Atherosclerosis Treatment Options
Atherosclerosis refers to the buildup of fats, cholesterol and other substances in and on your artery walls (plaques), which can restrict blood flow.
Atherosclerosis is a slow, progressive disease that may begin as early as childhood. Although the exact cause is unknown, atherosclerosis may start with damage or injury to the inner layer of an artery.
Treatment for atherosclerosis aims to prevent the condition from worsening to the point that it can trigger a serious cardiovascular disease, such as a heart attack.
- Angioplasty and stenting: Angioplasty (catheters with balloon tips) and stenting can often open up a blocked artery. Stenting helps to reduce symptoms, although it does not prevent future heart attacks.
- Bypass surgery: Surgeons "harvest" a healthy blood vessel (often from the leg or chest). They use the healthy vessel to bypass a segment blocked by atherosclerosis.
- It's thought that herbal atherosclerosis treatment supplements can help reduce your high cholesterol level and high blood pressure, two major risk factors for developing atherosclerosis.