Atherosclerosis— The Silent Killer

By Unknown - June 05, 2017

Atherosclerosis overview

Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque builds up inside your arteries. Plaque is a sticky substance made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances found in the blood.

Over time, this results to the hardening of the arteries. This makes them less able to dilate or contract, an action that normally helps control blood pressure and the amount of blood flow. That limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your body.


Atherosclerosis can lead to serious problems, including coronary artery disease. Coronary arteries supply blood to your heart. When they are blocked due to excessive plaque formation, you can suffer angina or a heart attack.

Plaque build up can also lead to the hardening of the arteries in the brain. This can reduce or stop the flow of blood to the brain, resulting in dizziness, transient ischemic attacks, or even a stroke.

Atherosclerosis can also affect the way the kidneys clean waste from the blood, thereby contributing to kidney failure.


Atherosclerosis symptoms.

Atherosclerosis often doesn't display symptoms until it severely narrows or totally blocks an artery. Most times, people don't know they have it until it becomes life threatening.

A physical exam, imaging, and other diagnostic tests can tell if you have it.

Atherosclerosis treatment.

Medicines can help slow the buildup of plaque in the arteries.
Also, surgical procedures  such as angioplasty can be used to treat atherosclerosis. Please discuss with your doctor extensively before considering available options.

Dietary supplements containing Niacin can help in combating atherosclerosis.

Why Niacin?

Well niacin is a lipid-lowering agent. Recent studies have shown that its effect of the reduction of LDL (bad cholesterol) is very impressive. To this day, some doctors recommend taking niacin along with other prescription medications.

                            

Atherosclerosis prevention.

You can prevent atherosclerosis by being active physically by exercising regularly, eating a healthy and balanced diet, most especially low-fat foods, and foods rich in fiber such as the oat bran.

Oat bran? Why not oatmeal? What's the difference between oat bran and oatmeal?

Well oat bran contains about 50% more fiber and soluble fiber than oatmeal,  which means it is more effective at lowering cholesterol and aiding in digestion. It also contains  more vitamins and minerals including zinc, riboflavin, iron, thiamine, phosphorus, riboflavin and magnesium. Oat bran brands such as Quaker Oat Bran which contains 6 grams of Fiber (3 grams of Soluble Fiber) per serving, is recommended.

                           

Also, try and quit smoking if you do. Smoking increases your risk of having atherosclerosis. Being overweight is a risk factor also. If you're underweight, work on reducing your weight. Click this link to read an article that can help.

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