I don’t know the medicine or biology of it, however my understanding is that if there is a stroke the human brain tends to repair itself over time and repair the damage, and the concept that the brain is plastic and repairing itself through life is fairly new. With most other injures the body tends to repair itself fairly well (muscle injuries, skin injuries, bone, etc).
However I am under the impression that damage to the cardiovascular system from hypertension, cholesterol, homocysteine, inflammation, etc just slowly compounds rather than be a constant give and take of damage and repair.
Is there a constant give and take between damage done to the cardiovascular system and self repair, or is meaningful self repair (removing fatty deposits from arteries, opening blockages, strengthening arteries, etc) nonexistant in nature?
If there is constant self repair then how important is that to maintaining cardio health? ie, when someone has ‘bad genetics’ does that mean they have more assaults on their cardio system (hypertension, cholesterol, etc) or that their body doesn’t repair itself as well?