Arteriosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries, produced by aging, leads to aneurysms, blood clots, and strokes. Arteriosclerosis is a general term for diseases of the cardiovascular system. Arterial walls become thick and lose their elasticity. When they cannot dilate and constrict fully, blood clots are likely to occur.
Atherosclerosis is a related condition, diet-based, and believed to lead to over a million heart attacks each year as well as other problems. Caused by deposits of cholesterol and other fatty substances accumulating on the walls of your arteries, blockages are created. Platelets may begin to adhere to these substances, known as plaque, further hindering your blood flow. When plaque clogs the coronary arteries and the carotid artery (supplying blood to your brain) serious dangers result. It is possible for an artery to be 90% blocked prior to symptoms appearing.
With a diet based on whole grains and fruits and vegetables in conjunction with mild daily exercise, nearly everyone can expect significant vascular renewal within a few weeks. In fact, reports state that most by-pass operations would be unnecessary with as few as 30 days on a high-fiber, low-fat diet. Other research indicates 97% of those on high blood pressure medication would no longer need it after simple dietary changes like these.