Arteriosclerosis is a hardening of the arteries, its occurs when the blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients from your heart to the rest of the body (arteries) become thick and stiff sometimes restricting blood flow to organs and tissues. Healthy arteries are flexible and elastic, but over time, the walls of arteries can harden.
Atherosclerosis develops gradually. Mild atherosclerosis usually doesn't have any symptoms.
Symptoms of moderate to severe atherosclerosis depend on which arteries are affected. For example:
Atherosclerosis is a slow, progressive disease that may begin as early as childhood. Although the exact cause is unknown, atherosclerosis may start with damage or injury to the inner layer of an artery. The damage may be caused by:
Hardening of the arteries occurs over time. Besides aging, factors that increase the risk of atherosclerosis include:
The complications of atherosclerosis depend on which arteries are blocked. For example:
Aneurysms. Atherosclerosis can also cause aneurysms, a serious complication that can occur anywhere in body. An aneurysm is a bulge in the wall of artery.
Most people with aneurysms have no symptoms. Pain and throbbing in the area of an aneurysm may occur and is a medical emergency.
If an aneurysm bursts, may face life-threatening internal bleeding. Although this is usually a sudden, catastrophic event, a slow leak is possible. If a blood clot within an aneurysm dislodges, it may block an artery at some distant point.
The same healthy lifestyle changes recommended to treat atherosclerosis also help prevent it. These include:
Baryta Mur – hypertension and vascular degeneration; arteriosclerosis where high systolic pressure with a comparatively low diastolic tension is attended by cerebral and cardiac symptoms; large blood vessel and aorta is involved; in duration and narrowing of cardiac orifice with pain immediately after eating
Arnica Montana – excellent remedy for cerebral arteriosclerosis; great tendency for hemorrhage; acts well in plethoric, feebly in debilitated people, relaxed bold vessel with black and blue spots; sore, lame and bruised feeling; thrombosis; limbs and body aches as if beaten
Aurum met – well known Homeopathic medicine for Arteriosclerosis; pulse rapid, feeble, irregular; hypertension; valvular lesions of arterio sclerotic nature; marked palpitation; sensation as if heart stopped beating for two or three seconds; immediately followed by sinking sensation in epigastrium; hypertrophy of the heart.
Ergotin – acts well in the beginning of arteriosclerosis when only the cardiac irritation and the hard heart sound are present. Stiffening and degeneration of arterial walls, spasmodic contraction of the vessels with hardening
Spigelia – remarkable remedy for the inflammation of the heart affecting both inner and outer lining of the heart, deficiency of the mitral valve in people who are alcoholic, pain in the heart, dizziness, noises in head, excessive nervousness, chocking sensation in throat; patient is unable to sleep properly; sparks before the eyes is a guiding symptom of this.e.t.c