Heart disease is the leading cause of death today, with 400,000 people dying each year in Germany, Austria and Switzerland alone.
The cause is the so-called arteriosclerosis or vascular calcification. High blood pressure or a lipid metabolism disorder can lead to the formation of plaques on the inner walls of the vessel. Over time, chronic inflammation develops in these areas. However, we know that the plaques can still completely recede at this early stage. How? By changing the diet for example or by medication. The arteries take permanent damage if the inflammation expands. Followed by a growing accumulation of fats and cell remains on the arterial walls and inevitably calcification.
Normally, those affected notice these changes, that have already started many years prior, at the earliest in their mid-40s. Pain in the chest or in the legs indicate that the arteries are already narrowed in places; Erectile problems are also the first warning sign of atherosclerosis in men – in this case arteriosclerosis reduces blood flow in the penile arteries.
In this context the following observations are surprising:
Numerous men over 40 and women over 50 already have narrow places or small closures in the coronary vessels and still feel no complaints. How can that be? Most of these people without complaints regularly exercise. But what influence does exercise have on the fact that in these people, the constrictions on the coronary arteries apparently have no consequences?
Scientists have studied this phenomenon more closely. Surprisingly, it was found that our vascular system can repair existing damage to a certain extent, so to speak, can heal itself. In the widely branched network of coronary vessels, tiny bypasses to larger arteries can expand to even out constricted vessels. This growth of smaller vessels is supported by exercise. An amazing discovery. So far, it has been known that exercise can prevent heart disease, so these findings show that exercise can even help to cure it!
So – moving a little every day – feels good and may even be beneficial for patients with cardiovascular disease.
Everything about arteriosclerosis – how it is created and how you can work against it – can be found here.