Treatment For Atherosclerosis

Treatments for arteriosclerosis will often include lifestyle changes with diet and exercise, taking cholesterol lowering and blood pressure medication, as well as learning to deal with stress. Atherosclerosis is a condition that is often referred to as hardening of the arteries. Some of the things that can negatively affect the blood vessels and arteries within the body are stress, smoking, eating foods with hydrogenated oils or trans fats, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and health conditions such as diabetes. Hardening of the arteries can affect the heart and the brain negatively resulting in a heart attack or stroke. Since the effects of hardening of the arteries can be very serious a person suffering with the symptoms should seek treatment for atherosclerosis. Some of the symptoms are shortness of breath, chest pain, pain in arms or legs, and fatigue.

Damage to an artery will cause blood cells to accumulate at the site for repair. Over time fatty deposits will harden causing the artery to narrow. When this happens organs and tissues in the body do not receive an adequate blood supply. Since one of the causes of hardening of the arteries is smoking a very important treatment for atherosclerosis should include quitting. Quitting may be difficult for people who have smoked over a long period of time. A physician will be able to suggest treatments to help a person to quit. These methods may include medication and counseling therapy or both.

Eating healthy and exercising can have a positive effect on hardening of the arteries. An ideal diet should include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and foods low in saturated fat. Exercise and eating healthy can result in weight loss which will also help those who suffer with narrowing arteries. Most physicians advise patients to exercise daily for at least 30 minutes. Exercise length and activity level may have to be adjusted based upon other health considerations. Treatments for arteriosclerosis that include diet changes and exercise can help tremendously with artery health. Another significant thing that can add to a person's health is the fear of the Lord. "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by Me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased." (Proverbs 9:10-11)

High blood pressure can be a very dangerous health threat; it can easily go undetected because there are not any symptoms associated directly with it. A normal blood pressure reading is usually below 130/80; when the readings go up to 140/90 a person may be experiencing the first signs of hypertension. A treatment for atherosclerosis should include monitoring blood pressure and reporting high readings to a physician. Blood pressure medication can be prescribed to help bring down readings and minimize damage to the blood vessels. High blood pressure left untreated will actually cause damage to the inner lining of the arteries. Untreated high blood pressure can result in stroke, heart attack, heart failure, and kidney failure.

High cholesterol levels can lead to arterial damage and eventually cause serious health problems. Cholesterol is a fatty substance that is found in the bloodstream and cells. An overabundance of cholesterol is a concern because this excessive amount sticks to arterial walls and over time can lead to atherosclerosis. Optimum levels of total cholesterol are below 200 mg/dl; anything above that should be monitored closely. As a preventative treatment for atherosclerosis a physician will normally prescribe medication for individuals who have high cholesterol levels. Eating healthy and exercise can also help to lower cholesterol levels in the blood.

Diabetes is a health condition that if left untreated can contribute to heart disease and stroke. A diagnosis of diabetes is normally made when a person has high blood sugar counts after fasting. Type 1 diabetes results when a person doesn't develop any insulin. Insulin is needed in order for the body to use glucose to feed cells. Type 2 diabetes results when a person either doesn't produce enough insulin or the body doesn't use the insulin effectively. Since the body is not taking care of the sugar in the blood effectively it builds up in the blood and damages the eyes, kidneys, and nerves. High blood sugar levels in the arteries can cause underlying damage resulting in hardening of the arteries. Therefore treatments for arteriosclerosis should include careful monitoring of blood sugar levels especially in individuals who have been diagnosed with diabetes.

Prolonged stress can affect the body in negative ways and can eventually result in heart disease and other serious health problems. This is a reason why treatments for arteriosclerosis often include the necessity for stress reduction. Stress may not directly cause hardening of the arteries but it can contribute to it and other illnesses of the body. People who are driven and that tend to be workaholics are more prone to developing atherosclerosis. Studies have shown that people with a certain type of personality may be more susceptible to developing heart disease. Some of the characteristics of this personality type may include impatience, aggressive behavior, and excessive worrying. Stress can cause a multitude of symptoms including but not limited to headaches, back pain, ringing in the ears, frequent colds, stomach problems, chest pain, depression, irritability, and obsessive or compulsive behavior. Talking to a doctor about stress reduction is the beginning to finding help. Find ways to learn how to cope with stress and anxiety before the results lead to atherosclerosis.

