The degradation of the cardiovascular system (CVS) goes through different stages before reaching serious disorders such as: “gangrene, myocardial infarction, cerebral hemorrhage … “.
Its composition is based on the customs of life: food, drinks, taking or not exciting, drugs or medicines, breathed air, physical activity, emotions, thoughts, words, etc. What enters the body influences the quality of the blood.
When the capacities of the body’s functions are exceeded, organic waste accumulates in the blood. The more metabolic waste there is, the thicker and more viscous it becomes, which makes circulation difficult, with all that it causes.
Under the effect of blood viscosity, residues are deposited on the walls of the vessels.
The more waste, the slower the current. The nature of the deposits is formed mainly by fatty residues “cholesterol”.
Other types of waste also accumulate there, “used minerals, nitrogen waste… ». When they find the deposits, they stagnate and form an obstacle to their passage. These waste plates are called “atheromas”. They form against the walls of vessels. Initially isolated, they eventually spread, then meet. The more they increase in volume, the smaller the diameter of the containers. The site available for the passage of blood decreases. Faced with the aggression represented by the formation of atheromas, the vessels defend themselves by calcifying their walls at the level of these deposits. They become so hard and stiff that this is called “arteriosclerosis”. The muscles located in the vascular walls can no longer contract, they quail and atrophy.
With vascular plastering of the walls, the vessels lose their elasticity, they do not contribute more to promote circulation.
Irritated by residues carried by the blood, suffocated by decreased blood flow and caused by anemia (lack of certain nutrients), the vessels weaken considerably. The most sought-after are not always able to withstand the force of blood pressure exerted on them normally. Its walls permanently loosen and expand, or form bulbs, a type of lateral pathway in a dead end “such as varicose veins, hemorrhoids, aneurysms … ». These deformities decrease and disrupt blood circulation and tissue irrigation.
Atheromas can become as important as the vessels gradually become clogged.
The organic tissues that depend on these vessels are increasingly deprived of oxygen and nutrients.
The lack of oxygen will be felt more quickly. When the muscles are underoxygenated, they can no longer contract normally, there are cramps and painful spasms. Cramps can even manifest themselves after a short walk, when oxygen needs are increased due to exertion.
This same phenomenon can occur in the heart muscle. Cardiac spasm due to a lack of oxygen is associated with a feeling of very intense anxiety, chest tightness and severe pain that radiates to the left arm, jaw and back “angina”.
Resting relieves, because the need for oxygen is reduced, but the disorders reappear with each effort.
If a vigorous reform of life does not hinder the development of atheromas, some vessels end up being completely obstructed.
If blood no longer circulates in an area of organic tissue, it dies. It can even rot, that is, gangrene.
Total obstruction of a vessel can also occur in a hurry, usually due to the formation of a clot “thrombosis” in an area where circulation is particularly decreased and the overloaded blood stagnates.
The presence of the clot and atheromas contributes by completely interrupting circulation in the affected vessel.
There are still severe pain, cramps, inflammation of the vascular walls and high risk of infection.
If the obstruction is made in a vein, we talk about phlebitis, and in an artery we talk about arteritis.
To maintain normal circulation in this network of channels blocked by deposits and carrying thick blood, the heart increases the power of its contractions.
Thus, blood flowed with greater force can more easily overcome obstacles that represent for it the passage of atheromas and organs cluttered with waste products such as the liver or kidneys.
This compensatory hypertension, if it manages to maintain sufficient irrigation of the tissues, does not represent less an abnormal situation for the vessels and the heart, both of which can give way under the weight of the task.
At the level of the vessels, this will be manifested by the rupture of a vascular wall and a hemorrhage “hematoma, purpura, hemorrhage of the nose, hemoptysis … ».
At the level of the heart, the valves that require the entry and exit of blood are disjointed “various heart diseases”. The blood can then not be propelled more correctly, it is rejected instead of always moving forward.
The blood wave no longer has enough strength and impulse “heart failure”, it gives way to obstacles.
Tissue irrigation is getting worse and worse, as the heart pump doesn’t work anymore properly.
The role of the heart is to circulate blood so that all organs have the nutrients and oxygen they need.
Itself, as a muscle, needs oxygen, glucose and nutrients to do its job.
The vessels responsible for its irrigation are the coronary arteries. If the blood supply to the heart is covered and interrupted, it stops beating and is death.
Obstruction of the “embolism” vessels occurs when a clot forms in the vessels themselves or if it is carried by the bloodstream and lodges in another vessel.
When a lateral branch of the coronary arteries is blocked by a clot, the heart can still function relatively well, as it continues to be irrigated by the thick trunk of the coronary arteries.
But, because of his diminished abilities, he manifests disorders “such as angina pectoris” at the time of too much physical exertion “such as sports, a meal too heavy or an intense emotional state”.
If the clot clogs a thick trunk of the coronary arteries, a part more or less extended by the heart muscle “the contractile part of the heart wall, called myocardium” does not receive more blood and no longer contracts, and this is myocardial infarction. Only an anti-symptom treatment, implemented fairly quickly, allows you to survive. However, the part of the muscle deprived of blood supply has been calcified and results from a functional decrease in the heart muscle. After urgent treatment, it is possible to compensate for the disadvantages of this localized lesion by re-educating the rest of the heart muscles, which, once well developed and toned by physical training, will compensate for the deficiencies of the sclerotic part.
It is not enough that the blood is in the vessels, it still has to circulate. The heart, which is in charge of this work, watches endlessly so that blood can always circulate and irrigate all tissues.
When a blood obstacle is presented beforehand, the heart immediately increases the pressure with which it propels it in order to overcome the resistances that oppose its progression. A permanent obstacle, such as atheromas, therefore requires a permanent compensatory effort.
The resulting state of chronic hypertension keeps circulation more or less normal.
But all the vessels and organs crossed by these vessels are thus subjected without interruption to an abnormally high pressure which is unpleasantly manifested by: headaches, dizziness, ringing, ringing in the ear, or worse “by the breaking of a glass”.
A break can be taken anywhere in the body, but one of the most dangerous places is the brain. The part of the brain in which the blood diffuses is destroyed and, with it, all the knowledge that was stored there.
Each region of the brain is specialized in the storage of particular information, the region where the rupture of the vessels occurs causes very variable disorders: Loss of memory of certain facts, disorders of vision or voice, partial or total paralysis of a limb, paralysis of half of the body or hemiplegia, coma.
The sudden and more or less complete cessation of brain functions “stroke” is most often caused by a rupture of the vessels and, more rarely, by an embolism or thrombosis of a cerebral artery.
I am not only made up of a physical body, I also have a psychic body, which can be completely disturbed, or even destroyed, when the instrument that serves as my support, my brain, does not work more properly. Arteriosclerosis, in the vessels that supply the brain, leads to a strong and functional decrease in it. The resulting intellectual and psychic decadence manifests itself unpleasantly in many ways.
When I suffer from arteriosclerosis, I don’t remember what I say and I keep repeating the same stories. However, I do not remember what I was told and I have great difficulty concentrating. Having a sensible conversation becomes impossible. Misunderstanding, confusion and forgetfulness combine to make my daily life more and more painful. My behavior becomes irrational and unpredictable, sometimes even aggressive. Obsessions, feelings of persecution or other disorders sometimes set in.
These processes of degeneration of the cardiovascular system are due to my lifestyle and not to death or an inevitable consequence related to aging. It is rather the result of an unhealthy lifestyle, mainly related to: overeating, abuse of exciters, sedentary state, excess of tension or stress. ..