When the plaque starts to build up in the arteries it makes them much harder than they should be, in turn restricting the blood flow and causing the organs and tissues of the body to not get enough oxygenated blood. This plaque build-up then unfortunately impacts on the functions of both tissues and organs. Massage therapy Lincoln UK can help with circulation and muscle tiredness.
It appears that the reasons people end up suffering from atherosclerosis are many, most of which are the outcomes of not looking after ourselves i.e. Diet, obesity, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, alcohol, family history, ethnicity and air pollution. However, another theory is that as we mature in age, that our arteries will get harder and narrower naturally and if we partake or have any of the above mentioned, then these will make the atherosclerosis appear even faster. –
what causes the natural hardening & narrowing?
Below are three examples of things that can make the outcome of getting atherosclerosis higher than average:
Diet and obesity – eating a high fat diet, will unfortunately make your body produce unhealthy cholesterol called LDL (a bad fat. Unfortunately this will build up over time leading to fatty deposits (plaques or atheroma) on the artery wall which reduce the area of blood flow and or the blockage of the blood supply altogether.
Smoking – This is known to damage the artery walls. The platelets within the arteries stay together in a ‘lump’ where the damage is located and will endeavour to repair the site. Unfortunately this ‘lump’ of platelets then causes a blockage and the arteries are then narrower than what they should be to allow good blood flow. This also may increase the chance of developing a blood clot.
Family history and Ethnicity –
If you have a first-degree relative (parent, brother or sister) with atherosclerosis, you are twice as likely to develop similar problems compared to the rest of the population
Blood pressure and diabetes are higher among African and African-Caribbean descent.
Signs and Symptoms:
Conditions caused by atherosclerosis include:
Peripheral arterial disease
Other symptoms can include confusion – indicating a possible circulation problem in the brain, weakness of the muscles in your legs due to not having a good circulation, tiredness and pains in your arms or legs.
Arteriosclerosis will happen when the blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients from the heart to the rest of the body (arteries) become thick and stiff. The arteries change from a soft texture to a hard texture when they become blocked or if someone suffers with high blood pressure which in turn makes the muscular walls to be thicker than normal. This happens when the fat deposits (LDL) get bigger in the arteries and the walls become tight/stiff and harder during atherosclerosis.
Some causes of arteriosclerosis are:
High blood pressure
Smoking and other forms of tobacco
High triglycerides (lipid –type of fat) in the blood
Arthritis or other inflammation from disease.