What are the treatment options for arteriolosclerosis?

There are three commonly used treatment options for arteriolosclerosis. The least aggressive form of treatment is a lifestyle overhaul. People with early symptoms of arteriolosclerosis need to take steps to take better care of their health. This includes eating foods that are low in saturated fats, and cholesterol, and ones that are high in fiber, fruits, and vegetables. Part of a healthy lifestyle also includes lowering stress, getting regular physical activity, quitting smoking, and maintaining a body mass index of less than 25.
Sometimes physicians prescribe medications to help lower cholesterol, blood pressure, or keep blood clots from developing in the blood vessels. When medications don't work, physicians turn to surgery. An angioplasty is used to unblock an artery using a long, thin catheter and a balloon, and an endarterectomy is a procedure used to remove fat from the insides of arteries. Physicians may also inject medication directly into a blocked artery to help dissolve a clot, or perform a bypass surgery to provide a healthy blood vessel that allows oxygen and nutrients in the blood to go around the clogged blood vessel.
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