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Hardening of the Arteries (cont.)

Self-Care at Home

If a person has arteriosclerosis, he or she will need to make the following lifestyle changes:

  • Eat food that has low saturated fat and low cholesterol.
  • Restrict the salt-intake in the diet if one has high blood pressure.
  • Increase the consumption of food that has high fiber content (vegetables and fruits).
  • Eat fish at least twice a week.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Lose weight if overweight.
  • Exercise under the supervision of a health care provider.
  • If the patient has elevated blood glucose, he or she will have to regularly monitor blood glucose levels and glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels.
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