For people with high cholesterol, doctors may provide drug therapy which, in most cases, merely delays "end stage" damage — permanent physical damage that profoundly affects quality of life. Fortunately, high cholesterol is a potentially reversible health condition.
Contact us today and let us help you start the reversal process. In the meantime, consider the following facts about high cholesterol:
High cholesterol is a potentially reversible health condition that Fettler Health can help you reverse. If it is not reversed, the following complications associated with high cholesterol — many of which are also potentially reversible — have been known to occur:
High blood cholesterol increases the risk for atherosclerosis, a disease caused by the buildup of plaque inside the arteries. Cholesterol combined with fat, calcium, and other substances in the blood form this plaque. Once plaque builds up and hardens on the walls of the arteries, the arteries narrow and the risk of a blockage due to a blot clot increases. These problems may limit the flow of oxygen-rich blood to organs and other parts of the body and result in heart attacks, strokes, and other complications.
Decreased diameter of arteries due to atherosclerosis causes high blood pressure. Simply put, when blood vessels become narrower, blood pressure goes up. Decreased flexibility of the arteries — another consequence of atherosclerosis — makes the arteries become less responsive to nerve impulses, hormones, and other messenger chemicals. In turn, the affected arteries fail to respond to the body’s internal blood pressure regulation systems.
As noted in Worst Pill, Best Pills News, published by Public Citizen — an independent source for prescription drug information — "All patients taking any type of statin therapy should be monitored for the following potential adverse events: myopathy (a muscle weakness disease), muscle pain and muscle damage, the development of new-onset diabetes, memory loss and confusion, and kidney or liver damage."
A heart attack occurs when part of the heart’s blood supply is suddenly reduced or cut off — usually due to plaque buildup in one of the coronary arteries supplying blood to the heart (coronary atherosclerosis). Over the course of a heart attack, the affected portions of the heart muscle that cannot get adequate oxygen and nutrients die.
High blood cholesterol increases the risk for atherosclerosis which can lead to serious problems including ischemic stroke. An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel that feeds the brain gets blocked. high blood pressure can lead to an ischemic stroke by damaging the inner lining of the arteries leading to the brain, causing blood clots to form and block those arteries. Approximately 80% of all strokes are ischemic. Potential consequences of a stroke include seizures, paralysis, and rehabilitation.
Atherosclerosis is plaque buildup on the inner walls of the arteries that restrict blood flow to the heart. It can affect the arteries in the heart, legs, brain, kidneys, and other organs. The atherosclerosis-related disease called peripheral artery disease usually affects the arteries that carry blood to the legs, leading to a range of troublesome signs and symptoms. Lower-body pain, the most common symptom PAD, can be sharp or dull, aching or throbbing, or burning. The severity and location of the plaque buildup and the activity of the muscles of the lower body determine the severity of the symptoms and location of the pain. The most common location for such pain and/or cramps is in the calf muscles. This is because the atherosclerotic plaques often begin in the arteries farthest from the heart. If the blockage or plaque formation is farther up the leg, the pain may be felt in the thigh. By contrast, if plaque buildup occurs in the aorta (the main artery from the heart to the lower body), symptoms may include erectile dysfunction or pain in the buttocks or groin.
Fettler Health provides the tools and services to help you reverse potentially reversible health conditions including those listed below.
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