Priming the Pump
There are many conditions that affect the heart and it’s not easy to generalize them all in one category. Many of these conditions will have their own pages here on this website for further resources, but we can summarize the symptoms and discuss how hyperbaric therapy may help.
Generally, heart diseases may be triggered by damage to heart tissue, damage to blood vessels leading to or from the heart and insufficient oxygen or other nutrients getting to the heart. There are many reasons these issues can occur, ranging from genetic defects, to injuries or even unhealthy lifestyle choices. Types of heart diseases include: coronary artery disease, congenital heart defects, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy, myocardial infarction, mitral valve prolapse, aortic stenosis, aortic aneurysm, cardiac arrest, peripheral artery disease, high blood pressure and many more.
Patients with heart diseases may experience a wide variety of symptoms that include chest pain, respiratory distress, irregular heart rate, cold, swollen or discolored extremities, dizziness, fainting, and dysfunction of other organs.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been prescribed by physicians as an adjunctive modality for many heart related conditions. Hyperbarics has been proven to increase blood and oxygen flow to the entire body, generate new blood vessels (angiogenesis), as well as stimulate genes responsible for tissue growth and repair. These mechanisms of action may improve patient outcomes by delivering oxygen to hypoxic areas, reducing inflammation to injured tissue, and by stimulating the growth of stem cells, new blood vessels and tissues.