Congestive Heart Failure, also called Heart Failure, Congestive Cardiac Failure and CHF -are fairly common conditions where the heart becomes enlarged, weakened and unable to pump blood well.
While cardiomyopathy is not exactly the same thing, the causes of congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy are often the same, as are the results, so I am lumping these two problems together.
What is important to know about CHF is that:
- The heart muscle becomes weak and often enlarged
- This leads to impaired pumping
- Which leads to a build-up of fluid in the body
If the condition worsens, this fluid can collect in the lungs and cause difficulty breathing, even to the point of needing hospitalization and life support.
Most causes of congestive heart failure are from either infections or from heart attacks, but often times there is no known cause and the problem is labeled ‘idiopathic’– a medical term meaning that the cause is unknown. But idiopathic can also simply mean that doctors have simply not looked in the right place. And in many of these cases would likely be labeled Nutritional Causes of Congestive Heart Failure if doctors were actually Looking for them, sadly they don’t. But when cases congestive heart failure and vitamin d deficiency Have been recognized, administration of Vitamin D and Calcium has induced a quick and many times complete recovery!
On the surface it seems hard to believe that congestive heart failure and vitamin d deficiency could be SO linked that people could miraculously get better when all other treatments have failed. But when you understand Congestive Heart Failure Nutrition and two of vitamin D’s functions, then it is not so hard to believe.
The Problem of Heart Failure and Vitamin D. Can This Be True? Vitamin D and Muscular Strength
One of Vitamin D’s lesser known actions- improving muscular strength- is one reason why Congestive Heart Failure and Vitamin D Deficiency occur together, as well as the profound Vitamin D Fatigue that occurs in almost everyone with CHF. For reasons that are not well understood, vitamin D deficiency causes muscles to be weak, and improving vitamin D status improves muscular strength. This effect is particularly noteworthy in the elderly, but even young girls with vitamin D deficiency have weaker muscular strength than their vitamin D sufficient peers. This muscle strengthening effect may also be may also be contributing to the stronger Heart muscles of those treated with Vitamin D too!
It’s the Calcium!
Vitamin D is also Vital for the absorption of calcium. If you don’t have vitamin D then you will simply Not absorb calcium, and calcium is imperative to allow the heart muscle cells to contract properly. Calcium is so important that our bodies carefully maintain blood calcium levels, but in a quirk of nature, our bodies will pull calcium from the bones and cells in order to maintain a normal Blood Calcium Level.
Unfortunately doctors will Only check for Vitamin D deficiency if blood calcium levels are too low. But vitamin D deficiency can be severe and lead to altered calcium metabolism in Heart Cells long before calcium levels in the Blood become abnormal.
But until vitamin D levels become so low that calcium blood levels become abnormal, doctors feel that checking for vitamin D deficiency is ‘not indicated’ – even though extensive research continually points to the fact that moderate to severe vitamin D deficiency can exist Without changes in calcium.
With over 85% of the population vitamin d deficient the connection between Congestive Heart Failure and Vitamin D Deficiency should be apparent to physicians who are supposed to be trained to help people. There are So Many studies showing a strong connection between Congestive Heart Failure and Vitamin D Deficiency that if doctors were taught to look at CHF as a Symptom of Vitamin D Deficiency until proven otherwise, the outcomes of many people would be Very Different.
Just like in cases of Heart Failure and Carnitine Deficiency doctors label these sick people with the meaningless attribution of ‘idiopathic’- when effective treatment with Calcium and Vitamin D Supplements as well as an intensive Congestive Heart Failure Nutrition program of other supplements could swiftly correct this devastating chronic illness in many people who are suffering unnecessarily.