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What is Arteriosclerosis

Arteriosclerosis:

This condition happens in the body when the arteries become thick and they restrict blood flow to the organs and cells in the body. This process happens slowly over time. These arteries can affect the major organs including the heart. The plaque which is made of fat, cholesterol, and waste from the cells builds upon the walls of the heart. This can lead to arteriosclerosis.

Symptoms

There are usually no symptoms of arteriosclerosis. It is important to have regular checkups to check on the heart. The clogged arteries can lead to a stroke or heart attack. Some of the later symptoms may include:

  •                Chest pains
  •                Weakness or numbness in the arms or legs
  •                Trouble talking
  •                Loss of vision in one eye
  •                The facial muscles will look like they are dropping
  •                Pain when you walk
  •                High blood pressure
  •                The kidneys will begin to fail

If you have any of these symptoms you need to contact your doctor immediately.

 Causes

Several things may lead to arteriosclerosis.

They include:

  •                High cholesterol levels
  •                High blood pressure
  •                High triglyceride levels
  •                You may be diabetic or insulin-resistant
  •                You may be obese
  •                Smoking or using tobacco
  •                Inflammation in the body

 

Risk Factors

Some things may put you at an increased risk for arteriosclerosis. They include:

  •                If you have a family history of this disease you are at a higher risk
  •                Your age
  •                If you are a smoker
  •                History of cardiovascular disease
  •                If you experience any symptoms you need the help of a specialist.

 

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