Thursday, July 5, 2012

Early Signs of Atherosclerosis

This is not on the major sites, they all mention advanced Atherosclerosis, but not the kind we might have as young as 18 years of age!  Here are some signs that I've gleaned from McDougall, Esselstyn, Barnard, et al. 

  • Low back ache with walking or exertion that is not attributed to muscle strain
  • erectile dysfunction
  • high blood pressure
  • varicose veins
  • shortness of breath, loss of stamina, huffing and puffing going up stairs, etc.
  • "senior moments", studies have shown that most people have had hundreds of tiny strokes by their mid-fifties.  Each produces an unremarkable effect, but over time, this can show as dementia in later life.  These strokes are not curable, but they can be stopped and the brain can be given a chance to make new connections to mitigate any damage.  
  • angina is a later symptom.  If you have chest pain, your atherosclorosis is pretty advance
  • macular degeneration, since the tiny blood vessels of the eyes are so delicate, they oftenfail before the patient develops angina or has a heart attack or stroke.  

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