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Stroke, heart attack and peripheral artery disease (narrowing or obstruction caused by cholesterol affecting the arteries supply blood flow to the legs) are all linked by a common disease process called atherothrombosis. Many are still not familiar with this term, despite the fact that every year atherothrombosis contribute to more than 1.3 Mill Americans.
What is atherothrombosis?
Atherothrombosis is a process that start when atherosclerotic plaque, which consists of cholesterol, foam cells, fibrin and white blood cells, form in the blood vessel lining. Over the time deposits, known as plaque, restrict the flow of oxygen rich blood throughout the body. This is a gradual process, which take place over years. As blood flows over the plaque stress and wear forces are exerted on the plaque surface. Eventually this plaque will be inflamed and rupture.
This acute event causes platelets in the blood to stick to the plaque and to other platelets forming a blood clot. This clot (or thrombus) can limit or completely stop the flow of blood to part of the heart or brain, giving rise to a heart attack or stroke. That’s why it is critical to treat atherothrombosis and reduce the risk of a life threatening clot forming.
Risk factors of atherothrombosis
There are some risk factors you cannot change or modify:
• Age: the older you are, the higher the risk of atherothombosis
• Gender: male are generally more prone to atherothrombosis
• Family history: if you have history of atherothrombosis (i.e. heart attack, stroke or PAD) you are naturally at an increased risk
Other factors which are preventable, modifiable:
• High blood pressure
• Physical inactivity
• Unhealthy eating
• Excessive alcohol intake
Preventive measures for atherothrombosis
The best way of protecting oneself from atherothrombosis is through a healthy lifestyle and by controlling the modifiable risk factors like high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, and by taking preventive health supplements that prevent progression of blockages in the blood vessels.
These include the following lifestyle changes
1. Diabetes should bring their blood sugar level to as close the normal level as possible.Bios Life™, a high fiber drink with chromium will help diabetes to reduce their blood sugar level in a natural way.
2. If you have high blood pressure, reduce and maintain a level at or below 130/80
3. Eat a balanced diet consisting of a high fiber and low cholesterol, moderate quantities of carbohydrates and proteins diet which is highly recommended as it is beneficial in reducing blood pressure, cholesterol and obesity. Reduce salt intake too.
4. Exercise regularly for at least 20 minutes 5 days a week.
5. Reduce your weight to an ideal level through proper diet and regular exercise
6. Reduce alcohol intake significantly. Stop smoking. Any amount of smoking can increase the risk of having a stroke and heart attack by 2 or 3 times. Smoking is also directly linked to disease of blood vessels in the legs. This disease may affect the circulation of blood in the lower limbs.
Going to regular screening, adhering to a healthy lifestyle and drink Bios Life™ every day. These are critical to good heart health and help to prevent atherothrombosis attacks.
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense! There are no doubts what''s happening!
But a lot, or the most start slowly, with mild pain and discomfort chest, upper body, arms,back, neck!
Signs which could mean a heart attack:
*Chest discomfort - most heart attacks sign discomfort in the center of the chest, which can go away and comes back, or lasts longer then a few minutes! Feels like pressure, fullness or pain!
*Upper body - discomfort can be in one or both arms, the neck, back or even stomach
*Shortness of breath - with or without chest pain or discomfort
Fast action can save lives!
Maybe your own!
Ring Emergency medical services!
Even if you are not sure get your heart checked, tell the doctor the symptoms!