Atherosclerosis: Symptoms and what we can do to prevent it
Usually, Atherosclerosis shows no symptoms until blood flow is affected, slows down or begins to clog.
Getting a physical examination on your next doctor visit could help you know if you have Atherosclerosis, so you can take all necessary action immediately.
Your doctor will listen to your heart and lungs with a stethoscope and will be able to detect any atherosclerosis signs at an early stage, since at this stage Atherosclerosis can cause a hissing sound or murmur in the arteries, and, being the case, will order additional tests.
Some of the tests to diagnose Atherosclerosis are: Arteriography, Ankle-brachial index (ABI), stress test, Doppler study, Pulmonary angiography and Intravascular ultrasound.
If you are at risk of developing Atherosclerosis or have any symptoms that may indicate a mild or severe arterial obstruction, it is very important to ask your doctor to perform all required tests to detect any arterial damage and to exercise control or take all necessary measures to prevent them from becoming a larger problem.
What can we do to prevent Atherosclerosis?
Maintaining healthy eating habits, avoiding consumption of saturated and hydrogenated or trans fats and excess simple carbohydrates, increasing fish, fiber, fruits and vegetables consumption in addition to regular exercise will be our best weapons to reduce body weight and maintain under control other risk factors we might have, such as hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, metabolic syndrome and Diabetes.
Similarly, avoiding cigarettes at all cost and being vigilant of our cholesterol and triglycerides levels, blood glucose and blood pressure so we can make sure they are under control, will allow us to reduce the risk of developing Atherosclerosis, or at least of delaying its progression or stopping it, and so we can enjoy a better quality of life.