Lower arterial calcification: Healthy nutrition promotes healthy vessels

Dangerous arteriosclerosis: promote vessels through healthy eating
In the carnival season, the good resolutions from the beginning of the year are often left behind. In the time of the fool, fun is usually in the foreground - healthy eating and regular exercise are not suitable for many. However, an unhealthy diet increases the risk of diseases, such as hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis).

Cardiovascular diseases
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 17.5 million deaths are attributed to diseases of the cardiovascular system every year. In Germany, they are the number one cause of death. Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) also has dramatic consequences for the cardiovascular system. The most common are heart attacks and strokes. In Germany, one in five suffers from arterial calcification with increasing age. The risk can be reduced by taking suitable measures such as reducing obesity and eating well, the Independent Patient Advice Service Germany (UPD) reports in a current release.

Atherosclerosis often goes unnoticed for years
As the experts explain, arteriosclerosis arises from pathological changes in the arteries, which can lead to vasoconstriction. Risk factors include high blood pressure, smoking and being overweight.

"It often develops slowly and unnoticed over the years," said Nadezda Pampalova, medical advisor at the UPD. "At the beginning of the disease, there are hardly any complaints until the vascular disease has progressed so far that a heart attack can occur."

Cardiac arrhythmias, chest tightness (angina pectoris), dizziness, fainting spells and pain in the legs and arms can be the first warning signs of arterial calcification.

Prevent through healthy lifestyle
A healthy lifestyle can often prevent arteriosclerosis and thus a heart attack.

“A balanced healthy diet as well as regular exercise and the reduction of overweight play an important role. Before the first training session, however, sick people should definitely be examined by a doctor, ”said the expert.

It also makes sense to quit smoking. If you stay away from cigarettes, "you can significantly reduce the risk of arterial calcification and thus the risk of heart attack," explained Pampalova.

Relaxation exercises for coping with stress
Less stress in everyday life can also help prevent and maintain good intentions.

Relaxation techniques for stress relief such as autogenic training and progressive muscle relaxation can help.

The UPD health experts help with questions on the subject. The patient consultation can be reached on the free phone number 0800 011 77 22. (ad)

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