Atherosclerosis Atherosclerosis is the consequence of a build-up of plaque, and the hardening of the arteries in your body. Atherosclerosis is the main contribution to heart disease as a consequence of unhealthy cholesterol levels. The higher your levels of LDL cholesterol and the lower your levels of HDL cholesterol in the body the more plaque will be in the arteries. If arteries are built up with plaque it restricts the amount of blood that can flow through the body and therefore limits oxygen uptake and distribution to the heart and other organs in the body. The lack of oxygen to the body's organ can result in heart disease, stroke and heart attacks.
Reduce your Risks Atherosclerosis is the leading risk for developing heart disease and heart related complications, however atherosclerosis is almost completely preventable and if your already have build up, damage can be reversed through a healthy active lifestyle.
- Exercise at least 30 minutes on most days of the week.
- Incorporate more omega 3 fatty acids such as those found in fish at least twice a week.
- Increase your consumption of water in your diet.
- Decrease the amount of caffiene in your diet because caffiene can put extra stresses on your heart.
-Decrease sodium intake