Meet Your Carotid Artery

An introduction to your carotid artery, an overview of what it does and how to take care of it.

Put your fingertips up to the pulse in your throat. Do you feel it pulsing? That is carotid artery. Your carotid artery is the vessel that is responsible for bringing blood from the heart to the brain.

Without your carotid artery, your brain would not be able to get the oxygen it needs in order to function properly. It’s important to keep your carotid artery clear and healthy in order to maintain optimal health.

Taking Care of Your Carotid Artery

Taking care of your carotid artery is as simple as taking care of your entire body. In fact, if you’re taking care of your entire cardiovascular system, your carotid artery is already being taken care of. If you’re not sure how to take care of your cardiovascular system, we’re going to discuss some ways for you to do that.

Cholesterol and Plaque

If you want your carotid artery to remain free and clear of plaque, you’re going to need to eat a healthy diet. This means eating a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables and fiber and staying away from fatty foods and foods that are high in cholesterol and sodium.

It’s also important to take dietary supplements that can help keep the cholesterol in your body from harming your carotid artery. Supplements like the one available at LowerYourCholesterolNow.com will help keep your body in control of your cholesterol levels and free from plaque in your carotid artery.

Exercise

Exercise is also important to the health of your carotid artery. Without exercise, your heart isn’t getting the exercise it needs and if your heart isn’t getting the exercise it needs, your carotid artery isn’t as healthy as it could be either.

What Happens If You Don’t Take Care of Your Carotid Artery?

If you don’t eat a healthy diet and you don’t get regular exercise, plaque will build up in the walls of your carotid artery. As this plaque builds up, the artery will narrow and stiffen. Eventually, enough plaque can build up to restrict the blood flow through the carotid artery. This is called carotid artery disease. Carotid artery disease can result in stroke and can be deadly.

When it comes to your carotid artery, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure so taking care of your carotid artery and all of your body’s arteries should be top on your list of health priorities.

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