Have you ever wondered why your arteries may be narrowing or hardening? To understand how to stop narrowing of the arteries, it is best to find out what causes this condition. There are tried and tested ways of slowing down or preventing deterioration of the arteries which lead to cardiovascular diseases. Check out these causes and ways to stop narrowing of the arteries.
Artherosclerosis, or narrowing of the arteries, is caused by a build-up up of fatty deposits (plaque) on the artery walls. If arteries become clogged with fatty deposits, they get narrower and less blood can flow through them. They also become less elastic – a condition often called hardening of the arteries. Blocked arteries can lead to leg pain, strokes, or heart attacks.
To stop coronary artery disease or narrowing of the arteries you must tackle the risk factors for this disease. These include high levels of bad cholesterol in your blood, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and cigarette smoking. If you have a family history of coronary artery disease, it’s especially important to take steps to counter the disease.
The lack of physical exercise, physical inactivity, poor diet and stress are important contributory causes. When there is an inadequate flow of blood in an artery, life-threatening blood clots can form.