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.
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:
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.
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.
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