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Atherosclerosis
 
Standard Definition

Atherosclerosis, is simply defined as hardening of the arteries, a very common disease of the major blood vessels. It is characterized by fatty deposits in blood vessel walls that accumulate cholesterol and calcium. Atherosclerosis of arteries supplying the heart is called coronary artery disease, whilst the condition affecting arteries supplying the legs is called peripheral vascular disease.

 
 
Underlying Disruption in Function

People with elevated cholesterol and/or triglyceride levels are much more likely to have atherosclerosis and many important nutritional approaches to preventing atherosclerosis are aimed at lowering serum cholesterol levels. People with diabetes are also at very high risk for atherosclerosis, indicating that poor sugar metabolism also adversely affects blood vessel function. It has been found that high glycaemic foods (those that increase blood sugar at a rapid rate) increase blood fats, including cholesterol. It has also been found that antioxidant nutrients protect against the development of atherosclerosis. Cholesterol only becomes ‘bad’ when it is damaged by free radicals (eg. Smoking). Prevention of oxidation by antioxidants prevents the cholesterol from doing damage to the vessel walls.

 
 
Possible Causes, Triggers & Exacerbating Factors
  • Smoking
  • Obesity and sedentary lifestyle
  • Diabetes
  • Genetic tendency
  • Stress, excessive negative emotions (depression, anger, anxiety, hostility)
  • Diet high in processed and animal fats, sugar and salt
  • Diet low in fruits, vegetables and fibre
  • Heavy metal toxicity, air pollution
  • Hypertension
  • Hyperhomocysteinemia
 
 
Common Signs & Symptoms
  • Shortness of breath or pain in the lower legs when exercising
  • Chest pain (Angina) when exercising
 
 
Possible Additional Integrative Medicine Diagnostic Tests

This is additional information that does not replace nor negate conventional diagnosis. Other tests may be useful depending on the individual circumstance.

  • Heavy Metal and Toxicity assessment
  • Allergy and food intolerance testing
  • Cardiovascular Risk Assessment
  • Biochemical assessments
  • Vitamin and Mineral assessment
 
 
Links & Other Information

Contact YourHealth for referenced material regarding this condition, any of the diagnostic tests or therapies mentioned.

 

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