Atherosclerosis rapidly increases in people between ages 40 to 50. A new study has found that fatty plaques in the arteries that take blood away from the heart to all parts of the body build up in people between the ages of 40 and 50 years.
The study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows that atherosclerosis – a buildup of cholesterol plaque in the walls of arteries that causes the heart and coronary heart disease – rapidly develops in people between the ages of 40 and 50.
The researchers used imaging techniques during the research. They explained that ultrasound imaging can be simpler and more efficient than other techniques.
Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque builds up inside the walls of the arteries, causing these vessels to narrow, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) demonstrates.
The narrowing of arteries can reduce the flow of blood or block it. This process is called coronary heart disease. The symptoms can include weakness, dizziness, chest pain, pain in the arms, and shortness of breath. This can also weaken a person’s heart muscle, which can cause a heart attack.
“The results show that ultrasound of the peripheral arteries is a more efficient method for detecting atherosclerosis progression than the study of coronary calcium by CT,” According to Dr. Beatriz López-Melgar who is the lead author of the study.
“This rapid disease progression could make these individuals more vulnerable to developing symptoms or having clinical events, such as a heart attack or stroke,” Dr. Beatriz López-Melgar added.
Caroline Kenny is the senior news reporter for News Fior She covers Science. Caroline graduated from the Honors College at the College of Charleston with bachelor’s degrees in communication and political science. She worked for Science Mag. She was a digital producer for Science Mag. She is a native of Long Island, New York.