Effective treatment for Atherosclerosis at Mindheal Homeopathy
ATHEROSCLEROSISDEFINITIONAtherosclerosis is a condition in which fatty material collects alongthe walls of arteries. This fatty material thickens, hardens (formscalcium deposits), and may eventually block the arteries.CAUSESAtherosclerosis is a common disorder that specifically affects themedium and large arteries. It occurs when fat, cholesterol, andother substances build up in the walls of arteries and form hardstructures called plaques.IT CAN LEAD TO • Eventually, the plaques can make the artery narrow and less flexible, making it harder for blood to flow. If the coronary arteries become narrow, blood flow to the heart can slow down or stop. This can cause chest pain (stable angina), shortness of breath, heart attack, and other symptoms. • Pieces of plaque can break off and move through the affected artery to smaller blood vessels, blocking them and causing tissue damage or death (embolization). This is a common cause of heart attack and stroke. Blood clots can also form around a tear (fissure) in the plaque leading to blocked blood flow. If the clot moves into an artery in the heart, lungs, or brain, it can cause a stroke, heart attack, or pulmonary embolism. In some cases, the atherosclerotic plaque is associated with a weakening of the wall of an artery leading to an aneurysm.Risk factors for atherosclerosis include:
• Diabetes • Heavy alcohol use • High blood pressure • High blood cholesterol levels • High-fat diet • Increasing age • Obesity • Personal or family history of heart disease • SmokingAtherosclerosis can affect many different organ systems, includingthe heart, lungs, brain, intestines, kidneys, and limbs (extremities).SYMPTOMSSymptoms usually do not occur until blood flow becomesrestricted or blocked.See the specific condition for more details on symptoms: • Abdominal aortic aneurysm • Coronary artery disease • Kidney disease • Mesenteric artery ischemia • Peripheral artery disease • Renal artery stenosis • Hypertension • Stroke (cerebrovascular disease) • Thoracic aortic aneurysmEXAMS AND TESTA health care provider will perform a physical exam and listen tothe heart and lungs with a stethoscope. Atherosclerosis can create awhooshing or blowing sound ("bruit") over an artery.
Tests that may be used to diagnose atherosclerosis or itscomplications include: • Ankle/brachial index (ABI) • Aortic arteriography (aortic angiography) • Arteriography • Cardiac stress testing • Coronary artery angiography) • CT scan • Doppler study • Extremity arteriography • Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) • Magnetic resonance arteriography (MRA) • Mesenteric arteriography • Pulmonary angiography • Renal arteriographyTREATMENTTo help prevent atherosclerosis or its complications (such as heartdisease and stroke), make the following lifestyle changes: • Avoid fatty foods. Eat well-balanced meals that are low in fat and cholesterol. Include several daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Adding fish to your diet at least twice a week may be helpful. However, do not eat fried fish. • Do not drink more than one or two alcoholic drinks a day. • Exercise regularly for 30 minutes a day if you are not overweight, and for 60 - 90 minutes a day if you are overweight.Get your blood pressure checked every 1 - 2 years, especially ifhigh blood pressure runs in your family. Have your blood pressurechecked more often if you have high blood pressure, heart disease,or you have had a stroke. Talk to your doctor about how often you
should have yours checked. Specific recommendations depend onyour age and blood pressure readings. • Everyone should keep their blood pressure below 140/90 mmHg • If you have diabetes, kidney disease, or have had a stroke or heart attack, your blood pressure should probably be less than 130/80 mm/Hg. Ask your doctor what your blood pressure should be.Have your cholesterol checked and treated if it is high.See: High cholesterol and triglycerides • Adults should have their cholesterol checked every 5 years. If you are being treated for high cholesterol or a family history of cholesterol problems, you will need to have it checked more often. • All adults should keep their LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels below 130-160 mg/dL. • If you have diabetes, heart disease, or hardening of the arteries somewhere else in your body, your LDL cholesterol should be lower than 100 mg/dL.A number of surgeries are performed to help prevent thecomplications of atherosclerosis. Some of these are: • Angioplasty and stent - heart - discharge • Angioplasty and stent placement - peripheral arteries • Coronary artery bypass surgeryDocument Source: http://www.mindheal.orgMindheal Homeopathy is a leading homeopathic treatmentcenter in Mumbai, India.