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Atherosclerosis Facts

Atherosclerosis refers to the medical condition also known as hardening of the arteries. Arteries are important to supply blood to all parts of the body and ensure all bodily activities are carried out normally. The arteries basically become lined with plaque. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances that are blood constituents. They slowly start lining the inside walls of the arteries. This blockage doesn’t happen overnight. It is a very slow and gradual process, which can even start in childhood. It’s important for all of us to pay attention since the condition may go unnoticed until it’s severe enough to cause problems with bodily functions. Any artery of the human body, be it in the brain, heart, kidney or arms can be affected by it. So it becomes of vital importance to take necessary precautions. Soft plaque tends to get detached at times by blood flow and can cause blockage elsewhere if it gets stuck. This is a major cause of concern as it could lead to strokes and even death in some cases.

There are a few other atherosclerosis facts that are important to be aware of if you wish to prevent atherosclerosis from happening. First, understand that prevention is most important. So, start early and build towards a better and healthier lifestyle. Pay attention to any signals your body gives: shortness of breath, feeling of nausea, cramps, deviation in blood pressure etc. Visit a doctor regularly and have a full body health check-up. Maintain your weight and height with the healthy range of body mass index. Any high deviations should be done away with controlled diet and exercise. Exercise regularly and eat healthy, even if it means cutting down on that extra bar of chocolate. Enjoy life but know that you can’t take your body for granted; it deserves the respect you expect of others. Maintain your health, mind, soul and body for a healthy and long life.