What is Artheroscerlosis?
Artheroscerlosis is the narrowing, hardening and loss of elasticity in an artery or arteries resulting from the accumulation of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and low-density lipoproteins (LDL… the “bad” cholesterol) in the vessel wall. Over time, plaque accumulates and narrows your arteries impeding the flow of oxygenated blood to your organs and limbs. In the neck arteries (the carotid arteries) small pieces of plaque may dislodge and travel to the brain causing a stroke.
What to do if you've been diagnosed with Artheroscerlosis
The process of atherosclerosis is progressive and its severity is related to your family history, whether or not you smoke and your diet and exercise habits. There are medications that slow the progression of atherosclerosis and procedures that remove atherosclerotic plaques from your body but, in general, atherosclerosis is a chronic disease that requires close medical supervision to ensure the best outcomes.
There are various tests used to determine whether you have and where you have atherosclerosis. After these tests, our doctors can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.
The surgeons at University Surgical Vascular will study your medical and family histories, perform a thorough vascular examination, and if necessary obtain specific testing to diagnose your condition. Once your evaluation is complete, we will review our findings with you and develop a comprehensive treatment plan for your condition.