Atherosclerosis is a narrowing of the arteries caused by plaque buildup. It is a leading cause of heart disease, which is the number one killer in the United States. At Corrielus Cardiology, we take atherosclerosis seriously, as it is a condition that often silently worsens over time and leads to heart attack or stroke if not treated properly. Dr. Corrielus is a leading non-invasive cardiologist who serves the Philadelphia community with excellence in integrative cardiovascular care. He helps patients realize that their eating habits, lifestyle choices and overall wellness can have a profound impact on the development and progression of atherosclerosis.
Symptoms & Causes of Atherosclerosis
Atherosclerosis begins when the artery’s walls or inner lining becomes damaged, which is often a result of high blood pressure, smoking or high cholesterol. This leads to plaque buildup within these vital blood vessels. Plaque is essentially a combination of cholesterol, cells and debris that can harden over time. In result, the artery narrows and stiffens, which means that blood can no longer flow smoothly or properly to and from the heart.
The symptoms of atherosclerosis may be silent at first. However, once the blockage becomes significant enough, patients typically experience angina (chest pain or pressure). If you are suffering from chest pain, it is important that you seek treatment at the first signs of discomfort. The earlier you get help, the easier it will be to treat your atherosclerosis condition with conservative measures.
Treatment Plaque Buildup in Arteries
To help patients avoid stents or bypass surgery for atherosclerosis, we offer a number of non-invasive, yet highly effective treatments for plaque buildup in the arteries. Improving your lifestyle habits can go a long way in preventing and managing this condition. By exercising, eating a healthy diet, not smoking and reducing bad cholesterol, the buildup of plaque can slow down and even stop. This can greatly lessen your risk for heart attack and stroke. Aspirin, nitrogylcerin and other medications to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol can also be given.
At Corrielus Cardiology, you can trust us to provide a comprehensive and effective approach when treating your atherosclerosis. In almost all cases, hardened arteries begin with the lifestyle choices you make. Our center is focused on educating the Philadelphia community on simple ways to boost your heart health so that you can enjoy a healthier and longer life. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Corrielus.