The causes of atherosclerosis/vascular deposits and possible consequences
I want to talk about the nature and the causes of atherosclerosis, and the little known fact that we can actually prevent and preclude the disease ourselves; without dangerous prescription drugs.
Atherosclerosis describes deposits of plaques and fats in arterial blood vessels (vascular deposits) that have serious effects on blood flow.
On the one hand, this can be severely limited and reduced, on the other hand, there is the risk of a complete blockade. The result is an infarction.
Which other diseases can arise as a result of vascular plaque deposits, and what the medical treatment of arteriosclerosis looks like, you can read here in a brief overview.
What is atherosclerosis?
In the case of vascular deposits, the wall of the blood vessels begins to store certain substances. Over time, this causes a partial or complete blockage of the respective blood vessel.
If the blood flow is severely hampered, the net diameter of the vessel will decrease. Due to this, the blood pressure will increase, which can lead to further illnesses such as hypertension.
What deposited substances are we referring to?
1- Oxidized cholesterol
2- Foam cells: Monocytes (immune cells, precursors of macrophages) recognize the oxidized cholesterol, “eat” / phagocytose it, migrate into the vessel wall and become foam cells.
3- Silicon crystals and other nanoparticles such as aluminum, titanium dioxide, dead cells (especially in systemic autoimmune diseases a problem).
4- Blood clots/thromboses (in chronic inflammation, the coagulation cascade is activated too frequently and favors thrombosis), especially dramatically in the autoimmune disease “antiphospholipid syndrome”.
5- Calcium oxalate: Mostly it’s not just cholesterol, but a mixture of calcium and oxalic acid. It has not yet been conclusively clarified how this happens. However, it seems to be the same causes as cholesterol: Chronic inflammation leading to the precipitation of these substances. Most likely, nutrient deficiencies (vitamin D, vitamin K, magnesium) develope, as well.
6- Vascular deposits in molecular. The most important steps in atherosclerosis:
Inflammation markers and oxidized cholesterol lead to chronic immune activation and deposition on the vessel walls. This leads to the formation of foam cells and the proliferation of connective tissue cells and smooth muscle cells of the blood vessels. Facit – The blood vessel narrows.
Possible sequelae in vascular deposits
Vascular calcifications often remain hidden for a long time. In most cases, symptoms of atherosclerosis will appear only years or decades later.
For this reason, this is a disease that occurs for the most part only in old age. The form in which the symptoms express themselves depends primarily on the vessels involved:
For example, if the coronary arteries have narrowed, doctors speak of the so-called “coronary heart disease”.
In this case, the heart muscle only circulates with blood conditionally, so sufferers report tightness in the chest area, or chest pain on the left side.
When closing the coronary vessel (such as a clot), there is a risk of a heart attack.
It is also possible for the arteries in the legs and pelvic area to narrow. In the former one also speaks of the peripheral arterial disease (PAOD), which leads mainly to circulatory disorders in the calves and thighs.
An often occurring symptom is muscle pain in the legs that makes it difficult for people to walk longer distances. If vasoconstriction occurs in the pelvic area, there is a risk of impotence, especially in males.
In the case of carotid artery deposits, which not only inhibit blood flow but also increase the risk of clots and concomitant vascular occlusions, stroke is not uncommon.
Since the brain in such a case suffers from a low oxygen supply, often drastic disorders of the nervous system, as well as paralysis or speech disorders result.
Vascular calcifications can also form in the blood vessels of the kidneys. Either this causes a reduction in kidney function, high blood pressure, or the kidney completely fails its service.
Here, for example, an intensive drug treatment or the so-called renal replacement therapy (dialysis) is necessary.
What factors increase the risk of blocked vessels (atherosclerosis)?
Even though most older people suffer from the effects of vascular deposits and atherosclerosis, there are a number of causes and risk factors that increase the incidence of discomfort for all ages equally. This includes:
1- High cholesterol levels; especially high LDL cholesterol (high in VLDL) and low HDL cholesterol is considered the risk factor.
2- Unhealthy diet with many processed foods, trans fat, processed carbohydrates, omega-6 fatty acids
3- Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation in the body lead to the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and deposits
4- Obesity (considered an independent risk factor because it decreases insulin sensitivity, increases blood lipid levels and makes the body more prone to inflammation).
