By Lisa Profera MD
Every cell in our body must be near a capillary bed for optimal function — wouldn’t you want your 100 trillion cells to have access to fresh blood flow every minute of every day? It’s amazing to me how this is not the case in so many people. Healthy tissues and organ systems require healthy cells supplied by healthy blood flow. Proper oxygenation and delivery of nutrients to every cell in your body is dependent upon this. Equally important is the efficient removal of carbon dioxide and waste products of metabolism. Without this exchange, we have dysfunction.
Genetics, lifestyle choices, environmental exposures, and the aging process play a big role in the proper functioning of our circulatory system. Even in a perfect scenario (great genetics, proper diet, exercise, etc.), the pulsations of our microcirculation slow down significantly with age. Is there a way to restore microvascular function? The answer is yes. It is possible to “re”-fresh your blood flow.
When we learned about the circulatory system in high school biology, we were mainly taught about the heart and the major blood vessels (aorta, pulmonary artery and veins, etc). This accounts for 26% of the circulatory system. All of our cardiac medications and procedures act upon the heart and the larger blood vessels. There are no receptors for heart medications located on the cell membranes of the smallest blood vessels, so our prescription drugs cannot help the microcirculation. Heart surgery, stents, and other surgical procedures are done on the heart itself and the larger vessels. Right now in the USA, the vast majority of cardiologists have nothing to offer when it comes to supporting microcirculation. This is changing.
When I refer to the microcirculation, I mean the tiniest blood vessels in our body that comprise 74% of our circulatory system (most of which are microscopic). The “magic” happens here in the arterioles, venules, and capillaries where the delivery and exchange process occurs — vital to the survival of every cell in our body. This elegant and complex system of branching vessels that serially decrease in caliber down to the width of a single red blood cell is vast and compact. If laid out linearly, this intricate system would circle Earth almost three times. Remarkably, our 74,000 miles of capillaries only take up 7% of the body’s total volume. Even today, future doctors in the USA are not taught much about the microcirculation. That may change soon, it’s already happening in Europe.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to have healthy blood flow. Recently, the American Heart Association (AHA) has been acknowledging the crucial role of the microcirculation to cardiovascular health and to overall health (just search for American Heart Association and microcirculation). According to the AHA, many disease conditions arise from vascular dysfunction. These include conditions that directly affect the heart and large vessels, such as coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, heart failure, and peripheral artery disease. Research also shows a direct correlation with microvascular dysfunction and obesity, obstructive sleep apnea, diabetes, dementia, certain autoimmune diseases, high blood pressure, inflammatory bowel disease, and many more. The European research is even more extensive.
Women have a higher incidence of microvascular disease according to the WISE (Women Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation) trial published in 2015. Many women with chest pain (angina) had normal-appearing coronary arteries (larger vessels) but were found to have significant impairment in microcirculation putting them at risk for a cardiac event or sudden death. As I mentioned earlier, cardiac meds, stents, and even bypass surgery cannot help this problem. 90% of the heart’s blood supply is through its microvasculature.
Our heart has an electrical system that tells it when to pump our four to six liters of blood throughout our body. Our microvessels also have their own electrical pulsations that are independent of the heart (recently discovered in 1998). Recognizing its importance, the science of vasomotion and vascular dilation of the microcirculation has been extensively studied by Dr. Rainier Klopp and his team at the Institute of Microcirculation in Berlin, Germany for over 20 years. Through decades of research using direct visualization of its effects on vasomotion, his team continues to develop technology that positively enhances the function of the microcirculation.
The age of energy medicine is here. Blood flow can be supported with a European medical device that I use in my practice. This technology is so far advanced in its ability to improve blood flow that NASA is using it to help astronauts overcome the challenges of space travel. As I wrote in my BRICK article in October of 2018 (entitled Good EMF, The Benefits of Bioenergy), our bodies respond to the delivery of a good form of EMF (electromagnetic field) which enhances the natural vasomotion and vasodilation of the microcirculation, thus allowing it to function as it did when we were younger. To quote myself, “This unique multidimensional bioenergy signal is similar to our Earth’s geomagnetic field, and our bodies resonate with its gentle frequencies.”
Progressive doctors in this country are recognizing the importance of microcirculation. Improved blood flow helps the body function better and heal itself. What can fresh blood flow mean to you? Better health, better sleep, more energy — sound good? You can’t really imagine how much better you can feel until you actually do.
LISA PROFERA, MD
Owner and Founder of PROJUVU MD
Aesthetics and Lifestyle Medicine in Ann Arbor, MI
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