An aneurism rupture can be a life-threatening event. Therefore aneurism prevention should be an important goal for optimal heart health.
The bulk of the research suggests that atherosclerosis(the foundational process behind coronary heart disease) is the main cause of aneurisms.
One particular study set out to prove this point. The study included 268 cynomolgus monkeys and 175 rhesus monkeys. Some of the monkeys were fed normal diets. Others were fed diets that promote atherosclerosis for varying amounts of time.
No aneurisms were found in the monkeys with normal diets. 252 monkeys were fed atherosclerosis promoting diets for 12 months. None of these monkeys developed aneurisms.
However, several of the monkeys (31 cynomolgus and 107 rhesus) received the atherosclerosis promoting diet for 16 to 24 months. Of these, 4 of the cynomolgus monkeys and 1 of the rhesus monkeys developed aneurisms. Four out of five of these infected monkeys had been fed "regression" diets with cholestyramine designed to lower cholesterol after atherosclerotic lesions (damaged tissue) had developed in the arteries.
Other monkeys consumed the atherosclerosis promoting diet for more than 20 months without any regression diet. Aneurisms among these monkeys were prominent.
The researchers concluded…
These data support the thesis that aneurysm formation is a manifestation of atherosclerosis. In primate atherosclerosis, aneurysms form only after prolonged exposure to the atherogenic regimen, even in the presence of declining serum cholesterol levels.
So what does this us? It tells us that aneurism formation is related to atherosclerosis development and that is doesn’t happen overnight.
How does atherosclerosis cause aneurisms?
How atherosclerosis causes aneurisms is not entirely understood. An aneurism develops when the aorta wall becomes damaged, weak, and less flexible. Blood pressure then causes a bulge to form.
Atherosclerosis damages the aortic walls making them more susceptible to bulging and rupture.
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The important thing to note about all this is two-fold…
If aneurism development is most often attributed to atherosclerosis and we can influence the progression of atherosclerosis it follows that…
Having said that let me give a word of caution. If you have an aneurism, get it treated. Aneurisms – especially those in the thoracic or abdominal aortas – can be very serious.
However, there are a number of things you can do to prevent the occurrence of an aneurism, and minimize your risk after an aneurism develops. Many of these are tied to the prevention and reversal of atherosclerosis buildup. So …
Get plenty of exercise and don’t smoke. I know these are two topics people don’t want to hear about. But the reality is…
Moderate exercise retards the development of atherosclerosis. And smoking promotes it.
Perhaps the most important thing you can do is eat a heart healthy diet. Atherosclerosis is very often closely tied to diet. Diets high in cholesteroland triglycerides promote atherosclerosis and therefore the likelihood of aneurism development.
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Angiotensin II is tied to aneurism development.
Research has demonstrated a close relationship between angiotensin II and the progression of atherosclerosis by promoting an inflammatory reaction in the blood vessel wall.
Angiotensin II is formed when angiotensin I is acted upon by angiotensin-converting enzyme (or ACE). When too much angiotensin II is in your system it causes your blood vessels to constrict thereby raising your blood pressure.
That is why doctors prescribe ACE inhibitors to many people with high blood pressure. The process goes like this…
But follow the logic a little more.
Researchers believe the leading cause of aneurisms is atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is the foundation of coronary heart disease and therefore the starting point of a number of chronic heart and cardiovascular conditions.
Atherosclerosis development is greatly influenced by the lifestyle choices we make. By…
… we can minimize the likelihood of developing coronary heart disease and therefore the likelihood of aneurisms.
High blood pressure also makes aneurisms more likely to form and rupture. Many people have high blood pressure because of the activity of angiotensin-converting enzyme (or ACE). ACE inhibitors may help reduce blood pressure and atherosclerosis and therefore aneurism formation. Bonito fish peptides have natural ACE inhibiting properties and are often taken to reduce blood pressure.
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