5- Lack of exercise (increases high blood pressure and raises cholesterol levels)
6- Diabetes mellitus type 1 and 2 (damages the blood vessels in case of insufficient treatment)
7- Gout (leads to the deposition of uric acid crystals in the body)
8- Systemic autoimmune diseases such as rheumatism, lupus, antiphospholipid syndrome or scleroderma (promote chronic inflammation and deposition of dead cell aggregates)
9- Chronic infections (lead to chronic inflammation, hypertension and nutrient deficiency)
10- Stimulants, such as cigarettes. They increase the risk of deposits due to pollutants and promote inflammation). Thus, I suggest you read my article and – Stop smoking! I did it, and so can you.
11- Genetic predispositions that adversely affect the loading capacity of cholesterol-transporting proteins in the blood.
12- Vascular Deposits, Monocytes, patrol the blood. They see deposits, get alarmed and can develop into foam cells.
Is cholesterol the biggest enemy?
In fact, according to current research, not only is cholesterol critical to the risk of vascular deposits. A high cholesterol level is one risk factor of several diseases. If you take a look at the risk factors in detail, you will notice the following:
Chronic inflammation seems to be the most present cause, as it promotes the oxidation and precipitation of cholesterol crystals (and other substances).
In order to prevent vascular deposits, it is first and foremost essential to fight the inflammations. When the inflammatory markers decrease (hs-CRP, TNFa, IL-6, AP), this reduces the risk of atherosclerosis dramatically in one go. It is the oxidized cholesterol that deposits thus we must prevent oxidation.
An aggressive lowering of the cholesterol level, however, does not guarantee that the deposits decrease. On the contrary, it seems more likely to lead to the deposition of calcium crystals.
Medical treatment of vascular deposits as a last resort
Regarding the therapy of (advanced) atherosclerosis, it is possible to counteract medication. Here, among other things, practitioners use preparations that ensure reduced blood clotting.
In this way, the risk of the formation of clots in the blood vessels, and possible blockages, should be lowered.
In addition, surgeons can use procedures to address the potentially life-threatening effects of arteriosclerosis. Especially with impending arterial occlusions, the following methods are relevant:
Bypass: Here, they bypass the blood around the narrowed site via a vascular prosthesis or a piece of the body (often a part of the vein from the lower leg).
Balloon extension: The surgeon dilates the constriction in the artery with an inserted balloon catheter. After inflation, this enlarges the blood vessel and allows the blood to flow freely again.
Carotid artery stenosis: If the carotid artery is narrowed, the surgeon scrapes out the deposits.
However, the measures mentioned here are considered as a last resort.
We can avert most problems that cause deposits in the arteries with a healthy lifestyle.
Finally, find tips for a healthy diet and lifestyle to counteract and prevent vascular deposits
Vascular deposits prevention and healthy nutrition on a plate – A healthy diet is and remains the gold standard for prevention.
Tips for healthy eating and lifestyle to prevent vascular deposits
All comes down to a natural, unprocessed, nutrient-rich diet and a lifestyle with lots of exercise, nature and little stress. A healthy diet, such as clean eating, Vegetarian or Flexitarian, is rich in anti-inflammatory foods and should always be considered before any medication.
The following foods are particularly good at fighting inflammation and preventing arteriosclerosis
Ginger and ginger tea
Omega-3 fatty acids (fish, seafood)
Green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli
Linseed, chia seeds
Probiotics, such as natural kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut
Herbs and herbal tea such as peppermint tea and chamomile tea
Mushrooms and medicinal mushrooms – especially Reishi, Shiitake and Maitake are known for their anti-atherosclerotic effects
Manuka honey or wild honey
Following nutritional supplements are supportive, too
The following supplements/nutrients have an anti-atherosclerotic effect:
Omega-3 fatty acids
Arginine and citrulline
Healthy lifestyle to counteract vascular deposits
A lot of time in nature and in the forest (forest bathing)
Good and adequate sleep
Active stress reduction through meditation, yoga, autogenic training
Not always available by phone
Contact with the earth’s surface (grounding)
Music (especially classical music)
Time with beloved people
I hope I put enough emphasis on the connection between a healthy lifestyle and the prevention and cause of atherosclerosis.
If we change our eating habits, begin to live more mindful and try to cut out stress, we do not need prescription medicine to treat coronary heart disease.
If we would take care of and listen to our bodies a little bit more, then we wouldn’t develop this disorder in the first place.
Medication or surgery should always be the last resort – with a healthy diet and lifestyle you hold more in your hands than you think.
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