What are some of the coronary atherosclerosis?
Coronary atherosclerosis is a condition that occurs when the walls of the arteries thicken and impede blood flow. This condition occurs as the result of blood platelets, fibrous tissue, cholesterol and even calcium building up in the arteries.
It is important to note that atherosclerosis usually does not show any signs or symptoms until it is in the advanced stage. Angina, which is heart-related chest pain, is one of the first symptoms that a person with this condition will notice. It occurs because blood flow to the heart is being restricted. Intermittent claudication (pain in the legs that occurs while walking) is another symptom that a person with atherosclerosis will notice. A myocardial infarction, which is also referred to as a heart attack, can result if this condition is left untreated.
What are some of the causes and risk factors of atherosclerosis?
Health experts have not yet been able to identify exactly what causes atherosclerosis. However, they do believe that plaque buildup occurs when the lining of the artery becomes weakened or damaged. Some researchers believe that atherosclerosis begins in childhood and worsens as a person gets older.
There are several risk factors that can increase a person’s chances of developing atherosclerosis. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, being overweight and smoking cigarettes all increase a person’s chances of developing this condition. Men who are over the age of 45 and women who are over the age of 55 are also at increased risk for developing atherosclerosis.
Natural atherosclerosis treatment and prevention through diet
The Mediterranean diet is an eating plan that places emphasis on the consumption of fruits, vegetables, fruits, fish and whole grains. This diet also encourages the consumption of wine in moderation. People are advised to avoid meat, sweets and dairy products as much as possible. The Mediterranean diet is high in fiber, low in saturated fat and high in the Omega 3 fatty acids (one of the good fats.)
Studies have shown that this diet can help reverse and prevent atherosclerosis. In fact, atherosclerosis can be reversed in as little as a year by following the Mediterranean diet.