Arteriosclerosis

Signature Health Services can help with the management and treatment of Arteriosclerosis.

Arteriosclerosis and how we care for it

An artery, a blood vessel, carries oxygen and nutrients from the heart and out to the rest of the body. When they are healthy, arteries are elastic and flexible, but over time, their walls can harden, becoming stiff and thick, narrowing the blood flow to other organs and tissues. This condition is known as arteriosclerosis.

Arteriosclerosis is considered a heart condition, although it can affect any artery anywhere in the body.

Image of a Healthy artery

The hardening of arteries happens over time; it is an ordinary condition that comes with aging. Besides that, some other risk factors may contribute to the development of arteriosclerosis, such as:

  • Family background of heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • History of smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • A sedentary lifestyle

Even as arteries’ walls gradually thicken and stiffen, arteriosclerosis symptoms usually are not visible. It is only as the condition worsens that the first symptoms show up. That’s why arteriosclerosis usually is diagnosed once a worse complication occurs, such as a heart attack or a stroke.

If you experience some of these symptoms, please see your physician since it can be signs of complications of arteriosclerosis:

  • Chest pain
  • Sudden arm or leg numbness
  • Slurred speech or difficulty speaking
  • Brief loss of vision in one eye
  • Drooping facial muscles
  • Pain when walking
  • High blood pressure

The main goal is to prevent blood clots or other blockages in the blood vessels. The treatment for arteriosclerosis should include a healthy diet, exercise, and medication prescribed based on the location of the blockage and the overall patient’s condition.

Arteriosclerosis treatment must be a complete strategy that includes a healthy diet, regular exercise, and prescribed medications, such as

  • Cholesterol medications to protect heart arteries.
  • Blood thinners to prevent the forming of blood clots.
  • Beta-blockers to reduce blood pressure, heart rate, and irregular heartbeat.
  • Diuretics and some others your physician might prescribe based on every patient’s needs.

Making lifestyle changes can help keep the arteries healthy and slow or prevent arteriosclerosis. Here are some tips that may improve your health:

Avoid smoking: It damages the arteries and is a significant risk factor for coronary artery disease. In addition, nicotine narrows blood vessels and requires the heart to work harder.

Exercise regularly: It reduces blood pressure, improves blood circulation, and lowers the risk of arteriosclerosis and heart disease.

Keep a healthy weight: Obesity and being overweight increase the risk of coronary artery disease caused by atherosclerosis.

Maintain a healthy diet: A heart-healthy diet can help control weight, cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure.

Keep stress low: Try to find a way to reduce emotional stress. For example, practice mindfulness, and try relaxation techniques, such as yoga or deep breathing.

If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or some other chronic disease, work with your healthcare provider to manage the condition and promote overall health.

Patients with arteriosclerosis should be cautious in everyday life since they usually take medication that might lower their coagulation, among other health conditions. A licensed specialist may overlook the patient’s overall situation to help them in their day-to-day activities.

At Signature, we have the experience and resources to provide the best support for the patient and the family. Also, our registered nurses may help with medication and physical therapy when needed.

atherosclerosis stages

For more information on how Signature Health Services can help with your healthcare needs, please call 1 (800) 277-8291 or email information@signaturehealthservices.net.

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