Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke through Early Identification of plaque.

What is Atherosclerosis? [ath-uh-roh-skluh-roh-sis]

You
will hear us talk of atherosclerosis often because it is at the
root of vascular and heart disease. Atherosclerosis is the “hardening
of the arteries” that occurs when fat, cholesterol, calcium,
and other substances build up in the walls of the arteries and form
a substance called plaque.

Eventually plaque deposits can make the artery less flexible causing
the heart to work harder to push blood through the arteries. Blood
clots can form around the plaque deposits further restricting blood
flow. Furthermore, these blood clots and/or pieces of plaque can
break apart, causing them to move through the arteries. The restriction
of blood flow or pieces of plaque or blood clots moving through
the arteries can cause a stroke, heart attack, insufficient blood
supply to the limbs (peripheral arterial disease), damage to organs,
and abdominal aortic aneurysms.

According to the American Vascular
Association, vascular disease outside the heart causes almost as
much death and disability as heart disease, and more than any cancer.
Unfortunately, most Americans don’t know very much about it.

Atherosclerosis, by nature, it is a chronic disease that progressively
worsens over time. It can begin to develop as early as childhood and
all people begin to develop some degree of it as they age. Outward symptoms
are not usually visible until blood flow becomes significantly slowed
or blocked. Meaning, it is not typically diagnosed until after the disease
has significantly progressed.

With early detection most cases of vascular disease and atherosclerosis
can be treated very effectively. HealthYES! offers several simple
screening tests that can accurately detect problems within minutes.
And the beauty is, our ultrasound tests don’t produce any
risk or discomfort for patients.

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