Medical cannabis can increase blood flow and reduce blood pressure in arteriosclerotic heart disease patients due to its ability to cause vasodilation.
Medical cannabis can also alleviate some of the symptoms associated with arteriosclerotic heart disease.
What is Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease?
Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease is a condition characterized by the stiffening and thickening of blood vessels that carry oxygen as well as nutrients to the body from the heart.
This stiffening and thickening of the blood vessels can cause blood flow to the body’s organs and tissues to be restricted.
Blood flow restriction due to cholesterol and fat buildup in the arteries is called Atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a specific form of Arteriosclerosis.
Atherosclerosis is a condition that can be prevented as well as treated. The buildup or plaque that occurs in atherosclerosis cases can burst and lead to the formation of a blood clot.
Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease Risk Factors
There are several factors that increase one’s risk of developing arteriosclerotic heart disease. These risk factors include:
- Age – The risk of developing heart disease increases with age.
- Genetics – History of heart disease in the family increases risk.
- Gender – Males are at higher risk of developing the condition than females.
Other factors that may increase one’s risk of developing arteriosclerotic heart disease are:
- having diabetes
- high blood pressure
- being overweight
- high cholesterol
- having hypertension
Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease Types
There are several types of arteriosclerotic heart disease. Any of the arteries in the body can become affected by arteriosclerosis and cause any of the conditions listed below.
- Kidney Disease
- Carotid Artery Disease
- Peripheral Artery Disease
- Coronary Artery Disease
Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease Symptoms
Common symptoms of arteriosclerotic heart disease include:
- pain in the area where the artery is blocked
- shortness of breath
- brain circulation becomes affected and causes confusion
- weak legs due to circulation issues
Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease Complications
Arteriosclerosis can cause certain physical complications. Possible complications include:
- heart attack
- kidney failure
- heart disease
- heart failure
- abnormalities in heart rhythm
- peripheral artery disease
Heart Attack Symptoms
Arteriosclerotic heart disease can lead to a heart attack. Heart attack symptoms are listed below.
- shortness of breath
- abdominal pain
- chest pain
- neck, shoulder, back, jaw, and arm pain
Arteriosclerotic heart disease can lead to a stroke. Stroke symptoms are listed below.
- an intense and sudden headache
- difficulty comprehending speech
- difficulty speaking
- issues with vision
- lack of balance
- facial numbness and weakness
- numbness and weakness in the limbs
Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease Treatments
Although the hardening of the arteries cannot be reversed, the condition’s underlying cause can be treated. Medication, surgery, and lifestyle changes are all used to treat arteriosclerotic heart disease.
Diet and Lifestyle
Making healthy lifestyle changes like eating a healthy diet can prevent arteriosclerotic heart disease from worsening. Arteriosclerosis patients may be advised to make the following changes to their lifestyle and diet:
- eat foods that are healthy for their heart
- drink fluids that are healthy for their heart
- maintain a healthy weight
- exercise regularly
- quit smoking tobacco
- manage stress
There are several medical procedures available for treating severe arteriosclerotic heart disease cases. Some of these procedures include:
- Bypass grafting
- Carotid endarterectomy
- Percutaneous coronary intervention
- Coronary artery bypass grafting
In order to effectively control the condition and avoid complications, doctors will often prescribe patients with statin medication that decreases and controls their cholesterol level.
Statin medication is prescribed to patients that have:
- had a stroke in the past
- high LDL cholesterol levels
- coronary heart disease
- peripheral artery disease
Some of the side effects of statin medication are increased blood sugar, neurological side-effects, liver damage, muscle pain, and muscle damage.
How can medical cannabis help?
Medical cannabis call help patients with arteriosclerotic heart disease by offering:
- limiting cell damage after strokes and/or heart attacks
There have been studies that show cannabinoids have the ability to reduce blood pressure and improve blood flow in animals as well as humans by causing vasodilation.
Medical cannabis can alleviate the following arteriosclerotic heart disease symptoms:
Best Medical Cannabis Strains for Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease
- Hindu Kush
- Green Crack
- Blue Dream
- Purple Kush
- Super Sour Diesel
- Northern Lights
A physician that’s qualified to treat arteriosclerotic heart disease with medical cannabis can prescribe patients with a strain that’s best suited to treat their specific symptoms.
Medical cannabis can serve as a safe and natural treatment alternative for arteriosclerotic heart disease.