Astaxanthin and Heart Disease with Michelle Nay, RN, CDE

Astaxanthin and Heart Disease with Michelle Nay, RN, CDE

Heart and blood vessel disease (also called heart disease) includes numerous problems, many of which are related to a process called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a condition that develops when a substance called plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries. Plaque is hard and the outer shell may crack. This is called a rupture. Platelets and blood clots form around the plaque rupture. If a blood clot blocks your artery in the heart muscle, your heart muscle becomes starved for oxygen. The muscle cells soon die, causing a heart attack. If the plaque rupture occurs in the carotid artery to your brain, it could cause a stroke.

After a heart attack or stroke, you need quick treatment to open the blocked artery and lessen the damage. At the first signs of a heart attack or stroke, call 911. The best time to treat either is within 1 or 2 hours after symptoms begin. Waiting longer means more damage and a lower chance of survival.

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Symptoms of Heart Disease

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Back pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Cold sweats
  • Paleness
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fainting episodes

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