Heart Health – Small Vessel Stenosis
The heart is a muscle. And like any other muscle it relies on good blood flow to distribute 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.