By: Aster P
Even as February comes to an end, especially with COVID cases decreasing, we shouldn’t close our hearts to learning more about our health and how to protect it. After all, the efforts we make to take care of our bodies will pay off in the future– by preventing or delaying future diseases and keeping our bodies strong, even as we get older. One of the best ways to stay healthy is to pay attention to diseases that can affect our major organs, particularly the heart. More often than not, the strength of these vital organs depends on our lifestyle.
Atherosclerosis is a heart condition where your arteries literally close or clog up with plaque– fatty deposits made from excess cholesterol, excess fats, and other substances. When plaque builds up and hardens in your arteries, you can be at higher risk for many other health problems such as heart attack, stroke, and chronic kidney disease. This is because your heart needs wide, healthy arteries for it to deliver oxygenated blood and nutrients to the rest of your body. The results are definitely not pretty when you neglect your heart.
According to Cleveland Clinic, atherosclerosis can start developing from childhood, although it can progress quickly. It shares symptoms with other heart problems such as coronary heart disease and myocarditis, so keep an eye out for constant chest pain and shortness of breath, back pain, and muscle weakness. Women should also be wary of nausea or vomiting, since it can also be a sign of a heart problem.
Dr. Sonny Viloria, Integrated Medical Specialist and owner of Biovitale Holistic Center, explains that you may be at higher risk of atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases if you live a sedentary lifestyle—meaning little to no exercise is done. An unhealthy diet, stress, and increased drinking and smoking are also major factors. Other health conditions such as diabetes and obesity can also contribute to your risk for atherosclerosis.
You can start strengthening your defense against atherosclerosis by replacing junk foods with more fruits and vegetables! It is also important to get some physical activity into your routine—you can try short workouts at home or start working out at the gym. Lastly, try to get enough sleep and lessen stress— don’t forget to spend time with loved ones or have some me time by doing some hobbies.
Dr. Viloria also encourages people to take Organique Acai Premium Blend. It is a complete food supplement filled with anthocyanins and vitamin C that can help remove bad cholesterol in your body and improve blood circulation. It is an added protection that can help prevent atherosclerosis and even other health conditions like hypertension!
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