Causes of Heart Disease: Only in People with Heavy Breathing
What are causes of heart disease? On a cell level, the cause of heart disease is known: low oxygen levels. Any person who gets critically low levels of oxygen in the heart tissue will experience horrible angina pain. Low tissue oxygenation can be caused by many factors: stress, overeating, overheating, physical exertion, and many others. But how could all these factors create low oxygen levels in body cells? All these factors have one common mechanism: they intensify respiration. And then hyperventilation reduces oxygen delivery to the heart muscle and other organs (the brain too - see the image on the right side). Do people with heart disease have heavy breathing in stable conditions (when they are at rest)?
Breathing rates and heart disease
All these studies testify that heart patients have abnormally low oxygen and CO2 levels in the heart tissue and other organs 24/7 due to their .... chronic overbreathing. Since they breathe at rest about 2-2.5 times more air than the medical norm (this is called hyperventilation), their arterial CO2 is below the norm. This causes constriction of arteries and arterioles (due to CO2 Vasodilation Effect), suppressed Bohr effect, reduced oxygenation of all vital organs (the heart and brain included), increased level of blood lactate (lactic acid), abnormal excitability of nerve cells (causing additional electrical problems in the heart pacemakers), generation of free radicals and oxidative damage, suppressed immunity, increased viscosity of the blood, predisposition to chronic inflammation and many other effects. (See the links for medical studies related to all these CO2 effects below.)
Reversing the causes of heart disease
The solution to heart disease is simple. One needs to slow down his or her automatic breathing pattern back to the medical norm (6 L/min) and this eliminates the cause: chronic hyperventilation or deep automatic breathing pattern. Normal breathing will increase CO2 levels in the arterial blood. This will improve oxygen transport to heart tissue and normalize other processes.
Vice versa, hyperventilation provocation test, as several medical studies found immediately causes symptoms of the coronary artery spasm and worsens one's health. If breathing more induces heart attacks in less than 2 minutes, it would be logical to investigate the opposite way: teaching people with heart disease how to breathe slower and less air.
There numerous breathing techniques used by hundreds of medical professionals for breathing normalization in people with heart disease are: Resperate, the Buteyko method (it has the best lifestyle program for high body-oxygen levels), Amazing DIY breathing device and the Frolov breathing device (most effective breathing exercises). Samozrdav and Breathslim breathing devices produce similar effects (as the Frolov device). The discovery of the cause of heart disease is made by Dr Konstantin Buteyko, MD, PhD.
Reference pages: Breathing norms and the DIY body oxygen test:
- Breathing norms: Parameters, graph, and description of the normal breathing pattern
- Body-oxygen test (CP test) : How to measure your own breathing and body oxygenation (two in one) using a simple DIY test
References: pages about CO2 effect:
- Vasodilation: CO2 expands arteries and arterioles facilitating perfusion (or blood supply) to all vital organs
- The Bohr effect: How and why oxygen is released by red blood cells in body tissues
- Nerve stabilization: Carbon dioxide has powerful calmative and sedative effects on brain neurons and nerve cells
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