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Arteriosclerosis (also known as atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease or hardening of the arteries) is a slow disease in which your arteries become clogged and hardened. Fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances form plaque, which builds up in arteries. Hard plaque narrows the passage that blood flows through. That causes arteries to become hard and inflexible. It leads to cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death in people over 45. Soft plaque is more likely to break free from the artery wall and cause a blood clot, which can block blood flow to vital organs.

The effects of arteriosclerosis differ depending upon which arteries in the body narrow and become clogged with plaque. If the arteries that bring oxygen-rich blood to your heart are affected, you may have coronary artery disease, chest pain, or a heart attack. If the arteries to your brain are affected, you may have a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or a stroke. If the arteries in your arms or legs are affected, you may develop peripheral artery disease. You may also develop a bulge in the artery wall (aneurysm).

Lowering blood pressure and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, eating a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, quitting smoking, losing weight, and getting more exercise helps prevent arteriosclerosis.

Healthy eating habits can help reduce high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and excess weight — three of the major risk factors for heart disease. The American Heart Association (AHA) has developed dietary guidelines that help lower fat and cholesterol intake and reduce the risk of heart disease. The AHA does not recommend very low-fat diets because research shows that people benefit from unsaturated (“good”) fats.

Many fad diets are popular, but they may not help you lose weight or keep it off. In some cases, they may not even be healthy. Any healthy diet will include a variety of foods and in our opinion should include nutrient dense concentrated superfoods. If a diet bans an entire food group (such as carbohydrates), it’s probably not healthy. One or more servings of superfoods daily helps assure you of getting the protein and wide variety of plant and botanical nutrients your body needs for proper cell function.

Arteriosclerosis prognosis and complications

Some complications of arteriosclerosis include:

  • Heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Poor blood supply to certain parts of the body (such as the legs or intestines)
  • Kidney failure
  • Death

The outlook for arteriosclerosis varies from person to person. People with arteriosclerosis should work closely with their doctor to make the right lifestyle changes and, if needed, take the proper medications to control their condition and avoid complications.


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