Reversing Atherosclerosis

Reversing atherosclerosis includes keeping cholesterol at and acceptable level and lowering intake of refined sugars as well as processed vegetable oil. In addition to living an active healthy lifestyle with proper exercise and low stress, these changes in diet will aid in reversing heart disease. A person's history will greatly determine other health factors such as genetic disposition and other underlying health problems, which will determine the plan of action toward total wellness. Once the triggering factor is determined appropriate medication or lifestyle changes can be put into place. Each method of treatment show some risk of failure, but the alternative is to wait and see.

Lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, dietary changes, stress level, and exercise can dramatically change the chances a person has of getting heart disease as well as complimenting and necessary medication. Though it would be the goal of most people to avoid medication, due to genetic make up or permanent damage to the body, medication may be necessary to ensure the best result. It may become overwhelming to make such drastic lifestyle changes all at one time so creating a plan for gradual change may be the more successful option. This may be done with the help of a counselor, friend, or family member. The goal is to increase the quality of a person's life by reversing heart disease, not discourage them to the point of failure. The introduction of Omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and folic acid (for women) have shown dramatic change in a person's chance for reversing atherosclerosis. Likewise, studies show great success in cultures who consume only animal fat for their diet. The instance of illness is miniscule compared to America's diet of refined sugar and trans fat. In addition to diet, exercise is important for overall wellness as well as in reversing atherosclerosis. Even if a person has never exercised before, it is never too late to start. Simply walking to the mailbox to get the mail instead of driving up to the mailbox on the way home from work is a great place to start on a path for increased wellness and aids in reducing heart disease. From there a more complex plan can be developed including weight training, cardiovascular, and even yoga. Stretching before any sort of exercise is crucial to the maintenance of joints as well as encouragement toward total wellness.

Seeking support for any lifestyle change will aid in creating an overall positive experience. When trying something outside of a person's comfort zone anxiety may occur as well as lack of motivation. Teaming up with someone who has accomplished similar goals or who is on the same road to wellness increases the chances of success. Consulting a professional whether or not support is sought may be important in creating a reasonable plan that is attainable and safe. "Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;" (1 Thessalonians 1:3)

Lifestyles changes such as decreased stress and the elimination of bad habits can greatly change a person's outlook for developing or worsening health conditions. If the result of not changing habits will result in debilitation or even death, lifestyle changes might not seem so drastic or bothersome. Evaluate the life currently being lived concentrating on anything negative that could be changed. This includes constant snacking, TV for recreation, and smoking. Programs and education is available to enhance a person's life toward health and overall wellness. Information is available through community programs as well as through a personal doctors office or from a specialist. Studies show even just moderate lifestyle changes decreases a person's chances by over 80% of worsening or developing this illness. People between the ages of 70 and 90 run a greater risk of developing these problems due to the slower rate at which the body can process foods. The elimination of cholesterol aids in the instance of heart attacks, but is not the major cause. Overall, a balanced diet including leafy green vegetables, omega-3 fatty acid, and a moderate level of protein will aid in overall wellness as well as moderate exercise and stress reduction. If a job is stressful then finding ways to unwind after work is crucial for stress reduction. Breathing exercises not only relax, but strengthen the respiratory system and immune system which aids in reversing atherosclerosis.

Other dietary measures can be taken to promote overall health as well as reduce the instance of disease. A low glycemic diet eliminates bread, pasta, and potatoes from the diet. Not only will this diet aid in reversing heart disease, but prevent obesity and diabetes. Studies show a 70% reduction in the occurrence of heart attacks compared to people who did not follow this diet. In addition the elimination of over the counter pain medications will aid in reversing atherosclerosis. Some people have shown success in the increase of fiber in the diet found in supplements or flaxseed. With these additions or changes to diet, a person will find change in their overall wellness and when tested for illness will show improvement to the body's overall function. Supplements of vitamin C have also shown to help in reducing heart disease. The key to reversing heart disease is moderation; any type of food consumed in excess will undoubtedly show adverse effects of some sort. Even if a person is not at risk, simple choices such as whether to eat fried food or a grilled sandwich can prevent the onset of such debilitating diseases.

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