Alternative treatments for clogged arteries

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The arteries are major blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood away from the heart. When they become clogged, blood flow is reduced, and the risk for heart attacks and aneurysms goes up. This is a condition known as atherosclerosis. The reason the arteries become clogged is because of a buildup of a fatty substance called plaque. Alternative treatments can be used to keep atherosclerosis from progressing.

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Avoidance

What you choose to eat has a big impact on the health of your arteries. Eating foods that are high in cholesterol, saturated fats, and total fats can make your clogged arteries worse. The diet plan called Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) was set up specifically to lower cholesterol levels. Following this diet can in turn help treat clogged arteries. Avoid foods like whole-fat dairy products, fast foods, deep-fried foods, and anything with hydrogenated oils in it like commercial baked goods. According to the diet, you should eat less than 200 mg of cholesterol a day and no more than 2,400 mg of sodium.

Heart Healthy Diet

According to the Mayo Clinic, a heart-healthy diet based on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium can help you control your weight, blood pressure. and cholesterol. These foods are all high in fibre, which is a nonabsorbable substance. Specific foods that are high in fibre include raspberries, pears, apples, oat bran, barley, artichokes and peas. The Mayo Clinic also recommends that women get 21 to 25 g of fibre a day and men get 30 to 38 g. Follow these guidelines to help improve the health of your arteries.

Smoking Cessation

Smoking is known for its impact on the lungs, but it can also cause your arteries to become clogged. If you already have clogged arteries and you smoke, quit. If you do not smoke, then don't start.

Exercise

Exercise offers the body a number of benefits. When it comes to clogged arteries, it can improve circulation, it can condition your muscles to use oxygen more efficiently and it can promote the development of new blood vessels. Aim for 30 to 60 minutes of exercise daily. Examples of exercises you can do include running, stair stepping, weight training, biking, and walking.

Stress Reduction

Stress can make it hard for you to cope with your condition. To calm your nerves and ease your stress levels, partake in relaxation techniques like yoga, tai chi, deep breathing, and muscle relaxation.

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