I know it’s been a while but a lot has been going on. I will sit down one day and tell you all about it, but for now I do have something I want to share. So please read everything below and remember there are people who love and care for you and they want to see you around for a long time….
Carotid Artery Stenosis
I have just recently had more the one family member that this has happened to. One had a heart attack where the Doctors find blockages that required stents and the other has so much plaque build up that during an x-ray her arteries looked like a cement freeway! She has recently had 3 stents and just got scheduled for a couple of more. Everyone likes to blame bad genes on their family but the fact is it all lies on only one persons shoulder……you! High Blood pressure, high cholesterol yes do seem to be genetic but you can take control of it. I hear all the time it is too expensive to eat healthy. Take in consideration how much is spent a Doctor visit, hospital stays, health insurance and medication and weigh it against healthy, fresh fruits & vegetables. See who makes the most money in the long run.
Let’s face it, we are a society of hard-headed , lazy, human beings! Oh ,I am not saying that I am the poster girl for the world healthiest living person, I have my weakness but, I will try my best to keep my money away from the pharmaceutical companies! We don’t listen to the professionals and we don’t listen to our bodies! If you are 25 pounds or more overweight and your knees are screaming in pain don’t you think they do enough work without carrying around that extra weight? When you wake up in the morning coughing uncontrollably untill you suck in nicotine instead of fresh air to make it stop, does that seem normal to you?
Enough of me flying off the handle because I could go on with this subject for a while. Please read the article below it gives a lot of good information. Please let the last paragraph absorb in!
Carotid Artery Stenosis
Carotid artery stenosis is a condition that takes place when arteries are blocked due to plaque build up. Look into how this happens, what the symptoms are, and how to help yourself from not falling prey to this heart disease…
So what is carotid artery stenosis? Also known as carotid artery disease, it is a condition where those arteries that supply oxygenated blood to the front of the brain, are blocked due to plaque accumulation in the carotid artery. This increases your chances of having a stroke, since blood flow to the brain has ceased. The front of the brain is where one’s motor skills take form, like personality, thinking, sensory functions, speaking and so on, are affected when this happens.
Atherosclerosis, which is a process when a sticky substance called plaque builds up, causing carotid stenosis, which is when arteries harden in the neck. When a stroke takes place it is either due to a ruptured artery in the brain, an artery that has narrowed down completely, a piece of plaque breaking off and traveling to the brain or a blood clot cutting off blood flow within an artery. Carotid arteries when hardened due to a carotid artery blockage, cuts off blood supply to the heart, transferred by the coronary arteries. A brain attack then takes place, that is a stroke, which is very much like that of a heart attack. If this cut off of oxygen to the brain lasts for up to 6 hours, the damages could be permanent. We further look into its symptoms, and the risk factors involved when one develops a stenosis of carotid artery.
Carotid Artery Stenosis Symptoms
The symptoms of carotid artery blockage, range in severity, and must be addressed immediately by the paramedics. Don’t hesitate to contact an ambulance, if you experience these stroke like symptoms, as well as other carotid artery blockage signs before you are likely to experience one in the future.
- Aphasia – language problem
- Personality tends to change
- Feeling a numbing sensation on some parts of the body
- Temporary loss of vision
- Feeling sleepy and lethargic
- Mood swings
- Feeling confused
- Agnosia – inability to respond to certain stimuli
- Slipping into unconsciousness
- Lack of coordination
- Tingling sensations
- Dysphagia – Problem swallowing
- Movement is not possible
- Difficulty seeing from both eyes
- Difficulty in walking straight
- Memory loss
- Difficulty in comprehending what is being said by someone else
- Bowel movements cannot be controlled
- Blurred vision
Those At Risk in Getting Carotid Artery Stenosis
Carotid artery disease, comes about due to the same problems that take place when having heart diseases. These root causes can be avoided, and changed, since doctors recommend the following as easy solutions to carotid artery stenosis treatment, that starts at home, in order to avoid drastic measures like carotid artery surgery. This is where doctors can improve the flow of blood, when the body is having a hard time dealing with the blocked carotid artery. These are the things that you can start changing, ultimately helping yourself stay far from such a condition.
- Quit smoking.
- Avoid foods high in saturated fat.
- Treat hypertension problems, which is a high risk factor.
- Start an exercise regime.
- Avoid edibles high in cholesterol.
- Find out if it is due a hereditary case of atherosclerosis, or carotid artery disease/coronary artery disease.
- Treat diabetes in time for it can pose as a risk.
- Limit alcohol consumption, to three-four drinks per week.
- Attend regular check ups with your doctor, for an up to date physical examination for a carotid artery blockage test.
- Take the prescribed medicines as instructed by your doctor for carotid artery blockage treatment.
- Avoid trans fat and too much salt intake.
- Eat healthy foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables.
Carotid artery stenosis, is a disease that you can help yourself/others to avoid. It is important in this day and age, to practice a way of life that is healthy, and active. You need to watch what you eat, keeping in mind your age and your body’s inability to process so much junk and fatty foods. Make it a habit to practice healthy eating and lifestyle habits among others, or with kids if you have them. You’ll save yourself the trouble of going through a lot of health related problems, and your life will be much fuller and less problematic. Have a healthy tomorrow.