What about the other way round ? : Parasympathetic dominance, caused by Sympathetic weakness, caused by a congested neck, causing an inappropriately large constriction of the Coronary arteries to the point of spasm which cuts off the blood supply and can lead to a blood clot forming especially in diseased arteries, but not always.

The Sympathetic Nervous System is, in simple terms, a bunch of mini-brains – called ganglion – that lie just in front of the spine.
To function well they need a good back & neck. If you have had a physical trauma injury a car accident, horse fall… then the
back & neck can get jammed up for decades – even if it’s not painful. This can mess with the ganglion and they send too weak of a signal to the heart causing a heart attack perhaps many years after the original injury.

Why it makes sense:
Two features of a heart attack fit things happening this way round, where they do not fit the standard model.

1  Prior to having a heart attack, people often complain, from a few days beforehand of feelings of exhaustion and deep tiredness.

If heart attacks come from “a blocked artery” then what’s all this about ? Psychic premonitions manifesting themselves as exhaustion ?

This common symptom before a heart attack of deep tiredness – exhaustion – that does not go with extra sleeping – is very similar to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – actually – it’s nearly exactly the same as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

If a heart attack was caused by the Sympathetic Nervous System‘s weak signals then this makes perfect sense as deep exhaustion is a classic symptom
of “low Sympathetic Tone” – the Sympathetic Nervous System on a go-slow. When the heart does not have enough blood supply itself, due to the overly constricted coronary arteries, you feel deeply exhausted as the heart is not able to pump blood around the body very well. If you attempt activity and your Sympathetic Nervous System does not react to this well enough to send a strong enough signal to the Coronary arteries to dilate enough to feed the heart enough to match your activity, then you are running your body “on empty” and will feel doubly exhausted afterwards (This is something that people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME have a lot and is called Post-Exertional Malaise – PEM – exactly the same mechanism) …if you are lucky or you’ll have a heart attack if you are not so lucky. If the heart is overexerted without adequate blood supply it’s muscles feel pain and send that pain signal to the brain via nerves that the heart shares with the chest and left arm. The brain interprets this pain signal as coming from these areas, this is called angina. Classically angina is defined as “the arteries supplying blood to the heart muscles becoming narrowed by… a build-up of fatty substances.” . But you can have angina with very clean coronary arteries, so the root cause being the parasympathetic dominance makes more sense.

Deep exhaustion in the long term is diagnosed as CFS/ME and is usually fixable by fixing the spine using the GoodBack Approach :

2) Most Heart attacks happen at night time or first thing in the morning.
If heart attacks come from a blocked artery then what’s all this about ?
If a heart attack was caused by the Sympathetic Nervous System weak/mis-firing then this makes perfect sense as when you are sleeping on a horizontal bed and have a tight back/neck then there is dramatically reduced drainage of the congested lymph surrounding these ganglion as not even gravity is there to help drain the area – thus the congestion gets worse each night and one day this triggers a major drop in your Sympathetic Signal .

If you made it through the night and in the morning you get up and start to move, this requires more blood in your heart to power your movement, but if your neck is super congested then the sympathetic nervous system signal from here to your heart might not be strong enough and so if the Coronary arteries remains tightly constricted due to the over dominant parasympathetic signal and it fails to dilate to allow more blood to feed the increased demand on the heart; what can happen is you take a few steps, your heart runs out of oxygen to power these steps and… boom.

What kills you ? Lack of oxygen to the brain, so “keep going” with CPR is important . If you survive but heart muscle is damaged and not usable then you can still live a good life for many years. Running for a bus might be out of the question, but long walks often not so, the heart is quite robust. 
If your heart is a bit of a mess to start with caused by smoking – smoking causes lots of constriction of the coronary arteries  – eating lots of fructose, by eating corn syrup (HFCS) & sucrose (table sugar) – which are both half fructose,  don’t exercise – and you won’t feel much like doing exercise if you eat fructose, If you eat trans fatty acids & rancid oils then this will dramatically increase the damage & death caused by the heart attack as the Coronary arteries will be in a poor state to start with.

Calcification of the arteries has a lot to do with low levels of Vitamin K2:
is an issue to look at as well.

Dr Sydney Bush used Vitamin C & Lysine to clear arteries – and vitamin B works well with the B vitamins – a general upping of vitamin levels is a good idea.

So all the usual good advice: no smoking, no fructose (,, , eat grass fed saturated fats (, fresh veg, foods with fibre…
and do moderate exercise still hold. But for the actual trigger of the heart attack, you need to be looking at your back – and more specifically, for the heart – at your neck – as it is the ganglion here – called the Stellate ganglion – that send Sympathetic Nervous System messages to the heart.
They like to use to use the phrases like: “Cardiac sympathetic innervation from the stellate ganglia” – so that’s the sort of terminology to search for further reading on this.

What makes me think this ?
The famous Dr Paul Sherwood (deceased) came up with this thinking originally .
I now use the same techniques that Dr Paul Sherwood used, I mainly focus on Scoliosis
Patient after patient report back that lots of other intractable issues they have suffered from disappear once their back & neck are fixed with these techniques – There are Ganglion along most of the spine performing all sorts of functions for repair, digestion, reproduction… – so it’s not too surprising that this happens.
Over the years you get to recognise the types: “Can I ask, with the bad back you have – do you have very bad period pains ? digestive issues ?, migraines ? … – I fix the back and these other issues go as well.

I’ve seen very congested necks with people suffering from the sort of deep exhaustion that looks pre-heart attack. Fixing the neck fixed the deep exhaustion, no heart attacks happened, Patients who huff and puff a lot just going up a slight incline or running for a bus can now do so and don’t have a pounding heart afterwards for 5 minutes. This can also fix Arrhythmia – the irregular heart beat.

“Where is the hard Science ?”  You may ask. Sadly “science” is now owned by Big Pharma and so there is, and never will be, any interest from the world of science to investigate this approach as they can’t pill it up and pocket a big pay day from it which is all their game is now about.

Many Doctors are very interested but there are very effective systems in place to crush them into silence and obedience. The objective aim of medicine is simple How to make as much money as possible out of sick people.

What does a Dr Sherwood Style treatment look like ? A treatment looks like this:

What else can I do ? Sleeping like this: Inclined Bed Therapy keeps congestion down at night time:

This is the area where the neck gets congested – and this shows the ASMI treatment that fixes it: