(Natural News) Myocardial infarction, more commonly known as a heart attack, occurs when blood flow to the heart decreases or stops, causing damage to the heart muscle. The formation of a blood clot is often implicated in this cardiac event and is strongly associated with atherosclerosis.
Having high levels of cholesterol in the blood often leads to the formation of plaque in the coronary arteries, or the blood vessels that feed the heart. When a plaque pocket ruptures, its contents make contact with blood and triggers the formation of a blood clot. This blood clot is what interrupts blood flow to the heart and destroys a part of the heart muscle, causing a heart attack.
Heart attacks vary in terms of symptoms and severity. While some cases can be improved over time with treatment, others prove fatal.
In a recent study, researchers at Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine in China explored how electroacupuncture can help prevent myocardial infarction. Previous studies have reported that electroacupuncture induces resistance to the loss of blood supply to the heart, much like the experimental technique, ischemic preconditioning.
The researchers discussed the mechanisms underlying the effects of electroacupuncture pretreatment (EP) in an article published in The American Journal of Chinese