Research in the field of vascular medicine has advanced extensively in recent decades. Of particular importance for the future are the biological bypasses: small arterial vessels, which form under certain conditions and bypass existing vascular constrictions in large vessels (Bypass by arteriogenesis). These bypass vessels are of crucial importance for the prognosis in strokes, heart attacks or prevention of an amputation. The more of these collateral vessels are present, or are stimulated in growth by vascular training or special therapeutic methods, the more the tissue damage in a vascular occlusion can be mitigated. The formation of collaterals obeys a biophysical law: when blood flows faster and more forcefully in an artery, its diameter increases. The accelerated movement of the blood thus triggers growth processes. This means that the increased thrust of the blood stimulates arteriogenesis. That is why regular physical exercise is good for the blood vessels.
Professor Dr. Wolfgang Schaper is one of the pioneers of this basic research – to him we owe the revelation and thus the clinical application of this principle.
The primary goal of non-surgical therapy is to re-activate the circulation in the affected organ, regardless of whether the arteriogenesis is promoted. There are state-of-the-art treatment methods, such as retropulsation or antepulsation.
Through this amputations can be avoided.
The EVFM organizes scientific conferences on the topic of arteriogenesis and accompanies the implementation of these findings in recommendations to the professional societies and patient organizations.
For this purpose, the “1st International Guideline Conference for Arteriogenesis” was launched.