Atherosclerosis is a pattern of the disease arteriosclerosis in which the wall of the artery develops abnormalities called lesions. These lesions can lead to narrowing due to the buildup of atheromatous plaque. Initially, there are generally no symptoms. When severe, it can lead to coronary artery disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease or kidney problems, depending on which arteries are affected. Symptoms, if they occur, generally do not begin until middle age.
The exact cause is not known. Risk factors include abnormal cholesterol levels, elevated levels of inflammatory markers, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, obesity, family history and an unhealthy diet. Plaque consists of fat, cholesterol, calcium and other substances found in the blood. The narrowing of arteries restricts the flow of oxygenated blood to parts of the body. Diagnosis is based in part on a physical examination, electrocardiogram and exercise test.
BeterKliniek is the clinic for Integrative Medicine that bridges regular and non-regular medicine.
An van Veen (physician) and Michael van Gils (therapist) look for the cause of a condition or disease. That is where the treatment starts otherwise, as people often say, it is 'carrying water to the sea'. We call this cause medicine. Sometimes it is also desirable to treat the symptoms (at the same time). We call this symptom medicine.
Chronic disorders often have their cause in epi- genetics. You can schedule a free informative telephone consultation (phone number 040-7117337 until 1 p.m.) at BeterKliniek to discuss your symptoms so that we can provide you with further advice.