HEART HEALTH

Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis, or arteriosclerosis, is a buildup of plaque that causes arteries to harden and narrow. This slowly and silently restricts blood flow and blocks arteries over time. Eventually, this leads to problems throughout the body, like heart disease and stroke.

All in all, if you don’t treat it, atherosclerosis can lead to:

  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Stroke

Atherosclerosis Causes

 

First of all, a thin layer of cells called the endothelium lines the arteries. Simply put, the endothelium is what keeps the inside artery walls smooth, allowing blood to flow properly. When damage occurs to the endothelium, plaque builds up on the artery walls. Consequently, this worsens over time.

The most common causes of this damage are:

+ Inflammation

+ High Blood Pressure

+ Smoking

+ Obesity

+ Hormonal Imbalance

Atherosclerosis Symptoms

 

Symptoms of this condition can vary widely depending on the artery blockage’s severity and its location in the body. Sufferers may experience any of the following:

+ Angina (chest pains)

+ Pain in arms, legs, or other location with a blocked artery

+ Muscle weakness in the legs

Fatigue

+ Shortness of breath

+ Disorientation or confusion

On the other hand, many people with arteriosclerosis actually show no symptoms at all. 

How To Prevent Atherosclerosis

 

Arteriosclerosis prevention is most effective through good lifestyle habits. Ultimately, you can slow the progress of the condition or even prevent its development by practicing the following suggestions.

+ Eat foods with low saturated fat and cholesterol.

+ Exercise 30-60 minutes four to six times per week.

+ Don’t smoke.

+ Maintain a healthy weight.

+ Reduce day-to-day stress.

+ Avoid excess alcohol consumption.

+ Monitor blood pressure.

+ Treat conditions like diabetes and low T.

Atherosclerosis Treatment

Treatment for atherosclerosis can vary depending on the condition’s progression and severity. 

Overall, atherosclerosis treatment aims to accomplish the following goals:

+ Relieve symptoms of the disease

+ Prevent related diseases, such as heart disease

+ Reduce plaque in the arteries

+ Reduce the risk of blood clots in the arteries

+ Widen or bypass already clogged arteries

At any rate, once there is blockage due to artery plaque, that damage is usually permanent. However, there are plenty of natural treatments to help slow or stop the condition from worsening.

Therefore, by incorporating the following healthy habits into your daily routine, you can significantly reduce the progression of atherosclerosis or prevent it from ever developing.

+ Get treatment for conditions including hypertension and diabetes

+ Include fish in your diet at least once a week

+ Get regular exercise for 30 to 60 minutes, four to six days per week

+ Lose weight if you are overweight, especially if you carry a lot of belly fat

+ Give up smoking cigarettes

+ Manage and avoid stress where possible

Testosterone and Arteriosclerosis

 

Testosterone can actually help reverse atherosclerosis. Incidentally, men with atherosclerosis tend to have low testosterone levels. Because natural testosterone dilates the arteries, it makes it easier for blood to pass through and keep the heart pumping strong.

 

Other cardiovascular health benefits of testosterone include:

+ Lower risk of heart attack

+ Decrease in blood pressure

+ Lower cholesterol

+ Strong heartbeat

 

To learn more, download the free ebook “Let’s Talk Testosterone” by Dr. Steven Hotze.