The heart is a muscle. And like any other muscle it relies on good blood flow for the oxygen and nutrients it needs to keep going strong.
The heart has large vessels coming into it and major coronary vessels feeding blood to the heart muscle. The heart is full of smaller vessels, arterioles and capillaries, many of which contain smooth muscle. Smooth muscle can expand and contract. When these smaller vessels contract and get smaller, this affects the blood flow to the heart.
Western medicine is not exactly sure what causes small vessel stenosis in the heart and the testing for it is limited. In Chinese medicine this is known as inefficient blood flow through the heart or heart blood stasis.
Small vessel stenosis can often be present without large vessel blockages.
Symptoms of Small Vessel Stenosis in the Heart
- Shortness of breath
- And when severe:
- Heart attack
- Coronary artery spasm
- Heart failure
Heart Small Vessel Stenosis is Very Common
We diagnose health problems by taking a patient’s radial pulse. We are able to pick up small vessel stenosis in the heart through the pulse. Most mature patients have some degree of small vessel stenosis in the heart. This is why so many people have fatigue, anxiety and can’t sleep. In Chinese medicine a leading cause of small vessel stenosis is stress over a long period of time (when you’re stressed everything tightens up including your vessels.
Western Medicine Treatment
If Western medicine recognises small vessel stenosis in the heart, the main treatment will be with drugs including beta blockers, ACE Inhibitors and/or aspirin with the main objective of getting the vessel walls to relax and dilate (open up). The issue with these drugs is they don’t address the root cause and they usually result in unwanted side effects.
Chinese Herbs Treat Small Vessel Stenosis in the Heart
We use specific Chinese herbs that vasodilate the small vessels in the heart. These herbs literally open up the vessels again to improve blood flow to the heart. They work naturally and gradually to open the vessels back up to carry more oxygen and nutrients to the heart muscle. There are no side effects with this more natural approach. These Chinese herbs can be taken at the same time as most of the Western medications mentioned above.
Acupuncture is also used in conjunction with Chinese herbs. We monitor your progress through your radial pulse.
Prevention is Better Than Cure
Diagnosing and addressing small vessel stenosis in the heart is a very important step in both improving the blood flow around your entire body (and therefore your overall health) and preventing more significant heart problems. Chinese medicine is a heath medicine that works to prevent you from having health problems and nothing is more important than your heart health.
Book in for a free 15 minute Chinese medicine health check and pulse diagnosis to see if you have any health issues that need treatment.