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How Can Arteriosclerosis Be Prevented
Life stlye changes: Prevention of arteriosclerosis is possible but not gaurenteed. Some pts can follow a very healthy life style and still get arteriosclerosis. This so because genetics play a key role in developemennt . Also not all risk factors have been discovered yet. The following are the accepted risks.Age, gender, high cholesterol, high blood pressure , diabetes, family history, and tob. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Atherosclerosis: Treat risk factors before you have symptoms/ problems. If you have a strong family history, you can't be checked out young enough! 1. Treat high blood pressure, diabetes, lipids and triglycerides 2. Lose weight, exercise, quit smoking 3. Low fat, low glycemic diet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Common sense: Primary prevention is essential to a healthy long life. Certain cardiac risk factors can be modified others cant. You can't change your age, gender, family history, etc. You can modify and change things like your weight, sedentary life style, your diet etc. If you have diabetes or hypertension strict controll and medical compliance is essential.The more risk factors the more agressive you need to be. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blocks blood flow: Arteriosclerosis is dangeous if it restricts blood flow to vital organs by causing build-up of plaque that narrows the inside of arteries. However the most potential for harm comes from the rare instances where atherosclerotic plaques may become inflamed and suddently activate clotting components, leading to a sudden complete (or near-complete) obstruction of blood flow. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes none: Atherosclerosis is progressive "hardening" of the arteries caused by cholesterol build up. While most patients have chest pain or shortness of breath, for many patients their first symptom is a heart attack or sudden death. Fortunately atherosclerosis can controlled/prevented with a healthily lifestyle, not smoking, and medicines when appropriate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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