Monday, September 16, 2019
 Keeping Your Heart Healthy

Arteriosclerosis Damages Heart Health

Heart with stethscope attached

It's a good thing to be discerning of your heart's health and the threat of arteriosclerosis.

Its health problem can happen to anyone no one is immune. This condition is a pestering anomaly for your heart's health and a serious condition that negates a healthy heart.

Arteriosclerosis can lead to serious heart problems such as heart attacks or even death.

Certain traits, conditions, or habits may raise your risk for arteriosclerosis. Because its a common health problem if you are 40 and generally healthy, you have about a 50% chance of developing life-threatening arteriosclerosis in your lifetime.

This risk goes up as you get older, most adults older than 60 years have some existing arteriosclerosis.

Progressive Arterial Changes: Arteriosclerosis is a hardening of the arteries of the vessels that supply your heart with blood. Over time a silently growing menace of plaque occurs this narrows and slowly blocks your arteries.

The narrowed artery reduces the flow and supply of oxygen-rich blood to your heart muscle.

Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium and other substances found in the blood. Fatty streaks develop in the arteries and in time this turns to a fibrous calcified plaque putting blood flow at risk.

When plaque builds up in your coronary arteries this calcification can progress to lesions that trigger several ailments.

Cardiovascular Impairments: Coronary artery disease(CAD)) and arteriosclerosis is related. Stable plaques in the heart's arteries cause angina.

You are at an increased risk of developing a blood clot, eventually as thrombosis settles in and a blood clot can become loose. A sudden plaque rupture and clotting can cause your heart muscle to die, a heart attack or even death may result.

Weakened and narrowed arteries mean your heart must pump blood against the higher pressure in your vessels, this causes your heart muscle to thicken.

Eventually, the thickened muscle may have a hard time pumping enough blood to meet your body's needs, this can lead to heart failure or a brain catastrophe.

Control Risks Factors: You can control some risk factors with conscientious preventive self-care actions. The main treatments for CAD arteriosclerosis are lifestyle changes. Many everyday lifestyle choices are the main culprit for CAD.

Self-care actions mean eating a healthy heart-smart diet, regular exercise or increased physical activity. Quitting smoking is also the best health practice to lower the risk of a CAD.

Making such healthful choices are good moves to avoid the development of, slow or stop the growth of arterial plaque.

In certain circumstances taking drugs for high cholesterol and high blood pressure will slow and may even lower your risk of further heart disease. Simply making smart lifestyle changes during your lifetime can help you avoid the problems of arteriosclerosis to gain a healthier heart.

However, in situations where there is already serious damage to the heart muscle and arteries, several surgery options are available