DISORDERS OF THE CIRCULATORY SYSTEM

1. ARTERIOSCLEROSIS
-general hardening of arteries
-due to hypertension (high blood pressure)
-decreases blood flow
-can injure tissues and nerves
-can lead to heart attack & stroke

*TO SEE TREATMENTS AND HOW YOU GET THIS DISEASE, SEE BELOW UNDER " ATHEROSCLEROSIS-A TYPE OF ARTERIOSCLEROSIS"


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2. ATHEROSCLEROSIS
WHAT IS IT?
-means "gruel or paste" and "hardness"
-syndrome that affects blood vessels
-caused by a build up of fatty substances (plaque) within the walls of the arteries

-can lead to heart attack & stroke

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HOW DO YOU GET THIS DISEASE?
-starts in childhood, appears in adulthood
-can be created from smoking, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, ect.


TREATMENTS:
*LIFESTYLE CHANGES- lose weight, stop smoking, exercise, eat healthy, reduce stress
*CERTAIN MEDICINES- prescribed for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure
*PROCEDURES and SUGERY: -Angioplasty: opens blocked arteries
*CABG-Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting: Improves blood flow and can prevent heart attacks


3. HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE


WHAT IS BLOOD PRESSURE? This is condition where pressure in the blood vessels is greater than normal. It can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
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Normal blood pressure: about 120/80

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