Atherosclerosis (stiffening and thickening of the arteries) is not only an adult condition; it can start as early as in the womb. There are certain conditions that put our youth at risk for premature atherosclerosis including:
- Family history of hypercholesterolemia
Identifying Problems Early
By examining the function of endothelial cells in the vessels, we can look into the future. Abnormal vascular function is thought to represent the very early stages of early atherosclerosis. This information helps us identify patients at risk for early arterial aging.
The Good News
We can reverse the early stages of vascular dysfunction if we can identify it early!
Vascular disease is commonly the result of an unhealthy way of life, including an unhealthy diet, absence of physical exercise, and obesity. In addition, it can be caused by other conditions like diabetes.
The best prevention a person at risk can do is to avoid as many risk factors as possible in order to have a healthy vascular system and we can help them do this.