Atherosclerosis

Evaluating Risk Factors: Atherosclerosis

Evaluating your likely current (and near future) state of health means taking into account the risk factors — such as atherosclerosis — that affect you.   Our medical diagnosis tool, The Analyst™, identifies major risk factors by asking the right questions.

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If you indicate pre-existing cardiovascular problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you been diagnosed with Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)?
Possible responses:
→ Never had it / don't know
→ Probably had it/minor symptoms now resolved
→ Significant symptoms now resolved
→ Current problem
→ Current major problem

The Diagnostic Process

Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of atherosclerosis or atherosclerosis, The Analyst™ will use differential diagnosis to consider possibilities such as:
Aneurysm / Rupture

Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) weakens artery walls and predisposes the damaged portion to enlargement.

Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral artery disease is a likely sign of more widespread accumulation of fatty deposits in your arteries: Atherosclerosis of the peripheral arteries is by far the most common cause of peripheral vascular disease.

Senile Dementia

Atherosclerosis is a risk factor for reduced circulation in the brain, sometimes called ischemic vascular dementia (IVD).

Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)

Numerous studies have confirmed premature, accelerated atherosclerosis in SLE patients.  Although the exact cause is not known at this point, atherosclerotic heart disease is a common cause of morbidity and death amongst lupus patients.

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