Many people get all fired-up about their new exercise program, overdo it and forget this important fact: EXERCISE CAN CAUSE A FATAL HEART ATTACK! (so start slow and check with your doctor first)
How does this happen?
It has to do with what are called “oxygen differential lines” – part of the heart is well nourished with oxygen and another part of the heart is not.
The line between the part that is well nourished (pink) and the part that is not well nourished (blue, which is probably due to narrowing of the small arteries because of plaque) causes the event.
The differential causes a variance in the electric potentials of the two parts of the heart – the under-oxygenated blue part causes the normal pink part of the heart to have a drop in voltage. This can cause the heart to flutter and unless medical help is available, you’re pretty much done for.
To a great extent this can be corrected with exercise which produces collateral arterial growth which enriches the blood supply to the oxygen starved portion of the heart.
Please don’t make the mistake of believing that exercise alone can prevent plaque from forming in the arteries. It can’t. ONLY diet + exercise can prevent plaques from forming in the arteries.
Dr Ken Romeo is a forensic scientist and board-certified physician. His research interests are in the fields of experimental criminology, crimes of drug diversion, fraud and financial crimes. He has conducted field experiments on finding ways to reduce drug diversion by health care workers and detect financial crimes in the US health care system. In conjunction with governmental authorities, Dr Romeo is currently developing new methods and tools for detecting physician and pharmacy driven drug diversion at the earliest stages.