What Causes Heart Attacks?

Majid Ali, M.D.

Absence of Disease Is Not Presence of Health – Part Two


What Causes Heart Attacks?

Of course, plaque formation in coronary arteries! What causes plaque formation? Of course, arteriosclerosis! What causes arteriosclerosis? Of course, cholesterol deposits in the blood vessel walls! Why do cholesterol deposits form there? There are risk factors: obesity, smoking, stress, hypertension and diabetes. How do these risk factors cause cholesterol deposits in the blood vessel walls? Well, they just do! The story of heart disease was related to me at medical school in this fashion.
 
The way back on a trail always appears to be shorter. It is interesting how perceptions of distance change between the way out and the way back in. Before I realized how much distance I had covered, I began spotting the deer and elk again. The chill of the high mountain air had lifted, leaving the warm glow of the sun. Diseases can only come from within us or from without. The thought amused me. Where else can they come from? I heard myself speak out loud.
 
Billions of words have been written to explain the cause of heart disease, the number one killer in the United States. Pathology and cardiology texts still say we really do not know what energetic-molecular events initiate the process that culminates in heart attacks. The books and journals literally contain millions of pages devoted to the many theories that have been proposed. There are chapters on multiple risk factors. But still there is no clear agreement among researchers and cardiologists about the cause.

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