There's no getting around it: Atherosclerosis changes your life. For many people, living with a condition caused by atherosclerosis requires changes both big and small, from undergoing major surgery to adding more fruits and vegetables to their diets. Change can be difficult, and sometimes even scary. But with support, resources, and a good supply of determination, most people are able to meet these new challenges well.
Atherosclerosis is largely a preventable disease. Regardless of your age, background, or health status, you can lower your risk for atherosclerosis -- and it doesn't have to be complicated.
The steps for effective atherosclerosis prevention involve:
- Knowing your atherosclerosis risk factors
- Monitoring your health
- Knowing your family's medical history
- Making lifestyle changes
- Possibly taking medication.
(Click Atherosclerosis Prevention for more information.)