Now, what happens when the skin heals, the scab over time, gradually sloughs off. Ideally the same thing should happen in the arteries. And it doesn’t happen, because the injury to the skin is occasional. Every now and then.
Well, you need enough resources within you to heal this. You need to have enough of the building blocks to lay down new tissue. You need to have enough energy for the body to be able to perform that job. Your cells need to have enough energy to do that.
But, when it comes to the types of things that injure the arteries, very often, they’re based on diet and lifestyle. And that damage is recurrent. It happens every day. And the frequency and extent of injury can overwhelm the body’s resources, and ability to heal.
Conceptually, causes of a heart attack or a stroke can be summarized as follows. “Something” causes injury to the artery that results in plaque buildup. This damage is constant and if we don’t have enough resources to constantly heal it, the injury remains and worsens over time.
So, what is that “something”? What is the nature of the injury first? The nature of the injury is chemical, it’s excessive oxidation.