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Cardiac Fibrosis (a.k.a. Subendocardial Fibrosis) Print E-mail
by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy This disorder is marked by the formation of fibrous tissue in the lining and the muscle of the heart. This is a problem because fibrous tissue is relatively inflexible compared to the heart muscle and restricts the efficiency of the heart. It is most often secondary to arteriosclerosis. Other causes are relative coronary insufficiency due to cardiac hypertrophy due to hypertension, valvular disease, rheumatic myocarditis, multiple micro-infarcts due to emboli from vegetations of an infectious endocarditis, infectious, immune, toxic, or idiopathic myocarditis, and scleroderma. Sometimes a cause cannot be found

The disorder usually involves repeated attacks of angina, each representing a micro-infarct, with the evolution of confluent subendocardial scars. Ultimately this disorder leads to heart failure as the heart is unable to pump blood in sufficient quantity due to stiffening of the cardiac pumping pump due to the fibrosis.

Treatment should include nutrients known to enhance the strength of the heart muscle. Beyond that, treatment must be aimed at the causative agent. When arteriosclerosis is the problem there is no better treatment than Chelation Therapy. Generically speaking, there are nutrients which are known to somewhat ameliorate the inflexible nature of the fibrotic material. Doctors who practice nutritional medicine are accustomed to dealing with this problem.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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