Health Notes

Atherosclerosis

Also indexed as:Arterial Disease, Coronary Artery Disease, Coronary Heart Disease, Hardening of the Arteries, Plaque (Arterial)
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Lifestyle Modification

Virtually all doctors acknowledge the abundant evidence that smoking is directly linked to atherosclerosis and heart disease.1Giving up smoking protects many people from atherosclerosis and heart disease, and is a critical step in the process of disease prevention.2, 3

Obesity ,4 type A behaviour (time conscious, impatient, and aggressive), stress,5 and sedentary lifestyle6 are all associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis; interventions designed to change these risk factors are linked to protection from this condition.7

Aggressive verbal or physical responses when angry have been consistently related to coronary atherosclerosis in numerous studies.8, 9, 10 A low level of social support, especially when combined with a high level of outwardly expressed anger has also been associated with accelerated progression of coronary atherosclerosis.11

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